Nature and mental health wellbeing

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is Nature. Ask anyone what has helped people keep going through the pandemic and nature will be high on the list. The Mental Health Foundation, the organisation behind Mental Health Awareness Week, shares their research* on the impact of nature on mental health. 59% of… Read more

Psych Stuff – March 2021

As we take tentative steps to emerge from lockdown, it seems like a good time to share some interesting psychology posts and articles that I’ve found. Here goes: Can you tell if someone’s lying, just by how they speak?  Recent research suggests we’re not as gullible as presumed. Loudness, pitch and emphasis all give us… Read more

2020’s most popular – and some predictions for 2021

Winding down? Or still working at full throttle? Either way, I hope you find something thought-provoking and useful from some of my favourite sources as we near the end of 2020 – and wonder what 2021 has in store. 2020’s most popular TED talks If you want to catch up on TED, take your pick… Read more

Psych Stuff – December 2020

As we near the end of tumultuous 2020, now’s a good time to look at how psychology can help us make sense of it all – and explore ways to handle what’s happening now. As ever with my ‘Psych stuff’ posts, it comes down to which sources and resources I think will best support readers…. Read more

10 ways to make the most of Winter (and your wellbeing)

When the nights draw in and the temperature drops, so can our mood. Some souls are profoundly affected. Some of us notice a little less spring in our step, a little less energy and enthusiasm for what we do day in, day out. And, just maybe, some of us may be aware we use Winter… Read more

World Mental Health Day – what can you do?

Time flies…this year’s World Mental Health Day falls on a Saturday. The theme for this year is ‘mental health for all’, with a goal to increase the investment in mental health, widening accessibility. However, providing mental health services is even more challenging right now, as the World Health Organization‘s research reveals that 93% of countries… Read more

Psych stuff – September 2020

Regular readers will know that, from time to time, I scour posts and articles about psychology, particularly in the workplace. It’s an interesting time – and one that psychology can really help us with. Are we happy all our lives? It seems our happiness levels change throughout our lives. The Society for Personality and Social… Read more

5 ways to build your resilience

    Q:What is resilience? A: it’s a term for how well we can respond and adapt to adversity, whether that’s a major event or a tough day at work. This isn’t about putting our fingers in our ears, loudly repeating “La la la” and hoping the nasty thing will just magically disappear. On the contrary,… Read more

Handling an ‘amygdala hijack’

  “What’s an ‘amygdala hijack’ – and how would I know if I’ve had one?” Let’s take the terminology first: the term emerged in Daniel Goleman’s best-selling book, ‘Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ’. Goleman offered an accessible term for the neurological stimulus-response that occurs when the amygdala perceives a threat and… Read more

Summer psych stuff

  From time to time I trawl through recent posts and research on psychology. There’s a lot out there, so here’s my selection. Worried? Worried about being worried? Worry. There’s a lot of it about at the moment. Some things we can’t change – but we can change our responses. I like these no-nonsense steps… Read more