How to understand and overcome depression

Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness – maybe you have been depressed or know someone who has – and can be mild, moderate or severe. It is associated with various symptoms, such as negative thoughts, emptiness, irritability, and suicidal thoughts and actions in extreme cases. While there are different types of depression, the most common form is ‘reactive depression’, where someone experiences depression due to adverse and challenging life events such as divorce or redundancy. In this blog, I offer six different perspectives on reactive depression so you can better understand and overcome it.

6 habit-busting strategies

At the start of every year, we all take a look at our old habits and often decide that enough is enough. And so begins a journey of liberation, a journey of freedom from overeating, excessive worrying and all manner of life-limiting habits of thinking, behaving, feeling and relating. What makes someone succeed are successful habit-busting strategies. In this post we look at 6 of them.

IMPACT: make the difference you are after

When we are lost, we need a new map to old territory. With a new map, we will see signs and clues that were always there but which we missed because they were hidden from view. Our IMPACT Model is one such Map. In this post, we give breakdown of the Model and how it can help you find your way back again into a more positive way of living.

Personal Transformation and how to achieve it

Personal Transformation is the process by which we change aspects of who we are and what we do. It is the journey – ‘I am transforming’ – and the destination ‘I am transformed’. Engaging in Personal Transformation is a statement of positive intent. It marks the point at which we say to ourselves ‘Who I am is not who I want to be’ and ‘What I am doing is not what I want to be doing’. It is a deliberate and active commitment to get us to the point when we can say ‘I am who I want to be, and I am doing what I want to be doing.’

Strategies to avoid for a happier life

Human beings are strategic. 24/7 we are working out how to thrive and survive to the best of our ability by seeking gain and avoiding pain. To achieve these outcomes we have a variety of abilities at our disposal, which broadly speaking fall into the following categories: thinking, behaving, feeling and relating.

Effective use of our abilities is both an effect of thriving and surviving and a cause of it – a virtuous, self-perpetuating circle. In other words, using them effectively makes life a great deal easier. And when life is easier, they become, yes you guessed it, more effective.

Freedom from mild-to-moderate eating problems (video)

Mild-to-moderate eating problems, while not as serious as Eating Disorders, can seriously undermine the quality of our lives. In our short video, we take a gentle look at a subject that many of us can relate to and what we can do about it.

Life Coaching: who will you become? (video)

We hope you enjoy our video on ‘What is Life Coaching?’ Not everyone knows what to expect from life coaching while others have had a negative prior experience of it. At Conversations With Impact our aim is to ensure clients receive effective coaching. If you are considering seeing a life coach or returning to one, we hope our video makes this decision easier for you.

Psychological flexibility and how to get it

Psychological flexibility lies at the heart of positive mental health and well-being. With it, we can adapt to the competing demands of our personal and professional lives. Without it, those demands can get on top of us. In this post, we look at this most important of psychological abilities.

Psychological flexibility: a story

In an ancient land there was once a market trader who plied his trade along a busy road joining two thriving cities. Each day he counted his blessings for having found such a lucrative site because the whole world, it seemed, travelled up and down that road as they went about whatever was their business. In the middle of their journeys the travellers got thirsty and hungry, craving rest and refreshment, needs that our market stall holder was more than happy to provide for. As the money rolled in and he became wealthy so he became determined, more than determined even, to stay rooted to that spot. Nothing and nobody he promised himself would persuade him to let go of his pitch and move on.

Tom’s story of Health Anxiety and how he overcame it

Health anxiety can be defined, in simple terms, as a condition in which someone worries too much about their health without any medical reasons to do so. It is sometimes considered to be a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In this blog, we look at health anxiety through the experiences of Tom, who overcame his health anxiety with our help.