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Most Popular Blogs of 2023

As 2023 comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on the blog topics that made the biggest impact with our readers and community over the last year.

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Why is chroming harmful?

Chroming is when you get high by breathing in or inhaling a chemical like petrol, glue, paint or solvent. As with any drug, the most reliable method to prevent harm from chroming is to avoid it altogether. Here’s what happens to your body when you chrome and its long term effects.


What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety?

Feeling nervous every now and then is a normal human emotion that is often short-lived or goes away after the stressful event is over. However, anxiety is when those negative feelings are more than just short-term. These feelings can be strong enough to the point where they affect your life, your relationships, your job or even your health. Here we identify some common mental and physical symptoms of anxiety.


Fake it till you make it: 8 tips to feel confident even when you’re not

No matter what we think, nobody is 100% confident 100% of the time. Feeling uncertain in new situations is completely normal and something we all go through. However that doesn’t mean we have to look nervous on the outside. Here are a few simple tricks that can help you look (and feel) more confident.


The effects of depression and relationships

Mental health disorders like depression and anxiety are very common and unsurprisingly, depression is often a factor in relationship breakdowns. If you think that depression is a factor in your relationship, then talking honestly and openly about how you both feel is one of the most important things you can do. Here are some common signs that may indicate depression could be a factor in your relationship.


The difference between sadness and depression

It’s normal to feel a bit down or sad from time to time. In fact, there is evidence that suggests sadness has an important evolutionary role. However, those feelings of sadness may be a sign of deeper concerns if they become overwhelming or intense, last for a long time, keep returning, or start to affect daily life. This blog identifies the difference between sadness and depression, including where to get support.


What is stress? Identifying stress symptoms

Just about all of us know what it feels like to experience stress. We also know that stressful situations can affect our behaviour but what exactly is it about stress that can change how we behave? In this blog, we identify common physiological and psychological stressors that can change the way we act and feel.


What are unhealthy coping mechanisms?

Coping mechanisms can be ‘good’ or ‘bad’. In fact, you may have also heard the term ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ coping strategies. There are an enormous number of mechanisms that people resort to when faced with stress-inducing situations. Here are some of the more common ones.


How to implement your healthy lifestyle choices

Many of us want to make better choices and have a healthy lifestyle, but we often find it hard to get started. So how can we start implementing a lifestyle change to improve our overall health? The first step is to figure out why you want to make the change. Read on for more healthy lifestyle tips.


What is wellbeing and why is it important?

Wellbeing is the combination of feeling and being physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. Experiencing wellbeing is linked to overall health, happiness and contentment in life. In this blog, we identify the importance of wellbeing and factors that contribute to it.


7 self-care strategies for carers

Being a carer can be rewarding, but it can also be emotionally and physically challenging. However, one of the most important things you can do for yourself and the person you care for is to prioritise your own self-care. If you don’t look after yourself, you won’t be in the best condition to care for others.

Here we look at why carers need self-care strategies and provide some ideas for self-care that you can try yourself.


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