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09 Mar

Keep safe on St. Patrick’s Day

posted by Diana Selak-O'Reilly

Keep safe on St. Patrick’s Day

On St Patrick's Day you can become part of a big green family regardless of your nationality, religious beliefs or skin colour. The whole world turns Green, even the Smurfs turn into leprechauns. It’s a great day to be in Ireland. The atmosphere is festive, children’s excitement is catching, town parades provide entertainment for every age, people meet up with friends and family in pubs, have some grub and listen to live traditional music etc... It’s beautiful.

On the other side however, crimes shoots up to eight times the norm, police make more arrests than on any other day in the year, 700 tourists on average reported being mugged, it is one of the busiest days in hospital ER rooms ( hospital waiting times are on average five times longer with alcohol related incidents being the main factor).  It’s advisable to people not to walk alone as this time in the year is pick time for predators and rape crime. If you are planning to have a late night out, make sure you have organised transport home, do not leave without your friends, have a glass of water in between drinks and possibly some food. Keep safe! 

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08 Mar

Happy International Women’s Day

posted by Diana Selak-O'Reilly

Happy International Women’s Day (IWD)

Just little bit of history

International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries greeted Zetkin's suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women's Day was the result. In 1913, 8th of March was pronounced International Women's Day and has remained the global date for International Women's Day ever since. As result, on this day, women started showing solidarity everywhere in Europe. For example in 1914 in London in the United Kingdom there was a march from Bow to Trafalgar Square in support of women's suffrage. Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested in front of Charing Cross station on her way to speak in Trafalgar Square; in 1017 in Russia’s  women began a strike for "bread and peace" in response to the death of over 2 million Russian soldiers in World War 1. Strike continued for four days until provisional Government granted women the right to vote. International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975. Today IWD is an official holiday in many countries including Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

Information taken from https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

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07 Mar

When to look for counselling/psychotherapy?

posted by Diana Selak-O'Reilly

When to look for counselling/psychotherapy?

We have all experienced periods of stress, sadness, lack of sleep, grief and conflict, unhappiness and times when we are feeling off. It can be hard to know when the right time is, to see a professional about the problem. So, when is it advisable to seek professional therapeutic help? Here are some of the situations when it is recommended to sign up for psychotherapy:
• If you feel overwhelmed or limited in your ability to function (worry about things a lot).
• If everything you feel is intense.
• If the things that happened in the past keep waking you up during the night or you cannot stop thinking about them.
• If you feel emotional distress, things such as: uncontrollable crying, chronically upset stomach or headaches, diminished sex drive,      etc.
• If you’re personal problems start to affect your work performance.
• If you notice unusual changes in your appetite, medically unexplained overeating or undereating.
• If you feel that you are losing control over your life.
• If you find yourself drinking or using drugs in greater quantities or just thinking about using more often, these could be signs that    you’re hoping to numb feelings that should be addressed.
• If you don’t feel motivated or interested in all the things you liked to do before, are not finding joy in anything anymore, feeling like  there’s not a lot of purpose or a point in life.
• If you feel disconnected from your family or the people you care about.
• If you’re important relationships are strained or non-functioning.
• If you’re family members and friends start showing concern about you.
• If you are experiencing anxiety or panic attacks.

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