Welcome to the Avenue Therapies blog!

We all have physical health. We all have mental health. We are all in the same mental health boat so to speak, rowing as best we can with the ores, instruction, supplies and guidance we have acquired on our journey so far.  Just as eating well, keeping active, good sleep and a good routine are important to our physical health, there are things in life that are important for supporting good mental health too.

This blog is for everyone – you, me and anyone who is interested in mental health, mental wellbeing and recovery. We would like to use this space to share with you information, skills, guidance and research related to maintaining and improving mental wellbeing.

We want to write this blog for you, for everyone. So if there is anything you are particularly interested in knowing more about, get in touch, let us know and we'll blog about it if we can!

Thanks for stopping by. We hope you find this blog useful.

With warm wishes,
Nicole, Pete and Anna

  • Self-Care, Why is it so hard?

    So many of us now are aware of the benefits of taking time for ourselves, to say no occasionally, to press pause, even to pamper ourselves (if not check out our compassion blog where we explain). Yet, few of us do it. Sickness and burn out rates at work remain high, stress levels are high, mental health difficulties are on the up, we live for our next bit of annual leave where we can get some beach and sun (when it’s OK to stop of course) and when was the last time you actually …

  • Nature and Mental Wellbeing - Part 5: Good for us, good for nature

     

    Welcome!

    Our Little Journey

    We’re almost there! We’ve spent time thinking about the different connections we all have with nature and also how important this can be for our physical and mental wellbeing. We then went on to think about what types of things we could try to build up our connections at an individual level and how we might get involved in a local or national project. Finally, we talked about overcoming the barriers to trying something new, getting …

  • Nature and Mental Wellbeing - Part 4: Projects to get involved in and overcoming barriers!

     

    Welcome!

    Last week we spent a bit of time thinking about how to get involved, mostly at an individual level. In this blog I’m going to think about some projects and how we can overcome some of the barriers to building our connection with nature.

     

    Projects!

    Where to start!? There are so many projects out there that can help us connect with nature a bit more. Some are big, some are small. Lots are local, so it might be worth looking to see if there is …

  • Nature and Mental Wellbeing - Part 3: How to get Involved?

    Welcome back,

    Last week we spent a bit of time thinking about what an increased connection with nature looks like in the literature and what ecotherapy is. We also thought about what the evidence-base says (which is pretty positive!). In this blog I’m going to think about how we all can get more involved in this kind of activity ourselves.

    Things we can all try

    So, the evidence fairly confidently suggests that getting more in touch with nature and also getting out an about …

  • Nature and Mental Wellbeing - Part 2 What difference does being in nature make?

     

    Welcome back everyone,

    Last week we spent a bit of time thinking about why I started this blog, our relationships with nature and the social and cultural aspects which might influence those relationships. We also talked about how our relationships with nature can vary a lot and I introduced the idea that connecting with nature can have a significant impact on our psychological wellbeing. In this blog I’m going to focus a little more on what connecting with nature might …

  • Nature and Mental Wellbeing - Part 1 Setting a Context

     

    Hello everyone!

    Welcome back to the Avenue Therapies Ltd blog. A project set up by the UK Wildlife Trust called 30 days of wild (link at the bottom of this post) was this inspiration for this series. I think it’s a lovely project that aims to support people at home, school and work to be more in touch with nature and reap the benefits that this might offer.

    We’re all different

    How we approach the outdoors and the natural world more generally varies a lot. …

  • Managing stress, building resilience and other things that can help (Part 3)

     

    Just a little topic I hear you all say!

    This is my last blog on the topic of stress but will hopefully give you some new ideas or point you in a helpful direction. As I mentioned in my previous blog, there is no getting away from stressful life events. That said, there are things that we can do that can help manage life stressors more helpfully and build up our resources and resilience. There are also therapeutic interventions that you might consider in managing stress too.

    & …

  • Causes of stress and common signs (Part 2)

    Welcome back! 

    Last time we talked about what stress is and how it affects us all. In this blog I’ll focus on some common causes of stress and also some common signs that we are stressed. This might all sound very obvious, and for some it may be, but for many of us we can overlook how stressful our lives can be at times. We can also easily miss our own signs that we are stressed.

     

     

    What are some of the common causes of stress?

    In the previous blog I …

  • What is stress? (Part 1)

    Following on from National Stress Awareness month I thought I would put down some thoughts about stress. Thinking in a bit of detail about what it is, where it comes from and what we can all do to better manage it. In this first blog I’ll be focusing just on what it is, how common it is and how it can affect us.

    Stress, we all talk about it…

    But it can mean different things to different people. We use the word when relating to physical tension in our bodies, work or family …

  • This thing called "Acceptance": how do I do that?

    In the last blog we started to explore what acceptance is. I first came across the concept when I was working as an Assistant Psychologist (many years ago!) with people who had dementia.  If I’m honest, I was struggling to hold hope in my work with people who I couldn’t make “better” and my supervisor started to discuss the importance of acceptance and finding meaning in things that might at times seem ‘meaningless’. She recommended that I read Viktor …

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