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What is surge capacity?

In times of crisis, we all have reservoirs of emotional energy that we can call into action, to help us cope with the initial challenges. But what happens when those reserves start to dry up? Find more exclusive stress-related content in Happiful magazine's special stress-themed November 2020 issue. Order your printed copy to be delivered straight to your door, or subscribe for our free digital edition. Have you ever considered how, when faced with immense difficulties, we can often surprise o

55% of people say climate change is affecting their mental health

A new study reveals that the consequences of climate change stretch beyond the environment and our physical health Over the past few years, climate change has, rightly so, been brought closer to the spotlight. As environments and habitats around the world are transformed at rapid rates, many of us are beginning to take a closer look at the things that we can do in our everyday lives to make a difference. But a new study from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has

Workplace phrases that spark anxiety, and how to deal with them

'Let’s have a chat', 'It’s come to my attention...', 'Please advise', these common workplace phrases strike fear in the hearts of many of us. But why do they have such a strong effect on us, and what can we do to make sure we don’t spiral? The workplace is full of unique lingo that we wouldn’t use under any other circumstance. It’s as though we’ve developed a whole new language, to help us navigate different kinds of relationships, to keep professionalism high, and sentiments low. That said, m

It’s time for greater investment in mental health

This year, the theme of World Mental Health Day 2020 is focused on greater investment in mental health care and research. And it’s never been more needed Over the past decade, mental health awareness campaigns have been changing lives. From individuals reaching out to their loved ones and communities, celebrities facing the media to shine a light on the realities of mental health, charities and organisations working tireless to offer resources and advice, and online activists leading the conver

8 things people with anxiety will relate to

From overthinking to being told to ‘calm down’, we explore the things we have in common when it comes to living with anxiety When we’re going through periods of poor mental health, it’s easy to feel isolated from other people and the world around us. After all, there’s so much going on inside our heads, it makes sense that we might end up taking a metaphorical step back from daily life. But while our mental health journeys will always be unique to us, and we each experience emotions and challe

Could increasing paid paternity leave benefit dads’ mental health?

As France doubles paid paternity leave for new fathers, we ask, how could this change benefit dads’ mental health? At the end of September French President Emmanuel Macron announced plans to double paid paternity leave for new fathers, from 14 days to 28. Coming into action from July 2021, the change has been welcomed by many, with President Macron pointing to a survey that found that 80% of the French population agreed that the current length of paternity leave was too short. In the lead up t

8 soothing affirmations to repeat when anxiety strikes

When anxiety takes over, soothe your racing mind with these uplifting, empowering affirmations Whether it takes place over a prolonged period of time or just before a big event, anxiety can throw us off course, creeping into the rest of our lives and preventing us from going about our daily routine as normal. Our minds might begin to race, we may have trouble focusing, and there are a whole host of physical symptoms that can accompany it, too. Of course, in some cases, we may need to seek out

UK anxiety levels have risen dramatically in the past 12 years

More people are struggling with their mental health than ever before, as the biggest study of its kind finds an ‘explosion’ of anxiety in British people The financial crash, austerity, Brexit, climate change, and social media. These are all things that researchers blame for a dramatic rise in the number of people living with anxiety in Britain. The results come from one of the biggest studies of its kind, lead by Professor Nick Freemantle, director of the Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit at

What to do when you feel hopeless

Follow these tips to harness pockets of positivity when you’re going through periods of helplessness We all feel hopeless every now and then – whether it stems from anxiety about things that are out of our hands, or in situations where the challenges seem immense. It almost feels like an understatement to say that 2020 has been a year full of challenges that are out of our hands. As reports continue to show the emotional impact of lockdown and COVID-19, it’s more important than ever that we ta

Happiful readers share their hopes and fears as Covid-19 restrictions tighten

As restrictions come back into force, and a second lockdown is on the cards, we reached out to Happiful readers to find out how they are feeling in the wake of the latest Covid-19 announcements It was something that many of us were beginning to suspect would be the case, but when PM Boris Johnson made a speech on 22 September outlining the changes in the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, it brought back a wave of emotions. For some, there may have been anger and frustration, for

The seven-day plastic-free challenge

The world produces more than 380 million tonnes of plastic every year, and this can take up to 500 years to decompose. So is it possible to kick the habit? Happiful's Kathryn Wheeler gave it a go Cards on the table, when sustainable online shop Let’s Go Plastic Free challenged me to give up plastic for a week, my first reaction was a nervous: “But how?” I try to live an environmentally-conscious life, but the idea of living ‘plastic-free’ had me stumped. Yet, armed with some reusable goodies f

How to set boundaries when texting

Brb, ttyl, g2g – we used to be so good at stepping away from digital conversations, and it’s time to bring those old-school habits back into practice According to a study by Ofcom, people in the UK check their smartphones every 12 minutes of the waking day, with 40% of adults looking at their phone within the first five minutes of waking up. In so many ways, our smartphones are the focal point of our attention, and the conversations that we have on them follow us throughout our days. Our atten

6 mindful crafts to help you switch off

Get stuck into these easy, effective craft projects to help soothe a busy mind, challenge your creativity, and leave you with something to be proud of If life is what you make of it, when you choose to make art, things get a little brighter. Of course, sometimes the things that knock us off course are out of our hands, and we need extra support to get through. But when it comes to our everyday wellness, there can be real joy to be found in getting creative. And that’s a tip backed up by scienc

How to have a digital detox

Research has found that social media is more addictive than smoking and alcohol, and is associated with poor mental health. Take part in the campaign that's helping you take steps to switch off It’s a 21st-century experience that most of us can relate to: getting stuck in a social media spiral that sucks us in at any given opportunity. But is there a dark side to our technology habit, which could be impacting our mental health? The unsurprising answer is, yes, there is. A study by the Royal So

A third of girls won’t post selfies without a filter

According to findings, unrealistic beauty standards are increasing the pressure that girls feel to look a certain way Posting photos online should be a fun way to express yourself and stay in touch with friends and family, but new findings from Girlguiding’s annual Girls’ Attitude survey has highlighted a worrying trend among young people. In their survey of 1,473 girls and young women aged 11–21, 34% of respondents reported that they would not post a photo of themselves online without first a

Stevie Blaine opens up about body confidence for men

Blogger Stevie Blaine is part of the self-love revolution that’s asking all of us to unlearn the things that have kept us down. Here, we chat about his body confidence journey, masculinity, and how to support the next generation Hi Stevie! If you reflect on your body confidence journey, can you pinpoint when it all began? I grew up in the 90s, and at the time I looked at things like magazines, TV, and movies for validation. They just made me feel like I didn’t belong, that my body was a proble

5 love lessons we’ve learned in lockdown

Five people share their relationship wins while in lockdown with their partners, and open up about their hopes for the future It’s no overstatement to say that our relationships have truly been put to the test during lockdown. As our way of life changed overnight and the future was filled with uncertainty, we faced immense levels of stress and – as is so often the case when we’re struggling with our mental health – our nearest and dearest went through each dip and rise with us. Challenges such

Report reveals consequences of neglecting women’s health in lockdown

Insight suggests that COVID-19 restrictions mean that 1.9 million fewer women were able to access contraceptive services, resulting in 1.5 million unsafe abortions and more than 3,000 maternal deaths When lockdown restrictions came into place in March 2020, we faced a lot of uncertainty about how we would navigate vital services. But now, Marie Slopes International (MSI) – an organisation providing contraception and safe abortions in 37 countries – has revealed that a staggering number of women

How to embrace self-love and unlock your full potential

Discover the power of self-love and the ways that it can change your life, as we get the inside scoop from a life coach on the practical steps you can take to start falling head-over-heels for yourself The greatest gift we can give ourselves is self-love. It lifts us up, assures us of our strengths and worth, and carries us through the hard times. Of course, throughout our lives we may find ourselves riding through peaks and troughs in terms of our relationship with ourselves. One day, we migh

Number of children in school counselling halves with Covid-19 restrictions

New research finds that the average number of children and young people who spoke to a school counsellor dropped dramatically since Covid-19 restrictions came into place in March For more than 100,000 children and young people, school counselling provides them with a safe space to talk about things that are worrying them or causing them distress, as well as offering guidance through difficult times. But new research from the University of Roehampton and the British Association for Counselling
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