Notebook

Welcome to The Other Clinic’s notebook.

This is the place where we (The Other Clinic team) share thoughts and ideas on a variety of wellness topics. Every post here invites you to reflect, explore and experiment with ideas that we hope will help you to navigate different aspects of life. Thank you for stopping by and we hope you enjoy reading our articles!

Emotions: Our Inner GPS for Life

People often come to therapy wanting help with getting rid of unwanted emotions. Sadness, guilt, grief, fear, and anger are often labelled as “bad” emotions. Many only want to experience “good” feelings, namely happiness. However, all emotions are fundamentally adaptive. They are little helpers sending us messages about what is happening in our environment, like…

The Sexual and Mental Health Relationship

Mental health and sexual health are fundamental aspects of overall well-being, and they share a significant interconnection. The intricate relationship between these two domains demonstrates how one’s mental state can influence their sexual health and vice versa. Understanding this link is crucial for promoting holistic health and addressing the needs of individuals. By recognizing the…

Coping with transition grief

National Grief Awareness Day on August 30th was developed to promote a greater awareness and understanding of the multitude of ways in which individuals cope with loss, as well as encourage a more open discussion about loss and bereavement and inform people about the realities of grief. Due to the very nature, depth and breadth…

Dealing with Burnout

“The biggest problem with burnout is that it disguises itself as hard work.“ – David Heinemeier Hansson In today’s fast-paced world, burnout has become an increasingly prevalent issue affecting individuals in various aspects of their lives. Singapore, often dubbed as a bustling hub of productivity, is no exception to the growing concerns surrounding burnout. The…

Pawsitive impact: How pets can improve our mental health

Pets can be a great source of joy and companionship, and research shows that they can also have a positive impact on our mental health. As an animal lover (cats in particular, my two pictured below) I recognise the impact my own cats have upon my mental health and how much I crave their presence…

The Empty Nest

Empty nest – a term made popular in the 1950’s, describes the sadness and loss of purpose that a parent may experience when their children leave home. The name itself evokes a sense of loneliness and sadness but can also be so accurately descriptive of the conflicting emotions we may have about this normal life…

Sneaky Things That Can Mess with Your Mood

By now it’s pretty well known that things like lack of sleep, elevated stress and lack of movement or exercise can mess with your mood. However, there are other, less obvious influences that may be silently wrecking their havoc as well — ones that may require just a bit more investigation.  So why not start…

Humour is not always a laughing matter

Humour is often regarded as a superficial jab that allows us to understand our daily experiences and relationships with people. If humour is that superficial jab, then jokes and pranks are the syringe that pokes fun at and administers a dose of laughter into our lives.  Yet if humour is all that trivial and not…

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – How can we support this?

Have you wondered why there needs to be days commemorating different mental health issues that we as humans struggle with? What is there to celebrate one may ask, or why is there a need to remember them? Isn’t it obvious when people suffer or struggle with mental health difficulties? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or otherwise commonly…

There is no manual provided for fathering

Fathers play a unique and important role in families, and their involvement is critical for the overall well-being of children and their families. In fact, 97% of surveyed Singaporeans (MCYS, 2009) believe that fathers play a valuable part in their children’s lives. However, there is a gap to bridge between the perceived importance and the…

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