Have you ever had an experience of completely and inexplicably overreacting to a situation? Maybe exploding with anger, or feeling paralysed by fear, or spacing out completely, or getting uncontrollably upset – for no apparent reason? One possibility is that a past traumatic experience has been triggered - this is a lot more common than you may think. In this post, I give an example of a past traumatic experience that affected me... I explain how you can tell if you've been a
I am in the lucky and privileged position of embarking on my first house-buying adventure. Over the years I have witnessed my friends go through the stress of this, so I was anticipating some challenge. Trying to navigate what feels at times like a confused jumble of mortgage advice, surveys, solicitor quotes, paperwork, etc has certainly been daunting so far. It is interesting too that in England there is no guarantee you will actually get the property until you get your han
When we try to suppress or push away negative thoughts and feelings, it can make them stronger.
Acknowledging them, and allowing them to be there, might start to loosen the grip that resistance creates. Noticing any sensations in the body associated with the thoughts and feelings, (eg clenched jaw, tense shoulders, frown, tight feeling in throat, churning in belly) and maybe saying to yourself "it's ok to feel sad / angry / anxious". AND "it's ok not to like feeling
A little story about how mindfulness tools support me to cope better with stressful situations and how I have developed greater confidence and self belief as a result. I met my husband 5 years ago. Ever since I've known him he's been passionate about scuba diving and trained as an instructor last year. I always said I could never ever scuba dive. Why? Well: I am scared of deep water, not a confident swimmer, have a phobia of drowning and also have asthma, so can get anxious
I was excited to find this gorgeous image of a bird flying free from a cage for the poster for my next course. It is a symbol that resonates with changes that I have been through. For 12 years I worked in desk-based jobs, including in a job I was really passionate about, in the NHS – supporting the monitoring and improvement of quality of care and patient safety. However I just couldn’t quite fit myself into the role, I kept trying but it just didn’t suit me, and I got very s