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Eco-anxiety and the state of the planet

Eco-anxiety and the state of the planet

by Bill Sheate

Understanding Eco-anxiety

  • Do you have a feeling of hopelessness about the world’s willingness and ability to tackle climate change and biodiversity extinction?

  • Do you feel helpless yourself in your own actions? What’s the point?

  • Do you fear for future generations?

  • Is this anxiety affecting all aspects of your life, your motivation to do things, to interact with friends and family?

Then you may well be suffering from eco-anxiety ……. Read more

Anxiety, Stress, Worry? A 'Personal Resilience Skills' Taster Session

Anxiety, Stress, Worry? A 'Personal Resilience Skills' Taster Session

by Bill Sheate

Imperial College Union - ‘Under Pressure’ campaign  - Wednesday 20 March 2019

As part of ICU’s regular ‘Under Pressure’ campaign, I’m offering this free taster session ‘Anxiety, Stress, Worry?……’ for Imperial College London students that introduces some simple, practical techniques for understanding and dealing with stressful situations, anxiety and worry.  Common for many students studying at Imperial (as elsewhere) are problems that arise in dealing with issues like perfectionism, and academic deadlines, workload and exams (at all levels - UG, PGT & PGR), as well as many other personal issues. …….

Procrastination - a waste of time?

Procrastination - a waste of time?

by Bill Sheate

Why do we do it?

Surprisingly, perhaps, procrastination is often used as a coping strategy; procrastinating - delaying doing something you need to do - in order to reduce the anxiety you might feel as you contemplate doing a task that might appear to be overwhelming, e.g. an essay; a group project; or revision for an exam. Procrastination is typically an avoidant behaviour, ……..

Perfectionism - the modern scourge?

Perfectionism - the modern scourge?

by Bill Sheate

Why do we seek the unattainable?

The search for perfection can be found throughout everyday life: the desire to be a perfect student, parent, child, lover, athlete, cook; to have the perfect life, body, relationship, and so on. Advertisers use perfection to sell cosmetics, fashion, body image, affecting women's and men's sense of self-worth as they compare themselves to unattainable perfection. 'Comparisonitis' invariably co-exists with perfectionism as the perfectionist constantly compares themselves to others who seem to have it all………

Taking control of your PhD

Taking control of your PhD

by Bill Sheate

Building good mental health while doing a PhD

Studying for a PhD can be demanding, challenging, sometimes exhilarating and sometimes deeply stressful.  Starting out on a PhD is like no other academic study you will have done before.  On the one hand you seem to have a long time ahead of you to get things done, and on the other milestones, deadlines and sometimes competing demands create pressures that you never faced as an undergraduate, on a Masters programme or even in an outside working environment…….. 

Tension: a physical manifestation of anxiety?

Tension: a physical manifestation of anxiety?

by Bill Sheate

Tension: a physical manifestation of anxiety?

Do you find yourself feeling tense at the end of a day, or even from the very start? Maybe this tension is accompanied by headaches or other muscle aches, or grinding of your teeth. What's going on with tension?

Tension in the body - tightness and contraction of the muscles -  is often a physical manifestation of stress and anxiety ……….

Seek help early if anxious or stressed at University

Seek help early if anxious or stressed at University

by Bill Sheate

Seeking help for anxiety early can make all the difference to your life at University - don’t leave it to get worse

As students begin a new life at University over the coming weeks (September/October 2018), or return to continue their courses of study, many will already have previous experience of mental health issues while some may develop them at University, often in response to the stresses and strains that come with university life (work, relationships, being away from family, finances etc). Typical problems include: ……..

How much does CBH therapy cost?

How much does CBH therapy cost?

by Bill Sheate

Can I afford private therapy?

If you are considering seeking private therapy of any kind an immediate consideration is likely to be cost - can I afford it?  Unlike some forms of therapy cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH) is typically a short-term programme of treatment, because it is focused on specific issues and on helping you help yourself through developing skills and using techniques for greater self-efficacy. A short-term programme is likely to be around 4 - 6 sessions; ………..

University staff suffer stress too!

University staff suffer stress too!

by Bill Sheate

Stress is rife throughout universities

Rightly, student mental health is often now making headline news, with the need for better provision for students' well-being as they move from home to university settings, and throughout their time at university and in response to the demands and expectations upon them.  Sometimes forgotten in all this is the fact that university staff - academic, research and administrative staff - also suffer from stress, anxiety, depression and a host of other mental health issues………

Sometimes ‘failing’ is the best way to learn

Sometimes ‘failing’ is the best way to learn

by Bill Sheate

Mindful learning is fun......

As Holly Bradshaw prepared to compete in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia she revealed why what might seem to be failure can be the catalyst for a whole different way of looking at life.  In an article in the London Evening Standard yesterday (12 April 2018) she revealed how important crashing out of the World Championships in London in 2017 had been in rediscovering a love of her sport and the process of competing...........

Resilience Skills are Transferable Skills

Resilience Skills are Transferable Skills

by Bill Sheate

Mental Health Awareness Week 8-14 May 2017 – Resilience Skills are Transferable Skills

This week - in Mental Health Awareness Week - I’ve concluded the last of six core sessions of what is now an annual programme of resilience skills training for our one-year MSc course in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London.  I see the programme as an integral part of transferable skills training – those skills and attributes now seen as at least as important by employers as the qualifications our students leave with.  Indeed, by seeing mental health resilience skills as part of transferable skills we can begin to break down the reluctance of some to even consider going to a mindfulness or relaxation class..........

Twelve simple steps to mindfulness

Twelve simple steps to mindfulness

by Bill Sheate

Mastering mindfulness is key to reducing anxiety

Mastering mindfulness is a key technique in helping to reduce anxiety, but is surprisingly simple to do, if you understand some basic principles. It should never be a chore. Here are 12 simple steps to mindfulness: .........

Do you suffer from insomnia?

Do you suffer from insomnia?

by Bill Sheate

I was awake half the night......

Insomnia is often linked with stress, anxiety or low mood/depression, but not always.  It can exist as an ongoing chronic problem which can seem quite unresolvable, going on for many years despite numerous attempts to find a solution.  A defining feature of insomnia is the sense of having slept badly and of suffering as a result....... 

Learning, assessment and exams – a mindful approach

Learning, assessment and exams – a mindful approach

by Bill Sheate

Oh no..... exams!

For many at university, exams and deadlines become the primary focus for their approach to learning, fueled in part by an education system prior to university that benchmarks individuals throughout their school career....... Turning the whole approach around can be a much more helpful way of looking at assessments and exams.........

Understanding stress – what is it?

Understanding stress – what is it?

by Bill Sheate

What do we mean by ‘stress’ and how does it relate to ‘anxiety’?  Are they the same thing? Actually, no they’re not, but they are related.  There have been a number of approaches to understanding stress over the years, but it is Richard Lazarus’ transactional model that is the most widely accepted.  It involves three key elements:
•    a stressor, 
•    appraisal (primary and secondary), and
•    response (problem-based or emotion-based)......

Don't suffer in silence.....

Don't suffer in silence.....

by Bill Sheate

Guardian article highlights the rise in student use of counselling services

A Guardian article today  - University mental health services face strain as demand rises 50% - highlights the increasing strain upon University counselling services as demand increases. Students accessing counselling services in the Guardian sample rose from just under 25,000 five years ago to more than 37,000 in the 2014-15 academic year, a 50% rise......