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Driving Test Nerves

by Dr Emma Gray - 10th December, 2018
Driving Test Nerves

In this blog I am going to give you 3 tips to help you to manage your Driving Test Nerves so you can maximise your chances of passing your test. First it is important to remember that up to a certain point feeling nervous can be helpful when we are facing a challenge like a driving test. Nerves motivate us to prepare, focus our awareness and improve our decision-making abilities and response times so that we can give our best performance. However, past a point, feeling nervous turns into anxiety […]...

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How To Beat The Winter Blues – Part 3

How to Beat the Winter Blues – Part 3 In part 1 of How to beat the winter blues we explored some of the biological factors contributing to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  In Part 2 we explored how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy might help us manage the symptoms of SAD.  In Part 3 we will now explore the way in which our thoughts also effect what we do and how we feel. Challenging how we think From the perspective of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy the way we think effects how we feel and […]...

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The Keys To a Healthy Relationship: Key No. 6 – Avoid Negative Comparisons

In this final instalment of the Keys to a Healthy Relationship I am going to talk about how damaging negative comparisons with other people’s relationships can be. Nature has programmed us to do this, to compare ourselves to others, its function is to motivate us to improve our performance, an important strategy in the ‘survival of the fittest’ game. However, sometimes this tendency kicks in, not when it can help us, but as a default response when we are feeling bad, self-critical, self-doubtful, lacking in confidence. It is important to […]...

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How To Beat The Winter Blues – Part 2

How to Beat the Winter Blues – Part 2 As the darker night’s approach and the weather worsens in part 1 of How to beat the winter blues we explored a bit about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and some of the biological factors that might account for symptoms of sleepiness/sleep disturbance, lethargy, low mood/depression, and changes in appetite.  In Part 2 we will explore how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy might help us to change what we do to cope, to reduce the symptoms of SAD. Changing what we do Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy […]...

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