Category: Living with Anxiety

The Science Of Sleep

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

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

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

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

Coping With Foggy Brain Days

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

The Mental Health Jargon Buster

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

Coping With Anxiety: Breathing And Grounding

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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What Is Agoraphobia?

Some of us leave the house regularly without thinking about it. Others feel some anxiety when going out, especially if we haven’t done so in a while. But at what point does this anxiety tip into agoraphobia? And if we do live with agoraphobia, what could help us to manage it? What Is Agoraphobia? Those…

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Health Anxiety: What It Is And What Might Help?

Many of us worry about our health from time to time and most of us have probably internet-searched a symptom once or twice. But when we have health anxiety, our worries and anxieties around our health can have a significant impact on our life. What Is Health Anxiety? When we live with health anxiety, we…

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Self-Care Vs. Self-Love: What’s The Difference?

Self-Care Vs. Self-Love: What's The Difference?

Self-care and self-love are probably terms that we’ve heard before. But we might not know what they mean in practice. It can also be tricky to untangle self-care from self-love and to work out where one ends and the other begins. What Is Self-Care? Self-care encompasses all the things we do to care for ourselves…

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11 Ways To Reduce Stress

Life can be stressful. Sometimes we feel so stressed that we can’t work out what to do to reduce our stress because our brain is too full to think. At times like these, it can be helpful to have a list of ideas to fall back on. 1. Basic Self-Care Basic self-care is the foundation…

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