| In the week that Mindfirst celebrates its third year of activity, Cecília Almeida, Clinical Director of Mindfirst, emphasises in an interview with Comunica RH that "technology can be an ally of therapy, as far as it facilitates access, but the quality of professionals will always be the factor that will make the difference when helping."
It depends on you to have some gestures that will contribute to creating a better world, where there will be many Christmases in your heart and those you touch. Read the tips from psychologist Suzana Rodrigues.
Inês Manaças, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist at the Mindfirst platform, explains in this article, in a simple but very rigorous way, what depression is after all and how we can know if and when we are depressed or not.
In this article, psychologist Miguel Rodrigues describes returning from vacation and confronting the same issues that we want to change but put off... because change is difficult!
Miguel Rodrigues, a Mindfirst psychologist, discusses the symptoms and causes of panic attacks.
Christmas and New Year's Eve parties encourage some dietary excesses. Take Ana Jorge's advice and implement some measures to mitigate the negative effects of parties. Make the decision to put "health" on the table.
Does you know how to breathe? Our physical, mental, and emotional health are primarily determined by our breathing. This article explains the value of breathing and suggests a practice for developing mindful breathing.
Infidelity, recurring anger, the birth of a child, phases of change, family crises, problems in parent-child relationships. This article by psychologist Carla Abranches outlines the circumstances under which family and marital therapy are advised.
Mindfulness means “full focus” and it can be much more than just meditation. Here, we leave Vera Costa's advice on how to practice mindfulness without meditating.
Are you persistent? How does this state of mind work? What are the enemies to your persistence?
What connection do you have with yourself? What is the extent of your self-knowledge? Challenge yourself to examine and discover yourself. The exercise proposed by clinical psychologist Carolina Trindade in this article was designed to help you.
This year's schools are different. The uncertainty of the situation, the possibility of becoming ill, and changes in routines can cause stress and anxiety in many students and parents. This article discusses how you can help your children cope with anxiety during the back-to-school season.
When we are emotionally hungry, we are not hungry for food, but for emotions, and while food can help relieve negative states, identifying the feelings that are causing this hunger is critical! In this article Ana Jorge, Nutri & Health Coach, proposes ways to deal with the feelings that are at the origin of emotional hunger.
The first step in controlling a fear is knowing how to identify it. Perform this exercise suggested by psychologist Carolina Trindade to become more aware of your fears.
Breathing is perhaps the most complete expression of our existence, and it is directly related to our behavioural, physiological, and emotional states. We recommend two breathing awareness exercises: abdominal breathing and meditation breathing.
Depression, if left untreated, can become severe and disabling, even leading to suicide in the most extreme cases. According to the WHO, approximately 300 million people were diagnosed with depression in 2015. According to data from the 2019 National Health Survey, more than 700,000 people in Portugal experienced depressive symptoms in 2019, with approximately 170,000 having no one to turn to in the event of serious personal problems.
Carl Jung stated that the human being requires thoughts and convictions that give meaning to life, and that if he is convinced of his meaning in life, he can overcome obstacles and endure the most incredible trials.
"Mental health is part of the public health response to covid-19," said Aiysha Malik of the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, emphasising that "all people who may be most vulnerable to experiencing deterioration in their mental health must have access" to this care.
We have entered a new phase of the pandemic - little by little, the return to life outside. As a result, the period of strict confinement that has brought so much to our lives appears to be coming to an end. Fear, anxiety, anguish, and confusion were all natural reactions to a truly concerning situation that called our entire way of life into question. It could also have brought to the surface what was deep within us that had been (dis)organized by the agitation of the days. A crisis is a situation that, without warning or permission, disrupts the psychic and social balance - hence the name. It is then critical to access both internal resources and external resources, such as emotional and social support, to which everyone has access. It necessitates adaptation, and just as we had to adjust to confinement, we now have to adjust to de-confinement.
Gratitude is a way to not only free ourselves from an overly negative focus and become more aware of the good things that happen to us, but it also helps the brain raise dopamine levels, which brings us positive feelings, a good mood, and optimism.
Anxiety is regarded as the century's scourge. She has already arrived while we are still on our way. It robs us of our peace without even giving us a chance to understand why. It is critical to understand how to identify anxiety symptoms and develop coping strategies, as anxiety has serious consequences for our bodies and our quality of life.
The most certain thing is to follow the DGS guidelines, without contact with friends and family, isolated at home, attempting to mitigate the potential risk of COVID-19 contamination. Social isolation, sadness, anxiety, worry, and fear are all negative psychological effects of social distancing. It is critical that you find ways to alleviate these feelings.
What are you thinking right now? How many issues and problems are competing for your attention right now? When do you usually spend the majority of your day? Is it in the past, the present, or the future? In answering these questions, you may realise the importance and necessity of Mindfulness practise in your life. Mindfulness encourages practitioners to concentrate on the present moment and enjoy the experience of life in every moment.
We all go through periods of sadness, fatigue, and stress, and it's not always clear when we should seek the help of a psychologist. It is critical to understand your limits, and if something is interfering with your ability to perform daily tasks, it is time to schedule a session.
Online psychotherapy or counselling entails providing counselling or psychotherapy services via information and communication technology, such as videoconferencing, telephone, email, or instant messaging (chat).
Coaching is a co-creative process that aims to identify personal/professional goals and possible ways to achieve them by mobilising internal resources that each of us possesses but are not always manifested or even known.