Is your use of social media damaging your mental wellbeing?

t feels as if everyone is on social media these days. There is a vast array of networks which allow us to share our thoughts with an ever widening audience at the click of a button. Of course, there are benefits. Social mobility continues to increase and our closest school friends could now be thousands of miles away. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter allows us to share news and continue to participate in their lives in a completely new way. We don’t even have to buy a stamp to stay in touch. Unfortunately, widening access also has a downside.

Do you have the confidence to take on the world?

How would you describe your level of self-esteem? Do you have enough confidence to deal with your day to day life fairly easily? We’re all experts at spotting people with high self-esteem. They seem to have an astonishing level of confidence that leaves the rest of us wondering what the secret is. Of course, an apparently confident person could be putting on a good show. There aren’t many of us who don’t have worries or insecurities of some kind. We all have a ‘fantasy-reality gap’ that reflects the difference between how our live actually is and how we’d like it to be. The real question is how large that gap is and how we cope with it. It can have a powerful effect on our self-esteem.

How to help someone with a Gambling Addiction

Many people enjoy a ‘flutter’ on the horses, a spot of online bingo, or the odd slot machine session. However, some people become addicted to gambling and this can have devastating effects on family and friends, as well as the person concerned. If you know someone, perhaps a loved one, who is showing signs of a gambling addiction, then you may be feeling powerless and helpless. Gambling addiction is a real problem; so real that government legislation has tightened considerably over recent years to spot problem gamblers and regulate the gambling industry.