Health anxiety has its own challenges, but throw in an Apple Watch that detects your heart rate, VO2 max, blood oxygen and can even do an ECG…well, your anxiety is going to heighten and progress to a whole new level – in my experience. That’s when I realised an Apple watch and anxiety do not […]Read More
I’ve suffered with anxiety since late 2019 and went on to experience my first ever panic attack in February 2020. From there, it’s been a frustrating journey: where did this come from? What triggers it? Which symptoms are perfectly normal and which are something to be concerned about? These are all questions I’ve had since day one, so I know there are others out there who are in the same boat as me.
I wasn’t sure how open I wanted to be about my anxiety. I have no shame in talking about, as should no one, but it can leave you feeling quite vulnerable opening up about something that affects your day-to-day life. So, I wanted to share my anxiety story, experiences with panic attacks, techniques that help me cope and more, with the hope someone finds this information useful.
It’s easy for us to look at anxiety as the enemy: the panic attacks, physical symptoms, intrusive thoughts and everything else that comes with it. It’s easy to remember anxiety from only negative memories. Afterall, it’s these negative experiences that leave us in fear, feeling our lowest, and not knowing how we could ever possibly […]Read More
I suffer with morning anxiety, but in recent weeks I’d started to suffer with bedtime anxiety too. Intrusive thoughts would come over me: “what if this or that happens in my sleep?”, and would cause me to overthink as soon as I settled under the duvet – even if I felt no anxiety moments prior […]Read More
We’re told to self-love, but do you truly know what that means? It’s difficult to practice something you don’t understand, so that’s when I started to read what self-love actually is, why self-love is important and how to practice it. What is self-love? Self love is all about appreciating yourself, building confidence, taking care of […]Read More
If you’ve read my anxiety story, you’ll know I took some time off work to focus on my mental health. After seven weeks however, I’m returning to the office! I’ll continue working from home, as I have for the past two years, but I plan to venture into the main office at some point. With […]Read More
April is National Stress Awareness Month, so what better timing to share my go-to products, routines and techniques to help de-stress when I feel things getting a little too much. Although April is the month to build awareness around stress and the importance of taking time out for yourself, everything below applies to all year […]Read More
If you’ve read my anxiety story, you’ll know I’ve found various techniques and made small daily changes to my lifestyle that have helped reduce stress and anxiety sensations. However, I’m continuously exploring new ways to help my struggles with anxiety, which brings me on to a MBSR Programme (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) I recently completed by […]Read More
World Health Day is on 7th April, and is a day spent focused on our mental and physical wellbeing all around the globe. There are many ways we can take care of our health: mindfulness, healthy eating and exercise to name a few, but one of the key things to support our health is sleep. […]Read More
To be an empath means you easily adapt to the feelings and emotions of those around you: family, friends, colleagues and even a stranger. It can be a beautiful trait, but as I’ve learned, it comes with its caveats too. Until I started therapy for my work stress and panic attacks, I never considered myself […]Read More