Ellis Nicolson

  • Every day I have the privilege of listening to people’s stories of struggle and triumph. A story that is becoming more common is the impact of anxiety on people’s lives. For some, its grip cripples lives, destroys their confidence and causes them to isolate from friends, family and even the world. Others may experience anxiety…

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  • What Are the Signs of Depression? Below is a list of the common signs of depression: Depressed mood Loss of interest in activities Changes in appetite or weight change Disturbed sleep Changes in activity (speeding up or slowing down) Fatigue or loss of energy Feeling guilty, self-blame Decreased ability to concentrate or make decisions Loss…

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  • Avoid what John Gottman calls The Four Horsemen: Criticism, Contempt (i.e. sarcasm, eye rolling), Defensiveness, Stonewalling (e.g. emotional cut off) Avoid blame. Take responsibility for your own thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Focus on the positives. We can easily become overwhelmed with the negative in a relationship which then causes us to respond negatively. Even in…

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  • If Einstein is correct, there must be a lot of fools out there! Anger is a normal emotion that we all feel from time to time; it is an appropriate response to abuse or some form of injustice. Anger is a warning sign that something is wrong.  Anger can also motivate us to create or…

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