Welcome to my anxiety blog

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Well it has taken me a long time to get round to writing this blog. I have so many ideas for posts that I think you will find interesting so I will try get as many of them out as I can. Please explore and let me know if there is anything you want me to cover. Anxiety is such an enormous issue that affects many, many people, sometimes to the extent that life becomes very restricted. I want to explain some of the biology – the way humans notice, measure and respond to threat – so that you can see that what is happening to you is not weird or unusual. What is so difficult is that a normal response to danger has got out of hand, meaning that your body responds to quite ordinary things as if they are dangerous.

I understand how hard it can be to cope with anxiety – that you try and try to change it and nothing works. It can appear to take on a life of its own, where you have no control. This can lead to despair and can have a major impact on you and your ability to function in the world. Often it leads to difficult physical symptoms and behaviours that are distressing. You want relief and help, and may have tried different therapists before with little effect, leaving you feeling frustrated and stuck in a loop.

My way of working is to help you calm your nervous system, to acknowledge how hard it’s working to protect you, and find ways to soothe it. Nothing can change before this happens, no matter how many ‘good’ thoughts or intentions you may have. This takes time and patience, working at your pace to support you to change.

Please do drop me a line if you want to discuss your situation with me. I work online and by phone, offering options when it is hard to go out or work with someone face-to-face.

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  • What it feels like to be mentally ill

    It’s like running a hard race which is getting more and more exhausting. You want to give up but that is not an option, and you have no idea whether the finishing line is round the next corner or a hundred miles away. And when you get to the finishing line, there will be another race starting fairly soon, but again you don’t know when.

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  • Self-Compassion

    Self-compassion – the sense of feeling secure in yourself, knowing that you can create a safe haven inside when things are stressing you out. It’s when you can soothe yourself and find ways to calm down enough to be able to do something about what’s troubling you.

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  • Turning 30 and it's all gone to shit

    ‘That weekend was probably the worst of my life. I hardly slept the Friday night, just terrible feelings of anxiety and worry. Thinking over and over again what had gone wrong. A few hours sleep …’

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  • Animation of your nervous system

    Take 10 mins to get to know how your nervous system works – your ANS – and what might go wrong.

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