Needles Are Nothing To Fear: 5 Steps To Make Vaccinations Easier

Needles Are Nothing To Fear: 5 Steps To Make Vaccinations Easier

The COVID vaccine rollout has placed the issue of vaccination firmly in the spotlight. A successful rollout will depend on a variety of factors, one of which is vaccine acceptance. One potential hurdle to vaccine acceptance is needle fear.

Four Steps to Release Ourselves from Living in Fear

Four Steps to Release Ourselves from Living in Fear

Fear is debilitating. It affects us our thinking, our health, and our relationships. And we know, it is very present in these times. But there are ways to leave fear behind and enter a life of joy...

Deep Trust In Troubled Times

Deep Trust In Troubled Times

To say the world is going through some challenges is the understatement of the year. Never in history have we ever collectively faced such a challenge on a world level, despite the November 9, 2020 discovery of a hopefully efficient vaccine.

Research On African DNA Sets Out To Close The Knowledge Gap On Mental Illness

Research On DNA Sets Out To Close The Knowledge Gap On Mental Illness

In July 2009, a woman brought her husband to the hospital where our colleagues work in western Kenya.  She reported that for several years he had been behaving abnormally, sleeping poorly, hearing voices that no one else could hear, and believing that people were talking about him and plotting to harm him.

Depression, Anxiety and Heart Disease Risk All Linked To A Single Brain Region

Depression, Anxiety and Heart Disease Risk All Linked To A Single Brain Region

Although depression and anxiety affect millions of people worldwide, there’s still much we don’t know about them. In fact, we still don’t fully understand which brain regions are involved in depression and anxiety, and how they differ between people with varying symptoms. 

Getting in Touch With, and Becoming Friends With, Fear

Getting in Touch With, and Becoming Friends With, Fear

Some of our fears are so slight, or come up so rarely, that we ignore them for the most part. Yet, all our fears are with us constantly whether or not we acknowledge their presence. They reside in our subconscious and create havoc in our life. Whether your fear is of death or of spiders, that fear runs your life.

Authenticity and Naturalness as Antidotes to Fear and Anxiety

Authenticity and Naturalness as Antidotes to Fear and Anxiety

You have been instructed to worry and fret all of your life. This has occurred through all sorts of means—school, friends, religious doctrine, literature, television, movies, history, and family. The idea of worrying about your family has even been exalted as a form of love. It is NOT! Worry is a mental construct that obstructs flow and naturalness.

Fear and Relationships Are Not A Good Match

Fear and Relationships Are Not A Good Match

Fear patterns begin early in life, affect every relationship we have, and waste a lot of energy. Our inner dragons of fear can make us run from love and intimacy, hide from the very things we say we most want, repeat the same mistakes over and over, and see the world in black and white terms.

3 Steps to Pull Yourself into the Now and Overcome Fear

3 Steps to Pull Yourself into the Now and Overcome Fear

Our minds are constantly in the past, focusing on our memories; or in the future, focusing on our expectations. But both of these states of mind are breeding grounds for fear. If we can pull our attention back to the present moment, the fear subsides. Here’s how to shift into ...

How Are You Coping During The Pandemic?

How Are You Coping During The Pandemic?

The pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges. Many of us have lost work, gained carer responsibilities and grappled with social isolation.

Why The Media May Be To Blame For Your Arachnophobia

Why The Media May Be To Blame For Your Arachnophobia

Spiders have an unfortunate media presence. No number of studies emphasising their ecological value or the potential of their silks to inspire wonder materials can overcome the negative press.

Are You Dreading Going Back To The Workplace?

Are You Dreading Going Back To The Workplace?

As some of us return to the workplace, or are planning to do so in the future, we face the challenges of a changed environment of social distancing rules and restrictions.

Panic Attack Signs and What To Do If You Have One

Panic Attack Signs and What To Do If You Have One

We are living in scary and uncertain times, so it’s hardly surprising that a new study has found the number of Google searches for “anxiety” and “panic attacks” has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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