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 …

7 Lessons I Have 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 …

Evaluation – Practising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness

These were my challenges in March: 1 hour of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) study and/or practice each day. (And putting the techniques into practice throughout my day.) 1 guided meditation or mindfulness exercise each day. How did I do? Both of my challenges were a success! I managed to complete them on most days, and …

March 2019 Challenge – Practising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness

My challenges: 1 hour of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) study and/or practice each day. (And putting the techniques into practice throughout my day.) 1 guided meditation or mindfulness exercise each day. Why did I choose these challenges? I had a lot of different ideas for my challenges this month. I chose these because I …

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 …