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Sitting down for too long may increase your anxiety

I read many studies every day about mental health and anxiety. Some I read and think that sounds a bit farfetched or think well, that study is a bit specific and maybe not accurate.

Yesterday I read a study just like that. It stated that playing video games can make you anxious. Its reasons were that it is because you are sat down for a long period of time. On reading the article, I thought to myself, well actually, it probably isn’t the video game making you anxious then, it is the sitting for so long, you could just as well become anxious sat reading a book for a long period of time, or binge watching Orange Is The New Black on Netflix.

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Basics of a Chrysalis Course

Let’s have a look at the basic information you will need to know when studying with Chrysalis.

*          There are 10 modules per year, with July, August and December off.

*          Your class will be either on a Saturday or Sunday. You will be able to attend up to 2 different venues throughout the year, if you are unable to attend your home venue.

*          Each module comes with its own set of notes and homework – homework will be a combination of essays and journals throughout the year.

*          There will be 2 practical assessments during the year, at module 5 and module 10. This usually involves your tutor having observed you throughout all classes, the way you take part, interact with others, join in etc, but it can also involve a short exercise set by your tutor who will specifically observe the exercise.

*          Practice groups are a must for all students. They are essential to help you practice your skills, get support from others and make up your 50 hours of practical work.

*          You will be able to contact your tutor during each week, however, this is also a very good time to practise your understanding of boundaries, by making sure you only contact them during the times they have told you, and by the method or methods they allow.

*          You will be required to set aside time every week in order to read and carry out any necessary research. This will help you to complete your written assignments and help you to deepen your understanding and knowledge of the subject.

*          Case studies or other formal assessments of your work will take place towards the end of each year. This is not a time to worry, but a time to look back and realise just how much you have learned over the course of the year. It is fantastic when you have completed your case studies, and realise that you have really helped someone towards achieving their goals.

Everyone on a Chrysalis course is there because they want something from it, a better understanding of themselves and others, more skills to add to current ones, or even a totally new career. Whatever your reasons for taking a Chrysalis course, just remember the old saying, ‘You get out what you put in’.

Take that step

StepsHave you had your ‘aha’moment yet? That moment when you realised that it was time to take that ‘step’? Step, what step? That step, the one that takes you out of your comfort zone.   That possibly very scary first step. When did you realise, when you heard the Chrysalis advert, when you signed up for the course, on your first day, sometime after that? Maybe for some of you, you have not had it yet, but it will come. Continue reading

The History of Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week began in 2000. During this first nationwide campaign people where surveyed about their experiences of stigma and discrimination in relation to mental health issues. Not surprisingly, 15 years ago, 70% of respondents had experienced some discrimination. There was still a calculable taboo around mental health as well with 66% of people not wanting to tell anyone of their inner turmoil. Continue reading

Talking Therapy and the Misconceptions

Psychology has been studied for a long time, centuries even, yet there are still many misconceptions about how and why talking therapy works.


For many people talking therapy has been quite literally a life saver and been a way to work through depression, anxiety and other psychological issues. However, there is still a cluster of people that believe talking therapy is self-indulgent and even an excuse to just talk about yourself for an hour.


There are the other group of people who think medication is the only answer and anything could be fixed with a pill a day. It saves time and the patients’ money perhaps? Medication can go some way to resolving psychological issues for sure, but there is a lot to be said about life experiences and how they have affected your life and perhaps the cause of some of the psychological issues.


It is for this reason that talking therapy remains so important and supporting people who want therapy or even training to deliver therapy is a top priority.


It was thought in the 90’s, as Prozac became more and more popular, that this was a miracle pill for treating depression. But this wasn’t exactly the case and the reality was much more complicated. There is no doubt that for many the medication worked and it worked, or is working, well, but others reacted differently. Research went on to show that those people benefitted more from talking therapy than medication. In fact a study last year cited in The Lancet, a medical journal, used 13,000 patients and found that talking therapy was more effected overall for long-term social anxiety disorder.


Therapy not only helps your mental health, it can have huge benefits to your physical health which has been proved to be linked together. It can include benefits from reducing pains to sleeping better. An Australian journal has even gone so far as to advise cognitive behavioural therapy being the primary treatment for those suffering with insomnia.


As well as the benefits of therapy whilst you are in the process there are also ongoing benefits upon completion of the course. Many individuals seek help for a specific issue and work through it to move on. After a certain amount of sessions, everyone will take a different amount; they may have more a grasp on the issue. Therefore the negative circumstances faced that were causing the problem are no longer there, they have changed and are not just been covered up.


You can train to be a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor or Hypnotherapist with Chrysalis Not For Profit Ltd and increase the amount of therapists available out there to the millions in need.

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