4 Steps to Managing Anxiety in the COVID-19 Lockdown

Social isolation, lockdown, fear of serious illness and economic collapse … we are all currently having to adapt to a new normal that changes daily.  Lacking information and certainty, it’s no surprise that most of us feel uncertain, anxious, vulnerable.  Dealing with the mental health effects of this rapidly changing social and economic environment are not easy, but there are steps you can take to ease the psychological costs in these unprecedented times.  Take control … as much as you can Feeling powerless, helpless, and at the mercy of external […]

The Fear Toolbox

The number one obstacle to success? Fear. Fear of failure, of loss, of ridicule and rejection, of not being good enough … fear comes in many forms, but it is part of the human condition – experienced by everyone who has ever achieved anything. Fear can function as an early warning system, letting us know when we are about to face risk or danger, but it can also attack our confidence, our sense of worth, and our sense of self-efficacy, leading to paralysis and avoidance. “If you persuade yourself that […]

Resolutions, and the power of hope

It’s often at this time of year that any New Year’s resolutions can start to falter as our positive intentions hit the inertia of our old ways of being. The power of hope (a desire with an expectation for something, especially something good, to happen) can enable us to see possibilities where none exist, propelling us to move towards a better future for ourselves and others around us. Research has shown that people who score high in hope have lower levels of depression and anxiety, and higher levels of happiness […]