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Meet the Inishowen mammies who are serving up tea, toast and friendly chats 2 years ago

Meet the Inishowen mammies who are serving up tea, toast and friendly chats

These six Inishowen mothers have launched Tea & Toast, a new slice of the local mammy wellness movement inspired by Counsellor Sarah Barr. The group began in Buncrana last month …
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Don’t think about the Pink Elephant 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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? 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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? 3 years 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 3 years 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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The amazing things that happen when you let teens unwind 3 years ago

The amazing things that happen when you let teens unwind

“What is the one good thing you say about yourself in the morning?” Yoga instructor Joanne Cullen asked a Deele College 5th Year class today (Wednesday).

“I am amazing,” a …
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Mindful or Mind full? 3 years 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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Donegal Rose Amy takes time to talk on special Mental Health broadcast 3 years ago

Donegal Rose Amy takes time to talk on special Mental Health broadcast

By  •  News

The World Mental Health Day edition of The Hub with Dave Duke will be broadcast live from Galway tonight from 9pm.

Amy bravely talked about her own depression on …
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How to mind your mental health at work 3 years 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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‘Look for the beauty within the pain’ – Shannon’s story of perseverance 3 years ago

‘Look for the beauty within the pain’ – Shannon’s story of perseverance

Shannon McLaughlin, aged 21, moved from her home in Convoy to Arkansas, USA in 2015. She was a fit and healthy student with an exciting new life and bright future, …
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Majella O’Donnell to host a special celebration on World Mental Health Day 3 years ago

Majella O’Donnell to host a special celebration on World Mental Health Day

Majella O’Donnell is preparing to welcome attendees to a special evening around mental health this Tuesday, October 10th.

Majella is the founder of Donegal Mind Wellness and is a prominent advocate …
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The season of letting go 3 years 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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‘We can’t wait to reach a point where we can close’ – Pieta House CEO 3 years ago

‘We can’t wait to reach a point where we can close’ – Pieta House CEO

Over 100 people have benefited from Pieta House NW since it opened, and that support is about to grow further. The centre in Letterkenny is introducing longer opening hours and …
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Think your way to positivity 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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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Save these numbers, you never know when you’ll need them 3 years ago

Save these numbers, you never know when you’ll need them

Connecting for Life Donegal launched this poster as one of three new suicide prevention resources yesterday as part of World Suicide Prevention Week.

These resources are the latest developments from …
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Going to University? – Ten tips for managing homesickness 3 years 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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Free course offers skills to inspire life-changing thoughts 3 years ago

Free course offers skills to inspire life-changing thoughts

Aware is urging the people of Co. Donegal who are struggling to deal with life’s challenges to sign up to the “Aware Life Skills Group Programme.”

The Life Skills Programme, nine hours, …
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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Why I had to share the story of my blip’ – Amy Callaghan 3 years ago

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Why I had to share the story of my blip’ – Amy Callaghan

By  •  News

Amy Callaghan from Glenswilly took to the Rose of Tralee stage last week to open up about her very personal past which was marked with depression. She earned much praise …
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What your dreams are trying to tell you 3 years 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’? 3 years 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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Are you an Introvert? 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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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8 signs you’re doing well in life 3 years 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… 3 years 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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Donegal mammies establish ‘Minding Mammy’ wellbeing workshop 3 years ago

Donegal mammies establish ‘Minding Mammy’ wellbeing workshop

By  •  Mammy

Minding Mammy will be a 5 week programme aimed at helping Donegal mums cope with the mental health pressures that arise in the transition to motherhood.

It all began when Maria …
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Depression is not a bad word 3 years 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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‘Admitting weakness gives me strength’ – a Donegal mammy opens up 3 years ago

‘Admitting weakness gives me strength’ – a Donegal mammy opens up

By  •  Mammy

Last Sunday, Donegal Woman Columnist and local blogger Maria Rushe, The S-Mum, posted a blog entitled “My Little Bitch, Anxiety.”

The reaction to the post was phenomenal, with over 100 other …
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Caring for yourself when you are a Carer 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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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How one Donegal woman left her painful comfort zone to grow to love life 3 years ago

How one Donegal woman left her painful comfort zone to grow to love life

May is Green Ribbon Month and the mental health charity, GROW, is urging Donegal people to seek support if they are struggling with any aspect of their mental health and …
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What is your thinking pattern? 3 years 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 3 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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Meet the team who are making Pieta House Northwest a reality 3 years ago

Meet the team who are making Pieta House Northwest a reality

By  •  News

Pieta House has opened its first centre in the northwest in Co Donegal, which promises to be a new model of the support service.

The charity offers free-of-charge and freely …
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Hope strengthens in Donegal with new Pieta House 3 years ago

Hope strengthens in Donegal with new Pieta House

By  •  News

The new Pieta House Northwest will be ready to help anyone from today onwards with a free and professional service provided to save lives. 

The centre provides services for people in …
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The reasons why we need to listen to Donegal’s teens 3 years ago

The reasons why we need to listen to Donegal’s teens

By  •  Life

Weeks after it was first released, 13 Reasons Why is still the TV show on everyone’s lips.  The Netflix original production which is based on a book of the …
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H.O.P.E – Hold On, Pain Ends 3 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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How Darkness into Light will help hope rise in Donegal 3 years ago

How Darkness into Light will help hope rise in Donegal

By  •  News

Ms O’Connor, the Chief Clinical Officer of Pieta House today highlighted the importance that Darkness Into Light holds in Donegal this year and why people should get up out of their …
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The other side of motherhood 3 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 3 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 3 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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