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Anxiety continued

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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Body Image

It’s that time of year again, when we drag out last year’s beach gear and think – “I should lose weight, I should have gone to the gym, I should have done something about my body.” The articles in the media about “Am I beach body ready?” will make most of us feel bad about ourselves and self conscious about the way we look. At RELATE we often see that these negative feelings and thoughts translate into problems of self-image which, can turn into sexual issues. If I think I look awful, how can anyone else find me attractive? The fact is that few of us have perfect bodies but we are much more than that to our partners.Being comfortable and confident in ourselves and with our looks is far more attractive than being very self conscious and withdrawn. I’m not advocating an unhealthy lifestyle but an acceptance of what we can realistically do within our budgets and busy lives. One thing that is possible is to drink water – it helps the digestive system and with feelings of tiredness. So, if you want to improve your health and fitness – great. That’s a positive step but internalising dissatisfaction with…

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