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Balance - Sarah Barr


Sarah has a degree in sociology and social policy and has qualified as an integrative counselor. This column focuses on women and the issues they may face in today's world.

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Motherhood and Me 7 days ago

Motherhood and Me

By  •  Health, Mammy

Being a mum in today’s world is no easy task, as amazing as it is, it is hard. With all the ‘normal’ duties of motherhood, mums today also have to …
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5 ways to manage social anxiety 3 months ago

5 ways to manage social anxiety

By  •  Health

Anxiety is a part of everyday life for many people. Yet you may be completely unaware, as so many people put in a lot of energy and time in hiding …
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20 self-care ideas for a bad day 4 months ago

20 self-care ideas for a bad day

By  •  Health

It can be so hard to practice any type of self-care when you’re not feeling yourself. Yet this is exactly when you need it the most.

On days …
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How counselling can help treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 4 months ago

How counselling can help treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

By  •  Health

What is OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a mental illness that creates negative thoughts. These thoughts lead you to believe that if you do not carry out a certain …
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5 signs you are suffering from workplace burnout 4 months ago

5 signs you are suffering from workplace burnout

By  •  Health

Working in a stressful, high-pressured or demanding job can negatively impact on your mental health. This, coupled with issues at home, arranging child care throughout the summer holidays …
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How to rebuild confidence after becoming a mum 5 months ago

How to rebuild confidence after becoming a mum

By  •  Health, Mammy

Researchers found that most mums experience a significant dip in self-esteem after having a baby that can last up to three years.

 

This is regardless of the mother’s relationship …
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Are you stressed? 6 months ago

Are you stressed?

By  •  Health

We all know how important self-care is for our mind and body. However it is very difficult to practice self-care if we are stressed and do not recognise that we …
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How to calm your anxious thoughts 6 months ago

How to calm your anxious thoughts

By  •  Health

We all have anxious thoughts from time to time but sometimes these thoughts can be all we think about. They are intrusive, frightening, repetitive and hard to stop.

It …
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Let’s start the conversation Donegal Mammies – World Maternal Mental Health Day 7 months ago

Let’s start the conversation Donegal Mammies – World Maternal Mental Health Day

By  •  Health

Today is World Maternal Mental Health Day, May is Maternal Mental Health Month.

This is a serious health matter, that needs more awareness and acceptance. We need to be …
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How to stop letting other people control how you feel 7 months ago

How to stop letting other people control how you feel

By  •  Health

By personalising other people’s negative thoughts or opinions we are allowing them to control how we feel.

Q. So how can we stop this?

A. By changing the way we …
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Labels – For Jars or People? 8 months ago

Labels – For Jars or People?

By  •  Health

We grow up with labels that are used to define us. These labels can be attached by other people and even by ourself at times. Society, family, social media, work …
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5 ways to deal with rejection when feeling anxious 8 months ago

5 ways to deal with rejection when feeling anxious

By  •  Health

Rejection is hard for most people. Since childhood, we have looked for acceptance from our friends in school to our parents at home. Sometimes doing whatever we can and …
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Be kind to yourself 8 months ago

Be kind to yourself

By  •  Health

“You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself in your head, be kind to yourself”

When we are living with low self-esteem, it …
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Don’t think about the Pink Elephant 10 months ago

Don’t think about the Pink Elephant

By  •  Health

Let’s do a thought experiment:

  • Close your eyes.
  • Imagine a pink elephant
  • What shade of pink is it?
  • Is it happy/sad/indifferent?
  • Think about the pink elephant for 60 …
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Weekend Depression – it’s a thing 10 months ago

Weekend Depression – it’s a thing

By  •  Health

Weekend Depression: It can start to sneak up on you without you knowing it. During the week you’re busy with work, children, schedules and activities. Yet when Friday or Saturday …
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The 5 best ways to beat the January Blues 10 months ago

The 5 best ways to beat the January Blues

By  •  Health

So yesterday was ‘Blue Monday’ supposedly the most depressing day of the year.

We look forward to winter, the cosy nights and the lead up to Christmas. The parties, the …
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Why worry? 10 months ago

Why worry?

By  •  Health
  • What are worries?

Worries are just thoughts and thoughts are not fact. They have no reality. Worries begin when we ask, “What if…” then the mental …
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Visualise your 2018 11 months ago

Visualise your 2018

By  •  Health

As we all know from experience, making a New Year’s resolution is easy. Sticking with it and actually achieving your goal is not so easy.

New Year’s resolutions is …
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Minding yourself through grief this Christmas 11 months ago

Minding yourself through grief this Christmas

By  •  Health

Any special occasion, like Christmas or any ‘first’ can be so difficult when you are bereaved, with each occasion such as a birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Christmas bringing …
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How to step into Christmas… and away from social anxiety 12 months ago

How to step into Christmas… and away from social anxiety

By  •  Health

With Christmas getting closer, many of us will feel a mixture of excitement and worry. However, for those of you who live with social anxiety, Christmas can be a very …
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Get rid of guilt and make self-care your friend 12 months ago

Get rid of guilt and make self-care your friend

By  •  Health

How many times a day do you allow yourself to stop, take stock and breathe?

Or do you carry on, listening to all those ‘mustabations’ (I should be doing this, …
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Are you feeling SAD? 1 year ago

Are you feeling SAD?

By  •  Health

 

“There once was a girl whose happiness was tied to the sun. As it rose, so did she, and her smile was like beams of light. As it …
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Facing your Fear 1 year ago

Facing your Fear

By  •  Health

“Fear is nothing more than an obstacle that stands in the way of progress. In overcoming our fears we can move forward, stronger and wiser within ourselves.”


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Find your Mama Squad 1 year ago

Find your Mama Squad

By  •  Health, Mammy

How are you?

“I’m grand, yeah fine, I’m good”.

How many times a day do we tell ourselves this, do we tell other people this?

Have you perfected your mask?


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Mindful or Mind full? 1 year ago

Mindful or Mind full?

By  •  Health

“Mindfulness, being present in each moment, without judgement”

So mindfulness is quite the buzz word at the minute, but what exactly is mindfulness?

It is defined as being …
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How to mind your mental health at work 1 year ago

How to mind your mental health at work

By  •  Health

Today is World Mental Health Day. The 10th of October each year is dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and bringing together efforts which support …
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The season of letting go 1 year ago

The season of letting go

By  •  Health

“October is about trees revealing colours they’ve hidden all year. People have an October as well” – Jm Storm.

Autumn is the season of letting go. I absolutely …
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Think your way to positivity 1 year ago

Think your way to positivity

By  •  Health

Positive thinking focuses on the positive side of life.

To use positive thinking in your life, it is more than being aware of it, it is about adopting it …
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Social Media Me vs The Real Me 1 year ago

Social Media Me vs The Real Me

By  •  Health

We live in a social media frenzied world.

So creating and maintaining an online presence is now a priority for many of us, whether it is for social or …
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Empty Nest? It’s time to spread YOUR wings 1 year ago

Empty Nest? It’s time to spread YOUR wings

By  •  Health, Mammy

In last week’s article I focused on students moving to university and dealing with homesickness.

This week my focus is on the parents/guardians who are left behind. As a mother …
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Going to University? – Ten tips for managing homesickness 1 year ago

Going to University? – Ten tips for managing homesickness

By  •  Health

Moving away for university is a big transition, whether you’ve come from the other side of the world or down the road.

If you’re suffering from homesickness, just remember you’re not the …
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What your dreams are trying to tell you 1 year ago

What your dreams are trying to tell you

By  •  Health

 “Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.”- Sigmund Freud.

Through analysing our dreams, we can get a “glimpse” into the inner workings of our subconscious.

Dreams can …
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Do you feel under ‘Mammy Pressure’? 1 year ago

Do you feel under ‘Mammy Pressure’?

By  •  Health

Today mums feel enormous pressure to be the ‘perfect mum’. It can feel at times like a competitive sport. This coupled with social media and the pressure intensifies, as social …
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The myths and fears we have about counselling 1 year ago

The myths and fears we have about counselling

By  •  Health

In today’s article I am focusing on some of the main myths/fears that are associated to attending counselling.

With the hope of quashing them or at least offer a different …
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Are you an Introvert? 1 year ago

Are you an Introvert?

By  •  Health

“I am not boring or shy. I am an introvert. an artist. a lover. a dreamer. a fighter. a seeker”.

Introverted people tend to be more focused …
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6 steps to improve your mental well-being 1 year ago

6 steps to improve your mental well-being

By  •  Health

Mental health describes how we think and feel about ourselves. Which impacts on how we cope with stress, face challenges, build relationships and move on from difficult experiences.Our mental well-being …
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Why loneliness isn’t about being alone 1 year ago

Why loneliness isn’t about being alone

By  •  Health

At some point or another, most of us will have had or have experiences of feeling lonely.

Being alone can be difficult as it may trigger feelings of sadness.


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The toolkit you need to mind yourself as a mammy 1 year ago

The toolkit you need to mind yourself as a mammy

By  •  Mammy

Being a mum is one of the most important jobs in any community. We provide food, safety, warmth, clothing, connection, love, and a sense of personal importance to our children. …
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8 signs you’re doing well in life 1 year ago

8 signs you’re doing well in life

By  •  Health

“Take pride in how far you have come & have faith in how far you can go”.

Sometimes it can be difficult to judge how well we’re doing …
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Keeping up with the… 1 year ago

Keeping up with the…

By  •  Health

“Comparison is the thief of joy” – Theodore Roosevelt

Whether it is keeping up with the Kardashians, Joneses or Facebook ‘friends’ we are always looking at that …
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Depression is not a bad word 1 year ago

Depression is not a bad word

By  •  Health

“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced…it’s that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. …
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Caring for yourself when you are a Carer 1 year ago

Caring for yourself when you are a Carer

By  •  Health

 “When you are a caregiver, you know that everyday you will touch a life or a life will touch yours”

Carers in Ireland play an invaluable role …
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15 ways to ease anxiety for a good night’s sleep 1 year ago

15 ways to ease anxiety for a good night’s sleep

By  •  Health

“My nights are for overthinking, my mornings are for oversleeping”

It’s 3am.

You’re wide awake, just laying there in the stillness of night.

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How to be happy today 1 year ago

How to be happy today

By  •  Health

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

In today’s article I will look at what strategies we can use to …
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What is your thinking pattern? 1 year ago

What is your thinking pattern?

By  •  Health

In today’s article I’m writing about how to identify your thinking patterns. These patterns are your type of thoughts that you have everyday. Therefore how we think contributes to how we …
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Tips on how be more authentic: Be proud of who you are 2 years ago

Tips on how be more authentic: Be proud of who you are

By  •  Health

Have you ever felt it difficult to be your true self? Find it easier to fit in with what is deemed ‘normal and not to stand out? Worried about being …
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H.O.P.E – Hold On, Pain Ends 2 years ago

H.O.P.E – Hold On, Pain Ends

By  •  Health

This weekend I am so proud to be from Donegal. We have come together in our hundreds to take part in the Darkness Into Light walk throughout our county. Whether …
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The other side of motherhood 2 years ago

The other side of motherhood

By  •  Health

It is estimated that one in five women in Ireland will suffer from antenatal or post-natal depression. Post-natal depression can develop up to 12 months post delivery.

World Maternal Mental Health …
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Loving someone with anxiety 2 years ago

Loving someone with anxiety

By  •  Health

Anxiety is unpredictable, confusing and frightening. It is tough not just for the person who has it but for those who love them. If you are one of …
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Hi! – Five tips to keep a conversation flowing 2 years ago

Hi! – Five tips to keep a conversation flowing

By  •  Health

Conversation is necessary as it introduces us to people. These people include friends, partners and employers. Without an initial conversation, the foundation of these relationships may not be built.

Yet it …
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