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The secret to self care

The secret to self care

Self-care seems to be the new buzzword.  But do we really understand what self-care is and when we need to do it?  Many of us tune into the need for self-care when our emotional wellbeing is poor, but it is most effective when it is treated as a preventative measure. ...

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Happy World Sleep Day

Happy World Sleep Day

Getting enough sleep is essential for good mental health.  It is one of our basic needs and when we do not get enough sleep, it can have a detrimental impact. To mark this day, I have produced an information sheet on sleep, focusing on something called Sleep Hygiene. ...

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Welcome to March 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to March 2021 Newsletter

It is my pleasure to share my first monthly newsletter with you.  If would like to be added to my distribution list, please leave your details in the "Contact me" section of my website. I do hope you enjoy reading it. Gemma Antcliffe Counselling - March 2021...

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When challenging feels…challenging

When challenging feels…challenging

Today is International Women’s Day 2021 and the theme is #ChooseToChallenge.  Central to this campaign is encouraging both women and men to call out gender bias, challenge inequality, question stereotypes and help forge an inclusive world.   We are all responsible for...

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Our relationship with guilt

Our relationship with guilt

Guilt is a universal emotion, yet we all have a unique relationship with it.  The extent to which we take personal responsibility will impact on how guilty we feel.  Whilst guilt ensures we uphold certain values, an overwhelming sense of guilt can have a detrimental...

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Always look on the bright side of life

Always look on the bright side of life

Capt Sir Tom Moore captured the hearts of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.  He famously said, “For all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment; the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away”.  Capt Sir Tom’s positivity was...

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Self harm; An increasingly hidden problem

Self harm; An increasingly hidden problem

"Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives” has been the residing public health message for almost a year.  Many people have been left to cope alone, isolated from support.  As a result, incidents of self harm have increased.  Coping strategies come in many...

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The Imposter Syndrome

The Imposter Syndrome

Is there a voice in your head which holds you back?  Does it tell you things like: I'm not smart or pretty enough. Why would anyone want to listen to me? Everyone else seems to have it much more together. These types of thoughts could indicate you are experiencing the...

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