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Building Resilience: Coping Skills for Life’s Challenges

Building Resilience: Coping Skills for Life’s Challenges

Life is full of ups and downs for all of us, and our ability to bounce back from challenges is what defines resilience. Resilience is not just about surviving difficult situations, but thriving despite them. It’s a crucial life skill that supports our mental health and overall well-being. In this blog, we’ll cover the psychological foundations of resilience and provide you with some practical,...

Sleep and Mental Health: Understanding the Link

Sleep and Mental Health: Understanding the Link

Have you ever noticed how a bad night’s sleep can make everything feel harder the next day? That’s because sleep and mental health are deeply connected. At Integrated Health Specialists, we see firsthand how sleep quality impacts our clients’ mental well-being and overall health. In this blog, we’ll explore the science behind this connection, examine some of the consequences of sleep deprivation...

Physical Activity and Mental Health: The Hidden Link

Physical Activity and Mental Health: The Hidden Link

It’s well known that exercise keeps our bodies healthy, but each year, its impact on our mental wellbeing is gaining more recognition among health professionals and the public alike. Engaging in physical activity triggers chemical changes in the brain, like the release of endorphins (often referred to as ‘feel-good’ hormones) which can elevate our mood and combat stress. But...

Cultivating Digital EQ: Thrive Emotionally in the Digital Age with Michelle van Namen’s New Book

Cultivating Digital EQ: Thrive Emotionally in the Digital Age with Michelle van Namen’s New Book

Book Title: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence in the Digital Age: A Psychologist’s DIGITAL EQ BLUEPRINT for Adults & Leaders to Thrive  Author: Michelle van Namen Available now on Amazon – https://mybook.to/DigitalEQ    For many of us today, our digital interactions outnumber our face-to-face encounters. From the moment we wake up, we’re immersed in a digital stream –...

Combining Psychology and Nutrition for Mental Wellness

Combining Psychology and Nutrition for Mental Wellness

When we talk about looking after our mental health, it’s easy to focus just on our thoughts and feelings. But there’s another piece of the puzzle that’s just as important: What we eat. It turns out, the way we feel and the food we choose are closely linked. This idea is at the heart of combining psychology and nutrition for mental wellness. It’s not just about eating...

What is Trauma-Informed Care and Why Does it Matter?

What is Trauma-Informed Care and Why Does it Matter?

As awareness grows across the mental health field and the broader community, there’s a deeper appreciation of the profound impact trauma can have on those who experience it. This has made trauma-informed care (TIC) essential for effective support and healing.  Understanding what trauma-informed care is and why it matters, not only enhances the support available for those affected by trauma...

Integrative Health: How to Combine Traditional and Alternative Therapies for Better Mental Health

Integrative Health: How to Combine Traditional and Alternative Therapies for Better Mental Health

Mental health and well-being are incredibly complex and are contributed to by a variety of factors, including our past experiences, genetic makeup, current circumstances, and more. In the search for improved mental health and healing, many of us find ourselves navigating a myriad of recommendations and treatments. On one hand, we have the popular traditional approaches — either those prescribed...

Debunking Common Myths About Women’s Mental Health

Debunking Common Myths About Women’s Mental Health

Mental health is a topic that attracts a lot of discussion these days, and that’s a good thing. Yet, the conversation surrounding women’s mental health specifically is often rife with misconceptions, stereotypes, and outright myths. These misunderstandings can perpetuate stigma and make it difficult for women to seek the support and treatment they need. In this blog post, we aim to debunk...

Managing Stress During Menopause: 6 Life-Changing Techniques

Managing Stress During Menopause: 6 Life-Changing Techniques

Menopause, which is a natural and transformative phase in a woman’s life, often brings a cascade of physical and emotional changes. Whilst hot flashes, mood swings, and sleep disturbances are some of the more commonly discussed symptoms, the heightened stress levels many women experience during this period often go without mention. Stress during menopause is not just a by-product of...

Mental Health and Menopause: The Unseen Connection

Mental Health and Menopause: The Unseen Connection

Have you ever considered the relationship between your mental health and menopause? It’s an area often overlooked in the sphere of women’s health, with hormone fluctuations and their impacts on mental wellbeing frequently underrepresented in discussions around mental health. In reality, these biological factors can significantly influence your psychological wellness during menopause....

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