Help for Young People

There seems to be little online mental health help for young people. This is why this page seeks to provide help for those who may be having a tough time.

The Big Communitea: What We Do

We are a Selby mental health charity that offers low-level early intervention. Our support network is comprised of people from the local community. Some members of our team have lived experiences of mental health. We believe this lived experience makes a huge difference to the support offered. 

We understand that the support we offer is needed more than ever before. The pandemic has left many people feeling isolated and lost. These feelings can often result in mental health concerns or exacerbate existing concerns. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Here at The Big Communi-tea, we provide Mental Health First Aid training, Safeguard training, and Suicide Prevention training. In addition to this, we use a peer-to-peer support model. This model ensures that every member of our team and those who ask us for help feel a part of something.

Our Communitea Centre recently opened in Selby. Open from 10am – 4pm daily, there’s an art room, some secret rooms, a self serve cafe, and a listening ear if you need one. 

Accessing Services and Organisations

We’re here to help people access mental health services and organisations. We can help to bridge the gap between a person’s mental health issues, and them receiving the support they need. 

We occasionally work with local charities who ask us to help someone they are concerned about. This ensures the individual gets the support and care they need. 

Tea and a chat? We can help with that. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

Two Ridings and The Heart of Yorkshire Fund

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

The Two Ridings Community Foundation is a completely independent charity that’s based in York. On Monday 1st November 2021, Two Ridings along with Venetia Wrigley DL, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire announced the launch of a new investment fund. The £2 million fund will support community projects in the Selby District. The fund is an investment from Selby District Council and acts as a legacy project. 

Two Ridings works closely with groups such as The Big Communitea who have benefited from the work that the community foundation does. 

The Heart of Yorkshire, the Fund for the Selby District is there to help local groups. 

Two Ridings has worked very closely with The Big Communitea and has allowed us to keep our helpline up and running. The funding has also allowed us to open a new centre in Selby, that will directly benefit many individuals from the local community.

We are very grateful for the help and support that Two Ridings have given us. Without them, our charity would not be what it is today. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

How To Speak in Public

Speaking in public can be quite nerve-wracking. However, public speaking is a skill that can be developed and made easier. While you might feel inclined to blame yourself for not being able to speak in public, the issue has a lot to do with speech training. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

The ancient Greeks knew how important public speaking is. They knew that it’s an art form that can be taught. Training in persuasive and effective talking was a huge part of their education. 

If you’re going to be speaking in public you should consider:

  • Who you’ll be talking to 
  • What your audience knows about you and the subject you’ll be speaking about

  • Work out what your goals are. Do you want to persuade, inspire, entertain, or inform your audience?
  • Define the purpose of your speech in one sentence (I want people to know A and do B).
  • Think about your speech in terms of the subject matter and your delivery style. Show your audience that you’re speaking their language and you care about their well-being. 
  • Don’t expect your speech to be perfect without rehearsing it. Practice it and try to memorise both your introduction and conclusion. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

Our New Building Is Open!

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

We are delighted to announce that our new building is open! 

On the 1st of November, 2021, and located in Abbey Walk, (Next to M&Co) the “Communitea Centre” is a drop-in centre that can benefit the town’s well-being.

Open from 10am to 4pm daily and run by a trusted team of volunteers, our new centre is finally up and running. 

Many people helped us to prepare for the opening.

When the time came, Venetia Wrigley DL, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire officially opened our wonderful Communitea Centre. 

Thank you to the amazing support from Two Ridings

113 people came to the centre’s opening day. Our new centre is open every day for the people of Selby. 

Small non-profit organisations can use the Communitea Centre for free. 

Shane Cook presenting Jane Garill of Two Ridings with flowers. 

Chris Hailey-Norris of Selby District AVS enjoying the grand tour.

We have an art room that’s open every day. Drop in, get a cuppa, and do something creative. 

Explore our secret rooms!

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

Mood-boosting Recipe: Chai Fudge Pops

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

If you don’t mind eating cold things when it’s cold outside, you’ll love these mood-boosting chai fudge pops!

Serves: 6

Ingredients: 

  • 1 and 1/3 cups of boiling water
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 1/3 of a cup of slightly sweet chocolate or 1/4 of a cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/4 of a cup of honey

  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder (preferably unsweetened)
  • 4 ounces of softened cream cheese, cut into small chunks
  • 1 inch slice of peeled, fresh ginger

Method:

1 – Add 1 cup of boiling water, the ginger, and the tea bag to a bowl. Allow it to brew from 5 to 10 minutes.

2 – Add the rest of the water, all of the honey, cocoa powder, and chocolate to a food processor. Allow the mixture to stand for 1 minute so that the chocolate softens. Mix until very smooth. Add the cream cheese and mix again until the cream cheese has mixed nicely.

3 – Now remove the tea bag from the bowl and add the tea to the chocolate mix. Pulse together to combine.

4 – Freeze the mixture into ice lolly moulds for 6 hours or until the mixture is completely frozen. Freeze for up to 1 month. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

Talk To A Suicidal Friend: Here’s How

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

You can potentially save someone’s life if they’re feeling suicidal. You don’t need to be a therapist to do this.  Many people that have suicidal thoughts just want to be heard and without judgement. Reaching out to someone who might be suicidal can make them feel less alone. Showing that you care and being kind to them can make a real difference to their day. 

Ending Shame and Guilt

Try to encourage an open discussion. Talk openly about mental health so people around you find it easier to talk about what’s troubling them. 

In an Emergency

If you think someone is in immediate danger, call 999. If you feel like you’re in immediate danger of suicide, please call 999.

If the threat is not imminent, try to encourage the other person to seek help.

Ask if They’re Suicidal

It is perfectly to ask someone if they are suicidal. Asking this question will not make them suicidal. You never know, you might be the first person to show you care.

It’s important that you remember men and minorities are much less likely to seek help. This means they have an increased risk of suicide.

If someone is feeling completely hopeless or helpless, they may feel unable to make any positive changes in their life. In addition to feeling hopeless or helpless, they might also be pretending to feel ok. This can be exhausting. It may also mean they spend a lot of time at home so they don’t have to pretend they’re ok all the time.

If you think someone is in immediate danger, call 999. If you feel like you’re in immediate danger of suicide, please call 999.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

How To Think Like a Detective

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Good thinking is quite important in our everyday lives. However, learning to think like a detective can help to boost your creativity and incisiveness. 

It can be hard to think like a detective because our brain can tell us that what we see is actually all that there is. Step back and try to establish what it is that you know. Don’t form any conclusions just yet. Think about what you don’t know and how you can find out what you don’t know.

Identify all of the possible explanations and make a note of them. Now it’s time to think again as chances are you’ve missed something. 

Use a mind map to help you keep track of any incoming information. Does it support or contradict the possible explanations? Try to find patterns but make sure you don’t jump to any conclusions. 

Make sure that your investigation has sufficient lines of inquiry and incoming evidence. 

Ask another person to look at your case from a more critical perspective. Ask them to raise objections before or even during their time looking at the case. 

Make sure you stay curious, you’re a good listener, and you’re patient. 

Keep digging, try to remain humbler, embrace any doubt that you have, and continue to educate yourself. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

How to Enjoy Your Leisure Time More

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

No matter how you like to spend your leisure time, it can be a good way to relax. However, people who think that leisure time is wasteful are less likely to enjoy it. These beliefs are also associated with stress, depression, and anxiety. 

A recent study showed that those who view leisure time as wasteful were less likely to enjoy spending time reading a newspaper, watching a silly video, or even going to a party. Those who tend to enjoy their leisure time had no issue enjoying the aforementioned activities. 

Viewing your leisure time as wasteful or even unproductive can clearly impact your enjoyment of it. In addition to this, it can counteract any positive effect you may get from it such as the chance to relax. 

Your leisure time should let you spend time away from your day-to-day life. It should be a way for you to de-stress and enjoy yourself. This is why it’s essential that you try to spend at least a few minutes each day doing something you love. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

Air Pollution And Its Link to Mental Health

A study that took place in Bristol, UK showed that there is a clear link between air pollution and poor mental health. The mental health records of more than 13,000 people were collected and linked with models of air pollution. The study showed that those who lived in areas where there were high levels of air pollution were more likely to use mental health services. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

The Bristol study which looked at people who accessed mental health services between 2008 and 2012 showed some surprising results. Those who were exposed to high levels of air pollution were 11-18% more likely to have inpatient stays. The findings of the study in which patient details were made anonymous showed that mental health issues become worse when air pollution levels are high. 

If the World Health Organization‘s recommended annual limit of exposure was adhered to, mental health services will see a reduction in usage by approximately 2%

It’s clear from this study alone that lowered air pollution levels are crucial. Not only can they help to reduce an individual’s suffering, but they can also reduce the costs and pressure on healthcare services.  

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

How to Deal with Anxiety in Pregnancy

Feeling worried and anxious during pregnancy is a common thing. In fact, 20% of those who are pregnant meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder. This anxiety can be felt both before and after the baby is born. Risks can be even higher if you experience a difficult or high-risk pregnancy. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

A productive worry is one that can be quite helpful to address. Unproductive worries are those which concentrate on things that are beyond your control. They can also make you worry about future events that are unlikely to occur. 

When you worry, there is a real potential for you to make your anxiety worse. Behaviours such as this do not tend to reduce your anxiety, even if you feel like they could help to reduce a threat. Instead, try to replace your behaviours with self-care, relaxation, and social support. 

The changes your body goes through during pregnancy can make you feel anxious. This is because some of the sensations can trigger or even mimic your anxiety response. When you use relaxation techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, you can effectively help to lower your anxiety and stress levels. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

Foods That Can Help To Fight Stress

Not everyone knows that food can fight stress. All of the following foods can help you to feel calmer:

Avocados

Containing essential fatty acids, avocados can help to lower your stress levels, improve your mood, and boost your concentration. It’s recommended that you consume half-to-one avocados a day. They can be enjoyed on toast, on their own, in a salad, or as guacamole.

Dark Chocolate

Many people love chocolate, but did you know that it can help you to reduce stress? Containing antioxidants, dark chocolate can help to lower your stress hormones. Approximately 28 grams of chocolate a day can help. Ideally, you should stay away from chocolate that contains a lot of sugar.

Fish

Adding some fish to your diet can help you to fight stress. This is thanks to its high omega 3 content. Salmon, trout, halibut, herring, tuna, and mackerel can all help.  If you’re not a fan of eating fish, you could eat chia seeds, seaweed, or walnuts instead.

Chamomile Tea

We all know that a hot drink can help you to feel calmer. However, there are some teas that really can make a difference. Just one cup of chamomile can help you to relax, relieve anxiety, and help you to sleep a little better. This naturally occurring herb tastes good and can be enjoyed as a tea, perhaps sweetened with a little honey, should you wish.

Wholegrains

Wholegrains can help you to feel less stressed. They won’t cause a spike in blood sugar, unlike white bread or pasta. In fact, they can help you to feel fuller for longer. In addition to this wholegrains are full of fibre, and serotonin, your brain’s happy chemical.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

Letting Go Of A Lifelong Dream

If you have recently realised that you need to let go of a lifelong dream, you might be feeling a little upset. Our culture tells us that we should persevere with our goals. However, a person’s ability to be flexible and adaptable is just as important. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Many people are at risk of hanging on to their dreams for too long. However, there is no clear cut way for us to choose when to keep hanging on and when to let go.

To make the pain of letting go a little less harsh, try to be realistic about what it is you’re giving up. Even if you managed to achieve your dream, you probably had an unrealistic and romanticised version of it.

Letting go of a dream can be hard, but there are always other ways for you to redirect or channel all of that passion and drive.

Now may be the time for you to explore some new opportunities. Try to make yourself more adaptable for the future as new dreams may be awaiting you. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

Are You Safe At Home?

Domestic violence or abuse can and does happen to anyone. This type of abuse includes physical, as well as sexual, and emotional abuse. It can take place between family members or couples.

If you’re concerned that someone at home will see you’ve visited this page click here.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Both men and women can be victims of domestic abuse. It’s essential that male victims get the support they help.

The government is offering support to those who may need it. During the pandemic, a lot of people had to stay at home with their abuser. However, by law, you don’t need to self-isolate if you need to  escape domestic abuse. 

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help for more information.

If you are the victim of any domestic abuse no matter how severe, please talk to someone. You don’t need to wait for things to become worse before you ask for help. 

You can find more about domestic abuse, and the different types here.

If You Leave

If you choose to leave you don’t have to deal with the aftermath on your own. The abuse is not your fault and there is support out there. 

The Men’s Advice Line, Women’s Aid, Galop (For LGBTQ+), or Refuge for Women, could help you. 

If you do choose to leave, be careful about who you tell. It’s essential that the abuser does not find out that you plan to leave or where you’ll go. 

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We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

How To Support Someone Who Self-Harms

Some people self-harm because it’s a way for them to relieve their feelings, or to regulate their emotions. Other people deliberately hurt themselves because they think they deserve to be punished. 

Self-harm can take many different forms, and it can affect anyone of any age and any background. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

If you think someone is self-harming:

  • Try to recognise the myths surrounding it. Asking a person if they deliberately harm themselves will not put the idea in their head.
  • Understand that self-harm is serious and it may be carried out for a variety of reasons. Whatever the reason, self-harm is a sign of distress. It should not be seen as a form of attention-seeking. 

  • Know that people who have a traumatic background or feel helpless are at risk of self-harm. 
  • Look out for changes in their behaviour such as talking about feeling trapped, or a drop in mood. 
  • Ask if they are ok. Ask them if they’re self-harming. A conversation such as this can potentially save their life. 

  • Listen if they talk to you about their self-harm. Be compassionate and non-judgemental.
  • Encourage them to seek help from a healthcare professional. If there is an immediate risk, dial 999. 

Please note, the advice given in this blog is not a substitute for medical advice, it is merely a guide. It might be helpful to speak to your doctor or another mental health professional.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

37% of GB Employees Have Worse Mental Health

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

A recent study carried out by YouGov showed that 37% of employees in Great Britain now have worse mental health. This is compared to pre-pandemic levels.

The study involved 1,000 working adults and it showed that many people are struggling with what is now considered to be the “new normal” in the workplace.

Many employees moved from working remotely to working in the office again or a mixture of the two. It’s thought that almost 75% of people who underwent these changes have found that their work life has been partly responsible for their mental health concerns. In addition to this, almost 30% of employees think their employer is not doing enough to keep them mentally well. 

Another concern that was highlighted by the study showed that many people have less confidence in their jobs. 17% were also concerned that their place of work was no longer a safe place to be, thanks to the pandemic. 

It’s clear then, that despite the efforts of the government and GB employers that many people are dealing with a decrease in their mental health. With levels of anxiety increasing and concerns that winter 2021 may bring a surge in Covid cases, it’s no wonder that many people are asking for support.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

How to Have a Difficult Conversation

Sometimes we all need to have difficult conversations. Whether you’re telling someone you’re ill, that someone has passed away, or you’re explaining something else, occasionally, saying what needs to be said can be hard. 

 We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

The good news is that you can make this type of conversation easier, without always having to ask for help from a third party. 

  • A difficult conversation can have 3 potential outcomes. It can result in a solution, a plan, or an understanding. One of the first things you should try to do is to reach an understanding. 
  • Prepare for your conversation in advance, ask someone who is uninvolved for some support. Try to think of something positive to add to the difficult conversation before you add the difficult issue. For example, “I like having you as a flat mate, but if you cannot pay your share of the bills I’ll need to look for someone else to live with“. 
  • When the person you’re having the conversation with says something, make sure you listen. Listening to someone can help you both to let go of grudges. When you listen, you help to dissolve any conflict.
  • When it’s time for you to talk, try to describe how you’re feeling and your experiences. This can encourage the other person to hear exactly what is important to you.

No one likes having difficult conversations. However, if you think about what you need to say and how you need to say it, it can make the situation much easier. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

Mood-Boosting Recipe: Berry and Banana Slush

Bananas contain tryptophan which is an amino acid. Tryptophan can help to improve your mood while also helping to improve your sleep

Raspberries aren’t only very tasty, they can also improve your mood, memory, and coordination. 

Blackcurrants are great for your mental health. They are known to boost your mood, reduce stress, and make you feel more alert. 

Blackberries can stabilise your mood and help to reduce inflammation, plus they taste great. 

Serves 2.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 200 grams of mixed frozen berries such as raspberries, blackcurrants, and blackberries
  • Ice cubes if using a blender or crushed ice if you’re not. 

Method

1 – Add the sliced bananas to a bowl. Tip the frozen berry mix into the same bowl and stir well. Alternatively, stick the bananas and frozen berry mix into a blender. Blend until smooth.

2 – If you’re using a blender, add 3-4 ice cubes and blend until the ingredients are slushy. If you’re not using a blender, add some crushed ice to the bowl of bananas and berry mix and stir until slushy.

3 – Pour the mixture into 2 glasses and serve with spoons.

You may also want to add a few spoonfuls of live yogurt of even vanilla ice-cream to make this dessert even more special.

Think it’s too cold to enjoy this dessert? add all of the ingredients (Apart from the ice cubes) to a small pan and allow them to simmer gently for a few minutes. You can still add live yogurt if you wish. 

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How to Study More Effectively

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Whether you’re a first-time student or a fifth-time student, you know that you need to study to gain a qualification. However, studying isn’t always easy as there can be distractions, but studying can also be hard. This can especially be the case if you’re not making the most out of the time you spend studying. 

Let’s take a look at how you can study more effectively:

  • Don’t cram all of your studying into one long period before an exam. Study over a longer period of time so you can have more, shorter study sessions.
  • Occasionally read a section of text and set it to one side, and try to remember what you read. Go over what you read, and repeat this process until you remember most of the text.
  • If you study subjects that are similar to each other, alternate between different topics. This can help you to identify their differences and reduce your likelihood of getting them mixed up. 
  • Try to really think about what you’re reading rather than just highlighting what you have read. Doing this can help the subject to sink in a little easier. 
  • Set up a routine get used to studying at particular times of the day. When you have a routine you can find it easier to get on with your coursework. 

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How to Mend a Family Feud

Every family has difficulties. Difficulties with each other can occur from time to time. Some of the issues that arise can be quite minor, whereas others can be large and affect many generations. 

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So how can you deal with your family’s feud in a bid to mend it? Let’s take a look at this now:

If you are estranged from your family, it’s up to you whether you want to reconcile the relationship or remain estranged. If you want to reconcile things, you may have to set some new boundaries.

Reconciliation can be hard, but it can be worth it. Just make sure that you don’t recreate the past. Instead, work on building a brand new future.

If one of your adult children has cut you off, try to see their world through their eyes. However, if you were the one who decided to be estranged, weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of reconciliation. You should also be prepared to acknowledge that you had a part to play in the estrangement.

What is the best way for you to reconcile with someone? Perhaps a careful and slow way of coming together is the best way to go about it. 

Think about the boundaries that you might want to set. You may have to stick to these boundaries for a while. 

Are you ready to move on with the relationship? Can you let go of any grievances and maintain a healthy relationship? is this something you are willing to work at? 

Not all relationships can be salvaged. If you find that this is the case, you should give yourself time to grieve. It’s also important that you accept the situation for what it is. 

Looking after yourself is not about arguing with people who misunderstand you. While you may never give up on reconciling a relationship, you may need to be prepared to accept a relationship for what it is. 

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Having an Existential Crisis? Here’s How To Cope

Are you feeling burned out, lost in the world, or empty? You might be trying to find meaning in your life, and want things to change. These feelings are what some people call an “existential crisis”. This occurs when you re-evaluate your life and try to find meaning. Many people go through this, in fact, someone who has made a big career or relationship change is likely to have gone through one. 

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So what can you do if you’re re-evaluating your life? read on for some tips: 

  • If you’re living in the moment, it can be fun for a short amount of time. However, you could eventually feel full of despair if you fail to reflect on your life.
  • Face up to the way you’re feeling. Look at the cause of your feelings, and use your new understanding as a means of building stability in your life.
  • Slow down if you can. Encourage your new ideas and perspectives to grow. This can help you to reflect on your world and yourself. 
  • Try to lead a life that is fulfilling. Combine enjoyment with your ethics and take that leap of faith if you think it will make your life better. 

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300+ Attend A&E Every Day Feeling Depressed

A recent article in the Metro suggested that more than 300 people turn up to A&E every day feeling depressed. This shocking statistic shows that many people are feeling unwell and they may not be getting the mental health help that they need. 

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Between March 2020 and March 2021, 114,000 people went to an A&E department because they were feeling depressed. It is concerning that all of these people felt so unwell that they decided to seek help this way.

During the pandemic, many people found that their mental health began to deteriorate. The Government spent an additional £500 million so extra help can be provided to those who are struggling. In addition to this, the Government is hoping to increase the number of NHS mental health staff by more than 27,000 by no later than 2024. It’s hoped that the additional money and staff numbers will help those who are in need. In the meantime, many people are relying on support in their local communities which, in some cases, can be lifesaving. 

Please ask for help if you are struggling. You do not have to go through your mental health struggles on your own. 

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How to Having Stop Pointless Guilt Trips

Guilt consists of anxiety and pressure that can appear when you think you have broken a rule. Guilt can be a healthy function if it makes you stick to realistic rules that help to create positive behaviours and relationships. However, there are times when feeling guilty can be pointless and lead to self-criticism. 

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Guilt can be excessive or turn unhealthy when it’s felt in response to unrealistic rules or rules that we don’t believe in. When guilt is unhealthy, it can lead to self-criticism that’s unconstructive and harsh. 

When you are feeling guilty, acknowledge your feeling. Try to work out what rule or rules you have broken. Also, try to determine if you believe in the rules. Are the rules too simplistic, more rigid than they need to be, or are they unreasonable? 

When you are judging yourself harshly, try to interrupt your judgements. Consider if you are exaggerating your rule-breaking. Try to be more compassionate to yourself and anyone who was involved. Determine if you need to take any corrective action that could help to repair the situation, if necessary. If you feel that you need to take action, undertake that action quickly. 

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Energising Mood-Boosting Recipe: Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

Butternut squash has been shown to help reduce mental decline.

Nuts such as hazelnuts, walnuts, and almonds can help to reduce depression. Seeds such as pumpkin seeds can help to relieve stress and anxiety. Sesame seeds can help to boost your brain’s production of serotonin. Serotonin is your body’s “Happy” chemical and it works to boost your mood. 

Quinoa can help to prevent blood sugar spikes while helping to boost your serotonin levels. 

Serves 3

For the butternut squash:

  • 300 grams of butternut squash, chopped into 2cm pieces with skin on 
  • 1 tsp of salt 
  • 40 ml of olive oil
  • A pinch of white pepper 

For the salad:

  • 150 grams of peeled courgette
  • 50 grams of mixed nuts
  • 15 grams of mixed seeds 
  • 150 grams of cooked white and red quinoa 
  • 7 grams of spinach
  • The juice of a lemon

  • A pinch of sea salt 
  • 30 ml of Greek yogurt 
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 Celsius. Place the butternut squash into a large bowl and mix with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Now place the butternut squash onto a baking try. Grill for 10 minutes on each side until it’s charred. Allow to cool. 
  2. Cut the butternut into small chunks and add to a bowl. Add the salad ingredients apart from the nuts and seeds and stir carefully.
  3. Sprinkle the nuts and seeds on top and stir a little and serve. 

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The Pandemic’s Left People Wanting More Space

We all have our own needs when it comes to the subject of personal space. However, when Covid first hit, many of us were happy to increase the amount of personal space around us. In fact, the government encouraged us to do this. Social distancing is something that we could do for many months at a time. What this meant is our usual personal space boundaries had changed. 

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A team from Boston, Massachusetts conducted a study to determine how the pandemic has affected peoples’ preferences for personal space. The results of the study showed that many people were happy to keep to the distances they became used to during the pandemic. The study also showed that the greater the increase in personal space, the greater their perceived risk of catching the virus was. However, there appeared to be no relationship between the increase in personal space and the real risk of infection in Boston, Massachusetts at the time.

The team found that the increase in boundaries may be due to our perceived changes of the “safe zone” around our bodies. The team also found that the use of a safe zone may persist well beyond the pandemic. 

While research needs to take place on a larger scale, it does seem that many people’s personal boundaries have changed due to the impact that Covid has had on all of our lives.

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How to Think Clearly

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Clarifying your thoughts is a process, and it’s one that’s imperfect, happens in stages, and adapts over time. Thinking clearly comes from setting out your thinking step by step and in a clearly explicit and straightforward way. It also involves you taking a step back. This allows you to look at the result, and seek to redress any limitations that you find. 

When you slow down your thinking and carefully attend to your thoughts. Only then can you start to think clearly.

When you know what is on your mind, it’s important to work out what needs your attention. Try to spell out why you believe your thought is important or true.

Consider:

  1. Why a reasonable person should accept your thought
  2. What does and does not follow your thought once it has been accepted

Be clear about what you are dealing with and the relevant assumptions that your reasoning is relying on. 

Engage with other people’s perspectives that may be different from your own. This can help you to think differently and accept that other people have their own ways of thinking. 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help with your thoughts, and don’t be afraid to offer your thoughts when you can. Doing so can help you to become a great communicator who doesn’t always have to be right. 

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How to Save Money

Most of us would like to have more money in our savings account. However, saving money can be quite hard. This is especially the case if you do not have a big income. However, there are some tips contained in this blog post that could help you.

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Saving money means being able to think over a long period of time and that’s not always easy. As humans, we have evolved to deal with threats which requires short-term thinking. When we have cash, we can be tempted to spend it quicker than we ideally should.

Think about what matters to you over a long period of time. Try to think about why you’re saving and how much that thing or experience you’re saving for matters to you. Set up some reminders for yourself so you’re not tempted to spend too much money, if any at all. Set a reminder or two on your phone. Leave yourself a note by your front door that tells you to limit your spending when you go out. 

Make a decision about the changes you are making so that you have more money to save. If you can, set up a direct debit or standing order so your desired sum goes into your savings account each month or week. 

Cut out all of those things that you don’t need to spend money on. You might not need as many TV subscriptions, 2 take-outs a month, or expensive nights out. When you cut these things out or down, you’ll start to see how much money you can save. 

Make sure you reward yourself for saving money. Buy yourself something that’s not too expensive but is something you want. Do this whenever you have saved a particular amount of money. 

 

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1 Million-plus Waiting for Mental Health Treatment

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It’s thought that more than 1 million people in England are waiting for mental health treatment. A recent survey by The Royal College of Psychiatrists discovered that there is 1 psychiatrist for approximately every 12,570 people in the country. 

Another worrying statistic comes from NHS England who has estimated that there is an estimated 1.5 million people waiting to receive mental health support. There is also a major concern that the situation will become worse as the pandemic’s effects become all too clear. Unfortunately, there is no indication that things will get better any time soon. Vacancy rates for psychiatrists are around 10% nationwide.

There is a real concern that the all too real high demand for psychiatric care will not get any better unless the Government steps in. 

A spokesperson from the Department of Health and Social Care said that the latest expansion in mental health services has been the fastest in the history of the NHS. With an additional £2.3 billion a year given to the NHS by 2023-24, there’s a chance that hundreds of thousands of adults and children can access the services they need.

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How Adults Can Make Friends

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Friendships can give us all so much. You may actually be surprised by how many people are happy to connect with others.

As an adult, it’s likely that you aren’t making as many friends as you did when you were a child. This could be because you’re not visiting as many new places or experiencing as much unplanned interaction. However, if you decide you’re not bothered about making new friends, it’s likely that you won’t make any. This is why you need to make an effort to meet new people.

One of the first things you can do is assume that other people will like you. When you do, you’ll instantly become more likeable. In addition to this, you could feel more motivated to show up at social events. You may even start interacting with more people.

When and if you choose to show up at social events, introduce yourself to people. You might also consider asking people to meet up with you outside of the social event.

Join events such as social clubs or classes that are repeated at least a few times a month. This will make you more familiar to others, and they will begin to like you more.

When you meet new people, share more about your life, and ask the other person questions so they have a chance to share.

You could find that over time, it’s easier to make friends

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3 Foods That Can Lower Your Stress Levels

We know that exercising and mindfulness can help us to lower our stress levels. However, not everyone knows food can also help. The next time you’re feeling a little stressed, considering using some the following foods:

Avocados

Avocados can help to reduce stress thanks to the essential fatty acids that they contain. In addition to this, avocados can help you to concentrate while also boosting your mood. Enjoy avocado on toast, on its own, turned into guacamole, or as a salad. It’s recommended that you consume half to one avocado a day. 

Wholegrains

Wholegrains are not only good for you, they can also help you feel less stressed. In addition to this, wholegrains can help you to feel fuller for longer. They’re also full of serotonin, which we all know is the brain’s happy chemical. When you have more serotonin, you’re likely to feel better. This, in itself, is a good reason to eat more wholegrains rather than their white alternatives. 

Fish

Eating fish twice a week can help to fight stress. This is because fish is high in omega 3’s, which are known as “Essential fatty acids”.  Tuna, salmon, mackerel, herring, trout, and halibut can all help with your stress levels. If you’re vegan or you simply don’t like fish, the good news is that walnuts, seaweed, and chia seeds can help to reduce your stress levels. 

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How To Know Who You Can Trust

Sometimes it can be hard to know who you can trust. If you feel as if someone has previously betrayed your trust, you might be wondering if others have done the same. The good news is that there are a few relatively easy ways to determine who you can trust. 

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  • Does the person in question get excited when you make some intellectual progress?

If they genuinely care about your intellectual well-being, it’s likely that you can trust them. However, if they are only interested in influencing the way you think, it’s unlikely that you can trust them. 

  • Do they like to share their ideas?

A person that you can trust is a person who is happy to share their ideas with you. Alternatively, if they are looking for your approval or they are very eager to please, they can misrepresent their views. 

  • Are they happy to clarify what they mean if you ask them to?

Someone who is willing to tell you what they mean is likely to be dependable. However, if they don’t clarify much, if anything at all, chances are they’re not very dependable. 

  • Are they patient with you when times are hard?

When you’re going through a tough time, a trustworthy person is someone who is willing to help you with your dilemma. Alternatively, if they are too keen to offer a solution, they can misdiagnose you, as such and chances are they’re not willing to help. 

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How To Deal With Unhealthy Perfectionism

If you are a bit of a perfectionist, you could have unrealistic goals. If you constantly strive to appear perfect all of the time, you could be struggling. Perfectionism can mask emotional vulnerability and a difficult past. 

The good news is that there is a way out of your perfectionism, you just need to be patient with yourself.  

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Here’s what you can do:

  1. Recognise your problem 
  2. Overcome the obstacles that prevent you from changing
  3. Change any unhelpful life rules that you have 
  4. Start to process the feelings that are fuelling your perfectionism 
  5. Recognise and celebrate any progress that you make

You might also want to reconsider any unhelpful relationships that you have. These relationships could be preventing you from achieving positive change in your life, such as setting boundaries, for example. 

It’s worth your while fighting to change things. You are worth the effort and you are worth loving, simply because of who you are, not what you can do. 

(Please note, the advice given in this blog is not a substitute for medical advice, it is merely a guide. It might be helpful to speak to your doctor or another mental health professional if you are struggling.)

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Motivating Yourself to Change

If you want to change something about yourself, it can seem impossible. However, there is a technique you can use that can help you to work out why you want to change while offering you the motivation to. 

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If you really want to change, you need to be ready and willing to change. Motivational interviewing is an exercise that can help you to prepare yourself, even if you are doing it on your own.

Begin by using focusing on what aspects of your life you would like to change. Think about what your life is like now and, again, what you would like to change. 

Next, reflect on how those changes will help to build your self-confidence. Also, reflect on how the changes could help you to live your life according to your values. Identify your strengths and think about any successful changes you have made in the past. 

When you are ready and feel able to begin the next step, start by making a plan. Identify your goals and map them out in small, realistic steps. Be sure to establish SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. 

Once you have begun your change, think about how it’s progressing, and what it is you need to do next to achieve your desired changes. 

 

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English Government Allegedly Broke Mental Health Crisis Pledge

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According to a report in a national newspaper, the English Government reportedly broke their mental health crisis pledge. This is after statistics showed that 100s of mental health patients were sent to hospitals far away from their homes. It’s thought that this was due to a lack of available beds.

The Government had pledged to end what they called “inappropriate” placements. The statistics that were put together by the Department of Health and Social Care could be interpreted as showing that vulnerable people are unable to see those they love.

Between April 2020 and April 2021, 175 people were sent to hospitals up to 200km from their homes. 135 people were sent up to 300km away, and 45 were sent at least 300km away. 

Mental health services have been under a lot of pressure lately as the pandemic resulted in more people suffering. This is reportedly why there have been fewer available beds. 

The Department of Health and Social Care has published an action plan which could help mental health services cope. In addition to this, NHS England has reportedly been given £500m to deal with the crisis that the pandemic created. 

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How To Be More Resilient

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Someone who is seen as being resilient is not bulletproof. Rather, they have grown and recovered from any pain and suffering that they have experienced.

If you are struggling, try not to isolate yourself. Stay connected with your friends and family. It’s also important to ask for help from support groups in your local area.

Avoiding unpleasant thoughts and emotions can be bad for your well-being. It’s better for you to deal with the thoughts and emotions now and in a healthy way.

When you accept unpleasant thoughts and emotions you understand more about what you can control. In addition to this, you become better at solving problems.

A person who is resilient can tap into resources, including their inner strength. They also look for support from other people.

When you’re going through a hard time, try to look at it as an opportunity for you to grow. This can help you to cope with distress a little better. 

If you’re struggling, please ask for help. You are not alone. You can speak with your doctor, friends, family, or local support groups. 

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Mood-Boosting Recipes: Purple Fruit Salad

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Mood-Boosting Recipes: Purple Fruit Salad

Recent research has shown that red grapes could help to reduce depression. 

Blackberries are thought to help reduce incidences of mental decline and they can help to reduce anxiety and depression.

Blueberries are known for being really good for you. But did you know that they can help to reduce depression by boosting serotonin levels? In addition to this, the delicious berry also works as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. 

Plums are an excellent source of nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, potassium, copper, and manganese. Thought to help boost your mood, this delicious fruit can also help to lower blood sugar levels. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1 cup of halved blackberries or whole blueberries 
  • 1 cup of diced plums
  • 1 cup of live yogurt (optional)

Method:

Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Add the live yogurt and stir again. Alternatively, add a few spoonfuls of the yogurt on top of the fruit.

Place any leftovers in the fridge and eat within 24 hours. 

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Why You Could Feel More Stressed In Autumn

During the autumn months, many people find themselves feeling more stressed. This could be for a number of reasons. However, some experts say the causes could be due to the start of a new school, the festive season approaching, or even a failure to meet your summer goals. 

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The days are getting shorter, and many of us are starting to feel more stressed and anxious. We’re exposed to less sunlight and those warm summer temperatures have all but disappeared. 

During these autumn months, you could start to experience:

  • Irritability
  • Low mood
  • Sleepiness and fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • A loss of interest in your usual activities

If you experience some or all of these symptoms, you could have seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Here’s how you can combat SAD:

  • Exercise each day – This could help to improve your mood
  • Expose yourself to more light – Use a light box or go for a walk in the morning as more exposure to light can lift your mood 
  • Ask for help if you’re struggling – Your doctor and other local mental health services are there to help you

 

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Have Social Anxiety? Here’s How to Use Social Media

Social media can be very appealing as it gives you the chance to share those things about your life that you like. In addition to this, you don’t have to share those things about your life that you don’t like. 

For some people, however, social media can be quite challenging, especially for those with social anxiety. In fact, it can feel as challenging as talking to someone face-to-face. 

 

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So much content is shared on social media. Even though you might feel conscious about what you post, your latest update is just a drop in the ocean.

When you’re engaged in a video call, you can feel self-conscious. However, focusing on other people can help. 

Try to avoid comparing yourself with other people. They only share the things on social media that they want to share, and sometimes those photos are airbrushed. Give yourself a social media break if you keep comparing yourself to others. 

If you don’t tend to interact with other people’s posts you might not make any meaningful connections. Try to interact a little more but without overthinking it. 

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We Underestimate How Positive A Stranger’s Perception Of Us Is

Meeting someone new can be quite daunting. However, when we do, there’s always a potential that the person we met can become a friend, a partner, or even an employer. 5 studies looked at what strangers thought about talking with each other. The results of the study showed that people tend to like others a lot more than we realise. 

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While many of us tend to overestimate our abilities, one thing we tend to underestimate is how much people like us.

It has been suggested that one of the reasons behind this is because any perceived mistakes we have made during the conversation can encourage us to perform better in the future. However, the stranger we’ve been talking to has no perception of what it is we are aiming for. They also have no idea if we fall short of any target that we have set ourselves. This means they are likely to be a lot less critical than we imagine.

When listening to a stranger, we tend to think that their conversation could have been even worse. This is an interesting point of view that we take of others when we are so negative about ourselves. 

We might spend too much time thinking about our own “performance” when speaking with others. The result is that we don’t notice any signals that show how much the other person is enjoying the conversation. 

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Older People Are More Likely to Avoid Uncovering Bad News

Recent research has shown that people over the age of 51 are more likely to avoid uncovering bad news than younger people. This is especially the case if the news was to have an emotional impact on them. 

2,000 people were asked to indicate if they would want to know the results of more than 10 different scenarios. These scenarios included finding out how faithful their partner is, the date of their own death, how likely they are to succumb to a genetic disease, and how much their colleagues are paid.

The results of the survey showed that the older the participants were, the more likely they were to avoid uncovering something that would result in an emotional reaction. 

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The results of the survey found that most people aged 51 and over would prefer not to know how faithful their partner is, the date of their own death, etc. One theory behind this is that adults in this age bracket could find that due to their shorter life expectancy, they would not find this information helpful. The largest difference between the younger and older age groups was the desire to find out about health-related issues.

It is thought that this may be because when we see our future as being more limited we tend to focus on the present a little more. This means that being emotionally satisfied is a higher priority. 

While work still needs to be done to determine the influences on all of the results, it’s clear that the more uncertain our future is, the more likely we are to deliberately avoid hearing bad news.

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Child Mental Health Waiting Times are “Agonising”

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An investigation by the BBC has found that children who have mental health concerns are waiting more than 12 weeks to receive care. 

In some cases, the wait has become so bad that the child’s parents are no longer trusting the system. In addition to this, some doctors have reported that more distressed children are going to A&E because they simply have nowhere else to go.

A spokesperson from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine was quoted as saying that some children have had to be admitted to general wards as they have no other option.

While NHS England has acknowledged the difficulties that came with the pandemic, they are working to expand services significantly. This expansion is to ensure that children receive quicker access to the care they need. 

Specialist mental health care is provided by CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). CAHMS includes a team of nurses, psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists. These mental health professionals support children who are suffering from anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and a range of mental health conditions.

Between April 2020 and March 2021, CAHMS saw 420,000 children and adolescents. Half of those that were seen had to wait more than 4 weeks, one-fifth had to wait more than 3 months. 

There are signs that there is an improvement in waiting times since the pandemic began, however, services still seem to be overwhelmed. 

NHS England is hoping to support an extra 345,000 children and teenagers by 2023. In the meantime, there is hope that waiting times decrease. 

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Mood-Boosting Vegetarian Recipe: Baked Mushroom Breakfast Surprise

Eggs contain choline which helps the brain to regulate your mood and is known to help reduce stress levels. 

Mushrooms are thought to help lift your mood, although research into this is on-going.

Parmesan is thought to help boost your mood thanks to its ability to increase your endorphins. Many other types of cheese are also thought to help. 

Serves 2-3:

Ingredients:

  • 3 large brown mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons of butter 
  • Olive oil
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parsley
  • 6-9 vine tomatoes

Method:

1 – Preheat your oven to 200 Celsius. Place the vine tomatoes in a dish and drizzle the olive oil over the top. Sprinkle some salt over the tomatoes and roast them until the skins have burst open. 

2- Remove the stems from the mushrooms and set to one side. Drizzle some olive oil on an oven tray. Place the mushrooms on the tray. 

3 – Add half a teaspoon of butter to each of the mushrooms, and drizzle more olive oil on top. Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until cooked. 

4 – Now set the oven to ‘grill’ and remove the mushrooms from the oven. Break an egg into each of the mushrooms, and top with the Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. 

5 – Place under the grill for approximately 5 minutes. Once the eggs are done, remove the mushrooms from the oven. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with the vine tomatoes. 

6 – Enjoy!

You can also top the mushrooms with a variety of vegetables, should you wish to. 

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How Your Gut Can Affect Your Mental Health

Did you know that the bacteria found in your gut have a large effect on your mental health? Research shows that guy health can make a huge difference to your mental health thanks to what scientists are calling the “gut-brain axis”. Your brain and your gut send signals to each other via the axis, and researchers have found that inflammation in your gut is linked to some mental health disorders. 

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How to Have a Healthy Gut 

A healthy diet that consists of a lot of plant-based meals, seeds, nuts, fruits, and vegetables and food that has been naturally fermented can improve the health of your gut. 

If your diet consists of a lot of refined sugar, highly processed foods, and animal fats, you can have poor gut health. 

Serotonin and Your Gut 

It is estimated that up to 90% of your serotonin is made in your gut. Serotonin is your brain’s happy chemical and is known for boosting your mood. 

While research is still taking place to find out exactly how your gut affects your serotonin levels, the science world is clear that your diet can make a significant difference. 

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Tips for Calming Your Inner Storm

When your emotions seem to be too overwhelming and painful, it is possible for you to gain control of them. Everyone has strong emotional reactions to things from time to time and they can be hard to deal with. 

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The good news is you can gain control over your emotions in a healthy way. 

Use paced breathing

When you exhale, make sure it’s longer than your inhale. When you do this, you trigger the parasympathetic nervous system. When this happens, you start to feel a little calmer and your emotions may seem more manageable. As you inhale, count in your head how long the inhale is. When exhaling, count at the same pace, ensuring your exhale is longer. 

Validate your emotions

We often judge ourselves for feeling the way we do. If you’re feeling angry, you might also feel guilty for feeling angry. If you have feelings that you don’t think you should feel, try to accept them. Tell yourself that it’s ok to feel the way you do. Tell yourself why you feel that emotion. Is it because of the environment you grew up in? has someone wronged you? Tell yourself that you understand why you feel the way you do. Explain the situation to yourself to help you find validation.

Reduce the intensity

Emotions appear for a reason. However, when they feel intense they can occasionally prevent you from getting on with your day. As soon as you have validated your emotions, it’s time for you to reduce their intensity. You can do this by understanding what the emotion is making you want to do. When you understand this, you need to reduce the intensity by doing the opposite. For example, If you’re feeling anxious about going shopping, your emotions are telling you not to go. However, doing the opposite can help you to gradually feel better. 

If you’re feeling low and you don’t want to do anything, do the opposite. Go for a walk, clean your house, spend time with a friend. By doing the opposite, you can help to reduce the intensity of the emotions. 

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How To Be Single and Happy

We’ve all seen those movies and TV programmes that assure us we’ll be happy if we’re in a relationship. In fact, hardly a day goes by where we aren’t told that we’ll be happier if we have a significant other. While this may be true for some people, it’s not true for everyone. If you’re feeling sad that you’re single, the good news is you don’t have to be in a relationship to be happy. 

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Understand it’s ok to be Single 

You might feel pressured by family and friends to find a significant other. But did you know that in recent years there’s been a growth in single adults? In fact, in countries such as Denmark, Germany, Norway, and Sweden, single adults account for approximately 40% of all households.

Go on an adventure 

Why not visit a museum, art gallery, or the cinema on your own? You don’t need to have someone with you to enjoy yourself. Take yourself out for a day and go shopping, enjoy a meal, or walk around a park. Chances are you’ll really enjoy yourself. 

Examine Your Values 

Think about your values and what you want from life. What is it that makes life meaningful for you? explore these things and you could grow as a person or rethink what you want from life. 

Pursue New Skills 

Single people tend to have a lot more time to pursue new skills and hobbies. Spend more time indulging yourself in your hobbies and exploring the things you enjoy. You could even take a class should you wish to pursue your hobbies a little further. 

 

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How To Be Excellent At What You Do

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Would you like to be excellent at something? There is a lot of advice out there that tells you how you can be successful, but there’s not a lot of advice about being excellent. 

Let’s take a look at how you can be excellent at what you do:

Time, Respect, and Comfort

Find a social environment that gives you enough time, respect, and comfort to develop your talents. If you can, pick a partner, friend, and a job that fits what you are trying to achieve.

Your Free Time

Think about how you use your time. Try to use any free time that you have in a balanced way so you can improve your skills and enjoy yourself.

Learn More

If you have the chance to have some more education, take it. Try not to be discouraged if the education you had in the past wasn’t for you. Look for a course that helps you to boost your skills and knowledge in your chosen area. Chances are, you’ll find education easier this time around, especially if it involves learning more about something you love. 

Develop Your Craft

Develop our chosen craft using your own sense of what the craft means to you. Challenge what people say and have said about your craft so you can work on it in your own way. 

Use the above tips to help you become excellent at what you do. Be prepared to put in the hard work so you can watch your skills develop, just make sure you have fun. The more fun something is, the more likely you are to succeed. 

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How to Stop Overthinking

If you tend to overthink things, you’ll know it can be hard to stop dwelling on the same thing. Thoughts can go round and round your head without you coming up with a solution.

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For some, overthinking can become quite intense and it can result in them looking for answers and reassurance and involve excessive planning. So how can you stop overthinking? let’s look at this now:

  • Understand what your triggers are – Thoughts that attract your attention are known as “trigger thoughts”. These thoughts can have an affect on your body and mind. When you begin to analyse these thoughts they can start to overwhelm you, especially if you continue to fixate on them.

  • Understand what you can and can’t control – You don’t have much choice about what thoughts pop into your head, but you can control how you respond to them. You are capable of choosing not to engage in any trigger thoughts. Try to ignore them like you might ignore a phone that keeps ringing. 

 

  • Reduce and postpone your worries – Many over-thinkers are asked by their therapist to set aside some “worry time”. This worry time consists of 30 minutes a day where you can allow yourself to worry about things. Your thoughts might seem quite troublesome now, but will they still seem troublesome at 6pm when you can worry about them freely? Setting aside time once a day can help you to feel in control and less overwhelmed. 

Please note, the advice given in this blog is not a substitute for medical advice, it is merely a guide. If you find yourself worrying much of the time, it might be helpful to speak to your doctor or another mental health professional. 

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Mood-Boosting Recipes: Dark Chocolate Muddy Buddies

Chocolate can boost your mood thanks to the phenylethylamine it contains. When you eat chocolate, the phenylethylamine helps to boost your brain’s production of dopamine. 

It’s thought that the consumption of nuts can hep to reduce anxiety. 

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of malted wheat cereal squares
  • A third of a cup of smooth peanut butter
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips

  • 2 tablespoons of icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Method:

1 – Line a baking tray with some baking paper. Add the cereal to a large bowl. 

2 – Heat the chocolate chips in a saucepan over a medium-low heat. Stir frequently until the chocolate chips have melted.

3 – Add the peanut butter and stir well so it’s mixed in thoroughly . Once the ingredients have combined, remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Stir well. 

4 – Now pour the mixture over the cereal and stir until it’s evenly coated. Spoon the mixture onto the baking tray and spread it evenly with a spatula or the back of a large spoon. 

5. Refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes, or until the chocolate is hard. 

6 – Break the muddy buddies into bite size pieces, sprinkle the icing sugar over the top, and enjoy.

Make sure you refrigerate any muddy buddies that you don’t consume right away. This can help to keep them fresher for longer. 

The muddy buddies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. 

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Pleasure And How To Think About It

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Defining what pleasure is can be hard to do, possibly because it seems so easy. Many philosophers have studied the pleasures of the mind and body. They all seem to have different opinions about what pleasure is, but their opinions don’t mean they are right.

One way to define pleasure is to view it as the absence of physical and emotional pain. This is something that Epicurus, a Greek philosopher once said. Epicurus’s work continues to be used as a way of defending a person’s pursuit of pleasure. 

Many people choose to spend time in nature as a way of feeling good. They may choose to spend time in nature as a way of calming themselves, reducing stress, or by simply spending time away from other people.

Pleasure in Your Life

What gives you pleasure in your life, and what is the common link between those things that give you pleasure? If pleasure can be found by taking a walk, calling someone you love, or by thinking about your next holiday, these are things we should do as often as we can. The happier we are with life, the less likely we are to struggle with what the world throws at us.

No matter who we are, we can all find pleasure even in the smallest of things. 

 

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Better Sleep Can Reduce Anxiety and Stress

We’re often told that a good night’s sleep can make us feel better. Not only will we have greater levels of concentration, but, according to the British Psychological Society (BPS), we’ll have less anxiety and stress.  

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Studies have shown that poor mental health can increase your chance of having a bad night’s sleep. However, it has also been suggested that the reverse can also be true. So, when your sleep isn’t great, your mental health is likely to suffer. If you were to improve your quality of sleep, the BPS suggests that your mental health is likely to improve. It was also found that those who have physical health problems also benefited from better sleep. 

To help improve your sleep you could:

  • Turn off your phone, stop watching TV, and turn off bright lights at least a hour before you go to bed. 
  • Avoid consuming any caffeine at least 6 hours before you go to bed. 
  • Try to wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day.
  • Make sure your bed is comfortable and your bedroom is at a nice temperature. Around 20 Celsius can be ideal. 
  • Speak to your doctor if you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health?

We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

How to Breathe

Having read this article’s title, you’re probably thinking that you already know how to breathe. After all, you’ve been doing it for however many years you’ve been alive. But did you know that changing the way you breathe now and again can help to relax you, and even reduce anxiety and depression?

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How to Breathe

Lay or sit down, making sure you’re comfortable. Close your eyes, and begin to breathe through your nose.

Concentrate on your diaphragm rising when you breathe in, and lowering when you breathe out.

Begin to slow your breathing down, so you inhale for six seconds and exhale for six seconds. If you have trouble with this, consider inhaling & exhaling for three or four seconds. 

Try to keep your breathing this way for at least a few minutes, ensuring you stay focused and relaxed. 

The easier breathing this way becomes, consider extending the amount of time you inhale and exhale. Extend it by a few seconds each week. 

You will soon find this technique works well when you’re anxious or stressed. While it might take a while to get used to, it can be very effective.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

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Mental Health Patients in Shared Wards

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A recent article in a national newspaper explained that many mental health patients are being made to share wards with other distressed patients. This is despite the NHS being told to give patients their own rooms. 

Mental health experts and the NHS watchdog have raised their concerns about the lack of privacy, disturbed sleep, and potential exposure to danger. 

Shared accommodation should be eradicated by 2024, according to ministers. However, this puts even more pressure on every NHS trust. It also means that patients who need better treatment might have to wait even longer for it. 

The Department of Health and Social Care believes single rooms can help to improve care. It even has the chance to reduce how long patients are kept in residential treatment. 

Dormitories are outdated and they are not ideal environments for those who need mental health treatment. With any luck, fewer patients will be housed in what can only be an uncomfortable environment for many. 

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Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

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How To Love Your Body

Are you unhappy with your body and what you see in the mirror? Trying to be more comfortable in your own skin is not always easy, but it can be worth it. 

Body image can affect many different parts of someone’s life. It can have a positive effect on your physical and mental health. However, if you don’t have a good body image you may even start to feel anxious or depressed. 

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What You Can Do 

Reflect on your values – We are told to never judge a book by its cover. However, the way other people look and dress can determine how we feel about them. Perhaps we should value compassion, equality, ad diversity more. It’s likely that the people you care about and like to spend time with are valued by you based not only on their appearance but their other values. 

Practice being grateful – The next time you look in the mirror try to feel grateful. Think about the parts of your body that you like. If you find yourself being critical, respond to that criticism with a compliment. 

Think about functionality – Think about what your body does and how it works. Your body helps you to breathe, sleep, dance, sing, talk with other people and do many other things. Your body isn’t deliberately trying to prevent you from living your life, in fact, it’s doing the exact opposite. Consider making a list of what your body does well and refer back to this list when you’re feeling bad. 

Use protective filtering – Protect yourself by filtering out anything that could potentially make you feel bad. Stop watching television shows about models, or wealthy skinny people. Don’t buy fashion magazines that may contain pictures of men or women that look “perfect”. Instead, spend time engaging with people who are body positive as they can have a good impact on your mental health. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

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5 More Foods That Can Fight Stress

Last week, we looked at 5 foods that can fight stress. This week, we’ll be looking at 5 more foods that can help to fight stress. Adding these foods to your diet can make a real difference. 

Strawberries and Citrus Fruits

Some studies have shown that vitamin C can help to reduce stress. Eating fruits such as strawberries, oranges, and grapefruits can help.

Warm Milk 

For hundreds of years, people have been drinking warm milk before they go to bed. This is because it can help you to relax and unwind. If you get into the habit of drinking milk before you go to sleep, your body will automatically start to relax. It’s the calcium in the milk that helps you to relax. This means that if you don’t want to or can’t drink dairy, you’ll find that other sources of calcium can help. 

Probiotics

Studies have shown that probiotics can do more than just aid your digestion. It has also been shown that they can boost your immune system and help to improve your mood and reduce anxiety. If you can, try to consume foods that contain probiotics, if you can’t, probiotic pills can help. 

Nuts

Nuts are full to the brim of B vitamins and other nutrients. The B vitamins contained in nuts can help to lower your stress levels. Nuts such as walnuts, pistachios, and almonds could help to reduce your blood pressure. But when it comes to reducing stress, it’s pistachios that seem to be the most effective. A handful a day can make a difference. 

High Fibre Foods

A 2018 study shows that consuming foods that contain a lot of fibre can help to reduce stress. Try eating whole grain or whole wheat foods in addition to sesame seeds, broccoli, kale, flaxseed, berries, green peas, and beans. 

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Small Talk: An Introvert’s Guide

We introverts often dread small talk. We can worry that we’ll run out of things to say or that we’ll be awkward or boring. It can be hard to avoid small talk in today’s world. We are all encouraged to be more sociable, even if it is at a safe distance. However, it is possible to use small talk without it being painful, you just need to know how. 

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Reduce Your Anxiety

Reduce your anxiety by staying positive and rational. Tell yourself that your anxiety stems from you and not the situation. You can also plan to reward yourself with a quiet night in once the event is over. 

Have a Purpose

Give your conversations a purpose. While small talk might feel useless, it can help to build a relationship with someone.

Be Curious

Ask people how they are, how their weekend was, and be genuinely interested. Offer a thoughtful response to what they say. If you show you’re interested the person will be more likely to think of you in a positive light.

Make the Conversation Interesting

If someone asks you how you are, instead of saying “Good, thanks”, respond with something like “Oh, I’m good, thank you. It’s my first time in this city, I’m looking forward to seeing a show tomorrow”. Adding a bit of interest to the conversation will make the other person more relaxed which could make you more relaxed. 

Add Depth to the Conversation

Let’s imagine you meet someone for the first time and they tell you what they do. You could add depth by saying “What made you choose that type of work?”, for example. If you’ve just been to a meeting and you’re talking with your fellow attendees, you could ask “What did you think of the meeting?”

Recognise Social Cues

If the other person seems to be less interested in the conversation, try switching the topic. Compliment them on what they’re wearing, talk about something else, or simply wrap up the conversation.

Be Kind to Yourself

It’s ok to be an introvert, it’s ok to struggle with social events. Just be kind to yourself. Try not to play conversations over and over in your head. Take a few minutes to go over the conversation, reflect on it, and let it go. Remember, if you want to be successful at something, you need to be prepared to fail at it a few times. 

 

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What We Do

We are a Selby mental health charity that offers low-level early intervention. Our support network is comprised of people from the local community. Some members of our team have lived experiences of mental health. We believe this lived experience makes a huge difference to the support offered. 

We understand that the support we offer is needed more than ever before. The pandemic has left many people feeling isolated and lost. These feelings can often result in mental health concerns or exacerbate existing concerns. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Here at The Big Communi-tea, we provide Mental Health First Aid training, Safeguard training, and Suicide Prevention training. In addition to this, we use a peer-to-peer support model. This model ensures that every member of our team and those who ask us for help feel a part of something. 

Accessing Services and Organisations

We are here to help people access mental health services and organisations. We can help to bridge the gap between a person’s mental health issues, and them receiving the support they need. 

We occasionally work with local charities who ask us to help someone they are concerned about. This ensures the individual gets the support and care they need. 

Training

We are proud to offer training to services and organisations that support vulnerable people with mental health needs. Once the training has been completed, the service or organisation is given a “Mental health aware” decal to put on display. The decal also mentions where people can get support if they need it.

We will also ask people who work with support services to provide 3 hours of mental health support each month to those who need it. 

Mental Health Stigma 

Mental health still has a stigma that needs to be smashed. We want to offer a kind ear and a tea (or coffee) to those who need support or are feeling lonely. 

Tea and a chat? We can help with that. 

We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. We’re just trying to support people who live in North Yorkshire. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

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How To Ease A Broken Heart

If you have recently broken up with someone you might be feeling sad. Some people feel heartbroken after a break-up and it might feel as if the pain will never go away. One of the reasons some people feel so bad after a break-up is because they feel a sense of loss, rejection, and betrayal. When we feel this way, the stress hormone cortisol is released. This can leave us feeling as if we need to fight or flee. 

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How to Ease Heart Ache

Accept how you feel – It can be hard to accept how you feel, but it’s important that you do. Once you accept that you are heartbroken you can start to process your feelings. It is ok to feel sad. 

Allow yourself to grieve – While you might be tempted to hold things together, remember that you are allowed to grieve. Ask for support if you need it. You can get help from friends, family, and even support groups in Barlby and the surrounding areas. 

Do some exercise – Exercise can help you to deal with how you’re feeling. You don’t need to do a lot of exercise unless you feel inclined to. When you exercise, your cortisol levels go down and you can begin to feel better. 

Distract yourself – A good way to ease how you’re feeling is by distracting yourself. Try to redirect your thoughts so you don’t dwell on your heartache quite so much. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

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Video Call Dysmorphia

If you have spent a lot of time participating in video conferences over the last 18 months, chances are you may have become used to seeing yourself on screen. However, some people find this phenomenon quite hard to deal with. In fact, there has been an increase in cosmetic surgery due to video conferencing. 

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Cosmetic clinics have seen an increase in the desire for procedures that involve smoothing out wrinkles. Nose jobs have also been a much-requested procedure. However, not everyone seems to be aware that they are looking at a distorted image of themselves. The closer you are to the camera, the more distorted the image is. Lockdown seems to have created a perfect storm, leaving more people feeling conscious. 

The important thing to realise is that the image you see of yourself on the screen is not a true “reflection” of you. If you tend to take part in video calls via your mobile phone, there’s a real chance you will have the camera pointed up at you. Again, the image that you see of yourself is not accurate. While video conferencing has been and is still a great way to stay in touch with others, there’s a risk that it’s led to more people suffering from dysmorphia

 

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How To Fill Your Life With More “Wow”

When we experience more “Wow” moments, we experience better physical health. In fact, we have more than just better physical health, we also have a better mood, more humility, and more life satisfaction. In addition to this, when we experience more moments that make us go “Wow”, we become better social beings and we’re more cooperative and generous.

When we feel shame, we can feel quite small. When we experience “Wow” moments, we can still feel small, but we can also feel exhilarated. 

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Here’s how to experience more “Wow” moments:

Think about other people’s courage and beauty – Think about how brave some of the people you know are. Consider the Black Lives Matter movement, Greta Thunberg, or someone closer to home. It’s easy to discount how courageous other people are, especially if you don’t relate to the situation. When you observe someone who blows you away, you experience more “Wow” moments. The person you observe does not need to be well-known, they could be a neighbour, a friend, or even a family member who has shown a lot of courage

Spend more time in nature – Spending more time in nature can help you to experience more of these moments. In fact, just one 15 minute walk a week can help you to feel more positive. When you’re out and about in nature, consider its vastness. It’s likely that you will experience a few “Wow” moments when you realise that nature is very powerful and beautiful. 

Create or listen to music – Listening to music can help you to feel what some people call the “Chills”. Listening to any music can make you feel good. Creating music can also make you feel this way. 

Visit more museums and art galleries – There’s a lot of incredible art out there. Why not get out and see it? You don’t have to be the world’s greatest art lover to enjoy art. Spend time at a museum and learn more about the world. Chances are you’ll also experience some “Wow” moments when you visit museums. 

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5 Foods That Can Fight Stress

We all know that exercising, meditation, and mindfulness can help you reduce stress. However, not everyone is aware that food can do the same. The next time you are feeling stressed, considering using some or all of the following foods to help you feel calmer:

Chamomile Tea

We all know that a hot drink can help you to feel calmer. However, there are some teas that really can make a difference. Just one cup of chamomile can help you to relax, relieve anxiety, and help you to sleep a little better. This naturally occurring herb tastes good and can be enjoyed as a tea, perhaps sweetened with a little honey, should you wish.

Dark Chocolate 

Many people love chocolate, but did you know that it can help you to reduce stress? Containing antioxidants, dark chocolate can help to lower your stress hormones. Approximately 28 grams of chocolate a day can help. Ideally, you should stay away from chocolate that contains a lot of sugar.

Fish 

Adding some fish to your diet can help you to fight stress. This is thanks to its high omega 3 content. Salmon, trout, halibut, herring, tuna, and mackerel can all help. 

If you’re not a fan of eating fish, you could eat chia seeds, seaweed, or walnuts instead.

Avocados

Containing essential fatty acids, avocados can help to lower your stress levels, improve your mood, and boost your concentration. It’s recommended that you consume half-to-one avocados a day. They can be enjoyed on toast, on their own, in a salad, or as guacamole.

Wholegrains

Wholegrains can help you to feel less stressed. They won’t cause a spike in blood sugar, unlike white bread or pasta. In fact, they can help you to feel fuller for longer. In addition to this wholegrains are full of fibre, and serotonin, your brain’s happy chemical.

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Young People With A Respectful Boss Are More Resilient At Work

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A study that took place at Kansas State University showed that when someone is respected and valued by their boss they are more adaptable in the work place. When young people feel respected, they become more loyal, happier, and they’re more engaged in their work. 

The study that involved more than 1,000 young adults, found that they dealt with challenges at work much more easily. In addition to this, they were more likely to stay with the company.

The study also showed that the ethnicity or gender of the participants had no difference in the outcome. However, there was a difference in the field that they worked in. Those who worked in computing had a lot more respectful engagement than those who worked in sales, healthcare, education, or retail.

If you have more supportive colleagues and supervisors, your job satisfaction and engagement. The results of the study show that those of us who are happy at work are unlikely to look elsewhere. There are many different workplaces out there, however, when there is mutual respect and appreciation, it makes a difference to how young people feel at work. 

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Does Life Seem Unreal? Here’s How To Cope

Most people seem to make their way through life without giving reality a second thought. They move through life with a sense of integration. But what would happen if life suddenly felt unreal? What would happen if you felt cut off from reality?

Approximately 2% of the population feel this way on any given day. Those who experience these feelings have what is known as “Depersonalisation disorder”.

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Psychologists have suggested that a person’s feelings of unreality can be linked to psychological trauma. Their feelings of detachment from the world may be a defence mechanism.

So what can you do if life seems unreal? Here are some suggestions:

  • Recognise your feelings – Understand that it’s you that feels a loss of reality. Recognising these feelings can help life to seem a little more real.
  • Describe how you’re feeling “as if” – Use a phrase such as “I feel as if I’m dreaming”, “I feel as if other people are robots”, “I feel as if my head is full of cotton wool” etc. If you can use the “as if” phrase, it shows that your sense of reality is still intact. 
  • Focus on other things – If you try to push your feelings of unreality away, you end up empowering them. Instead, try to focus on other things. Your feelings of depersonalisation will usually be brief, so keep your mind occupied elsewhere. 
  • Use grounding techniques – Watch your favourite television programme, be aware of your breathing, or learn a new skill. These techniques can help you to reduce your sense of depersonalisation. 

 

 

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Frontline Nurses Did Not Receive Adequate Mental Health Support

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Many people are still suffering from the effects of lockdown and social distancing. Stress, fear, insomnia, frustration, depression, and the stigma associated with self-isolation are still felt by many. However, NHS staff and those who worked in care homes during the pandemic have found that they had even more to deal with. Not only were they faced with a pandemic and its effects, but they also had to and still have to deal with the lasting impacts.

A 2020 survey showed that 21% of nurses who worked in clinical areas experienced moderate to severe anxiety. Just less than 20% of nurses experienced depression. Another study showed that 64% of frontline workers were anxious when the pandemic began. 35% of them reportedly wanted support but they were unable to ask for it.

In addition to a lack of PPE, and concerns that they would pass the virus onto their family, many nurses felt that they received inadequate emotional support. Some even reported receiving little to no support.

The NHS and its organisations need to make sure they are ready to offer their staff the support they need. Private hospitals and care nursing homes also need to do the same. By supporting those who risked their lives to look after others, the NHS and other organisations can keep running.

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How To Be Angry

Everyone gets angry from time to time, and we all have different reasons for being angry. Anger is usually attributed to external events, however, it actually emerges from 3 different but interacting factors: A provocation, your interpretation of what provoked you, and your mood at the time. Before you even feel angry you interpret the thing that provoked you. In other words, you decide what that provocation means to you.  

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What To Do With Your Anger 

It is possible to understand your anger and be angry in a healthy way:

Should you be angry? – When evaluating the situation that has made you angry, consider if you have been treated unfairly or wronged. Some people find that analysing the situation makes them rethink their response. Alternatively, they could also realise that their anger was justified. 

What does the anger tell you? – If your anger is justified, try to consider why you’re feeling this way. Doing this can help you to get out of your current situation by dealing with the anxiety that you’re feeling about work, for example. 

What does it tell you about yourself? – When you evaluate your anger, you learn more about yourself. Ask why you are angry about your colleague always being late. Perhaps you’re angry because their lateness means you have more work to do or you cannot meet your deadline. Thinking about your anger can help you to decide what to do next. 

How to Prevent Anger

If you find that you’re angry quite often, you could try some anger management techniques. For example, you could breathe deeply and try to relax your muscles. These methods can help to decrease your unwanted physiological and emotional arousal. 

Using Anger Productively 

Anger can be a useful tool. It can give you the energy you need to solve your problem. However, if you allow your anger to blow up, it can hurt you and those around you. There isn’t a right thing to do when you’re angry. Sometimes it can be really helpful to hold your anger in if expressing how you feel can be unsafe or risky. However, suppressing your anger can have physical and mental consequences if you do it too much.

One of the best things you can do is to deal with the anger based on the situation. Being able to communicate that you’re angry in a productive way is a hugely important skill. It can be hard to stay professional when you’re angry, but it listening to others who have heard that you’re angry can be very valuable to you. 

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Stress-Busting Recipe: Dark Chocolate Pots

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine which encourages your brain to release dopamine, a happy chemical. Chocolate that contains 70% or more cocoa is known to reduce cortisol levels, leaving you feeling less stressed.

Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 180 grams of chopped dark chocolate (preferably with 70% cocoa)
  • 100 grams of unsalted butter
  • 75 grams of caster sugar 
  • 2 eggs, (separate the yolk and whites)
  • 210ml of thickened cream
  • 80ml of water
  • 2 tablespoons of icing sugar
  • Cocoa powder 

1 – Add the chocolate, water, and butter to a heatproof bowl that’s held over a pan of simmering water. Stir well until the chocolate has melted. Remove from heat and set to one side.

2 – Use an electric beater to beat the egg whites until you have soft peaks. Set to one side.

3 – Take the caster sugar and egg yolks and beat them until you have a pale, thick mixture. Fold in the chocolate. Add one-third of the egg whites, and stir to loosen. Now add the remaining egg whites. 

4 – Divide the mixture between 2-3 bowls and place in the fridge for up to 3 hours or until the choc pots have set. 

5 – Now take the cream and icing sugar and whisk them until soft peaks are formed. Top the chocolate pots with the cream mix and dust with the cocoa powder. 

6 – Add some mint or berries to decorate.

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When You’re Asleep Your Brain is Still Awake

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If you’ve ever been woken by a sound when you’ve been in a deep sleep, you may have wondered how you heard what you heard. The fact is that your brain is not oblivious to the outside world, even when you’re sleeping deeply. However, during REM (Rapid eye movement) sleep, you’re a lot less likely to be woken by the same sound. This is of course unless the noises you hear happen to be life-threatening.

REM sleep seems to shut the brain down a little more than deep sleep does. Perhaps this is because we dream at this stage of sleep. Scientists know that REM sleep is very important for your body, which could be why you’re less likely to be woken during this phase of sleep. 

The brain tends to be more active during REM sleep. This is because areas of your brain that are vital for retaining or making memories and learning are stimulated. If this stage of sleep is disturbed you might wake up feeling a little groggy. However, if a life-threatening noise woke you, you know you weren’t completely asleep.

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Signs You Need to Put Your Mental Health Before Work

A lot of people neglect their mental health so that they can do well at work. If you’re one of these people, there’s a real chance you could be struggling with your mental health right now. 

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How can you tell that it’s time to re-prioritise things and give yourself a bit of a break? Here’s how:

You Think You Have to be Perfect

If you think you have to be perfect, you could be suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. This is because you’ll always be striving for perfection. Perfectionism can get in the way of your happiness, and you could suffer from low self-esteem because of this.

You Feel Like a Failure 

Those that try to be perfect often feel like a failure. You could feel worthless, depressed, socially isolated, and fail to sleep well. If you constantly feel like a failure, it’s time to take a step back and re-evaluate things.

You Don’t Know When to Stop Working 

Perhaps you work very long days because it’s part of your job. However, working very long hours can be detrimental to your health. Switch your laptop and your work phone off. If you don’t choose to disconnect, in theory, you’re always at work.

You Struggle to Make Decisions

If you suffer from depression, anxiety, or another mental health condition, you could struggle to make decisions. When we are in a state of flight or fight, decision-making can be impossible and have a huge impact on your self-confidence.

You Lay Awake thinking About Work

If you lay awake at night thinking about work, chances are you’re more stressed than you think. Write down everything that’s concerning you as this can help you to feel better. You might also want to get some exercise as it can help you sleep.

You Keep Getting Sick 

If you’re close to burnout your physical health can be affected. Headaches or muscle or stomach aches can be an indication that you’re burned out. There may also be other causes of your physical pain, but it’s worth knowing that stress can be a factor.

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Learning About Yourself helps You To Understand Others

We, humans, are social creatures and we can understand and recognise other people’s mental states, their beliefs, knowledge, and their intentions. This ability is important because it helps us to interact with others and form a social bond. 

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A 3-month long study took place in which the 140+ participants were asked to think about the different aspects of their personalities. They were shown an autobiographical video and answered a series of questions based on what they thought the storyteller’s intentions were. The participants were asked to identity 6 sub-personalities in themselves (Such as their vulnerability, their caring side, the happy child, and so on).

They were then asked to complete a course where they had to objectively observe their thoughts while meditating. The next part of the course involved grouping into pairs and taking time to be the speaker or listener. The listener had to guess what the speaker was thinking, based on one of their sub-personalities.

Once this part of the study was over, the participants were asked to complete a theory of mind test. This was the same test that they had taken before the study began. The final test showed that the participants had a better theory of mind when looking for negative states than they had before the study took place. It was thought this was because people who are better at looking at the negative side of their own personality can understand themselves more. It’s also widely accepted within the world of psychology that accepting negative emotions is beneficial to your mental health. 

As soon as we are aware of our own negative emotions, we tend to have greater compassion and respect for others. In addition to this, we can help to reduce the stigma and ostracism associated with people who have a different outlook from us. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

How To Talk About Suicide

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You don’t need to be a therapist to help someone and to potentially save their life. Many of those with suicidal thoughts want to be heard. They want to know that they are heard without judgement. Reaching out to someone who you suspect might be suicidal can make them feel less alone. Showing you care and being kind can make a real difference to someone’s day. 

Put an End to the Shame and Guilt 

One of the most important things you can do is to encourage open discussion. Don’t speak in whispers about mental health, talk openly about it. When you do, it’s likely that you and those around you will find it easier to talk about anything that’s bothering them. 

In an Emergency

If you think someone is in immediate danger, call 999. If you feel like you’re in immediate danger of suicide, please call 999.

If the threat is not imminent, try to encourage the other person to seek help.

Ask if They’re Suicidal

It’s ok to ask someone if they are suicidal. Asking someone this question won’t make them suicidal. You might be the first person to show that you care, this can really make a difference.

Remember Men and Minorities

It’s important that you remember men and minorities are much less likely to seek help. This means they have an increased risk of suicide.

Talk About Hopelessness and Helplessness

If someone is feeling completely hopeless or helpless, it can indicate that they feel unable to make any positive changes. These feelings can be a result of depression or a traumatic event. In addition to feeling hopeless or helpless, they might be pretending to feel ok, day after day.  This can be exhausting for them, which means they could be spending a lot of time at home so they don’t have to pretend quite so much.

If you think someone is in immediate danger, call 999. If you feel like you’re in immediate danger of suicide, please call 999.

Helplines:

  • Samaritans: 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org
  • Childline – for people under the age of 19 – Phone: 0800 068 41 41
  • SOS Silence of Suicide – 0300 1020 505, email support@sossilenceofsuicide.org
  • Shout Crisis Text Line – text “SHOUT” to 85258
  • YoungMinds Crisis Messenger – for people under the age of 19 – text “YM” to 85258

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

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How to Create Your Own Luck

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Many of us think that luck or good fortune simply happens or doesn’t happen for some people. However, we can all learn to find happiness, be alert and expect and the unexpected.

If you want to be lucky, you need to be open to the unexpected. An experiment was carried out for the BBC. Someone who considered himself to be lucky and a lady who considered herself to be unlucky were asked to go to a coffee shop on separate occasions. A £5 was placed on the pavement outside the coffee shop.

The lucky person noticed the £5 and went inside the coffee shop, ordered a coffee, and struck up a conversation with a well-connected stranger. The unlucky lady did not notice the £5 note and did not strike up a conversation with the stranger.

Both participants had the same opportunities, but only one of them was able to see them. While this experiment was quite lighthearted, it shows that being alert and open to opportunities can make a difference.

How to Create Your Own Luck 

Recognise your biases

– We all have preconceptions of the world, and these preconceptions can make it hard to spot the unexpected. Think about all of the (good) unexpected things that could happen today. When you add up all of these events, it’s likely that something unexpected could happen.

Cultivate your mindset

When it comes to solving problems, we tend to use the strategies that we’re familiar with. This means we are unlikely to come up with simpler solutions even if they save us time. If you know how to improvise and use a tool, for example, in a different way, you can change your mindset. When you begin to look at things differently, you begin to work in new ways, and this can help you to find more opportunities.

Connect with Others 

It doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or an extrovert, you can learn conversation skills that can help you to connect with other people. Learn how to connect with others, when you do, you’ll find that more opportunities present themselves. 

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Mood-Boosting Recipes: Blueberry, Coconut, & Pumpkin Seed Parfait

Quinoa is full of protein and complex carbohydrates, which can help to keep your blood sugar stable. Quinoa can, therefore, help you to feel less irritable as it can help to prevent blood sugar spikes.

Blueberries can help to prevent cognitive decline and improve your short-term memory.

Coconut can help to elevate your mood.

Pumpkin seeds contain magnesium which has been shown to relieve stress and anxiety

Sunflower seeds contain Vitamin B12, which can help to boost your concentration, memory, and serotonin levels. 

Serves: 2

(Some of the ingredients in this recipe need to be prepared the day before.)

Ingredients:

  • 125ml of quinoa
  • 30ml of oats
  • 30ml of apple juice

  • 62ml of Greek yogurt
  • 1.5 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds
  • 1.5 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
  • 1.5 tablespoons of desiccated coconut

For the sauce:

  • 125ml of coconut cream 
  • 125 ml of frozen blueberries 
  • 62g of sugar

Method: 

1 – Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the packet. Allow to cool.

2 – Once the quinoa has cooled, place it into a glass bowl with the oats. Add the apple juice and yogurt and store in the fridge overnight.

3 – Now add the sugar and blueberries to a saucepan. Simmer gently for approximately 15 minutes, or until you have a reduced syrup. Set to one side and allow to cool. 

4 – Open the tin of coconut cream and place in the fridge overnight so it thickens. 

5 – Once the coconut cream is thick, pour it into a glass bowl, ensuring you discard the watery liquid that has separated. Whip with an electric whisk until you can form stiff peaks. Set to one side. 

6 – Now take the quinoa and spoon it into 2 serving glasses so the quinoa fills half of the glasses. Top the quinoa with the sunflower and pumpkin seeds. 

7 – Add a spoonful of the whipped coconut cream on top. 

8 – Drizzle the blueberry syrup over the coconut cream, and sprinkle some desiccated coconut over the top. Alternatively, you can add mint, granola, and any fruit you wish. 

9 – Enjoy. 

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Couples That Blamed The Pandemic For Their Stress Were Happier

During the pandemic, many of us found ourselves having minimal contact with people other than our partners. If you found yourself spending more time with your partner than usual, it’s understandable that tensions would have arisen.

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A recent study has suggested that the pandemic had a huge impact on how people dealt with stress. Surprisingly, the study found that when stress was blamed on the pandemic, couples tended to be happier in their relationship.

The participants of the study were asked to keep a record of how they were feeling, They were also asked what made them stressed and what or who they blamed for their stress. The results of the study also showed that women were much more likely to gain some benefits when they blamed the pandemic for their stress levels. It was also shown that women appeared to be more distressed during this time. The reason for this is that women were less satisfied than men when considering their work-life balance.

It’s likely that people were blaming the pandemic for their stress because their stress was most likely caused by the pandemic. The study concluded that couples who blamed the pandemic on their stress were happier. This was likely to be because they might not have had any relationship difficulties in the first place. When couples are aware of their stress and they can talk about it openly, their relationship can thrive.

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Laughing Can Boost Your Health & Wellbeing

Have you ever heard the phrase “Laughter is the best medicine”? There is some real truth behind this well-known phrase. Psychologist William Fry suggested that laughter should be known as “Internal jogging”. This is thanks to the fact that laughter has a similar effect on the heart as exercise does.

There’s also a real indication that laughter can relax your blood pressure and muscles while enhancing your immune system. In fact, a study of almost 21,000 senior citizens showed that people who laughed every day were much less likely to suffer from heart disease. If that isn’t a great excuse to have a good chuckle, I don’t know what is. 

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Want to feel happier? Make yourself laugh. You can do this by:

  • Learn to laugh on your own – Not everyone is comfortable laughing on their own. However, with a bit of practice, we can all enjoy a chuckle when no one else is around. Watch a funny movie, listen to a comedian. Have some fun, and intentionally try to laugh more often. You can force yourself to laugh, even if it might feel a little strange at first. 
  • Laughing with others – Have a laugh with your friends and family. Do something that makes you all giggle. 

  • Write your own jokes – Writing your own jokes is a great way to make yourself and others laugh. You don’t have to be the world’s greatest comedian to make others chuckle. If you don’t want to write your own jokes have simply find some jokes that you love and repeat them to people you want to make laugh. Ensure that the jokes you tell don’t hurt anyone and they’re not inappropriate, you want to make people laugh rather than offend them. 

There’s plenty of research out there that shows laughter is beneficial to both psychological and physical health. So go on, do or watch something that makes you laugh! 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

How To Stay Active When You’re Feeling Down

in 1973, Charles Ferster, a behavioural psychologist noticed that those who feel down tend to do a lot less than people who don’t feel down. In addition to this, those who feel down tend to do less of the things that they usually enjoy. It was argued that this behaviour can be an important consideration when treating depression.

If you’re feeling down, you may find yourself unwilling to participate in activities that you usually enjoy. However, there are a few things you can do to stay active when you’re not feeling quite so good.

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  • Make a note of what you do every day – Do this for 1 week. Also, make a note of how you were feeling during the activities on a scale of 1-10. This can help you to understand changes in your behaviour so you can see where your mood improved. 

  • Evaluate what you did – What were you doing when your mood had improved? Even a small increase can help you to plan the next step.
  • Make a plan – Once 7 days have passed, make a plan for the next week. Plan to include those activities that helped you to feel better. You don’t have to do them every day, just try to do them often. 
  • Stick to your plan – There may be times when you don’t feel like doing very much. However, it’s important that you stick to your plan. Don’t wait until you feel better, do them as per your plan. 
  • Evaluate how your plan went – Take time at the end of each day to reflect on every activity you undertook. Make a note of any benefits you got from them. Also mention those times when you found it hard to start or even finish an activity. Is there something that can make it more manageable in the future?

  • Be patient – Your mood might no instantly improve. However, if you keep going with your plans, things will become easier. Be patient as it can take weeks for things to become easier and for you to find out how this experiment helps you. 

If you’re struggling to feel good, please speak to your doctor. They can help you to get the support that you need. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

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Remote Work Helped Introverts To Stand Out

During the pandemic, many people found themselves working from home for the first time. For some people, working from home was hard, for others, it was something they relished, so much so that they began to stand out.

Introverts can thrive when they are left to work alone. Happy in their own company, they can find social interaction draining. This doesn’t mean they’re depressed or shy, they are happy to be a silent partner in the workplace.

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When many people were asked to work from home, they may have had more alone time, and were, therefore, able to get on with their tasks without much (if any) draining social interaction.

Workplaces tend to be designed for extroverts, and it’s where they thrive. An introvert’s nightmare can be any workplace that encourages any form of social interaction. However, introverts are happy to share their thoughts from time to time, they simply feel less need to express their thoughts and ideas as much as their extroverted colleagues. 

Working from home allowed introverts to feel more in control of time management. Seeing fewer people allowed them to work on their own, at their own pace, and within minimal contact with their colleagues. With the ability to work in a more comfortable environment, introverts began to stand out. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

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How to Manage Troubling Thoughts

All of us have many different thoughts each day. We have ideas, images, plans, stories, or beliefs that can run through our minds. Oftentimes, our thoughts are under our control. In other words, we initiate them and even direct them to an extent. However, not all of our thoughts are under control. Some thoughts seem to randomly show up in our consciousness.

For example, if you suddenly remembered that you’re supposed to be attending an appointment, you’ll know that thoughts can show up without your control or intent. These are known as intrusive thoughts. While some intrusive thoughts can be mundane, others can seem disturbing or scary. These are known as unwanted intrusive thoughts. 

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Studies have shown that more than 90% of people occasionally experience unwanted intrusive thoughts. These thoughts tend to point to aggression, sexual inappropriateness, or contamination. While thoughts such as these don’t always have a specific origin or cause, they can result from trauma. People who suffer from PTSD, for example, can experience unwanted intrusive thoughts months or years after the traumatic events. 

Here’s how to deal with unwanted intrusive thoughts:

  • Acknowledge and label them – Acknowledge your thoughts before labelling them as “unwanted” or “Intrusive” so you know these thoughts aren’t predictions or dangerous.
  • Write the thoughts down – It can help to write your thoughts down. This helps you to acknowledge them and get them out of your head. 

  • Validate them – Recognise that you’re having unwanted intrusive thoughts. The thoughts don’t mean you’re broken it just means your brain is making you aware of potentially dangerous things. 
  • Validate your emotional response – It’s ok for you to occasionally feel disturbed or frightened by your thoughts, so validate your emotional response to them.
  • Redirect your attention – Once you have validated the thought and your response turn your attention elsewhere. This will encourage you to think about something else, making you feel better. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

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Community centre and Warehouse manager

Job Description: Community centre and Warehouse manager.

 

The Big Communitea is a mental health charity that strives to change perceptions and stigma whilst promoting positive mental health. We have an excellent track record and an amazing team.

We have an excellent opportunity for a manager to lead our dedicated team of staff and volunteers based at our new community centre, at the very heart of Selby, and our van collection service and warehouse facilities

 

Position:

 

Centre/ Warehouse Manager

Hours: 42 hours per week

Full time, permanent

Flexible working days

 

Salary: £24000 to £27000 Dependant on experience.

Contract: 12 months.

Benefits: Generous annual leave, Pension Scheme, free parking, maternity/paternity benefits,

Annual Leave: 30 days per year, inclusive of the 8 statutory public holidays. This increases by one day each year until a maximum of 40 days is reached.

 

Job Description

 

Effectively manage the day to day running of the new centre, staff, and volunteers, with the aim of achieving optimum usage by innovative promotion of our new building. You will also support and manage day to day activities in the new premises. You will need to be diligent in controlling direct expenses whilst maintaining a consistent service to the people of Selby.

Linked to our fundraising and business model is our warehouse that is retailing donated furniture. You will keep a steady control over expense and furniture collections, ensuring that sales performance is maximised. You will actively seek ways to improve the performance on a continuous basis to further our long-term goals and sustainability. Controlling the recording of donated items, updating when items are sold or passed on as grants to clients. Supervise Gift Aid declarations and ensure sale of gift aid stock is being conducted within the HMRC guidelines and in accordance with procedures

As a multi-centre Manager, you will effectively lead, support, and manage the centre, warehouse, and its staff to ensure the delivery of an effective high-quality facility for the Selby district. Monitor the standards of service to ensure consistently high standards are maintained. Develop strategies to encourage footfall and participation, ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction.

Actively Promote Charity Partnerships. Recruiting new charities onto the service and setting up trials. Seeking buy-in at the head of fundraising level or above in the charity organisation.

Provide training, motivation. and feedback to staff. Complete relevant administration and ensure compliance with statutory bodies, policies, and procedures.  Maintain outstanding facilities and condition.

Conduct ongoing staff monitoring to assess any training needs. Control bookings for breakout rooms, conference, facilities, and clinics. Support the on-call staff, telephone support lines and multi-disciplinary teams. To work with the health and safety manager ensuring compliance with all aspects of Health and Safety legislation and risk management. Identify any issues regarding maintenance of the premises. Maintain and update window displays in line with activities and seasonal changes

Be responsible for dealing with formal complaints and resolving internal and external issues relating to customer service, customer care and volunteer relationships in the premises.

Attend and undertake any relevant key training workshops, events or meetings as required, playing an active role, and carrying out all actions required following the events.

Lead effective and engaging team meetings based on the Communiteas team meeting template, reporting back on key issues and questions raised.

Demonstrate a commitment to customer service excellence and deliver against the requirements of Communiteas quality framework.

Travel may be required throughout the area and elsewhere within England and Wales for training and meetings.

Always work within The Big Communities policies and procedures whilst constantly promoting best practice.

This is not an exhaustive list, and the post holder will be expected to undertake other duties as they arise within the remit of the job and appropriate to their level of seniority.

 

You will have

 

Personable, approachable, and adaptable

Proven successful experience as a centre or warehouse manager, with experience of managing and developing an outstanding team of up to 30 staff.

You will have a good understanding of Charities, will be a good negotiator, be able to make tough decisions.

You will have empathy and a good understanding around mental health (lived experience is preferable but not essential).

Experience of charity retail fundraising and in scheduling collections, deliveries, and planning logistics

Leadership and organizational skills. Good communication and interpersonal skills

Proven experience of working with vulnerable people, an understanding of their needs

Knowledge of safe-guarding and safe working practices

Strong management and coaching experience with excellent communication. Proven organisational and prioritising skills

Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and email

Ability to provide excellent customer service in an efficient and courteous manner.

Ability to be flexible, respond positively to change, and work effectively under pressure and deal with conflicting priorities.

Able to apply and be accountable for health and safety processes within the role.

Proven track record in a Business Development role

An ability to develop relationships quickly and maintain them

Ability to adapt quickly in a changing environment

Experience of managing a multi-disciplinary team

Must be willing to act as key holder

Full Driving Licence

 

 

Desirable

 

Experience of conducting staff appraisals and / or performance development reviews

Knowledge of merchandising and displays

Possess an interest and awareness in furniture.

Experience of working in a charity environment

Experience of working with budgets

Must be willing to work the occasional Sunday as required in line with peak trading periods such as Christmas.

Must be able to lift heavy and / or bulky items

A Nebosh general certificate

Mental Health First Aid (two-day Course)

 

How to Apply

 

Please send your Curriculum Viti and any relevant experience and your notice period to 

Jobs@Communitea.org.uk.

Stating: Centre manager.

We will then shortlist the applicants. The closing date is the 18th of August 2021. Shortlisting will be the 21st of August.

On a successful application you will need a DBS check and be signed up to the update service.

If you have any queries about this post, please contact HR on 01757 642022  

 

 

Mood-Boosting Recipe: Poached Eggs and Asparagus

Eggs are a good source of vitamin D and vitamin B, both of which are thought to boost your mood.

Asparagus contains the essential amino acid tryptophan. This is an amino acid that the body cannot produce, which means you need to consume foods that contain it. Tryptophan boosts serotonin levels and can even help to prevent anxiety and depression.

Ingredients: 

1 egg

4-6 sticks of cooked asparagus

Serves: 1

Method:

1 – Bring a pan of water to a boil and turn the heat down to low. 

2 – Crack one egg over a small bowl and remove the whites before placing it in a bowl

3 – Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to the pan and stir vigorously to create a vortex

4 – Pour the egg straight into the vortex and cook for 3 minutes. 

5 – As soon as the egg is done to your satisfaction remove it with a slotted spoon. 

6 – Serve with asparagus, a sprinkling of herbs, and a slice of toast, if you wish. 

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Bored? Here’s How to Channel Your Boredom

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If you consider boredom you might think that it’s somewhat trivial. However, boredom isn’t trivial at all, in fact, it has been suggested that boredom is disguised frustration. When we feel bored we can also feel motivated to act so we no longer feel that way. What you do next is up to you. Sometimes boredom can be good because without it you might not recognise that you may need to change a few things in your life. 

Boredom requires us to change how we connect with the world. It can encourage you to be creative, curious, or passionate. Boredom is not a state to remain in, so what can you do about it? Here are some ideas for you:

Relax 

When you’re feeling bored, try to relax even if you’re feeling frustrated. Take some deep breaths and do something to channel how you’re feeling. Sometimes something as simple as going for a walk can help. Physical exercise can help you to use up energy and leave you feeling better.

Reflect 

Once you have started to feel more relaxed, consider the rewards of the things you could be doing. Think about what you could do right now, and what the rewards are. If you start to feel enthusiastic or excited about those things you could do, you’re already well on your way to getting rid of boredom.

Change your Perspective

Change the way you look at things. If you’re stuck doing a repetitive job at work, try to beat your personal best time for the task you’re doing. Think of a new way to look at your world. Consider what a fly on the wall would see. Explore how you’re feeling from the outside and you could start to see things in a different light. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

Self-esteem: What Is It?

A lot of people don’t feel good about themselves some of the time. Unfortunately, some people never feel good about themselves. Their self-esteem can be such that it impacts their mental health and their daily lives. 

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Self Esteem: What is it?

Self-esteem refers to your opinion of yourself. People who have good self-esteem can feel good about themselves and about life. In addition to this, they might find it easy to deal with life’s challenges. 

People with low self-esteem don’t seem themselves in a positive light. Life can seem hard at times and they could struggle to deal with life’s challenges. 

You can find some useful information about self-esteem, its causes, and theories here

Where to Get Help for Low Self-Esteem 

You can get help from a variety of sources, these include:

  • Your GP – Your GP can help you to get the support you need. They may offer you medication and/or ask you to keep a diary of how you’re feeling. 
  • A therapist or counsellor – If your doctor thinks you need extra support, they may refer you to a therapist or counsellor. 
  • Your family and friends – Your family and friends 
  • Your community – There may be some local support groups who can offer you help and the opportunity to talk about how you’re feeling. 

You may have always had low self-esteem or you may be feeling down about yourself for the 1st time. The good news is there’s help available. You do not need to struggle with your self-esteem on your own.

 

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Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

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Short Guide to Having More Meaningful Conversations

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Remember the time you had a really in-depth conversation with a stranger at a busy bus stop? If you don’t, you won’t be alone. Having an in-depth conversation can be awkward. We usually feel pressured to say something to someone, but there isn’t always the time to have an in-depth conversation. Welcome to the world of small talk! 

 

A psychologist at the University of Arizona says that small talk can be defined on the basis of how much information is exchanged between you and the stranger. If you know no more about the stranger than you did before, you indulged in small talk. 

Small talk can fill the silence, but it can feel awkward and even seem pointless. So how can you have more meaningful conversations? Here’s how: 

  • Understand that small talk is necessary – Small talk is necessary to set the scene and establish some rapport.
  • Ask good questions – Try asking the other person “How did that feel?” or “What was that like?”. Your question will ellicit a much better response. There are some great questions on page 15 of this paper
  • Pay attention to the answers – Many people don’t actively listen. Instead, they wait for their turn to speak. Listening can be easy if you allow yourself to get used to it. When you listen, you learn more about the other person and you have more meaningful conversations. 

  • Share something about yourself – When you share something about yourself even the smallest thing, it helps the other person to feel close to you. it also encourages the other person to share something with you. 
  • Be ready to learn – If you know that you’re going to meet someone or a group of people, be ready to learn about them, the work they do, or a specific topic you know they’re interested in. This takes some open-mindedness and humility, but it can help you to learn more about them. 
  • Realise you need to give and take – The art of a meaningful conversation is give and take. If you are willing to listen to the other person and contribute to the conversation it’s likely to be much more meaningful. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

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During the Pandemic, Regular Gamblers Began Gambling Online

According to NHS Digital, almost 60% of men and 55% of women reported that they gambled in 2018. Statistics suggest that during the pandemic, online gambling grew by 8%. This is no doubt because people were still able to buy lottery tickets and scratchcards. However, betting shops had to close and matches were cancelled. As a result, many people took the opportunity to gamble online for the first time. While a study by the University of Bristol showed that the rates of gambling dropped, online gambling increased.

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It was originally thought that anxiety and depression were linked with the frequency at which a person would gamble. However, it was found that alcohol use had more of an impact. Those who tended to drink more than 6 units at least once a week were much more likely to gamble. In addition to this, it was found that those who started to struggle financially were much more likely to gamble during lockdown.

Both gambling and drinking are addictive behaviours, according to the study’s lead author, who also suggested that both behaviours could lead to serious social and health consequences.

While not everyone who gambles resorts to problematic behaviour, having access to online casinos can result in some people needing help. The link between alcohol and gambling suggests that restrictions on gambling sites and other digital interventions may be needed. If you’re concerned about gambling, one of the places you could get help is this website

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

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What is Gaslighting?

Gaslighting is a type of psychological and emotional abuse. It consists of someone using behavioural and verbal tricks to make sure someone else feels as if they cannot trust their own judgement. It can also result in someone feeling that they’re losing their mind. Gaslighting occurs because the abuser wants to have control over them.

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How You Can Spot a Gaslighter 

Gaslighters feel the need to be in control and have power. They need to be right about everything and they always need to be in charge. Gaslighters will make judgements about other people, criticise them, blame them for everything, intimidate them, deny they have responsibility for their actions while being verbally abusive. 

Some people are so good at manipulating others that what they’re doing might not be noticed at first. However, when the victim starts to question their own judgement, this is when the gaslighter has been successful. 

Why People Behave This Way 

Gaslighters behave as they do so that they can appear to be blameless, while they cause confusion, make you weaker, and create a lot of chaos. They behave this way most of the time so that you begin to question yourself (including your identity) and your self-esteem. 

Another reason why gaslighters behave the way they do is because they might have been raised by a gaslighter.  These behaviours were learned as a means of surviving in their chaotic world. 

Learn how you can protect yourself from a gaslighter here.

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Are You Unsafe At Home?

Domestic violence or abuse can and does happen to anyone. This type of abuse includes physical, as well as sexual, and emotional abuse. It can take place between family members or couples.

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Men and women can be victims of domestic abuse. It’s essential that male victims get the support they help.

The government is offering support to those who may need it. During the pandemic, a lot of people had to stay at home with their abuser. However, by law, you don’t need to self-isolate if you need to  escape domestic abuse. 

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help for more information.

If you are the victim of any domestic abuse no matter how severe, please talk to someone. You don’t need to wait for things to become worse before you ask for help. 

You can find more about domestic abuse, and the different types here

If You Leave

If you choose to leave you don’t have to deal with the aftermath on your own. The abuse is not your fault and there is support out there. 

The Men’s Advice Line, Women’s Aid, Galop (For LGBTQ+), or Refuge for Women, could help you. 

If you do choose to leave, be careful about who you tell. It’s essential that the abuser does not find out that you plan to leave or where you’ll go. 

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We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

How to Avoid Burnout

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Approximately 25% of adults experience some symptoms of burnout. These symptoms can include feeling run down and having little to no physical or emotional energy.

The term “Burnout” gets used a lot in the workplace. Burnout relates to a lot more than just being overworked or tired. It also relates to a continuous sense of pessimism about the future as well as the present.

Burnout can lead to a decline in the quality of the work that you do. Did you know that busy people can experience burnout outside of their job? Some people’s lives can be incredibly at home. This too can lead to pessimism about the future as well as the present.

How you Could Avoid Burnout

One of the best ways for you to deal with burnout is to take action before your life becomes too negative. If you’re already experiencing burnout, there are still some things you can do:

Take Time Out

You don’t have to take time off your job in Brayton, for example, to have time out. Why not take some small breaks every day to talk to positive people, have a stretch, and enjoy a few slow, deep breaths?

Think about what you would like to achieve with the rest of your working day. Focus on the important things.

Unplug From Technology

Consider turning your phone’s and tablet’s notifications off at least 1 hour before you go to bed. If you have to check emails, check them at set times of the day.

Give Yourself a Reward

Schedule some time with a friend and enjoy a coffee with them. Go for a walk

Signs You Could Almost be Burned Out

  • Experiencing stress and health issues
  • Having relationship difficulties because of your feelings surrounding your job
  • Having a hard time making work-related decisions or concentrating at work
  • Complaining about your interactions with your colleagues or avoiding interactions with them
  • Feeling afraid when your vacation comes to an end

You may also want to think about the things you can control. Write a list of those things you have a good amount of control over. Can your schedule be more flexible? Could you collaborate with your colleagues a little more? When you focus on what you can control, you might get that energy boost you need. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk