Category: Living with Anxiety

Mental Health: When People Tell You How They Feel, Believe Them.

Telling someone how we feel can be daunting. Getting to a place where we feel able to speak to someone can take an awful lot of courage. It’s so important that when we do share, we’re believed. We cope with feelings differently People cope with things differently. Some are talkers, and it comes relatively easily…

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Mental Illness: Communicating When We Don’t Have The Words

Mobile phone on unmade bed.

When we’re struggling with our mental health, there’s often a message to communicate. To talk about it. But when we’re struggling to find the words we need to describe our thoughts and feelings, talking feels immensely difficult. Struggling with words It’s often tricky to put thoughts and feelings into words. It becomes even harder when…

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Carrying On When The World Feels Like A Hopeless Place

Sun shines on moss and small mushroom growing on slope.

Sometimes the world can feel like a hopeless place. If we struggle with our mental health generally, then reading and seeing awful things in the news can hit particularly hard. There are days when finding that hope can be a tricky task. Hopelessness Hopelessness weighs so very heavy. Breathing can sometimes feel like a superhuman…

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Teen Mental Health In Tricky Times

Three teens sitting on stony beach with backs to the camera.

The last few years have been tough on us all, impacting everyone’s mental health. Teen mental health is no exception. Young people have faced some challenges that adults haven’t. Exam uncertainty, grade mishaps, missing peers just at the time when peer relationships become all the more important and coping with remote/not remote/a bit remote schooling….

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The Science Of Sleep

Golden Labrador asleep.

Sleep is something many of us find hard. In fact, around a third of adults in western countries struggle with sleep at least once a week. Learning about the science of sleep can give us some ideas to try and make sleep come a little easier. Why Do We Need Sleep? There are lots of…

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Skin-Picking And Hair-Pulling: Some Lesser-Known Symptoms Of Anxiety

Hands.

Skin-picking, hair-pulling and other body-focused, repetitive behaviours can all be anxiety-related. They’re far more common than many of us realise, but we often feel shame associated with these behaviours, so we don’t talk about them. Because we all find it so difficult to talk about, it can feel like we’re the only person in the…

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The Emotional Skills It’s Important To Teach Our Children

Mum and child lying down on blankets. Child pressing Mum's nose.

If we mention the word ‘education’, many people will think of the 3r’s – Reading, wRiting, and aRithmatic. But these aren’t the only things that our children need to learn. Teaching emotional skills might not be something we consider, but learning them is just as important learning as hard facts (if not more so!). What…

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Coping With Foggy Brain Days

Sea on misty day.

Brain fog is something that many of us deal with day in, day out. It’s not a diagnosable condition but is a common symptom for many different illnesses. Brain fog can range from being an occasional annoyance to a persistent condition which impacts many areas of our lives. What Causes Brain Fog? There are lots…

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The Mental Health Jargon Buster

Wooden scrabble tiles in a pile.

Accessing mental health services can be overwhelming. On top of the muddle of feelings we’ve got going on, we also find ourselves grappling with jargon. Someone might refer us to an SPA, who contact IAPT, who refer us to CMHT where we end up with a CPN as our CCo. It sounds like gobbledygook and…

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Coping With Anxiety: Breathing And Grounding

Neck to knees of practitioner and child holding green spikey balls.

Our anxiety levels will come and go in waves (whether we’re diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or not). At times when our anxiety levels are high, grounding and breathing techniques can help to bring them back down to a manageable level. This can be particularly useful if we start to feel panicked, detached, or breathless….

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