Most people feel miserable now and then, most often when something upsetting or stressful is happening such as redundancy or a relationship break-up. Feeling depressed in response to a difficult situation is appropriate and normal. Usually the feelings diminish over time.
Generalised anxiety is when a person is prone to constant tension and worry. Sometimes we can attach this fear and distress to things going on in our lives and sometimes we cannot. Most often the anxiety is an overreaction to reality but we fail to perceive it as such or even if we do realise this we cannot stop it anyway.
Anger is a natural and necessary human emotion. Of all of the emotions we experience, healthy anger is often the one that powers us up to make constructive change including such as setting clear boundaries with others, discovering our sense of self value, developing new behaviours and speaking up for ourselves in new ways.
Self esteem is how we feel about ourselves. It is the value we place upon ourselves. It is the cornerstone of a positive attitude towards living and so is crucial to wellbeing, happiness and success.
Low self esteem means poor confidence and that also causes negative thoughts which can often mean that we are likely to give up easily rather than face challenges.
One of the most common reasons people seek counselling is for relationship issues. Meaningful and satisfying relationships are a major determinant of happiness and general wellbeing yet many people struggle to develop and maintain them.
Grief is a normal yet highly personal response to loss. It is neither an illness nor a pathological condition but rather a natural process that occurs over time. If managed and understood, grief has the potential to lead to life-changing healing and personal growth.