Tag: Stay calm

Use the 4-7-8 breathing technique to ease stress and anxiety

I listen to Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s brilliant Feel Better Live More podcast frequently, especially his short bitesize episode, and have been using this technique to deal with anxiety and panic attacks to great effect since first hearing it last month. Taken from his episode with Dr Andrew Weil, a pioneer in the field of integrative …

For the good of your own mental health, limit the amount of news you take in right now

The world is undoubtedly a crazy place right now. All we hear is war, death, a refugee crisis, rising costs, poverty and much more connected to these themes. The broader situation will seem even worse though if you’re constantly watching television news and reading newspapers. I appreciate that this may be an unpopular view though …

Coping mechanism – my go-to videos

Regular readers will know that I am a fan of motivational images / videos etc and I have a huge amount stored on my phone. There is certain content which I frequently revisit, because I either need a pick-me-up, some motivation, a reason to laugh, or a reminder of the simple yet vitally important things …

We are seeing the inherent good in people and long may it continue

I thought my issues with low self-esteem would be ok during the current lockdown. Surely not having to go out as much, and therefore not being anxious about what other people think of me to anywhere near the same extent as normal, would improve things? Sadly, that hasn’t necessarily been the case as I haven’t …

Coping mechanism – comedy

It’s been a while since I wrote about a coping mechanism and this one seems more appropriate than ever right now. As with music, I could write and talk about comedy until the cows come home – it is a huge passion of mine and it helps me cope with most things in life, as …

Coronavirus – how I intend getting through this with my sanity intact

Firstly, a couple of important points: Apologies for yet more references to the dreaded ‘C’ word but I felt compelled to write about this right now. I sincerely hope this doesn’t come across as one of those ‘you must use your newfound time wisely by doing this, this and this’ posts. Some of the later …

Don’t believe everything you see and hear

A brief post this week and a change from my planned theme given the current state of affairs regarding Coronavirus / COVID-19. I won’t mention the ‘C’ word here again but the world, particularly the UK, has gone a little bat-shit crazy over recent weeks, much of it fuelled by the media. So, here is …