How dogs help with depression and anxiety
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by Jessica Morris
14h ago
For years, people have glowed about the benefits of having a pet. And when it comes to dogs, there is no shortage of reminders about why we love these furry and loyal creatures. But did you know that as you provide for them, they give back even more? Studies by Harvard Medical School showed that patting a dog reduces blood pressure and lowers our heart rate. Our interactions with them release serotonin (that rush of happiness you feel when a dog smiles at you), and they can provide us with structure, stability and joy. All of these things make them the ultimate fighters of depression and an ..read more
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Sadness Vs Depression
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by Jessica Morris
1w ago
It is normal to feel a little down now and then, so what makes  sadness different from depression? After two decades of living with on again-off again depression, learning to see the flags when my mental health is going downhill is crucial. Early on in my diagnosis, after I had gotten out of rock bottom and was functioning again, I mistakenly thought that sadness was the path to depression. It meant I panicked whenever I felt down and left me confused when I felt mediocre. It was a relief when I learned that sadness is a natural, and healthy part of life. But that didn’t change the fac ..read more
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Six (more) Mental Health accounts you need to follow on Instagram
Watersedge Counselling Blog » Mental Health Issues
by Jessica Morris
2w ago
Did you catch last week’s blog on six Instagram accounts you need to follow to learn more about mental health? We started putting together our list, and realised there was so much great content, we needed to create a part two so you don’t miss these must follows! Check them out here: Therapist in NYC Aliza Shapiro, LCSW @therapist_in_nyc Run by therapist Aliza Shapiro, this account promotes her private practice and offers healing reminders. We love how Alisa makes big ideas or concepts easy to understand. If you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of advice or mental health content online ..read more
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Six Mental Health accounts you need to follow on Instagram
Watersedge Counselling Blog » Mental Health Issues
by Jessica Morris
3w ago
We love discovering quality mental health content online. Whether it’s an informative infographic or an inspirational drawing, there are tons of mental health social media accounts out there. So which ones are worth following? If you’re looking to supplement your therapy with daily reminders, here are six we love. Lemons by Tay @lemonssbytay Created by mental health advocate Tay Lautner for the Lemons Foundation, this account is on a mission to provide accessible mental health resources and support. We like how Tay provides snack size bits of information and action. This is simple, calming ..read more
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How to take a good mental health day
Watersedge Counselling Blog » Mental Health Issues
by Jessica Morris
2M ago
We’ve heard of taking a sick day off work or school, but what’s a mental health day? Whether they are official or not, a mental health day is when someone takes a break from their regular responsibilities to rest, recuperate and care for their mental health. Often they will function the same as a sick day - because our bodies and brains are so connected, and when we will experience physical and mental burn out at the same time. And because we have an internal stigma about our mental health and so many of us think we should “push through” or “get over it,” we don’t stop to process and recupe ..read more
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Have I experienced trauma?
Watersedge Counselling Blog » Mental Health Issues
by Jessica Morris
3M ago
When people talk about trauma, we tend to think about it like it is reserved for certain situations: People who have experienced war, Survivors of natural disasters or crises, Someone who has had it “much worse” than us. While extreme events can lead to trauma, it has nothing to do with the “mental toughness” of a person. Anyone can experience trauma, at varying levels, over their life. And in essence, a trauma response is the body trying to protect itself from danger. If we are unable to process that the danger has passed, we can stay in our fight-flight-freeze-fawn response. We also know ..read more
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Watersedge named one of the Top 100 Mental Health Blogs online
Watersedge Counselling Blog » Mental Health Issues
by Jessica Morris
3M ago
We are so excited to share that Watersedge has been named one of the Top 100 Mental Health blogs on the internet for the second year in a row by Feedspot! Featuring blogs and organisations from across the globe, we are honoured to be listed among NAMI, Mindful Magazine, Sane Australia and more. Thank you for supporting the work of Watersedge Counselling and reading our blog for the last decade. We couldn’t have done this without you! What are you waiting for? We have 12+ years of mental health blogs for you to read. Go and check out our archive now, and find something that interest you. From ..read more
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What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
Watersedge Counselling Blog » Mental Health Issues
by Jessica Morris
3M ago
It’s normal for kids and teens to occasionally defy their parents or guardians. They tend to push back (metaphorically) to test how strong our boundaries are and see if our connection is secure. But there is a difference between testing the waters and openly defying any authority figure over and over again. In fact, some people experience Oppositional Defiance Disorder. The Mayo Clinic says OOD “includes a frequent and ongoing pattern of anger, irritability, arguing and defiance toward parents and other authority figures. ODD also includes being spiteful and seeking revenge, a beh ..read more
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6 steps to create a good sleep routine
Watersedge Counselling Blog » Mental Health Issues
by Jessica Morris
4M ago
Going to bed at a reasonable time is important for our health. But if we’re honest, there are some evenings (or nights) when the clock ticks later and later…until finally, we’ve procrastinated so long, we fall into bed exhausted. The next morning, we wake up groggy, lethargic and feeling depressed. We delay our bed time for all sorts of reasons – a lack of ‘us’ time, a need to recharge and decompress, or a fear of not being able to sleep due to anxiety, insomnia or night mares. But what if you could reframe your bedtime routine, so instead of it being something that ‘takes away’ from ‘you ..read more
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9 ways to care for your mental health at Christmas
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by Jessica Morris
6M ago
The holidays magnify our emotions – if we’re excited and filled with Christmas spirit, we can’t help breaking out in carols. But if we’re feeling stressed or depressed, the festivities can make us turn inward. The holidays aren’t easy, and that’s why it’s important to prioritise your mental health over these coming months. This infographic by Rehab 4 Addiction – an organization based in the UK, reminds us that it’s normal to feel a range of emotions this time of year. Experiencing anxiety from crowds while shopping, becoming stressed about social interactions, and panicking about money are co ..read more
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