F.E.a.R

The Arbitrary Nature Of Fear And Worry

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

My point here is that the chosen fear is arbitrary. The fear could be any one of a hundred possible 'worst case scenarios'. Yet the subconscious has settled on just the one, leaving the other 99 to chance, with a happy go lucky shrug of the shoulders. We dismiss the 99.

Nearly Ten Years On From A Teenage Cancer Diagnosis

Charlotte Crowl | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Crowl

When I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17 it was a testing time. I was pretty much in denial and an array of emotions came over me, yeah I knew something was wrong, but I never thought it would be cancer.

Fear Of Crowds

Maggie Currie | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

I know when I am in a large crowd of people entirely 'on my own' I feel nervous; I have an irrational fear that nobody will even notice that I am there. I look at the little groups of people who do know each other within that large crowd enjoying themselves and the company of each other and that somehow increases my nervousness and the fear.

Dear Fear, You Are Not Winning

Nicola Wiggins | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Nicola Wiggins

Dear Voice of Fear, You're not winning. I just thought I'd point out that fundamental fact. In this thing we've named 'the war on terror', I reckon,...

'Don't Look Back in Anger': Love And Hope In The Face Of Fear

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

I stopped watching the news during my first pregnancy. Footage of war-ravaged far-away nations and desperate faces clung to my nightmares. I imagined myself as the mother of every ill-fated child, crossing choppy seas on flimsy boats, shipwrecked on swollen shores. The tragedy of every lost soul shook the walls of my womb.

Fearing For Our Children

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

So many of us are now left with questions... A big one for me is what we can say to our children who fear to live on a planet where terrorism is now a daily occurrence and how do we raise them to not live in fear?

Has The Pro And Anti-Vaxxer War Gone Too Far?

Kylie Abreu | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Parents
Kylie Abreu

What neither camps fails to understand is that the motives for both sides are the same. At the end of the day, all parents are scared of making a wrong decision, of something horrible happening to their child.

Overcoming Fear Of Public Speaking: Learning From Comedians

Gerry Thompson | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Comedy
Gerry Thompson

Nervous sensations can often be transformed into positive excitement. Things going wrong can often be turned round to work in your favour, by acknowledging the problem and seeing the funny side of it.

Are We All Just Hostages To Fear?

Louise Jackson | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Jackson

It's dark and late. I walk through the heavy rain, dragging my bags behind me on the isolated midnight streets of a Filipino city. A Filipino city w...

Five Ways To Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway

Jen Gale | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jen Gale

Fear is something we all struggle with, even if outwardly it looks to the rest of the world as if we are boldly taking on new challenges, there is a little voice inside all of us that resists change, that is scared when we start to one out of our comfort zones.

No Room for Fear

Clare Smith | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Clare Smith

As events folded outside Westminster yesterday, I was watching the news horrified, along with the rest of my colleagues, as our office is literally a ...

Far From Being Powerless, There Are Things That All Of Us Can Do To Combat Extremism

Joanna Cates | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Joanna Cates

In our communities, in our schools, in our places of work and in our families there are two very simple things that all of us can do. Whatever your views on religion, politics, military intervention or immigration, we all have the power to do these two things.

Why Do So Many Women Let Their Emotions Hold Them Back From Career Or Business Success?

Carol Stewart | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Carol Stewart

You have the power to manage your emotions and to put them in to perspective, to put them where they belong. You can choose to accept how you feel, but not let those feelings take control and take you down the wrong path because you are being emotionally driven.

An Alternative To Fear?

Carine Bambara | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Carine Bambara

Fear is the main thing that has made towns, states or regions vote against welcoming people into their countries, perhaps because they look, act and think differently to them. The surprising thing is that many of these people have had little interaction with immigrants in their lifetime.

Ecclefechan Centaurs - Or How Perspective Is All

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Comedy
Maggy Whitehouse

Those of you who've seen me perform as a comedian know that I often use the name of the Scottish Border town of Ecclefechan in place of a well-known s...

How To ACE Your Fears

Cai Graham | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cai Graham

The Fight or Flight fear is the one that we are able to recognise all too easily. Examples are - the fear of deep water or heights. This is the fear that protect you from 'harm' - it's your survival instinct. The warning signs are, tightening of the chest, quickening of the breath and that sense of panic.

It Shouldn't Be The Elephant In The Room - Identifying And Understanding Mental Health

Cerys Aedy | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cerys Aedy

A few months back I was sitting on a train flicking through a free magazine I'd picked up at Kings Cross Station, when I found my eyes drawn to a short write-up about a mental health first aid course. In much the same way as physical first aid, it teaches you to recognise signs of mental ill health and guide the person towards appropriate support.

Democracy And The Importance Of Turning Up

Jamie Lambert | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Jamie Lambert

We have to turn up, and keep turning up, and show that we believe equally as hard as they do, and that respect and acknowledgement of the rights of our fellow humans, no matter their skin colour, country of origin, gender, sexuality or whatever differences we may have, are the core values of the society we want to live in. Democracy is the single most important construct our society has ever developed and, whilst it has flaws like everything else, it's beautiful, and it works when we turn up.

On Failure, Depression And Beating The Odds Through Creativity

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

Just as vulnerability is helpful in the right doses, so is failure.

Feeling Down Is A Great Pick Me Up

Rico Griffiths-Taitte | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rico Griffiths-Taitte

The whole furore of Christmas and talking to my friend left me with a great sense of depletion. I recently found employment and I even worked in the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve. While I was working I thought about my friend, who told me that she did not want any medication and preferred to live with just her memories.

People Blaming 2016 For Everything That Had Happened Are Making My OCD Go Through The Roof

Olya Gerasimova | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olya Gerasimova

Don't whistle at home, you won't have money. Don't come back to your house if you have forgotten something, something bad will happen. Don't spill salt, you'll get into a fight. Don't wash your hair before the exam, you will forget all the knowledge.

Do Ofsted's Recent Safeguarding Changes Require Improvement?

Barry Richardson | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Barry Richardson

I am not here to bash Ofsted, however, I think that we are often too quick to react to changes in society without considering the bigger picture. Often, failing to foresee the real impact these actions will have on those involved.

Scientists Could Erase All Your Fears With An Injection Into The Brain

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Tech

Fear of a particular thing can cause anxiety, and is difficult to treat. Conventional treatments, the NHS says, often require cognitive behavioural th...

Depression Is A Monster But Don't Fear it

Andrew Bonsall | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Andrew Bonsall

bmm banner.jpg I now take time, when sliding or emerging from that chasm in my mind, to research depression as a social and psychological phenomenon, as well as my own personal brand. As my understanding has grown, the shroud of mystery has begun to unravel.

One Key Mistake People Make When Trying To Overcome Fear

Mike Tawiah | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Tawiah

I have to admit, in the short term this can be an effective way to overcome a fear: saying things to yourself such as 'come on you wuss!' or 'even a 5 year old can do this!' can give you that quick boost in fearlessness which can give you the courage to go out and tackle the fear temporarily.