Keeping a journal about your feelings of anxiety is a helpful way of finding out when you suffer the worst bouts or when you feel at your most relaxed. It is a first step in discovering what relaxes you. It doesn’t matter how small or petty it seems, if it helps, then do it. Feeding the birds, collecting leaves, long soak in the bath, having a swim, anything that helps you to feel good. Changing from caffeine drinks to de-caffeinated drinks will also help with your anxiety, that includes coffee, tea and alcohol. You can note any changes that you feel in your journal. What we eat and drink can have an effect on our whole wellbeing. Sometimes food additives can stop us from having a restful nights sleep so try to drink water and think about what you eat and drink and note in your journal what, if anything, is making a difference. The important thing to remember is that you can make changes that could help to decrease your feelings of anxiety
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Over the next few months I will be returning to the subjects of anxiety and panic. These are feelings that we all experience from time to time. Anxiety is a normal response to some situations we find ourselves in such as taking an exam, a job interview, public speaking, having an operation. However, persistent feelings of anxiety about everything and nothing specific, are uncomfortable and can stop you from doing what you want to do or leading a fulfilling life. The first step in learning that anxiety may be a problem for you is checking whether you have certain feelings regularly. some examples – Worried, frightened, feeling something awful is going to happen, unsettled, panicky, detached. Imagining the worst and dwelling on it, lack of concentration. common thoughts – “I’m going to have a heart attack”, ” I’m cracking up”, ” I’ve got to get out” body changes – Butterflies in tummy, shortness of breath, heart pounding, sweating, dizzy, feeling tense. behaviour – Can’t relax, snappy, avoid lots of situations like going out/driving, eat more ( or less), smoking, drinking too much, talking very quickly, nail biting. If you recognise feeling and behaving in this way a lot of the time then you…
This week – 11th to 17th of May is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme for this year is MINDFULNESS The Mental Health Foundation describes mindfulness as: “paying attention to the present moment, without getting stuck in past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness can be practiced standing, sitting and walking. It can be practiced both indoors and out; at home, in schools, at work or simply out and about.” Mindfulness is not about ‘zoning out’ of a situation, but being able to manage your reactions to stressful situations. This can be particularly useful to people already managing mental and physical health problems, including stress, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, as well as boosting productivity at work. Mental Health Awareness Week 2015 is campaigning for mindfulness to be practiced and widely available in the workplace as well as in prisons, schools, and hospitals. To promote mindfulness, the Mental Health Foundation has released a series of podcasts to promote wellbeing. Do go to their website for further information. It can really help with anxiety.