Tag Archives: Health & Fitness

Mental Health Awareness – What can you do to help?

So you may be thinking, how else can I help those with a mental health issue? Well, the best way you can get involved is through an active challenge!

By taking on an active challenge with the help of Mind, you can ensure no-one ever has to face a mental health problem alone again! Joining Mind’s team against mental health is one of the best decisions you can make in 2019. Read More

Mental Health Awareness – Bereavement

Bereavement is something which is likely to occur to us all in our lifetime. The sense of loss felt because of the death of a loved one can also be referred to as grief.

Bereavement can have a negative impact on our mental health. People respond in many different ways to death and losing a loved one, and because of this there are multiple symptoms which people can experience including; shock, numbness, overwhelming sadness, despair, guilt and anger. Read More

Mental Health Awareness – Self harm

Self-harm is when an individual injures, damages or hurts themselves intentionally as a way of dealing with difficult feelings and/or experiences. This is done in an attempt to block or distract themselves from feeling these emotions.

People may self-harm to punish, to feel normal, to be in control of their body after a trauma, or to feel better due to adrenaline rush it provides. The most common method of self-harm is using an a sharp object to cut the skin. Read More

Mental Health Awareness – Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe long-term mental health condition. It causes a range of different psychological symptoms.

Symptoms of schizophrenia- Hallucinations – hearing or seeing things that don’t exist– Delusions – unusual beliefs not based on reality

– Muddled thoughts – based on hallucinations or delusions

– Changes in behaviour – Some people think schizophrenia causes a “split personality” or violent behaviour. This is not true. Read More

Types Of Muscle Action

Muscles work in different ways. They can contract & shorten, contract & lengthen or contract & stay the same length, with no movement occurring. They can also relax & lengthen or stretch. To lift a weight for example, the muscles shorten. To lower a weight the muscles lengthen. To hold position, e.g pausing an activity the muscles stay the same length.

Here we are going to look at a number of terms used to distinguish between these different types of muscular activity

Isotonic – Describes muscle actions involving movement, i.e. concentric & eccentric Read More

‘Volunteering allowed me to accept myself” – Meet BBC Scotland’s Unsung Hero Kirsty Ewen

When Kirsty Ewen was a teenager she “didn’t think she would make it past her 18th birthday”.

“I was self-harming and I had to make a choice whether to continue my dream of becoming a swimmer or to self-harm, and at that time I chose to give up swimming,” she recalls.

Now 28, Kirsty volunteers at Inverness Swimming Club, the Highland Swim team and Scottish open water swimming events. She has also volunteered at the London 2012 Olympics, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2018 European Championships. Read More

Mental Health Awareness – Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are characterised by an excessive fear, worry and anxiety in relation to a future threat. As a result, individuals demonstrate disturbances to their behaviour and day-to-day functioning.

A common symptom of many anxiety disorders is panic attacks, which reflect which reflect a type fear response. Anxiety disorders include generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and obsessive-complusive disorder (OCD), as well as phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read More

Mental Health Awareness – Depression

All of us have changes in mood. We may feel happy one day and sad the next; this is quite normal and does not mean that we depression or any other mood disorder for that matter. This is only the case when the mood is disturbed for an extended period of time.

Mood disorders are also known as affective disorders and include conditions where mood is elevated, such as mania, or where mood is lowered, such as major depressive disorder (otherwise known as clinical depression). Another mood disorder is bipolar disorder; this was previously known as manic depression, in which moods can fluctuate between low levels & mania. The most common and well-known mood disorder is major depressive disorder. Read More

Hormone Spotlight: Peptide YY

To continue with our Hormone Spotlight segment, we’re going to have a look into Peptide YY. Hormones are the building blocks that ensure our body stays in a homeostatic state. Over the course of the month we’re going to have a look at 4 different hormones that affect hunger, appetite and satiety. Read More

Hormone Spotlight: Cholecystokinin

To continue with our Hormone Spotlight segment, we’re going to have a look into Cholecystokinin. Hormones are the building blocks that ensure our body stays in a homeostatic state. Over the course of the month we’re going to have a look at 4 different hormones that affect hunger, appetite and satiety. Read More