Blog for Mental Health 2015

I would like to announce that I am joining Blog for Mental Health 2015. This is a global project for raising awareness of mental health issues. Inner critic: Thanks, Mr. Obvious. I think we all figured that out just from the name. No need to assume everybody is stupid just because you are. Not now,…

Guest Post: “98% of Fears”

To my genuine surprise, today I’m posting a guest blog post! It had never occurred to me that anybody else would want to write something for this blog, so I was absolutely delighted yesterday to find this post in my email inbox. Apparently Ian Denny had an idea and felt sufficiently motivated to write it…

The Little Virus Who Fell In Love

There once was a virus who fell in love with its host. It drifted around in their bloodstream, dreamily content with its lot in life. Every moment was a joy. It was physically joined with its true love, and it had never wanted anything more. One day, after a spate of joyous multiplying, the virus…

It’s Helpful to Seek Fresh Perspectives

Let’s summarise The Story So Far of this initial exploration of anxiety. And because I’m dangerously over-organised, let’s do it as a list: It wasn’t obvious to me that I even had anxiety, despite being constantly anxious forever. My first instinct was to hide it, repress it, and pretend everything was okay… but that just…

Untangling Anxiety: The First Step

The first thing I had to do after admitting that I had anxiety was to decide to actually do something towards being less anxious. Well, I say the “first” thing. But this decision actually took me several years. In fairness, I was busy! You can’t just drop everything and go ‘deal with anxiety’, can you?…