Blog Articles From March 2015

Blog Articles From March 2015

Don’t Avoid The Problem

by Dr Emma Gray - 23rd March, 2015
Don’t Avoid The Problem

We all avoid things from time to time, unfamiliar or anxiety provoking things or just things that we would rather not deal with. Avoidance is an evolutionary response to perceived danger, it is one of the things we are preprogrammed to do if we feel uneasy or anxious; in the face of danger we run to the back of the cave and hide. It is so tempting to close our eyes and hope that the problem will go away on it’s own. However, this is rarely the case, problems generally […]...

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Reduce Stress – Improve Your Time Management

One of the main sources of stress and anxiety is poor time management. Here are 7 basic skills to improve your productivity: 1. Get started Obvious maybe, but a common problem is finding the motivation to get started. Research has shown that one of the main differences between good students and average students is their ability to get down to work quickly. So bite the bullet and get down to the task in hand. If this is proving easier said than done, work out what the obstacles are, are they […]...

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How To Be More Assertive – Part 3

The final part of this blog looks at 3 more skills essential to the skills of assertiveness. 4. Managing Criticism Dealing with criticism is always harder if it mirrors your own criticism of yourself. Building your self-esteem and self-belief (see the first part of this blog) will help you not to be drawn into the criticism of others. So the first step in managing criticism is to build some self-belief. Then consider: i. What the criticism tells you about your critic i.e. are the comments constructive and aimed at helping […]...

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How To Be More Assertive – Part 2

In the first part of this blog we looked at the attitudes necessary to be assertive; confidence and self-esteem and knowing what you want. In addition to these attitudes there are six specific skill needed to be assertive, this blog will look at the first three: 1. Listening to others Being assertive involves getting your needs met without preventing others from doing the same. This leads to much more fulfilling and satisfying relationships and as a result minimises mental health problems likes anxiety and depression. In order to achieve this […]...

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