Anxiety tips and support every week!
I absolutely love making my weekly podcast and based on the reviews and feedback I have had, it seems that other people love it too.
I aim to cover a different topic every single week and these can range from issues that I see in clinic to interesting research that has an implication on how we see and manage anxiety.
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Why is self-compassion so hard?
I came across some of the research around self-compassion as part of my masters in psychology studies. On an academic level, the concept of self-compassion interested me and was relevant to the case study I was working with however there was also a personal interest.
The more I read about self-compassion the more I realised something a little difficult to stomach, I was actually pretty poor at practicing it myself….
Building a connection with nature for better mental health
There is more and more evidence coming out that nature has a really positive impact on people's wellbeing and their mental health. For many people though, nature is not an important part of their lives.
In a study done by the National Trust and Derby University they found that only 19% of children regularly notice wildlife, 57% of adults rarely or never watched the sunrise in the last year and only 27% of people regularly watched the clouds.
All of these activities are completely free and have been shown to make us feel good so the question is, how can we improve our relationship and connectedness to nature?
Here is a link to the research that this episode is based on, I would highly recommend taking the time to read it as there is so much useful information in there: https://nt.global.ssl.fastly.net/documents/noticing-nature-report-feb-2020.pdf
How mindfulness in nature can improve mental health and anxiety
One of the key things I have learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lock downs and restrictions is how much enjoying nature has been a huge part of helping my own mental health.
In this episode I am talking about the link between nature and mental health and why it can be hugely beneficial to incorporate mindfulness into your nature experience.
I also talk you through a really easy mindfulness exercise that you can have a go at next time you are in nature, whether that is the countryside, your garden or a community space.
The research used for this episode is here: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/eco.2018.0061
How anxiety affects sleep and insomnia
It is really common for me in clinic to work with people who are really struggling with sleep. There are a huge number of things that can affect sleep so in this episode I am going to talk about how anxiety affects sleep and then give you some suggestions as to how you can help yourself if sleep is an issue for you.
This is quite a personal episode for me because I have struggled with sleep throughout most of my life, especially when I have been experiencing mental health problems. Many of the suggestions that I am going to talk about here are things that I still use or have found to be really helpful.
What is optimism and how can you learn to be more optimistic?
This week I am taking you through a really interesting and important topic for mental health, optimism.
We have all heard of optimism and pessimism, the glass is always half full right?
But do you know what optimism really is and how it can affect your mental health?
Crucially, I also talk about how you can improve your optimism with a couple of simple techniques that you can try at home...
How to mentally prepare for a big event
n this episode I am talking about the ways that you can prepare yourself when you have something big coming up.
- How to plan ahead
- What do do if you have left it until the last minute
- How to deal with negative and intrusive thoughts
- How to visualise the event going well
- How to manage negative visualisation
- The benefits of positive self talk
I have loved making this episode as I will be taking on the Virtual London Marathon in just a couple of days and so the techniques I am talking about are all ones that I am using!!
What is “mind over matter” and is it a good idea?
I was inspired to write this blog because of a really interesting conversation I had with another healthcare professional in relation to my marathon training at the moment.
During the conversation I said quite flippantly that the training was just mind over matter and as I have learnt many ways of controlling my mind over the years, I’m pretty sure I would be fine.
Later during a half marathon, I had quite a lot of time (I’m not a very fast runner) to think about this statement and consider what does it really mean and Is it in fact a good idea?
Typical behaviours of people with low self-confidence
Low self-confidence? find out if any of these behaviours describe you.
In this episode I talk about how people with low self-confidence tend to act and think and how this can impact their confidence even more.
I also have some suggestions as to how you can start making changes to improve your confidence.
You can find out more and download the free exercise mentioned in the episode at: https://www.anxiety2confidence.com/
Fight, Flight, Freeze or Fawn, how does your anxiety show itself?
Most people have heard of the fight or flight response, it happens every time we think we are in danger.
Many people have not heard of the freeze or fawn responses to anxiety, even though the fawn response is the most common one that I see in clinic.
In this episode I go through how each of these responses make us behave in response to our anxiety so that you can gain a better understanding of yourself and your reactions to anxiety.