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Anxiety, like depression, can affect anyone regardless of age or background. It can be debilitating, making it hard to get on with your life since you may often be in the future or the past, worrying about what could or has happened.

Some common signs of anxiety are:

An inability to relax, perhaps feeling tense and pressured instead.

Finding it difficult to control how much you worry and what you worry about.

Physical symptoms such as panic attacks, heachaches or disturbed sleep.

I use a mix of approaches when working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, one of the first things that we do is breathe..
Mindful breathing has a way of helping us to feel relaxed and grounded, and it is an easy thing to practice at home or when needed.
Feeling grounded, I have found, makes it easier to be in the here and now, and easier to think. From the place of being grounded, we can begin to explore the underlying causes of the anxiety.

If you are struggling with anxiety and would like to change this, please give me a call or send me an email.

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Symptoms of Depression

Depression can cause the simplest of things to feel like a struggle.  It can be more obvious in some people than others, and you may have an official diagnosis, which you manage with medication.  On the other hand, you may not have sought any help: despite life feeling like a struggle, you have simply been 'getting on with it', although, the strain may now be taking it's toll.

Depression can affect us in a variety of ways, for example:

A change in sleep pattern, perhaps sleeping much more or less than is usual for you.

Changes in appetite.
A loss of interest in things that you once enjoyed.
Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness.

If these issues feel familiar to you, and you have experienced them for at least two weeks, you may be experiencing some level of depression.

What can you do about it?
The following are just a few suggestions, from the many ways in which you could help yourself, on your journey to wellness.

Make connections with friends and family
A common effect of depression is the feeling that social events, however small, are overwhelming. Spending time with an understanding friend or family member may be just what you need, reinforcing the fact that people do love and care for you, whilst diminishing the impact of the negative thoughts and self talk. 

Get moving!
Exercise, no matter how gentle, can be the last thing on your mind if you're feeling depressed. However movement, fresh air, and sunlight are all recommended 'antidotes' as they have been shown to have positive effects on our mood.  Perhaps a gentle walk with an understanding friend, would be even better.

Self compassion
If you feel able, be kind to yourself and do something that will nurture your mind, body and spirit. This could be as simple as sitting in the garden in the sunshine, adding a few drops of your favourite essential oils to a warm bath, or listening to a favourite song.  It can also include exploring your diet, as there is sometimes a link between the foods that we do or don't eat, and the emotions that we experience. 

Seek professional help
It is OK to ask for help. Your GP is a good place to start as they will be able to suggest possible ways to manage, i.e in some cases, medication may help with your recovery or they may refer you to an appropriate service.

Talking therapy: counselling and psychotherapy, could also be beneficial, enabling you to develop strategies for everyday life whilst discovering the underlying reason(s) for your depression.

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