Anxiety – is it just me?! -25/5/2023
Experiencing anxiety can feel very isolating and lonely. It can be crippling. You might feel like you’re alone in your anxiety, as if no-one will understand it or you. That’s part of the experience of anxiety. It can evoke at times strong feelings of self-doubt, feelings of not being good enough, inadequacy. It can feel overwhelming and you might feel as if you are the only one feeling this way. You are not alone. Anxiety is a very common feeling to have. Evolutionary speaking, it’s purpose is to help us to sense danger, inducing a fight or flight response. Adrenaline increases in our body from a perceived threat which can feel as if we are getting ready for a battle. Anxiety can have it’s uses, however, if you’re feeling this way on a daily basis, it can feel exhausting. Ways to reframe your anxiety starts with getting to know about it. Don’t be afraid to explore it. Ask yourself; what has changed to cause me to feel anxious right now?, what is the anxiety trying to communicate to me?, how can I help myself to feel calm and safe?. Exploring your feelings of anxiety can feel frightening, but counselling can support you to delve a bit deeper and help you to understand yourself better, to develop different ways of coping with these feelings and gain a new perspective. It can feel scary, but doing so can feel empowering.
Seeking support – 26/4/23
We live in a world where access to online media and information is ever-growing, which is great. However, it’s important to be aware of the information we are accessing and to ask ourselves some questions; how accurate is it? Who is it written by? Is it from a reputable source? We are flooded with information as a result of the internet and social media, which can be helpful or a potential hindrance to our wellbeing.
For further information on mental health see counselling-directory.org.uk, Bacp.co.uk, Mind.org.uk.
Knowledge is power, so let’s get empowered by the right sources.
Let’s talk – 13/4/23
Mental health affects us all in some way. There is a good chance we know someone who is going through a difficult time. Chances are, we are that someone. The words ‘mental health’, depression, anxiety, loneliness, can all sound quite scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Talking about how mental health impacts each of us takes a lot of courage, and when we do, we connect a bit more with each other. So let’s take that first step in opening that conversation.