This episode is focusing around my top hints and tips on how you can enjoy the party season, even if you struggle with anxiety and social anxiety.
These tips have been tried and tested by myself and my clients in clinic so make sure you have a listen and try them out.
Anxiety can be a massive hindrance when it comes to enjoying a party and this time of year can be a struggle, especially if you struggle with social anxiety.
I have never been an outgoing or particularly sociable person and so when I struggled with anxiety myself, it seemed that the simplest option was to avoid social events altogether.
When it comes to Christmas, there are often loads of invitations to parties that can get your heart racing. Office parties, family gatherings and Christmas parties for those you share a hobby with all come around once a year and can make the month of December very stressful indeed.
Here are some tried and tested tips to help make Christmas party season fun, even if you struggle with anxiety.
This may seem like an odd tip but arriving on time for a party or meal can be very beneficial if you don’t find socialising comfortable.
When you arrive on time you are usually there before most people who prefer to arrive fashionably late...
In this episode I go into detail about cognitive distortions. I cover what they are, the most common ones that people do and examples of how they can affect your mental health.
Self awareness is key to overcoming anxiety so this episode will talk through all of the most common distortions so that you can consider if these thought patterns affect you.
My FREE cognitive distortions exercise can be downloaded from https://www.anxiety2confidence.com/
I used to watch the London Marathon most years with my Dad and for some reason got into my head that I wanted to run it some day, I have no idea why as running is NOT an activity that I enjoy...
Later I made it a goal that I would do the London Marathon before I was 30.
2014 was my first marathon attempt!
Unfortunately one week before the marathon my pony, Linford, decided to have a huge strop and crushed my big toe!!! When it happened I didn't realise the extent of the injury, after all it was just a toe right?
Jon drove me to Salisbury A&E as we figured we needed to know how bad it was and one Xray later we discovered a crush fracture of the end bone in my big toe and the fracture had compromised the joint.
I asked the consultant if there was any chance I could run on it and was met with a look of complete disbelief and the word "no".
All those hours of training and I spent the next few weeks walking around with this sexy footwear:
After the burn of 2014 I had...
The attitudes that you have about yourself, others and the circumstances around you have a huge impact on your ability to be happy.
if you have a calm and rational attitude to all of those things then it stands to reason that you will be able to deal with any problems that occur without an overly emotional response.
1: Understanding that you are responsible for your emotions...
if you have read any of my previous blogs then you will have noticed that I make a big deal about what you think. This is because our thoughts affect our feelings which in turn affect our actions.
By understanding that our thoughts affect our feelings in any situation, we can learn to control our emotions.
Bad things happen to everyone. When something bad happens, it is perfectly normal to have a negative emotional response to the situation.
If you are in a car crash or going through a divorce or have lost someone then it makes sense to have negative thoughts about the situation because they are negative...
It is easy when talking about anxiety and mental health to become very preoccupied with the issue. It is so important that we also consider how we are going to make the changes necessary to improve our lives.
In this episode I talk about the attitude changes needed to be able to live a happy life.
Click here to find out more and see which negative thoughts are holding you back.
This episode is a big one!!! I am tackling meaning and purpose and how they relate to anxiety.
Crucially there are two exercises included that will help you to find your purpose and meaning in life.
PLUS I am talking about how you can find fulfillment in your job, even if it is a job you don't enjoy at all!!!
Loads of great info and help packed into this episode so make sure you listen.
As always, you can find more information and a FREE negative thoughts exercise at: https://www.anxiety2confidence.com/
In this episode I talk in more detail about how the adrenaline causes the physical symptoms of anxiety. I also talk about what kicks off an adrenaline response so that you can consider what thoughts might be starting your anxiety.
You can find out more about what thoughts are holding you back by heading to https://www.anxiety2confidence.com/
Here you can download your very own list of cognitive distortions and see which ones you do most often.
I often get asked what my number one tip for confidence is and my answer always surprises people!!
In this episode I talk about why self awareness is so important to developing confidence and how you can work on developing your self awareness.
If you have any questions that you would like answered on my podcast then contact me at [email protected]
This is a detailed episode to start with and it includes loads of great information to help you understand why it is we get anxiety and why it feels the way it does.
By understanding some of the background of anxiety, we can start to rationalise it more easily and understanding the physical symptoms will help us recognise it.
If you have any questions then please do get in touch as I will be answering any questions in future podcast episodes.
The way we think has a huge impact on our mental health. If you are looking to overcome your anxiety or just improve your mental health then first you need to know what thoughts are making things worse.
This download gives you a list of the most common ways we think negatively. All you need to do is see which ones you do most.
Also, keep an eye on your emails! I will be sending you a really useful video that goes with this exercise.