F.E.a.R

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.

Why Are We So Bad At Planning? A Simple Solution

Leila Johnston | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

Perhaps you're like me on this. I find it very difficult to think very far into the future. Not only do I find it difficult to think about, I find i...

Are You Suffering From Trump Anxiety?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Cunningham

Should we let Mindfulness relax us or should we be 'mindful' of world events? Finding the right balance between being politically involved and letting some of it go is not an easy line to tread. So maybe Trump Anxiety is something we have to go through, at least for now.

Let's Knock Down Walls, Not Build Them

Anton Georgiou | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anton Georgiou

Peace in Cyprus, has the opportunity to show the world that there is another way. We don't always have to point fingers and seek out a scapegoat. Even where there is little hope, and after 42 years, many Cypriots had lost hope, with determination and drive, anything is possible. I wish the leaders and those involved in the final stages of these peace talks endless luck. If they are successful, it will not only mean a great deal to my family and fellow Cypriots, it will also mean a lot to a world that at times feels like it has lost all hope.

How To Overcome Fear By Learning To Be Uncomfortable

Mike Tawiah | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Tawiah

Fully prepare for the worst to happen; expect to mess up all your lines, be completely embarrassed, and have awkward conversations - be comfortable with the feeling of being uncomfortable.

Trump Is A Warning - We Can't Ignore It

Harjeet Johal | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Harjeet Johal

The one benefit from Donald's win is that people may take my warnings a little more seriously in the future. I may be elevated in people's estimation from 'loon' to 'sage'. Given my new status, I must dress accordingly. The black cape may come in handy, after all. But I may accessorise it with a tin hat, just in case...

Trump's Victory Didn't Surprise Me. I Ran Away From The US To Escape The Bigotry

Morgan Reede | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Morgan Reede

I wanted to believe over the course of the US election that somehow my country would learn from Brexit. That they would take notice of the rise in hate crime, the plummeting pound, and the divisions forming within British society.

Anxiety: Four Years On

Jordan Marley | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jordan Marley

I guess the moral of this is, anxiety can get worse, but you can always become happier. Anxiety can and will always knock you back, but there are times where you will persevere and overcome it, completely smashing it out the park. So, if anxiety ever knocks you down, don't see it as a step backwards, but as a step closer to that one time where you'll defeat it, on your way to destroying anxiety for good.

The Monster Under The Bed

Davina Taylor | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Parents
Davina Taylor

Phobias are life-limiting. On the darkest of days, if you let them, they can consume you. I know this because I have a phobia that I battle with every single day of my life. Sometimes this phobia makes crazy thoughts appear in my head.

Are You Sabotaging Yourself?

Amy Shefik | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Shefik

When I think back to the beginning of the year when I was still struggling with my quarter-life-crisis, there were so many things I was doing that were totally sabotaging my happiness and success, I just didn't realise I was doing them.

Is Fear Real?

Maggie Currie | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

That's what's making me think that fear doesn't really exist in any other dimension of our being. I believe it is possible that there is no such thing as fear outside of the subconscious mind. That fear is not real. The case has been made in the past that fear is necessary for self-preservation. But is it?

Having A Learning Disability Can Be A Life Of Stares And Strange Looks - Let's Change That

Vijay Patel | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Vijay Patel

Today you may see someone with a learning disability on posters, TV adverts on in newspapers and magazines. I hope this is our chance for the public to really understand what a learning disability is, that we're not defined by our disability and for us to have a real voice in society.

Are You Scared To Go Outside Your Comfort Zone?

Karen Pine | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

It's so easy to stay settled in our comfort zone waiting for 'someone' to come along and tell us it's OK to leave. Only we can give ourselves that permission. We can quieten that voice in our heads that says "you're not allowed to do that' and shout back: "Actually I am!"

We Need To Talk About Fear

Emily Morgan | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Morgan

I didn't fully understand what I was doing at the time, all I knew was that it was ferociously important to me. Several years later, with the benefit of some hindsight, I can see that I was on my own personal journey into the dark corners of my mind, in order to face up to what I might find

Brexit Hate Crimes - Shamed By Our Reaction

Harjeet Johal | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Harjeet Johal

'Britain is not a racist country' I used to wail, as I frantically waved my little virtual Union Jack. 'We are a post-modern, post-bigotry, post-post wonderland; this island is just all about Instagram, edamame-beans and enlightenment, now.' But Brexit has changed things.

International Gay Rights - A Distant Dream?

Harjeet Johal | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK
Harjeet Johal

I just watched tear after tear queue up and then take sorrow's path to the smeared tiles below. After a few minutes he looked up and stared at me had through fierce eyes. Once he knew he could trust me he spoke uninterrupted for almost half an hour. His story was one of beatings, harassment, abandonment, forced marriage, daily threats and soul-piercing terror.

Fear And Detachment

Maria Khan | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Khan

After befriending your unconscious, fear creeps into your house, bed, bath and soul, and sometimes it sneaks into your dreams, until it completely hijacks and paralyses the part of you that was born to bloom.

In Praise of Fear

Anna Beecher | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Anna Beecher

If anyone asks this August how my play about fearlessness is going, I happily tell them I'm terrified.

Labour Needs to Address Immigration - Positively

Abdulla Zaman | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Abdulla Zaman

Labour is now paying for its own silence. It let the anti-migrant narrative go unchecked and, in doing so, it gave ground to the xenophobic factions within the Conservatives and Ukip. With the premiership of Theresa May, the stakes are much higher.

Take the Fear Out of Flying

Victoria Ward | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

For many of us, the arrival of summer means excitedly counting the days until we down tools and set up the out-of-office before we head off to warmer shores for a fortnight in the sun. For those with a flying phobia, however, that dream holiday can become a nightmare plagued with anxiety and fear.

Brexit - Time to Get Serious About Compassion

Izzy McRae | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

So last week I wrote about how to cope with other people's negative emotions. The following day, the Brexit result was announced. The result packed such a big emotional punch that even though I normally try to keep out of politics, I felt I had to write about it. Brexit shows how difficult it can be to remain compassionate and balanced in response to a slew of anger and hatred.

Don't Let Fear Win - My Advice as I Hide in a Fortress of Blankets

James Moran | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Comedy
James Moran

No matter what your perspective, the atmosphere in the UK seems tense and dangerous. But from my perspective - inside a warm little castle of fabric and feathers, wearing my pyjamas - I urge us all to not give up, and to keep striving for a better future.

How I Overcame Paralysis And Hitting Rock Bottom

Charlotte Elizabeth | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Elizabeth

Today I live to know the secret to what I wish I had known before, that we cannot stop our fears from happening, but we can learn to live beyond our fears, to use them as our greatest catalyst and to fight each day for our fears fear - our dreams.

A Bit Of What You Fear Does You Good

Olivia Cox | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Cox

When I was growing up, my mother would torment me with words like 'balance' and 'moderation'. It just all seemed so boring at the time, but I guess the moral of the story is that she was (as per) quite right. It's good to feel scared occasionally, especially when it motivates action. But only when you can feel utterly unafraid later.