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Why does stress and anxiety feel so unpleasant

Why does stress and anxiety feel so unpleasant

Introducing the fight or flight response We’ve all experienced at least some of the symptoms of stress and anxiety before, whether that’s a tight neck, butterflies in the stomach, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, insomnia, digestive issues or shallow breathing. These symptoms are all very common but why do they occur and what can you […]

Morning Anxiety

Morning Anxiety Image of dew on grass

Feeling particularly anxious in the morning? You’re not alone Morning anxiety is very common. In fact, most of us have woken up at some point feeling edgy, jittery or panicky, with anxious thoughts racing around our heads. Occasional morning anxiety can be caused by all sorts of things including unresolved worries from the day before, […]

Stress Less the Here/There Way

Stress Less the Here/There Way

There are lots of different ways of managing our stress. Exercise can be very helpful, as can mindfulness meditation, spending time in nature, practising relaxation techniques or taking time out with friends. One particular approach to stress management which I’d like to introduce you to, and which has roots in mindfulness, is based on what […]

The Three Arrows of Anxiety

The Three Arrows of Anxiety

We all experience anxiety from time to time, whether it’s worry about an exam, first date nerves or the anxiety that accompanies an important meeting. This is completely normal and the feelings of anxiety usually pass as soon as the ‘stressor’ has passed. However, for some of us anxiety is a longer term experience. We […]

Are you an Undercover Multitasker?

Are you an Undercover Multitasker?

I discovered the concept of undercover multitasking during an operation to de-clutter my office. In my mind, ‘de-clutter office’ equated to one job and I approached the job as I had always approached re-organisation jobs – with gusto! Cupboards and drawers were emptied out, books were loosely allocated to various piles around the room and […]

The self-seeding cycle of stress

If you’ve ever experienced excessive stress (and who hasn’t?), you’ll be familiar with many of its symptoms; the tight muscles, tiredness, irritability, aches and pains, sense of overwhelm and the inability to switch off. Stress just doesn’t feel good and we don’t like it. The problem is, our aversive reaction to stress and the situations […]

Why mindfulness? Stepping off the Stressville train

Why mindfulness? Stepping off the Stressville train

Have you ever found yourself caught up in a bumpy train ride of thoughts and emotions which take you on an uncontrollable journey north, south, east and west, finally plonking you down in the middle of Stressville? For all of us the answer is probably a very loud ‘yes’! We spend a large proportion of […]