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10 Irish Organisations You Can Turn To For Mental Health Support

Read time: 4 Minutes Mental health affects everyone. According to Mental Health Ireland, one in four of us will experience a mental health difficulty in our lifetime, so even if you personally have not gone through a mental health issue, chances are, someone close to you has. It’s an essential component in your overall wellbeing. Good mental health contributes to your functioning, realising your capabilities, achieving your goals, coping with the stresses of life and maintaining positive relationships in your life. When to talk to someone about your mental health Mental health disorders and issues come in all forms shapes and sizes and the same issue can often affect people in different ways. For that reason, if you are feeling down or concerned that your mental health is suffering, it’s essential to talk to someone; whether that’s someone close to you or a professional, to offer you the support, advice or help that you need. Some common symptoms of mental health issues include: Feeling down or upset for long period of time Worrying excessively Having …

18 Pregnancy Myths You Probably Believe

Read time: 4 Minutes When you announce your pregnancy, suddenly everyone becomes a baby expert – dishing out their advice and warnings left, right and centre. “Don’t each that cheese!”, “Stay away from sushi!”, “Is that a glass of WINE in your hand?!” And although it’s all mostly well meaning, some of the most common pieces of pregnancy advice can be confusing or worse – completely wrong. So to help you navigate the waves of the incredibly strange and confusing time that pregnancy can be, we’re busting some of the top myths you’ve either heard or will hear when expecting a child. You can’t drink coffee If you literally can not imagine getting through the day without coffee then don’t panic – you can drink coffee when pregnant. You just can’t drink a lot of it. It’s recommended that pregnant women consume less than 200mg of caffeine per day, which is about equivalent to one cup of coffee. However, be aware that different brands of coffee will contain varying levels of caffeine per cup and …

How To Tell If You Have High Functioning Anxiety

Read time: 4 Minutes Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues faced by people of all ages across Ireland – it’s thought that around 1 in 9 people will suffer from an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. And while most of us are familiar with the common anxiety symptoms such as panic attacks and overwhelming feelings of fear, for many of those who suffer at the hands of anxiety – sometimes it’s not all that obvious. What is high functioning anxiety? People with high functioning anxiety often seem calm and ‘normal’ on the surface. They’re usually Type A personalities; busy perfectionists and high achiever with good jobs and seemingly active social lives and heaps of confidence. But this is often a camouflage. Behind this, there’s a war going on in their minds. They are plagued by persistent negative thoughts, believing they’re bad people who aren’t good enough no matter how much they achieve or how hard they work. They believe they perform badly in their jobs, that they’re bad friends and often …