Grief – Part 1

Uncomplicated Grief Grief and loss are part of life and is experienced by most of us at some point in life. People deal with grief in many different ways, and not necessarily going through a predictable group of ‘stages,’ although some do.   How people grieve can depend on the circumstances of the loss (e.g., sudden […]

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The Nature of Stress and Anxiety – Part 1: Flight-Fight

Stress and Anxiety 1

Stress is a normal and healthy reaction. It describes a series of changes in the body and in the way we think and behave which enables us to deal with threat or danger; changes which can be very useful if you have to respond very quickly. These changes are often referred to as the flight-fight […]

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Anxiety and Your Thoughts

I have talked about anxiety in a general sense in other blogs you can find here on PsycInsight. This post it more specifically about the role of our thinking in our experience of anxiety.  Essentially anxiety is fueled by negative thinking. On the flip side healthy thinking can help you prevent or control anxiety. Negative […]

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Men’s Health – An oxymoron?

What we know about men’s approach to health and wellbeing doesn’t always make good reading. Evidence within New Zealand clearly shows that males are much less likely (than females) to have a General Practitioner and, if they do have one, they are much less likely to attend. Then, when they do go, it is more […]

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Distraction and Breathing Techniques for Anxiety Management

Distraction techniques There are three basic distraction techniques, refocusing, physical activity, and mental activity.  Try out each technique and select the one that suits you best.  Practice your desired distraction technique whenever you get the chance.  It generally takes a few minutes before feeling a decrease in anxiety. 1. Refocusing Focus your attention on what […]

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Anxiety and the Role of Breathing

Your level of stress is reflected directly in the way you breathe. The more stressed you are the shallower your breathing is likely to be. There may be a feeling of tightness around the chest so that it may seem impossible to breathe more deeply. Stress produces predominantly shallow breathing and shallow breathing in turn […]

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