Blue Monday and Why it Matters

Blue Monday is the name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) which is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. The concept was first publicised as part of a 2005 press release from holiday company Sky Travel, which claimed to have calculated the date usingContinue reading “Blue Monday and Why it Matters”

Why we need more quiet spaces in public (and what to do if you can’t find one)

This article was written before the coronavirus outbreak but has been updated to reflect some ideas which might help. An article specific to COVID and anxiety is here. Is it just me, or has the world got more noisy lately? I don’t mean the normal background noise that’s present in modern every day life, likeContinue reading “Why we need more quiet spaces in public (and what to do if you can’t find one)”

New Year, New You? No need! Forget resolutions, and try this

It’s around this time of year that the “New Year, New You” push starts, and all the malarkey that it’s time for a “better” you is in every corner of your news feed. Honestly, it’s exhausting. People have enough to be dealing with in this day and age, without the impression that they’re not alreadyContinue reading “New Year, New You? No need! Forget resolutions, and try this”

Managing Uncertainty – How to create a “Not-Knowing” Plan

This article was written before the coronavirus outbreak. An article specific to COVID and anxiety is here. How do you cope with not-knowing? In a world where information is available at our finger tips, there will still be times when an internet search engine can’t give you the answers you need. If you’ve found yourself inContinue reading “Managing Uncertainty – How to create a “Not-Knowing” Plan”

Managing a Noisy Mind: Three Top Tips for Calming Anxious Thoughts

This article was written before the coronavirus outbreak. An article specific to COVID and anxiety is here. A certain amount of anxiety is normal. When you’re preparing for a presentation at work, or need to have a difficult conversation, it’s normal to have a healthy anticipation which allows you to plan what you’ll say, andContinue reading “Managing a Noisy Mind: Three Top Tips for Calming Anxious Thoughts”