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What does social anxiety feel like?
Anxiety
6 Mins
February 20, 2023

Lots of people worry about social situations, but those with social anxiety tend to feel overtly worried before, during and after the event. Signs of social anxiety often appear physically, emotionally and mentally.

How to be a better friend to yourself
Stress
4 Mins
February 13, 2023

We all have an inner voice that provides a running commentary on how we live our lives. Sometimes it can keep us motivated towards our goals, but some people experience more critical thoughts.

Taking care of your mental wellbeing at university
Students
6 Mins
January 30, 2023

Did you know access to NHS mental health services for 18 to 25 year-olds was almost a fifth higher than pre-pandemic? Here are a few tips to support you whilst studying at university.

Feeling anxious about getting a diagnosis?
Anxiety
5 Mins
January 23, 2023

It's important to get treatment from a healthcare professional. If scheduling an appointment or waiting to see a doctor may trigger anxious feelings about your health, here are some tips to help take the first step.

Overcoming the blues on Blue Monday
Awareness Days
5 Mins
January 16, 2023

Blue Monday - supposedly the most depressing day of the year always falls on the third Monday in January. It can be a difficult time for us all - if your spirits are flagging, here are some ways to beat the blues.

Preparing for your first typed therapy session
Online CBT
4 Mins
January 9, 2023

You’ve taken the first steps towards feeling better by signing up for online typed therapy – but how can you make sure you get the most out of your sessions?

Back to work anxiety: Acknowledging the Sunday Scaries
Workplace
6 Mins
December 19, 2022

After an extended time off some people will be looking forward to getting back into the swing of things at work, however for others it can be hard to get the motivation back. Hear some tips from the team at ieso.

Starting a conversation about mental health this winter
Online CBT
7 Mins
December 12, 2022

This winter, if you sense that a friend, colleague or family member is putting a lot of pressure on themselves or may be experiencing mental health-related problems, you may want to check in with them.

Feel like you’re missing the holiday spirit?
Depression
6 Mins
December 5, 2022

In the run-up to Christmas, it's a good idea to stop, breathe, check in with how you're feeling and consider how you can make the time enjoyable and relaxing for everyone, including yourself.

Amber’s story: The hidden grief of being childless due to ‘social infertility’
Online CBT
7 Mins
November 21, 2022

Written by a member of our clinical team, based on her personal experience of ‘social infertility’. A relatively new term that describes women who are childless, but not by choice, and not due to any medical reason.

Are you having trouble sleeping?
Sleep
6 Mins
November 14, 2022

We all have restless nights now and again, but some people regularly have problems with their sleep, and this is known as insomnia. Not getting enough rest can have a significant impact on our mental health.

Talk more for Movember: Men’s Health Awareness Month
Awareness Days
6 Mins
November 7, 2022

Movember is a good reminder to stop and think about your health – from a both a physical and mental perspective.

Online CBT

Online CBT
4 Mins
January 9, 2023

You’ve taken the first steps towards feeling better by signing up for online typed therapy – but how can you make sure you get the most out of your sessions?

Preparing for your first typed therapy session
Online CBT
5 Mins
January 2, 2023

If you’ve been wondering whether what you’re feeling is related to a common mental health condition, such as anxiety, stress or depression, here are some ways you can make the distinction.

How do I know if I need therapy?
Online CBT
7 Mins
December 12, 2022

This winter, if you sense that a friend, colleague or family member is putting a lot of pressure on themselves or may be experiencing mental health-related problems, you may want to check in with them.

Starting a conversation about mental health this winter
Online CBT
7 Mins
November 21, 2022

Written by a member of our clinical team, based on her personal experience of ‘social infertility’. A relatively new term that describes women who are childless, but not by choice, and not due to any medical reason.

Amber’s story: The hidden grief of being childless due to ‘social infertility’
Online CBT
7 Mins
October 24, 2022

In this blog, we’ll look at two strategies: getting the ‘what ifs?’ out of our heads, and problem solving where we can.

Money worries and mental health
Online CBT
6 Mins
August 15, 2022

We all get into unhelpful thinking patterns sometimes. There are a number of different types of thinking, the key to addressing the unhelpful thinking habit is to notice the emotional shift and catch it in the act.

Tackling unhelpful thinking styles
Online CBT
4 Mins
July 4, 2022

Typed CBT is designed to equip you to become your own therapist once you’ve finished treatment, continuing with what you’ve learned for the rest of your life. It's vital to prepare properly for this.

What happens after my online CBT sessions finish?
Online CBT
4 Mins
January 24, 2022

CBT is a highly collaborative treatment, which makes the relationship you have with your therapist really important. But as with any human relationship, things don’t always go smoothly.

Help – I’m not getting on with my therapist
Online CBT
6 Mins
December 20, 2021

Receiving a diagnosis you don’t want, whether it’s physical or psychological, is likely to make you fearful. The uncertainty means your mind will probably play out numerous possible scenarios and ‘what ifs’.

Dealing with a difficult diagnosis
Online CBT
6 Mins
November 8, 2021

If you’ve ever had CBT, you’ve experienced the life-changing work of Dr Aaron Beck, who has died at the age of 100.

The legacy of Dr Aaron Beck – the ‘father of CBT’

Anxiety, worry and stress

Anxiety
6 Mins
February 20, 2023

Lots of people worry about social situations, but those with social anxiety tend to feel overtly worried before, during and after the event. Signs of social anxiety often appear physically, emotionally and mentally.

What does social anxiety feel like?
Stress
4 Mins
February 13, 2023

We all have an inner voice that provides a running commentary on how we live our lives. Sometimes it can keep us motivated towards our goals, but some people experience more critical thoughts.

How to be a better friend to yourself
Anxiety
5 Mins
January 23, 2023

It's important to get treatment from a healthcare professional. If scheduling an appointment or waiting to see a doctor may trigger anxious feelings about your health, here are some tips to help take the first step.

Feeling anxious about getting a diagnosis?
Stress
6 Mins
October 31, 2022

If we spot the signs that we’re experiencing stress, we can address it before it becomes a problem. That’s the theme of this year’s National Stress Awareness Day (2 November 2022).

National Stress Awareness Day: managing stress by building resilience
Stress
6 Mins
August 22, 2022

According to a survey, 40% of parents and carers feel stress, anxiety or dread when thinking about the school summer holidays. These tips might help make the last few weeks of the break easier and more fun for all.

Managing summer holiday stress
Anxiety
7 Mins
August 1, 2022

The terms ‘panic attack’ and ‘anxiety attack’ are sometimes used interchangeably, but the two things are not quite the same. In this blog, we’ll explore the key differences between them.

Am I having a panic attack, or an anxiety attack?
Anxiety
5 Mins
June 27, 2022

A ‘trigger’ is something that sets off an emotional response of some kind in the body. Understanding why this response happens can help us to make sense of and manage what's happening.

Understanding triggers
Stress
5 mins
May 30, 2022

When you experience strong feelings such as stress or anxiety, do you find yourself binge eating, grazing constantly during the day or restricting what you eat? If so, then you could be an ‘emotional’ eater.

Emotional eating
Anxiety
3 Mins
March 28, 2022

The Cambridge Dictionary defines ‘confidence’ as “the quality of being certain of your abilities”. The good news is that it’s possible to learn and build confidence, much like we can with a skill like communication.

7 tips for feeling more confident
Anxiety
4 Mins
February 28, 2022

Racing or pounding heart, breathlessness, shaky legs, fluttery stomach, light-headedness…these are all symptoms we might experience if we have anxiety.

Physical signs of anxiety: what does it feel like?

Depression

Depression
6 Mins
December 5, 2022

In the run-up to Christmas, it's a good idea to stop, breathe, check in with how you're feeling and consider how you can make the time enjoyable and relaxing for everyone, including yourself.

Feel like you’re missing the holiday spirit?
Depression
7 Mins
October 17, 2022

The winter blues or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects around two million people in the UK, and more than 12 million across northern Europe. Find out more about how we can build resilience through the winter.

How to beat ‘the blues’ this winter
Depression
3 Mins
September 16, 2022

The loss of a key public figure can have a powerful impact on our feelings. We discuss useful starting points to cope with grief and manage feelings of uncertainty.

Processing feelings of grief and worry after the death of HRH The Queen
Depression
6 Mins
August 5, 2022

It’s very easy to find ourselves stuck in survival mode – especially after the past couple of years. By paying attention to our mental wellbeing, even when we’re 'OK', we can move forward to a more fulfilling life.

Are you thriving – or just ‘surviving’?
Depression
4 Mins
June 20, 2022

Watching someone you love suffer from depression is upsetting; their pain can sometimes become your pain. The first step is to recognise the symptoms of depression and understand how it can be treated.

Supporting someone with depression
Depression
6 Mins
April 18, 2022

Many of us will have had thoughts like "I can’t take this any more", or "It would be better if I wasn’t here". Sometimes these thoughts pop into our minds, without warning.

Intrusive thoughts about suicide
Depression
5 Mins
March 14, 2022

The terms ‘low mood’ and ‘depression’ are sometimes used interchangeably. While depression is a form of low mood, the two do have slightly different symptoms, and might need treating in a different way.

Low mood and depression – what’s the difference?
Depression
4 Mins
September 6, 2021

We all know about the special bond that exists between humans and their pets. People can lose pets for a number of reasons – not only due to them dying. Find out some ways to

How to cope with losing a pet
Depression
6 Mins
July 12, 2021

Going through a break-up can be difficult in a number of ways, and it's normal to feel a range of emotions, from grief to anger. There are some CBT principles and tools that might be useful...

Coping with a break-up
Depression
7 Mins
March 22, 2021

Many of us have thoughts we find worrying, confusing and even distressing. In this blog, we explore the three main types of ‘troubling’ thought people have, what’s behind them, and how we can manage them.

Why am I having these thoughts?

Sleep

Sleep
6 Mins
November 14, 2022

We all have restless nights now and again, but some people regularly have problems with their sleep, and this is known as insomnia. Not getting enough rest can have a significant impact on our mental health.

Are you having trouble sleeping?
Sleep
6 Mins
July 18, 2022

Getting enough sleep – and sufficient quality – is important for maintaining good mental health. If you're having sleep issues, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been shown to work well as a treatment.

The link between sleep and mental health
Sleep
6 Mins
March 7, 2022

Have you ever woken after a good night’s sleep with a fresh perspective on a problem or tough decision? The impact quality sleep can have on our mental health is being highlighted on World Sleep Day (18 March 2022).

Sleep
5 Mins
March 13, 2020

We spend up to a third of our lives asleep! It’s really important for both our physical and psychological health, but we often don’t prioritise it as highly as we should.

10 tips for a better night's sleep
Sleep
5 Mins
February 24, 2020

We all have restless nights now and again. Things like stress, the temperature in our bedroom and something we’ve eaten or drunk can all have an effect on how well we sleep.

Sleep and mental health

COVID-19

COVID-19
6 Mins
February 21, 2022

Following the pandemic, some people experienced a ‘brain fog' where they found it hard to concentrate and think straight. If you're still feeling tired, unmotivated, distracted, or just a bit fuzzy you're not alone.

Do you still have 'pandemic brain'?
COVID-19
6 Mins
January 10, 2022

The pandemic has put us under strain for two years now. Always wondering what's around the corner and trying to keep up with the latest information and rules, have created conditions where stress can really thrive.

Struggling with ‘pandemic stress’?
COVID-19
5 Mins
December 13, 2021

The continuing unpredictability around Covid might cause some people to feel anxious, on edge, or down. While none of us can control what happens, we can control how we respond, and also build our resilience.

Coping with continued uncertainty
COVID-19
5 Mins
June 28, 2021

The prospect of returning to work after furlough or remote working is likely to prompt different thoughts and feelings. We have some tips for getting into the right mindset.

Getting back into the swing of things at work
COVID-19
6 Mins
June 21, 2021

As we go back out into the world again, we'll all be at different stages of readiness in our minds. Tuning into how we - and others - are thinking and feeling will help us navigate life following the vaccine.

Getting used to 'life after the vaccine'
COVID-19
7 Mins
May 3, 2021

The prospect of lockdown easing will be making many of us feel a bit uncertain and nervous about going out again and mixing with others.

Leaving lockdown
COVID-19
8 Mins
March 22, 2021

ieso's Clinical Partnership Manager, Emily Marshall outlines five things to consider about lockdown lifting and coping mechanisms if you feel anxious about the new pressures that come with this.

Anxious about lockdown lifting? 5 tips to consider and cope with anxiety
COVID-19
6 Mins
March 8, 2021

We’ve all had plans go astray in the last year. While none of us can control everything that affects the plans we make, we can control how we respond - and we can also work on building our resilience.

Dealing with disrupted plans
COVID-19
7 Mins
January 24, 2021

If you have a phobia of needles, the thought of being called for your coronavirus ‘jab’ might be making you a bit apprehensive. In this blog we share some techniques to help you manage your anxiety.

Preparing for ‘a jab’ if you don’t like needles
COVID-19
7 Mins
January 18, 2021

For people with OCD, the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic may have made their symptoms worse, or caused them to return. It could also have triggered OCD symptoms in people who haven’t had them before.

Living through a pandemic when you have OCD

OCD and long term health conditions

OCD
6 Mins
September 5, 2022

Placing extremely high demands on ourselves to do things ‘correctly’ may be a sign of perfectionismHere are some ways to reduce how much your self-esteem depends on your accomplishments.

What is perfectionism?
Long Term Health Conditions
7 Mins
May 23, 2022

In this blog, we share a few ideas and CBT-based techniques that might help if you’re struggling with the impacts of your condition.

Using CBT to manage the impact of diabetes
Long Term Health Conditions
4 Mins
June 9, 2021

People who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes can find it affects them in different ways. Here are a few ideas and CBT-based techniques that might help if you’re struggling with the physical impacts of your condition.

Using CBT to cope with the physical impact of diabetes
Long Term Health Conditions
5 Mins
June 7, 2021

Having diabetes can affect people both physically and psychologically. In this blog we share a few ideas and CBT-based techniques to help with managing the effect diabetes might be having on your mental health.

The psychological impact of diabetes
Long Term Health Conditions
6 Mins
April 26, 2021

Being diagnosed with a long-term medical condition can have a significant psychological impact. In this blog, cognitive behavioural psychotherapist Daniella Doon-Joseph looks at how CBT can help.

Managing long-term conditions: asthma and arthritis
OCD
6 Mins
March 29, 2021

Misconceptions about OCD are common - especially the one that it's all about being neat and clean! If we delve into the condition, however, we find there’s much more going on.

Demystifying OCD
Long Term Health Conditions
6 Mins
January 25, 2021

Being told by your doctor that you have diabetes can come as a shock. It might be hard to come to terms with the diagnosis, and what it means for you. Everyone will react to the news differently...

Moving on from a diabetes diagnosis

Awareness days, students and workplace

Awareness Days
4 Mins
February 6, 2023

In light of International Boost Self-Esteem Month (February), we're focusing on how we can start making positive changes towards maintaining a healthy self-esteem, building our confidence and resilience.

How can I boost my self-esteem?
Students
6 Mins
January 30, 2023

Did you know access to NHS mental health services for 18 to 25 year-olds was almost a fifth higher than pre-pandemic? Here are a few tips to support you whilst studying at university.

Taking care of your mental wellbeing at university
Awareness Days
5 Mins
January 16, 2023

Blue Monday - supposedly the most depressing day of the year always falls on the third Monday in January. It can be a difficult time for us all - if your spirits are flagging, here are some ways to beat the blues.

Overcoming the blues on Blue Monday
Workplace
6 Mins
December 19, 2022

After an extended time off some people will be looking forward to getting back into the swing of things at work, however for others it can be hard to get the motivation back. Hear some tips from the team at ieso.

Back to work anxiety: Acknowledging the Sunday Scaries
Awareness Days
5 Mins
November 28, 2022

The campaign behind this year’s National Grief Awareness Week (2-8 December 2022) is all about normalising grief, and getting the public talking about it.

Awareness Days
6 Mins
November 7, 2022

Movember is a good reminder to stop and think about your health – from a both a physical and mental perspective.

Talk more for Movember: Men’s Health Awareness Month
Awareness Days
4 Mins
October 10, 2022

Post-pandemic pressures and other world issues have led to a growing international mental health crisis. The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is to make mental health for all a global priority.

Awareness Days
5 Mins
October 3, 2022

The focus of this year’s National Work Life Week (10-14 October) is on increasing access to flexible working and finding the ‘flex’ in every role. Here are some ways you can achieve a better work/life balance.

National Work Life Week: setting healthy boundaries
Workplace
6 Mins
September 20, 2022

If you're experiencing stress at work, here are some steps you can take to address the causes - whether it's due to changes in where and how we work over the last couple of years or new responsibilities.

Solving the causes of stress at work
Awareness Days
6 Mins
September 10, 2022

Suicide is never a comfortable subject to talk about - but by opening up, and allowing others to do the same, we can play a part in the global campaign to reduce suicide rates. Here's how you could help.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2022: How we can create hope

PTSD

COVID-19
6 Mins
February 21, 2022

Following the pandemic, some people experienced a ‘brain fog' where they found it hard to concentrate and think straight. If you're still feeling tired, unmotivated, distracted, or just a bit fuzzy you're not alone.

Do you still have 'pandemic brain'?
COVID-19
6 Mins
January 10, 2022

The pandemic has put us under strain for two years now. Always wondering what's around the corner and trying to keep up with the latest information and rules, have created conditions where stress can really thrive.

Struggling with ‘pandemic stress’?
COVID-19
5 Mins
December 13, 2021

The continuing unpredictability around Covid might cause some people to feel anxious, on edge, or down. While none of us can control what happens, we can control how we respond, and also build our resilience.

Coping with continued uncertainty
COVID-19
5 Mins
June 28, 2021

The prospect of returning to work after furlough or remote working is likely to prompt different thoughts and feelings. We have some tips for getting into the right mindset.

Getting back into the swing of things at work
COVID-19
6 Mins
June 21, 2021

As we go back out into the world again, we'll all be at different stages of readiness in our minds. Tuning into how we - and others - are thinking and feeling will help us navigate life following the vaccine.

Getting used to 'life after the vaccine'
COVID-19
7 Mins
May 3, 2021

The prospect of lockdown easing will be making many of us feel a bit uncertain and nervous about going out again and mixing with others.

Leaving lockdown
COVID-19
8 Mins
March 22, 2021

ieso's Clinical Partnership Manager, Emily Marshall outlines five things to consider about lockdown lifting and coping mechanisms if you feel anxious about the new pressures that come with this.

Anxious about lockdown lifting? 5 tips to consider and cope with anxiety
COVID-19
6 Mins
March 8, 2021

We’ve all had plans go astray in the last year. While none of us can control everything that affects the plans we make, we can control how we respond - and we can also work on building our resilience.

Dealing with disrupted plans
COVID-19
7 Mins
January 24, 2021

If you have a phobia of needles, the thought of being called for your coronavirus ‘jab’ might be making you a bit apprehensive. In this blog we share some techniques to help you manage your anxiety.

Preparing for ‘a jab’ if you don’t like needles
COVID-19
7 Mins
January 18, 2021

For people with OCD, the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic may have made their symptoms worse, or caused them to return. It could also have triggered OCD symptoms in people who haven’t had them before.

Living through a pandemic when you have OCD
In a health emergency
Call Samaritans on 116 123 if you need to talk to someone
Call 111 if you’re experiencing a mental health crisis
Call 999 or go to A&E if your life is at immediate risk
Call 116 123 If you need to talk to someone
Call 111 if you are experiencing a mental health crisis
Call 999 or go to a&e if your life is at immediate risk