There are so many negative connotations when we hear the word ‘alone’. However, ‘being alone’ or ‘alone time’ can provide great benefits and contributes to our emotional wellbeing. For some time I have been a great advocate of ‘mindful walking‘ as a way to engage in some physical exercise and make space so we can reflect (maybe even allow for some problem-solving), feel the ground beneath our feet, smell the air and listen to the sounds around us – in effect ‘see’ or become aware of what is around us. It’s this awareness that leads us to give attention to ‘the present moment’ and ‘being mindful’. Continue reading “14 Ways to Benefit from ‘Alone Time’” »
We welcome back guest author Gemma Luton who is raising awareness of a device that gained in considerable popularity this year – fidget spinners! Gemma discusses the ‘gadget’, stimming and how it can aid those with anxiety.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, it’s likely that you’ve heard of ‘fidget spinners’. You may have read a story about them in the paper. You may have seen them dancing in small fingers wherever children gather. You may even use one yourself. These small, twirly devices have become a major craze – to the frustration of several school teachers, and more than a few parents – however, what makes these toys slightly more controversial than the average childhood must-have is the fact that manufacturers claim they can help children to cope with ADHD, anxiety, autism, and a number of other such issues.
So, what’s the real story behind this? Continue reading “Fidget Spinners, Stimming, and Anxiety: What’s the Big Deal?” »
Anxiety affects the majority of us at some point in our lives and suffering from symptoms of anxiety does not indicate a weakness or a failing on our part. Anxiety can affect us intermittently or can be ongoing – but we CAN always do something to help reduce the effects and even remove that ‘sense of dread’ associated with anxiety. Continue reading “10 Steps to Conquering Your Anxiety – Infographic” »
Guest author Sarah Cummings, shares her insight on the causes and symptoms as well as her 5 tips on how to fall asleep when anxiety gets in the way. Continue reading “5 Tips to Stop Anxiety When Falling Asleep” »
The world we inhabit today is very different from that of our ancestors from hundreds of thousands of years ago. Much of the human brain has also evolved – and some has not evolved enough!
Because we have the same (or similar) primal emotions, we have a mismatch in terms of our beliefs and perceptions arising out of societal conditioning and modern living, resulting for so many of us in chronic stress and anxiety. Continue reading “Chronic Anxiety: The Cost to Health and the Benefits of Present Moment Living” »
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone and when this is elevated over longer than optimal periods, it can lead to emotional, psychological, and physical harm. So, how can we reduce cortisol to improve our health? Continue reading “How Managing Cortisol Reduces Anxiety and Stress” »
It is neither a weakness or a failing to suffer the symptoms of anxiety. Whether we suffer intermittently right now, or most of the time, we CAN always do something to help reduce – and even remove the sense of dread associated with anxiety. Read on to see my tips for a less anxious life. Continue reading “Ten Steps to Conquering Your Anxiety (Which will you choose?)” »
Are you sleeping and eating well? Getting enough play and R&R time? Are your performances at work and your relationships at home all that they can be, or are you suffering from anxiety, explosive angry outbursts, or the symptoms associated with depression? Then these, among many other behaviours, are likely the result of living a life ‘emotionally dysregulated‘. So, what’s to do? Continue reading “Emotionally Dysregulated? Here’s How to Reset for Good” »
Here is the news – again!
Being emotionally connected to each global and local event, we can soon find ourselves overwhelmed with negative perspectives. Whether it’s England’s performance at the Euros – or Brexit, Donald Trump for president and Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, or the increased frequency of shootings and terrorism around the globe – it’s crucial to maintain a balanced perspective. But how? Continue reading “How to Keep Sane in a Challenging World” »
Anger is an emotion that can have a place in our lives. Anger, can keep us safe – as well as create regret and harm! For some of us, anger visits daily – even hourly. So, when we find anger has moved in and unpacked, how can we over time, manage and reduce the triggers?.
Why do we feel anger?
There are many beliefs which may trigger anger in us, and most are subconsciously driven by the ‘emotional brain’: Continue reading “The Anatomy of Anger and How to Manage This and Other Emotions” »