Three unhealthy strategies you might be using to avoid anxiety

Following Monday's post about what causes anxiety, I have been reflecting a little bit and looking at my own behaviour patterns and the way that they probably contribute to creating further anxiety. I have been able to understand lately that anxiety is a perfectly normal part of life; it is something that we all need to keep us safe. Depending on the kind of events that trigger anxiety for us, … [Read more...]

Making sense of anxiety

Last week I read a wonderful article over at Hey Sigmund, called 'Anxiety in Kids: How to turn it around and protect them for Life'. It has only been a few months now that I have really been able to admit to myself that I suffer from anxiety - before that I mostly denied my symptoms, both to myself and others. It is a bit like shoving stuff into a dark corner, and then shining a light on … [Read more...]

What do you see when you close your eyes? Or do you feel it like me …

"What do you see when you close your eyes?"  Um, nothing. Blackness. Sometimes some indistinguishable furry shapes. Why? What do you see? I was shocked when I first heard my partner Simon tell me what he could see. He could see all kinds of incredible scenarios, and zoom in and out to the minutest detail. He could visualise a scenario, and then decide he wanted a particular aspect to change … [Read more...]

When anxiety will not listen to reason

My son refused to go to school. He had spent a good 45 minutes in the bathroom scrubbing his hands to try to remove a tiny mark of green pen, left behind from last night's colouring frenzy.  When logic meets anxiety The logical part of me could hardly even see it. She wanted to tell my son not to be so silly. She wanted to march him off to school, realising that a bit of green pen that we can … [Read more...]