Alternative title: I'm dangling upside down, the silks wrapped around my legs bearing the brunt of my weight, my arms relaxed, fingers grazing the mat and my brain - my dearest brain - is shrieking in sheer terror.
Taking scary challenges in a step-by-step way can be really helpful. I'm a big fan of lists and sticker charts and I find it really helpful to look at a problem and break it down in a way that is gradually achievable but doesn't cause me too much stress along the way. I know if I become too overwhelmed, I'm likely to either give up or keep putting off the next steps until tomorrow.
I can't always explain why it happens, why a dark fog just envelopes my whole being and slowly starts to smother me, why my thoughts turn against me, why I can't just "put my face straight".
Whilst we might be seeking treatment there may be many months when anxiety punctuates our daily lives. Many of us are lucky enough to have friends who support and try to understand. Those friends and colleagues mean the world to us but your kindness often leaves our worried mind full of unanswered thoughts and questions that we're too scared to voice...
October 2014: I was consumed by anxiety, unable to attend my lessons without being so overwhelmed that I would have to leave. Just the thought of being asked a question by the teacher spiraled into an uncontrollable anxiety attack. Then things began to change.
It was this context that unsettled me most. Such brutality sitting neatly beside such mundanity. Has this become the mindset of a generation, or indeed, a species? That if anything doesn't fit into our own personal context, then it is worthless?
Whilst you know your child better than anyone else, there are a few basic guidelines we can all bear in mind as parents when exam time creeps up.
Despite being inundated with offers of support, I find myself repeatedly unable to pick up the phone or send a text when I most need help. It feels like too much of an intrusion on people's lives. I feel they have better or more important things to do, no matter how many times they tell me otherwise. But the one place I can always ask for help is Twitter.
Swiping right, or shunning left on the picture of someone's face did initially go against everything I've really ever believed to be right and proper. How can the world be so judgemental, how could I ever be so judgemental?
I remember back at school, the thoughts continuously just appear in my head now and then. However, what I remember most was that there was little unde...
Basically as you get older, you realise that you are not the only person in the world who worries about things. Everyone is riddled with insecurities, they just manifest them in different ways, or if they are really lucky, they have learned to overcome their difficulties (I recently re-read M Scott Peck's The Road Less Travelled and it was brilliant on this subject).
As the Christmas period has passed, and now the New Year celebrations have gone too, it sort of feels like reality has appeared once more. You know th...
Our emotional health is just as important as our physical health right? That's why I am making it my New Year's Resolution to take better care of my mental health this year, instead of the past few years of vowing to eat more fruit and vegetables (doing quite well on), regular gym visits (achieved), drinking more water (sometimes), going to the dentist regularly (what dentist?).
Here is a mental health guide, in particular ways in which could be beneficial to manage any depression, anxiety or generalised stress better. These methods are not designed to dogmatically help you; these are just tips that I have found helpful in my struggles with anxiety...
My depression manifests as a large ball of darkness constantly weighing upon my shoulders. It speaks to me; never more than a whisper, and yet somehow always the loudest thing I can hear. All too often, it becomes the only thing.
Anxiety, you see, doesn't care if you're taking a holiday. It's not something you can leave at home; like your hairbrush or that second bottle of after-sun lotion. Anxiety wouldn't want to miss out. With new countries, new towns and cities, and of course, air travel, comes a wealth of new dangers, threats and uncertainties. Anxiety is in its element.