Meet Dr Sarah:-


Consultant Psychiatrist

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  1. M U M x B O D Y I M A G E | becoming a mother has without doubt changed how I view my body or rather how I handle or portray my insecurities. Watching my daughter grow up (she’s 4) I am in awe of the innocence of her innate experiences when it comes to food and her body. She wants a chocolate bar, she has one. She wants to rock a tutu to nursery no-one bats an eyelid. She is unapologetic about getting in and out of the swimming pool or pulling on a pair of shorts in this weather or when we are on holiday. I don’t want her to be conditioned by society’s ideals or expectations when it comes to shape or size. I know that the language I use and my actions play a big part in shaping her experience. If I’m constantly jumping on and off the scales, she will want to know why. If I label chocolate as bad and certain foods as good, she will start to develop that association for herself. If I spend the holiday covered up and refuse to join in she will wonder whether she should feel the same level of shame when it comes to her own body. I think we have a lot to learn from our child counterparts. And fundamentally, I ask myself, how do I want her to see or remember me. It is unlikely that the memories that will come to the forefront are ‘I love my mum she is so slim or she eats so well’... it will be the memories, how I made her feel that will most often be recollected. The impact of our language and behaviour on future generations was something that I discussed as part of my panel discussion at @womenshealthuk @hearstliveuk last week and certainly something that gave even me as a professional food for thought. #bodyimage #the5sensestoolkit #the5senseplan #mentalhealthawarenessweek #mhaw19 #wednesday #wednesdaymotivation
  2. W H E N D I D I T S T A R T | is a common focal point when I speak to people I see in clinic. Understanding our triggers is an important step to addressing the problem. Because it can be hard to think about one isolated incident that led to the countless body insecurities, body checking, the ensuing yo-yo dieting, the comparing yourself to everyone in the room and the holiday cover up and self loathing, I developed a simple tool to allow anyone to think about what the triggers were ‘individual to them’. We are all different, all lead different lives and experiences that shape us. Grab a piece of paper and jot down your 5 Senses: sight, hear, touch, taste and smell. 1) Think about the things you have seen past or present that might explain your negative body image. The media? Your social media feed of unrealistic body ideals? Seeing your Mum on a diet growing up or her stepping on the scales? 2) Things you have heard? A friend who is constantly critical of their own appearance? An opinionated partner? Being told you look ‘well’ when you have lost weight? 3) Things you have tasted?Think of the latest restrictive diet you were on. What happened when you ‘blew it’. The ‘I’m weak’ ‘I’m fat’..the negative self talk stemming from unrealistic external expectation. 4) Things you feel? Exercise a mode of enjoyment or punishment? Breeding resentment because rather than it be a tool to enhance how we FEEL mentally we focus purely on how it can make us LOOK. Perhaps we are clothes constantly feel tight because we refuse to buy the next size up and it confounds how we feel about ourselves 5) Finally, smell? I think of this in the hypothetical sense...smelling the BS. Have you come across the latest wonder cure to weight loss? Been recommended something by a friend? Lost in the social media vortex of over photo-shopped images? Get the picture? Give this exercise a go and think about which of your senses are taking a hit and what ways you can reduce these behaviours. #bodyimage #the5sensestoolkit #the5senseplan #mentalhealthawarenessweek #mhaw19 #tuesdaymorning #tuesday
  3. B O D Y I M A G E | this week marks Mental Health awareness week 2019 @mentalhealthfoundation And this year’s theme? Body Image. This is something that often sews a common thread in clinic with the young men and women I see; struggles with how they look and their abilities are often deep seated. It can lead to rock bottom self esteem, development of low mood and anxiety symptoms that might see them isolate themselves from friends and family. It might even lead to disordered eating, a desire to change their shape and size and may lead to the development of eating disorders. Throw into the mix the media pressures of surgery and non-surgical procedures being glamourised by influencers and celebrities.Often with some of the young people I see, negative body image may see them engage in self harming behaviour or more seriously contemplate not wanting to be here anymore. It. Is. Serious. But where does this pressure come from? Ourselves? Others? Society? The media? A combination of all of the above? Shirt @clairejacklinstylist *gifted* #mhaw19 #bodyimage #mentalhealthawarenessweek #mentalhealth#mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health #healthy #mind #mindfulness #mum #mothersofinstagram #healthylifestyle #lifestyle #dadsofinstagram #childhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mondaymood #mondaymorning
  4. S U R G E O N x B U R N O U T | Bring your wife to work day. Spent the afternoon with my husband (a surgeon himself) at an eminent surgical conference convincing his profession why it is important to take mental wellbeing seriously in surgical training and beyond. Went down better than expected and hoping this presents a shift in medical and surgical careers going forward. #mentalhealth#mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness#healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health#healthy #mind #mindfulness #mum#mothersofinstagram #healthylifestyle #lifestyle#dadsofinstagram #childhealth#mentalhealthawareness #thursday #thursdaythoughts
  5. P S Y C H I A T R I S T | what image do you conjure up when you hear the word? This has to be hands down one of the biggest myths about my job and one of the common misconceptions about our practice. So what's the truth? What do I actually do? Let's start this journey from the beginning. I completed a 5 year undergraduate degree in Medicine between 2003-2008. In 2008, a freshly qualified doctor I spent the first couple of years as all junior doctors do rotating round the various subspecialties from Medicine, Surgery, GP and even got an opportunity to do a bit of Psychiatry within that. I then enjoyed the specialty so much so that I decided to apply for a specialty training programme, this means that I purely trained in Psychiatry from that point onwards developing experience from children right through to older age. 8 years of that and a toddler later (not a compulsory part of training!) I am now a Consultant Psychiatrist with particular experience in the mental health of Children and Young People. I see young people and their families in clinic most days (but may also see them at home, at school in A&E perhaps even in police cells) I assess and treat (not always with medication but will often use psychological approaches including family work!) a whole host of conditions from depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, psychosis, PTSD, grief, ADHD and Autism to name but a few. With 75% of mental health conditions starting before the age of 24, I feel the work I do is critical to reduce the impact on later life. I can only make a small difference with the people i see in clinic so set up this platform and wrote a book to help reach people on a wider level and make RELIABLE, evidence based mental health advice more accessible for everyone and not just another forgotten hashtag which means I've got to do some pretty cool things along the way.#mentalhealth#mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness#healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health#healthy #mind #mindfulness #mum#mothersofinstagram #healthylifestyle #lifestyle#dadsofinstagram #childhealth#mentalhealthawareness #thursday #thursdaythoughts
  6. F O C U S | next time you get those early warning signs that a panic attack is going to come on (feeling anxious, heart racing, short of breath, feeling trapped, clammy hands to name but a few) give this exercise a go. I have found that this is hugely beneficial for those i see in clinic in averting a full blown panic attack. It shifts them from focussing purely on those early symptoms which ruminating about will likely get them more and more worked up, fuel their anxiety and trigger the inevitable panic attack. As soon as you recognise those early signs, remove yourself from the situation if you are able to briefly or find some space in order to take a moment out for yourself - to focus on your senses. Think through 5 things that you can SEE in your immediate environment, 4 things that you can TOUCH, 3 things that you can HEAR, 2 things that you can SMELL and 1 thing you can taste. By the time you have got to the last sense, because you have distracted yourself with the exercise you may find that your level of anxiety naturally comes down and you manage to avert the panic attack altogether. Disclaimer: this is not a replacement for accessing support via your usual channels. If you are struggling with panic attack symptoms it is important to seek support from your GP or health care professional. Treatment may involve individual therapy or in some cases medication. This is just one of the exercises that individuals I see have found helpful as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. #panicattack #panic #panicdisorder #mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellness#mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness#community #mind #lifestyle #healthylifestyle#parentlife #mum #dad #mumlife #dadlife#mummyblogger #instamum #motherofboys#motherofgirls #fatherofboys #fatherofgirls#healthymind #mindset #lifestyle #wednesday #wednesdaywisdom
  7. I N T R O | For those new to following this page, hello and welcome. I'm Sarah. I’m a Mum of 1, a Consultant Psychiatrist with particular experience In Children and Young People’s Mental Health. I am also the bestselling author of 'Mental Health in Children and Young People' and contribute a monthly column to @womenshealthuk as part of their Strong Mind section. I want to make information on mental health more accessible. I am passionate about getting everyone more confident to talk about mental health, spot signs that they or someone they know, a family member, a friend, a child, a work colleague or even a random passer by are struggling with their mental health. More than that, I want to share practical tips that I use in my clinical practice to help you help yourselves and help other people. I’ve got to do some pretty cool stuff along the way including sitting on panels at health and wellness events, record podcasts and going into companies to help employers create a mentally healthy workforce. #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health #healthy #mind #mindfulness #mum #mothersofinstagram #healthylifestyle #lifestyle #childhealth #mentalhealthawareness #the5sensestoolkit #the5sensesplan #bankholiday #bankholidaymonday
  8. W H E R E D I D I T S T A R T | what really stuck out for me following yesterday’s discussion and is certainly something I see and hear a lot of when I speak to the young people I see in clinic is where did these body image concerns stem from? Understanding our triggers is an important step to addressing the problem. Because it can be hard to think about one isolated incident that led to the countless body insecurities, body checking, the ensuing yo-yo dieting, the comparing yourself to everyone in the room and the holiday cover up and self loathing, I developed a simple tool to allow anyone to think about what the triggers were ‘individual to them’. We are all different, all lead different lives and experiences that shape us. Grab a piece of paper and jot down your 5 Senses: sight, hear, touch, taste and smell. 1) Think about the things you have seen past or present that might explain your negative body image. The media? Your social media feed of unrealistic body ideals? Seeing your Mum on a diet growing up or her stepping on the scales? 2) Things you have heard? A friend who is constantly critical of their own appearance? An opinionated partner? Being told you look ‘well’ when you have lost weight? 3) Things you have tasted?Think of the latest restrictive  diet you were on. What happened when you ‘blew it’. The ‘I’m weak’ ‘I’m fat’..the negative self talk stemming from unrealistic external expectation. 4) Things you feel? Exercise a mode of enjoyment or punishment? Breeding resentment because rather than it be a tool to enhance how we FEEL mentally we focus purely on how it can make us LOOK. Perhaps we are clothes constantly feel tight because we refuse to buy the next size up and it confounds how we feel about ourselves 5) Finally, smell? I think of this in the hypothetical sense...smelling the BS. Have you come across the latest wonder cure to weight loss? Been recommended something by a friend? Lost in the social media vortex of over photo-shopped images? Get the picture? Give this exercise a go and think about which of your senses are taking a hit and what ways you can reduce these behaviours. #bodyimage #the5sensestoolkit #the5senseplan #womenshealth
  9. B O D Y I M A GE | pleasure to have been asked to be a part of this powerful panel of ladies @clairesanderson @jadasezer @mother_of_daughters talking all things body image and minding our language. We spoke about our personal challenges with body image, how becoming a mother has changed how we view ourselves and use language and act around our kids particularly if we have daughters and offered some professional, practical tips to help us all navigate this tricky area. For those of you that were unable to make yesterday’s event, I will pop some of the tips shared onto a series of posts to follow. @hearstliveuk #whl #bodyimage #bodytalk #selfesteem #bodyconfidence #bodypositivity #womenshealth #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health #healthy #mind #healthylifestyle #lifestyle #mentalhealthawareness #mindfulness #sunday #sundaymood #womenshealthlive2019
  10. W H O S C O M I N G | @womenshealthuk live 3 day event kicks off today!Looking forward to tomorrow and being a part of 2 panels; one talking all things self esteem and the other thinking about the language we use to describe our bodies and impact on future generations. Come join us. Not got your ticket? Swipe up in my stories and come join us. @hearstliveuk #womenshealth #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health #healthy #mind #healthylifestyle #lifestyle #mentalhealthawareness #mindfulness #friday #fridaymood #womenshealthlive2019 #womenshealthlive
  11. L I S T E N | A couple of months back I sat down with the lovely @madeleine_shaw_ ‘Get Your Glow Back’ podcast to talk all things motherhood, mental wellbeing (our kids and our own!) and share practical tips on how to look after ourselves from using my simple 5 sense strategy, to navigating those tricky conversations if you are worried about a child and speaking about my non-negotiable reverse curfew!Give it a listen. Swipe up in my stories for the link. #makingovermotherhood #maternalhealthmatters #getyourglowback #gettheglow #madeleineshaw #mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellness#mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #mind #lifestyle #healthylifestyle#parentlife #mum #dad #mumlife #dadlife #mummyblogger #instamum #motherofboys #motherofgirls #healthymind #mindset #lifestyle #tuesdaymotivation #tuesday
  12. M A T E R N A L M E N T A L H E A L T H | No I am not expecting again for those wondering. This week marks #maternalhealthmatters awareness week. Over 4 years since this photo was taken - blissfully unaware that I was going to ‘pop’ the very next day. I kept working out throughout my pregnancy, in the loosest sense of the word. I really struggled with the change in pace (from always working and needing to be busy to ironing baby grows in nervous anticipation) and the change in identity (a doctor, a woman to my daughter’s mum and introducing myself by my first name fast being an alien concept) And when she was here bam....exhausted, emotional, elated all hiding behind a strained smile. I remember spending the good part of a couple of weeks just crying, for no particular reason. I felt guilty that I wasn't doing enough for my little one. I was consumed by the guilt that breast feeding had not worked out for us. I got to 3 weeks and I had to admit defeat for the sake of her physical health and my mental health. I felt like a failure. After all, all I had heard for the entirety of my pregnancy and antenatal classes was breast is best. Every class that I attended, surrounded by women who made breast feeding their babies look so effortless just fed into my all consuming guilt. With an incredibly supportive husband, I came through it the other side. In hindsight, i can now say with confidence I definitely had a touch of the baby blues. For some ladies however, it doesn't stop at the baby blues and often, in women who have pre-existing mental health diagnoses their symptoms are exacerbated throughout their pregnancy and in the postnatal period. It might be that they had no pre-existing diagnosis but they may develop symptoms of a mental illness during the pregnancy or afterwards: from depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis to name but a few. There are some fantastic women and charities working to support women during and after their pregnancy. #makingovermotherhood #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #maternalmentalhealthawarenessweek #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #maternalmentalhealthawareness #mind #mum #monday
  13. M E D I C A T I O N S T I G M A | just one of the things I talk about with @dralexgeorge @ellarosedaniels on The Waiting Room Podcast. Swipe up on my stories to hear the full conversation. #healthymind #health #healthy #wellbeing #wellness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellbeing #lifestyle #healthylifestyle #healthymindhealthybody #childhealth #mumsofinsta #dadsofinstagram #friday #teacher #the5sensesplan #fridaymood
  14. M E N T A L H E A L T H | Earlier this month I sat down with @dralexgeorge @ellarosedaniels and discussed all things mental health including my top strategies for looking after yours and someone else’s mental wellbeing. Swipe up on my stories and give it a listen! #healthymind #health #healthy #wellbeing #wellness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellbeing #lifestyle #healthylifestyle #healthymindhealthybody #childhealth #mumsofinsta #dadsofinstagram #thursday #teacher #the5sensesplan #thursdaymotivation
  15. A N D S O I T S T A R T S | ever feel like the end of a bank holiday rolls round too quick? You have barely pressed reset and before you know it you are back at the start of the working week? Perhaps you are stuck in a job you hate or maybe you have a child who is struggling at school academically or socially? It is not uncommon for individuals I see to have return to works/school or simply Monday mornings filled with dread. You may be struggling to concentrate, falling behind with your tasks at work. Perhaps you don't actually understand what is being taught or asked of you. It may be that anxiety symptoms are getting in the way of you communicating your difficulties to the teacher or your employer or HR dept?You may be struggling in the playground with your peers socially or with colleagues in and out of the boardroom. Maybe it is someone else you are worried about?You have guessed something is up but you suspect they find it difficult to verbalise it to you. You may have seen my feed previously light up with the colours of the traffic light. I find this particularly helpful to start to get a sense of when and how often your child or colleague sits with a difficulty (red) It translates well in an office environment whether it is having communal coloured tokens or agreeing a 'code' for an individual employee. Test it out. Agree what each of the colours stand for. Get everyone in the household or in the office involved. Finding that the red persists routinely come Monday morning say or finding that all your colleagues have put a red token in at the end of the weekly number crunching meeting makes a practical conversation starter. Want more information, click on my traffic light video within my Instagram TV. #healthymind #health #healthy #wellbeing #wellness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellbeing #lifestyle #healthylifestyle #healthymindhealthybody #childhealth #mumsofinsta #dadsofinstagram #mondayfeeling #teacher #the5sensesplan #tuesdaymorning #tuesdaymotivation
  16. E G G G U I L T | for the last 24-48hrs social media has been awash with the latest fad diet or celebrity endorsed posts that instill feelings of guilt within us over our assumed ‘uncontrolled easter indulgence’ We are bombarded with he rhetoric of needing to ‘earn that Easter egg’ or ‘x amount of exercise to burn off x number of eggs’ As the weekend draws to a close the narrative is only set to accelerate. For some, it is another thing to wash over our head but for most, I would argue the vast majority, it confounds feelings of guilt around food and further complicates our relationship with it. And don’t get me started on the ‘bullish’ language of some personal trainers sugarcoated as ‘motivation’. The typical cycle I might see in clinic (and these are teens - even pre-teens!) is a pattern of restrictive eating or ‘detoxing’ to ‘undo the indulgence’ or ‘make up for it’ but more than likely 3 weeks into their unsustainable plan they fall off the wagon and a binge ensues, setting them up for a rollercoaster relationship with food and more than likely gaining back their excess weight and then some. Drawn in by the promise of ‘flat tummies’ or ‘thigh gaps’ the damage it does to their physical health and mental health in the short and long term worryingly takes a back seat in favour of the quick fix. I am reassured by some Instagram accounts that are going against the faddy ‘combat Easter indulgence’ grain and sharing more responsible material. I will share the accounts I have found helpful on my stories. #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #mind #lifestyle #healthylifestyle  #selfcare #mentalwellness #foodguilt #overindulgence #easter #intuitiveeating #saturday #saturdaymorning #easterbankholiday #eastereggs
  17. S E L F E S T E E M | common theme in clinic? Self esteem. Seeing girls (and boys) as young as primary school age struggling with self esteem and confidence is heartbreaking and not something that can be solved in one session alone. Often it is something that is unpicked over a period of time. Low self esteem and low body confidence can sometimes be a symptom of another mental health condition they are experiencing such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders. We treat the mental health condition through talking therapies (usually) or medication (in some cases) then the symptoms improve. Sometimes there are no clear associations with a mental health condition but often we can discover a pattern to it. This is where the 5 senses comes in. This is helpful particularly when thinking about triggers.1️⃣ SEE : do you find that SEEING images on social media, seeing an advert on be tube, watching the latest reality TV show, hanging out with particular people can trigger these thoughts. 2️⃣ Has someone said things about you that knocks your confidence? Are you constantly under criticism from friends, family, a teacher or a partner? Do you spend a lot of time around people who have their own body hang ups? 3️⃣ TASTE: do you find that your anxiety around yourself is fuelled when you have had something caffeinated? Racing heart, butterflies in your tummy anyone? Do you find that your self esteem issues lead you to control your food in some way? Restricting or perhaps even bingeing to help fill that emotional void 4️⃣ FEEL: are you constantly pinching at your body, looking in the mirror constantly or jumping on the scales? 5️⃣ SMELL: do you struggle to SMELL the bull**** we can all get drawn in to marketing ploys but how many of us although rationalising that someone has gone to town on photoshop still find ourselves comparing anyway. Do you struggle to smell your own success and constantly find yourself vying after someone else's? Sometimes when we focus too much on others around us we struggle to see what is right under our nose. #selfesteem 
#mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health #healthy #easter #goodfriday
  18. S H O C K E D | by this image and accompanying statement doing the rounds on socials this week. And we wonder why we are no further forward with regards to mental health initiatives and treatment in this country? #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health#healthy #mind #mindfulness #mum #mothersofinstagram #healthylifestyle #lifestyle #dadsofinstagram #childhealth #mentalhealthawareness #depression #feelingdown #childmentalhealth #thursday #thursdaymorning
  19. D I S C O U N T C O D E | not got your ticket to @womenshealthuk live yet? Come join me on the Saturday where I will be on 2 panels; first up talking all things self esteem and the second talking about the language we use specifically with regards to our body image and how this might impact future generations. Pleased to share a discount code with you all. Swipe up in my stories for your discounted ticket now. Look forward to seeing you there! @hearstliveuk #womenshealth #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health #healthy #mind #healthylifestyle #lifestyle #mentalhealthawareness #mindfulness #wednesday #wednesdaymotivation
  20. C O N S E N T | for the last few months, (it maybe purely coincidental or perhaps it is the fact that we are 10 years down the line from many social media sites launching) I have had an influx of young people sharing their struggles with parents/carers/relatives sharing photos online from their childhood without their consent. From 12 year olds being ripped apart by their friends over their 3 year old self being potty trained, 15 year olds being mocked for that ‘starting school’ photo dressed proudly in their school uniform but the subsequent floods of tears captured for the world to see or the 13 year old whose 3 year old self was captured mid-tantrum, writhing on the floor wailing ‘I want, I want’ with a running commentary in the background. All available online. Accessed not only by immediate family but their friends, school acquaintances; potential work colleagues who have accessed it by looking at their parent’s accounts. Screen capturing and sharing it...the result, it spreading like wild fire among their peers. It has impacted their mood, made them feel anxious, embarrassed and even ostracised by their peers, left with the feeling of being exposed and that nothing is sacred. I have witnessed myself the difficult dynamics and tension it has created for families played out in my clinic, often resulting in the poster relenting and removing all evidence of the photos at their child’s request when they are at an age to verbalise their wishes. It has raised in my practice certainly the wider issue of consent and the implications of a non-consenting online generation.#mentalhealthtrafficlights #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health #healthy #mind #mindfulness #mum #comparisonisthethiefofjoy #healthylifestyle #lifestyle #fitness #childhealth #mentalhealthawareness #the5sensestoolkit #the5sensesplan #monday #tuesday #tuesdaythoughts
  21. W O U LD Y O U I R L | i am always dumbfounded by the sheer number of people who continue to get body shamed online. From media articles, to forums, to comments under Instagram or Facebook posts. Comments for the sake of being hurtful and derogatory. I have seen the very real impact that these comments can have whether it is from a ‘friend’, a peer at school, college or work or someone who you have never met who continues to troll you, to bring you down until you relent. More often than not the troll has no real sense and probably doesn’t care that anything from one single comment to a barrage can spiral someone into a sea of self doubt and hopelessness, low mood and anxiety that can persist into depression or an anxiety disorder. It may lead to self harming, possibly even suicidal thoughts. If the comments are directed at body weight and shape it may lead to restriction, over-exercising and other compensatory behaviours to keep weight down which may lead on to be development of disordered eating or an eating disorders. This has got me thinking, naturally as I am away surrounded by all shapes and sizes. Would these trolls say this IN REAL LIFE. More often than not they probably wouldn’t? Has social media created an army of cowardly keyboard warriors who where there is no sense of responsibility or accountability for what people say and the potential impact of this. #healthymind #health #healthy #wellbeing #wellness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellbeing #lifestyle #bodyimage #bodypositive #womenshealth #healthylifestyle #healthymindhealthybody #bodyshaming #bodyneutrality #monday #mondaymood
  22. A U T I S M | a condition that is still so often poorly understood but that can significantly impact someone’s social, academic and working life.  Hannah @doilookautisticyet shares her own experience and breaks down common misconceptions including this idea that ‘you don’t look autistic’; something she experienced herself and is something a lot of my clients do similarly. I share, in brief what exactly Autism is in my monthly column to accompany the piece. Get your copy today. #autism #autismawareness #doilookautisticyet #womenshealth #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health #healthy #mind #healthylifestyle #lifestyle #mentalhealthawareness #mindfulness #friday #fridaymotivation
  23. W O M E N S H E A L T H L I V E | got your ticket yet?excited to be invited to this year’s @womenshealthuk @hearstliveuk event. It is a 3 day event! You can catch me on the Saturday where I will be on no less than 2 panels talking all things mental well-being from our own, to looking after our future generations!Swipe up for tickets in my stories and I look forward to seeing as many of you there. #womenshealth #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health #healthy #mind #healthylifestyle #lifestyle #mentalhealthawareness #mindfulness #tuesday #tuesdaymotivation
  24. C H A L L E N G I N G Y O U R S E L F | pleasure to have been invited on to Amy @wellness_ed podcast to talk all things anxiety, overcoming that training wall, how to manage self-doubt and I share some useful strategies to keep those nerves in check. Swipe in my stories. #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health #healthy #mind #mindfulness #mum #comparisonisthethiefofjoy #healthylifestyle #lifestyle #fitness #childhealth #mentalhealthawareness #the5sensestoolkit #the5sensesplan #marathontraining #marathon #londonmarathon2019 #tuesdaymotivation #tuesday
  25. T R A F F I C L I G H T B A N D S | when the number 1 educational blog @teachertoolkit puts into practice your suggested mental health strategy in the classroom and sets about creating a downloadable resource for teachers. Incredible.Thanks for the support Ross. #mentalhealthtrafficlights #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health #healthy #mind #mindfulness #mum #comparisonisthethiefofjoy #healthylifestyle #lifestyle #fitness #childhealth #mentalhealthawareness #the5sensestoolkit #the5sensesplan #monday #mondaymorning #mondaymood
  26. A N D C A N T S T O P S P I N N I N G | how often do you start your day with a comparison IRL or more likely when getting lost in the social media vortex first thing? I'm not as pretty/buff/smart/slim/ripped as them. How often do you compare yourself with someone on the gram or on real life (IRL)? Every month? How about every week? Or is it more realistically, every day? When do your comparisons start and more importantly where do you draw the line? Would you believe most people I see in clinic start their comparisons within seconds of waking up regardless of age? The inevitable reach for the phone, the checking into your various social media handles and the dreaded scroll of doom can immediately conjure up feelings of inadequacy. Why don't I look like that? Their kitchen is nicer than mine? They seem happier than I do? Their kids are better behaved than mine? It can then be difficult to shake those feelings off. You are weighed down by them through the day. You dredge them back up whenever you reach for your phone and twist the knife even harder. You draw comparisons IRL, in the classroom, at work, down the gym and on your holidays. Is it any wonder that it affects our self esteem and self-worth and in some cases even our mood and anxiety levels? Time to take 🎬. A simple exercise I get people I see in clinic to do is to first record how much of a problem it is. Set up a notes section on your phone, divide it into 2 sections and tally up how many times in the day (within a 12hr period, 7-7) you draw a comparison, however big or small both IRL and online. The results could surprise you; if you are feeling brave post your number below this post. Once you recognise it as a problem, then comes the part where you do something about it. I will share a strategy that I use in a post to follow #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health #healthy #mind #mindfulness #mum #comparisonisthethiefofjoy #healthylifestyle #lifestyle #fitness #childhealth #mentalhealthawareness #the5sensestoolkit #the5sensesplan #monday #mondaymorning #mondaymood
  27. C H I L D M E N T A L H E A L T H | spotting symptoms and seeking help early is key. #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #health#healthy #mind #mindfulness #mum #mothersofinstagram #healthylifestyle #lifestyle #dadsofinstagram #childhealth #mentalhealthawareness #depression #feelingdown #childmentalhealth #sunday #sundayafternoon
  28. A B O U T Y E S T E R D A Y | pleasure to have joined @tallyrye and a great bunch of women to talk all things mental wellbeing. From how we can look after our own, to how to spot when others around us might be struggling with theirs. We spoke a lot about social media and how we can get caught up in the vortex of comparison. We also thought about what vicious cycles we can get ourselves caught up in, in our minds that can impact how we feel and behave. We spoke about worrying and how best to manage it and how to work out when it is becoming problematic. We also spoke a little about our comfort zone and what narratives mean that we get stuck within them. All fuelled with an amazing brunch by @cerikitchen #healthy #wellbeing #wellness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellbeing #lifestyle #healthylifestyle #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #socialmedia #health #mentalwellness #sunday #sundaymorning
  29. G A M I N G & S O C I A L S | does there need to be a blanket ban or should we have more confidence to create these rules within our own households? I am certainly seeing and hearing a lot more about the impact of gaming and social media on young people’s mental health daily in clinic. Some of the kids I see can spend upwards of 12hrs glued to their screens. We know for us as adults that can wreak havoc on our own mental health; forever mindless scrolling, glued to a computer during the working day can and does impact our mood, energy levels. For some kids it leaves them to forgo the balanced meal and opt for convenience, going out in day light is replaced with rooms plunged in darkness, staying up til all hours can impact sleep and in real friendships get traded in with online ones. The solution and one that I commonly advocate is the need for curfews and boundaries around gaming and social media use particularly if that is starting to impinge on that young person’s ability to function day to day whether on a social level or perhaps their grades and ability to engage in education is falling by the wayside. #fortnite #gaming #gamingaddict #gamingaddiction #healthy #wellbeing #wellness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellbeing #lifestyle #healthylifestyle #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #socialmedia #health #mentalwellness
  30. C O M M U N I C A T E | How do you #facefear of having a conversation with someone you are worried about. There is the fear of saying the wrong thing, what if I make them clam up? What if I make things worse? I have developed an easy to use mnemonic/aide memoire to help anyone who has concerns about someone else's emotional/mental health have a structure to your conversation rather than it feel like a flurry of uncontained panic.Not sure how to broach them? First and foremost, think FACE. 
F IS FOR FACE TO FACE. Do you have opportunity to speak to the person face to face about your concerns? 
A IS FOR BEING ATTENTIVE, make sure you listen to what the person is telling you. Ask them a question? Then listen to the response they give - don't talk over them. 
C IS FOR CALM. Keep calm. Easier said than done but you need to instil confidence in that person that you can take on whatever they throw at you and that you won't crumble under the pressure. 
E IS ENTER THE SITUATION. 
Then FEAR 
State the FACTS (f is for facts). Tell them what you have noticed. 
E IS FOR EXPLAIN. This is where you come in. This is your chance to explain why this worries you. The key bit when explaining is to point out to them why this is different from before. It is all well and good saying they seem quiet, but explaining it in the context of ‘you seem really quiet, normally I can’t get you to be quiet’ really highlights the change. 
A IS AGREE AN ACTION this is where you both come together to decide on what to do about your (possibly shared) concerned. ‘If things don’t get better in a couple of days, shall we go to the GP or will you book an appointment in to see them’. We do this subconsciously with ourselves anyway when we are physically unwell. If this rash doesn’t clear by the end of the week, I will go see someone. 
R IS FOR REVIEW if you agree an action, make sure you stick to it. This is holding you and them accountable that if things don't improve you move on to access support sooner. #facefear #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #healthymind #mind #lifestyle #healthylifestyle #thursday #thursdaythoughts #letstalk
  31. F E E L I N G S T R E S S E D | but can’t quite put your finger on why? Think about yesterday, last week or even the last month. The 5 sense strategy is a tool I have developed to try and work out what might be going on. Ask yourself what have your senses come in to contact with that could explain how you are feeling? 1️⃣Start with your sense of sight. Is there anything that you have seen that may have stressed you out? A barrage of work emails, an Instagram highlight reel, an ex partner. 2️⃣ Anything you have heard? Are you in an overcritical relationship? Heard some upsetting news? Continuing to be reminded of deadlines you have to meet? 3️⃣ Touch. How has your sleep been? Are you not exercising as frequently as you have been previously? Are you spending less time with loved ones? 4️⃣ Taste. Has there been any recent change in diet? Are you eating more than usual, consuming more stimulants like caffeine and energy drinks, perhaps you have not been eating enough? 5️⃣ Smell. In the hypothetical sense. Are you struggling to smell the BS. Are you getting pulled into people’s ideals on social media? Convincing yourself that what they are selling, a product, a lifestyle is a given. Give this exercise a go. Draw out your day and align each activity with a sense and start to build up a pattern of what might be going on. #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellness #mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #wellness #community #mind #lifestyle #healthylifestyle #healthymind #mum #dad #mumlife #dadlife #metime #instamum #selfcare #motherofgirls #healthymind #mindset #lifestyle #the5sensesplan #the5sensetoolkit #thursday #thursdaymotivation
  32. S U R P R I S E | when you find yourself in the @evening.standard as an ‘expert to follow on Instagram with an anti-BS approach to wellness’ #healthy #wellbeing #wellness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellbeing #lifestyle #healthylifestyle #healthymind #healthymindhealthybody #socialmedia #health #mentalwellness #tuesdaymotivation #tuesday