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How Anxiety affects Productivity in the Workplace

eQuoo is trying to paint a picture for people who do not struggle with general or severe anxiety, what it may feel like, and how it can impact people on a typical workday.  We want to allow them to try to walk in your shoes so that they can make decisions around workplace offerings that …

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The Fine Line between Kindness and People Pleasing

If people pleasing makes others happy, how does it differ from being authentically kind? Your favourite band is performing in your hometown. You call everybody you know, shout it from the rooftops and set at least 5 active reminders of the upcoming event. You are over the moon excited – after all you’ve been waiting …

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Finding Closure after Ghosting

Is Ghosting the new Communicating? You’ve been single for a while – and after months of being in and out of lockdown, you want to put yourself out there again. You download a dating app – and find a real connection with one person.   After a couple weeks of texting and digital flirting, you finally …

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Mental Health Day Awareness Challenge

Welcome to the World Mental Health Day Self-Kindness Challenge World Mental Health Day is internationally celebrated on October 10 to raise global awareness of mental health issues and promote support for all people who struggle with their mental health. Although positive discussions around mental health are increasing, mental health illnesses are on the rise and …

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Anxiety Relief

Get Your Anxiety Under Control with a Few Simple Steps In a poll we did with Unidays Students, 67% said they were super-anxious about going back to Uni and making new friends – or not making new friends. On a walk the other day, a friend nonchalantly said that she didn’t know a single person …

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Coping with Work-Life Challenges

Are the continuous changes at work contributing to an increase in anxiety and burnout? Recently our CEO, Silja Litvin, recognised how much work calls contributed to her anxiety – specifically when she started to feel like it was eating up time that she could have otherwise spent on “actual work”. She didn’t understand why work …

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How to Build Trust after Gaslighting

Is it Possible to Heal again after Gaslighting? Gaslighting is a form of mental and emotional abuse often designed to manipulate a person into doubting themselves and their reality. Gaslighting is not always easy to detect – it is the subtle art of manipulation whereby a person’s reality is re-defined to conform to the perpetrator’s …

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Uncovering the Dangers of Toxic Positivity

Resilience Boosts Emotional Health, but is Too Much Positivity becoming Unhealthy?  Resilience is having the skills to keep moving forward despite what life throws at you. It is the art of bouncing back from life’s challenges – and a quality that encourages overcoming these challenges knowing you will endure. Resilience is when we encourage ourselves …

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Unlocking the Gems of Introversion

In a World where Extroversion is Highly Valued, is Introversion Undervalued? Extroversion and introversion fall at opposite ends of a spectrum.  Extroversion is when people like to be involved in a world surrounded by people, busy places and activities – so naturally, they learn best when they are actively communicating with different people. However, those …

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Why Talking About Emotional Health is so Important

While Mental Health has the Limelight, We Should be Focussing on Emotional Health Mental Health is finally starting to get the attention it deserves, yet we’re seeing increasing numbers of people requiring initial or additional support. Here we look at why emotional health might be the key to stemming the growing number of people struggling …

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Are We Doing Everything We Can for Student’s Mental Health?

Student Mental Health is Looking Dire We are in the middle of our third clinical trial with eQuoo, and even we were shocked at what we found… It’s clear that mental health is an issue which is universally crucial to each and every one of us. You would have to live under a rock to …

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Empowering Women with Resilience

Why Resilience is so Important for Women Did you know that women are up to twice as likely to suffer from a depression than men1 ? And when a woman has a negative experience without the social or phycological support to process what happened, they are more likely to suffer from mental health issues3 than men. While one of …

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When your Mind Rivals a Horror Movie – Catastrophizing

Sometimes we need to tell our mind to take a back seat… and chill We’ve all been there: stayed up all night worrying about your partner’s cryptic text message, considered all the different ways you could die after signing up for a skydiving lesson, or stopped yourself from going to dinner with your family after …

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Inaction – The Hardest Thing to Do: Action Bias.

How Jumping the Gun isn’t good for our mental health. We’ve all been there: intervened in an argument between two friends, jumped at the chance to offer some advice, although we really have no idea what the other person is going through, or accepted a business deal with a client before gathering all the necessary …

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Things We Don’t Want to See – Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias We’ve all been there: judged the family member with different political opinions, based an argument off of one article you read on Google. Or joined a Facebook group supporting all your beliefs. Or rejected an applicant’s file because they simply didn’t look qualified on paper. There is so much information out there – …

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The Most Important Relationship Skill – Emotional Bids

Emotional Bids and Relationships There is one very essential skill – you can consider it the glue that keeps relationships together – Emotional Bids. We’ve all been extended an emotional bid or two throughout the day: a smile from the barista at your local coffee shop behind a mask, an invitation to a Zoom lunch …

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Why “Always” isn’t Always Good – Generalisation

Generalisation – the Scourge of Generalising We’ve all been there: expected rejection letters from every company after receiving one rejection letter, believed you weren’t worthy of a placement because two schools rejected you, or refused to drive after a car accident. We just don’t want to relive the disappointment… so, we expect it before it …

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How mHealth programmes can treat depression: A randomised controlled trial.

Litvin, Silja & Markus, Maier (2019) TLDR: Mobile interventions work. We developed an EVIDENCE-BASED app called PsycAppsE and trialled it in a 2-arm RCT over 4 weeks. Depression levels were significantly lowered, anxiety levels were lowered. Attrition rates led me to abandon customary mood-tracking and CBT app-delivery and into developing eQuoo. It’s still live on …

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Mental Health Tips for Self-Isolation: Boundaries

How to make it through social distancing without being able to distance yourself. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced millions of people around the world to stay at home and self-isolate. The process of self-isolation is becoming commonplace these days. What we know so far about COVID-19 is that limiting social contact is unquestionably the best …

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How Emotional Fitness Can Get You through the Holidays

The Miley Cyrus Family goofing around. During the holidays, emotional fitness is especially important! Some people think of holiday season as of time of joy, family and togetherness. They’re a lucky bunch, and bless them! However, most people do dread one or the other aspect of about their holiday schedule, gift shopping, entertaining and spending …

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