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 …

How to Overcome Brain Frazzle

How to Overcome ‘Brain Frazzle’

Do you ever sit down to do a task, such as writing a blog post, and you just can’t muster up the energy or motivation to get on with it? It feels too overwhelming, and you find yourself staring blankly at the screen or notepad with nothing coming to mind. Or maybe you procrastinate on …

7 lessons I learned from studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

7 Lessons I Have Learned from Studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Last month, I spent an hour each day studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and putting it into practice in my life. In this post, I want to share with you 7 key lessons I have learned since I began studying CBT. These are ideas, mindsets and techniques that I have found especially helpful to apply …

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies by Rhena Branch and Rob Willson

Book Review – ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies’ by Rhena Branch and Rob Willson

I chose to read Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies because my challenge for this month is to spend an hour each day studying and practising CBT. I already had this book at home, and it had good reviews, so it made sense to read it as part of my CBT study, and see what I …

Anticipatory Anxiety

Anticipatory Anxiety, and How to Make it Go Away

This morning I stopped to think about what it is that actually makes me anxious. I realised that when I have an anxiety episode, it’s usually because I am anticipating something particular that might happen, or is almost certainly about to happen. Have you ever noticed that if you stand and wait for your toast …

Spark! How exercise will improve the performance of your brain

Book Review – ‘Spark: How exercise will improve the performance of your brain’ by John J. Ratey and Eric Hagerman

Published by Quercus. First published 2009. Kindle edition. Other editions have the title: ‘Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain’ – this is the same book. I chose to read this book because it was recommended on another blog, and it looked interesting and relevant to me, especially as I have been …

Tips for Dealing with Pre-Performance Anxiety and Nerves

Tips for Dealing with Pre-Performance Anxiety and Nerves

In this post, I will share with you some of my ways of dealing with pre-performance anxiety and nerves. By performance, I am talking about any situation where you have to ‘perform’ that you are anxious about. This could include a concert, a rehearsal, a sports match, a social occasion, a meeting, a public speech, …