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 …

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 …

April Challenges Evaluation

April Challenges – Evaluation

In April, I ambitiously took on 5 challenges for the month! Here’s a reminder of what they were: Get up 4 minutes earlier each day, starting at 8.30am and ending at 6.30am.Cut down on internet procrastination.Work on solo piano pieces, and make notes on them, for 45 minutes each day.Do the Daily Energy Routine every …

Food February - Trying to Increase my Weight to a Healthy BMI

‘Food February’ – Trying to Increase my Weight to a Healthy BMI

This is a story from February 2018. I have always been one of those people who can eat loads and never put on weight! Around this time, I got a bit concerned that maybe I was actually too thin. I am 5 foot 7, and my weight tended to range between 7st 13lb and 8st …

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 …

March 2019 Challenge - Evaluation

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 …