What is body neutrality and how can I practice it?

What is Body Neutrality and How Can I Practice It?

Have you stumbled across “body neutrality” while searching for ways to feel more confident about your body? It’s not as well-known as body positivity. But for a lot of people, body positivity just doesn’t sit right. The focus on “loving your body” can feel like too much pressure, when you’ve spent years feeling the exact …

Don't think about problems, think about solutions

Don’t Think About Problems; Think About Solutions

We all encounter problems in our life, whether they are big or small. Do you ever find yourself running a problem or difficulty over and over in your head? I certainly do, and it makes me feel worried and panicky. The more I think about the problem, the worse it seems. I find myself dwelling …

Shake It Off! by Rafael Santandreu - Book Review

Shake It Off! by Rafael Santandreu – Book Review

I was recently offered a copy of Shake It Off by Rafael Santandreu in exchange for a review. On reading the press release for this book, my immediate thought was that it sounded so interesting and relevant to me! So of course, I accepted, and I was delighted to receive a PDF copy of this …

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 …

Think of the Anxiety-Inducing Situation as a Meditation

Think of the Anxiety-Inducing Situation as a Meditation

There may be certain situations in your life that tend to trigger anxiety. One of mine is music 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 me. …

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 …

Reframe Anxiety as Anticipation

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 …