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Dry January Is a Bad Idea!

by Dr Emma Gray - 23rd January, 2017
Dry January Is a Bad Idea!

Dry January is a Bad Idea! At a glance it seems that giving up alcohol for a whole month, especially after the excesses of Christmas, is a good idea.  However, on closer inspection is it possible that this recently popular way of dealing with January is just another version of the feast or famine approach to life that we seem so drawn to. As a society our relationship with alcohol is far from ideal.  Its social acceptability has allowed many of us to fall into the trap of ‘using’ it […]...

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Bozos On The Bus

by Dr Katherine Mollart - 13th November, 2015
Bozos On The Bus

Bozos on the bus The following poem is linked with Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT). Ask your therapist at the British CBT and counselling service if you are interested in learning more about how this approach could be applied to your difficulties: ‘We are all half-baked experiments-mistake-prone beings, born without an instruction book into a complex world. None of us are models of perfect behaviour: We have all betrayed and been betrayed; we’ve been known to be egotistical, unreliable, lethargic, and stingy; and each one of us has, at times, […]...

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Techniques To Manage Worry – Part 2

Techniques to manage worry – part 2 How to postpone worries 1. Set a ‘thinking time’
- Nominate a set time, length of time, and place, to do all your thinking about worrisome things. – Try and keep your thinking time the same everyday (e.g., 6pm, 15mins, dining room). Try not to set your thinking time before bed. 2. Postpone • When you notice yourself worrying about something during the day, say something to yourself like 
“it’s OK to have that thought, but I don’t need to chase it any further […]...

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Techniques To Manage Worry – Part 1

Techniques to manage worry – Part One Next time you find yourself worrying about something, ask yourself ‘what am I worrying about? Can I actually do anything about this?’ If the answer to this question is ‘yes’, try problem solving. Problem solving involves the following 6 steps: Step 1: Identify/Define Problem Try to state the problem as clearly as possible. Be objective and specific about the behaviour, situation, timing, and circumstances that make it a problem. Describe the problem in terms of what you can observe rather than subjective feelings. […]...

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