Category: Self-improvement

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The Importance of Self-Care

Are you well?  Does it take an illness for you to stop and give yourself a break or a bit of time-out?  We are more inclined to look after our illness than our wellness.  Self-care is very important as it’s anything that maintains your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing and so helps you live a more fulfilling life.

Self-care should not be something you do just once when you feel off.  It should be a bit of love and attention for YOU; your own mind, body, soul.  However when we’re stressed self-care is usually the first thing to go.  We get too pressured, overwhelmed and tired to have alone time, we work through lunch, we stop visiting the gym, and we postpone commitments with friends.  Everyday life can seem so busy these days.
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The irony is the more you care for yourself the better you cope with the stresses of everyday life.  When you are well and look after yourself you have more energy and resilience.  Self-care can reduce stress, prevent burnout, increase happiness, improve relationships and promote more of a work-life balance.  Looking after yourself benefits those around you too!

Start off by working self-care into your daily routine.  There are many tiny habits that you can do every day to nurture yourself.  No matter what you have or have not achieved that day, self-care is crucial.  It isnot selfish and it is not a reward.  A reward is earned as a result of something accomplished.  Self-care should be done with love and compassion rather than obligation and duty because taking care of yourself is so important.

I will be writing more about the little things you can do to maintain wellness so stay tuned or check out the website www.acora.ie

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Psychotherapy at Acora

With everyone living such busy, demanding, stressful lives,wellbeing has become a huge industry.  Today there are so many healing and self-help tools available it is very difficult to know what is right for you and what will work.  This also includes such a vast range of therapies and self-help books that it can be overwhelming.  Everybody needs some extra support at certain times in their lives, so what do you turn to?
At any time when the quality of your life is not what you want it to be, psychotherapy can help.  But what is it?  Well sometimes it simply helps to talk.what-is-counselling-300x270
Psychotherapy is a form of talk therapy but can include other methods of communication such as journaling, role-play, art, dream work, mindfulness and breathing techniques.  The focus is on helping you learn more constructive ways to deal with the issues and stresses in your life and feel better.  The therapy takes place in a supportive environment where you will be able to talk to someone who is open, neutral and non-judgemental.  Together you and your therapist work on understanding your feelings and behaviour patterns and develop the skills for you to cope with the difficult times.
At Acora I use a holistic, humanistic, integrative approach.  What this means is that I focus on helping the person maximise their potential and get to know themselves better by combining elements from several styles of psychotherapy and personal development according to your needs.  Some forms of psychotherapy can last just a few sessions and others can be long term.  The sessions are usually for one hour, once a week.  When I first meet a client I offer a free consultation session in order to assess what is required.  I usually agree to working together initially for 6 sessions to see if we are a good fit.  It is important that you feel comfortable talking with your therapist as this has a huge impact on the outcome of the therapy.  At the end of the 6 weeks I do a review with the client and then together we decide how to proceed.
Psychotherapy is very much working with the client.  Personally I am not a nodding therapist and will give feedback and talk with you.  Nobody can tell your story but you, so the more comfortable you are working with me the more you will be able to open up.  Please contact me if you have any questions!
Gillian
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The Importance of Self-Care

Are you well?  Does it take an illness for you to stop and give yourself a break or a bit of time-out?  We are more inclined …

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Psychotherapy at Acora

With everyone living such busy, demanding, stressful lives,wellbeing has become a huge industry.  Today there are so many …

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Hello, While you are here reading this I want to take the opportunity to welcome you and introduce myself. I am a psychotherapist …