Category: Living with Anxiety

The Mental Health Jargon Buster

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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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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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Supporting Our Children Through Anxious Times

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Supporting our children through anxious times can tug at all of the heartstrings and flood our minds with worries such as ‘am I doing enough’s’. Though we often wish we could, we can’t wave a magic wand and ‘fix’ it for them. But we can support them to cope. What Does Anxiety Look Like In…

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Coping With Post-Natal Anxiety

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Many new parents feel anxious about their new role and experiences and responsibilities. But when we live with post-natal anxiety, our levels of anxiety can boil over and begin to negatively affect our lives. The Whirlwind Of Pregnancy And Birth In the whirlwind of pregnancy and birth, we sometimes forget how traumatic it can be…

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What Is Dissociation?

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Dissociation can feel very scary, especially when we don’t know what it is we’re experiencing. By learning more about it, we can begin to understand what we’re going through and develop ways to manage it. What Is Dissociation? The dictionary definition of dissociation is ‘the splitting off of a group of mental processes from the…

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Understanding Our Parasympathetic Nervous System

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We might never have heard of our parasympathetic nervous system. But by understanding what it is and does, we can learn how to use it to bring our levels of anxiety down in a physical way. What Is Our Parasympathetic Nervous System? Before we start to understand how our parasympathetic nervous system works, we need…

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