Calmness Mini Tip No. 3 - Stop Thinking About Thinking

Calmness Mini Tip No. 3 – Stop ‘Thinking About Thinking’

Our thoughts can have a big impact on how we feel. Sometimes, when I allow my thoughts to wander, unhelpful thought patterns can start to enter my mind. I worry about upcoming events, replay past situations in my mind, and visualise worst-case scenarios. This often happens when I am out for a walk, in the …

The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva - Book Review

The Existence Of Amy by Lana Grace Riva – Book Review

I was delighted when Lana Grace Riva contacted me to ask if I would like to read and review her book, The Existence Of Amy. Of course, I said yes! The book revolves around mental health, which is a relevant topic to me, having experienced anxiety. When I received the book in the post, my …

Calmness Mini Tip No. 2 - Think of the Anxiety-Inducing Situation as a Meditation

Calmness Mini Tip No. 2 – Think of the Anxiety-Inducing Situation as a Meditation

There may be certain situations in your life that tend to trigger anxiety. For me, it’s music rehearsals and performances. I find it helps to think of those situations as a form of meditation. I do this by visualising myself in my own bubble of calm, separate from the events that are taking place around …

Things to Do When You are in Self-Isolation

Things to Do When You are in Self-Isolation

In the coming days and weeks, many of us will have to self-isolate, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It may seem as though our lives will come to a standstill during these times, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are so many activities we can do at home to take care …

Calmness Mini Tip No. 1 - Reframe Anxiety as Anticipation

Calmness Mini Tip No. 1 – Reframe Anxiety as Anticipation

I’ve heard it said that anxiety and excitement are ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ versions of the same emotion, and have the same symptoms accordingly. I agree with this concept and I have tried reframing my anxious feelings as excitement, but I find it difficult. My mind starts thinking, ‘What am I excited about?’ and I can’t …

Book Review - The Anxiety Solution by Chloe Brotheridge

Book Review – The Anxiety Solution by Chloe Brotheridge

Published 2017 by Penguin Random House UK. Paperback, 242 pages. Where did I buy this book? I don’t usually buy physical books new – I either get them in charity shops or buy the digital versions. This was an exception. I saw The Anxiety Solution and two other similar books in The Works, and they were …

6 Unique Self-Care Ideas

6 Unique Self-Care Ideas

When I hear the term ‘self-care’, there are certain activities that immediately come to mind. These include exercise, yoga, hot baths, healthy eating, and spending time in nature. Such activities are regularly advised in blog posts about self-care, and rightly so! They are all well-known ways to look after yourself, and they …