Contents tagged with anxiety

  • Nature and Mental Wellbeing - Part 1 Setting a Context


    Hello everyone!

    Welcome back to the Avenue Therapies Ltd blog. A project set up by the UK Wildlife Trust called 30 days of wild (link at the bottom of this post) was this inspiration for this series. I think it’s a lovely project that aims to support people at home, school and work to be more in touch with nature and reap the benefits that this might offer.

    We’re all different

    How we approach the outdoors and the natural world more generally varies a lot. …

  • Daily Acitivities

      daily activities, money management, OT, Occupational Therapy, anxiety, low mood, structure, routine

    Sometimes the things in life we are dealing with have an impact on our daily living and functioning. We might struggle to get up, to look after ourselves, we may not be able to structure our day or even to know what we want to do with our lives.  Finding employment or getting out of the house might seem overwhelming. All of these are very common when we are experiencing mental health difficulties or life stressors but can be hugely debilitating and serve to keep the problems going if we do …

  • Occupational Therapy

      OT, Occupational Therapy, routine, structure, budgeting, self-care, anxiety, hobbies, employment, CV support, motivation

    What is Occupational Therapy (OT)

     Occupational therapy provides practical support to enable people to facilitate recovery and overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities (occupations) that matter to them. This helps to increase people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.

    “Occupation" refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be essential …

  • Why does my past feel like my present?

    Why do I sometimes feel like I’m six years old again when I’m scared? Why am I still so distressed by something that happened years ago? These are questions I often get asked in my practice. Well, research has indicated that this is due to the way our brains function and how the memories from the past are stored. To help explain, I want to borrow the example that Francine Shapiro uses in her book: ‘Getting past your past’ (Shapiro, 2012).  So, think of the sentence: …

  • Step by Step 3 - The Friends and Family Test

    Steps to Improving the Present Moment

    Little by little, step by step


    Dr Nicole Stokoe


    The Friends and Family Test




    How do you talk to yourself? When you are commenting quietly in your mind about the things you have done, the conversations you have had, the way you look and the way you are as a person. What are you saying to yourself? How are you talking to yourself? What is the tone of voice that is used?

    The way we talk to ourselves, …

  • Step by Step

    Steps to Improving the Present Moment

    Little by little, step by step


     Dr Nicole Stokoe


    Noticing that moment when the sun breaks through the clouds


    As part of this blog, I will be publishing a series of posts about how to improve the moment. I will be introducing simple, easy to use skills and guiding you though the theory and research behind them.

    Notice three experiences you have enjoyed today – it could be as simple as enjoying that …

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

      Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT, values, changing behaviour, depression, anxiety, chronic difficulties, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


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    A ‘third wave’ cognitive approach, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a behavioural model of human suffering. It works on the assumption …

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Anxiety

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is regarded as an anxiety disorder and can be very debilitating. OCD is relatively common; here in the United Kingdom current estimates suggest that 1.2% of the population will have OCD, which equates to 12 out of every 1000 people.

    Do I have OCD?

    The condition has two main parts: obsessions and compulsions.

    Obsessions are unwelcome thoughts, images, urges or doubts that repeatedly appear in your mind. Common examples include thinking that you …

  • Panic

      Panic, Stress, Anxiety, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Fear, Panic Attacks

    Panic and anxiety are something that everyone experiences at certain times in their life, particularly in response to stressful situations such as exams. However, some people experience panic, stress and anxiety regularly, at any time and may be classed as a panic disorder.

    Is what I am experiencing panic?

    A panic attack occurs when your body experiences intense physical and mental symptoms. These include:

    Overwhelming sense of fear


    Difficulty breathing

    Nausea …

  • Anxiety/worry

      Anxiety, worry, stress, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, CBT

    We have all felt worried, stressed and anxious at points in our lives. This can be a very normal and expected feeling in response to a difficult situation such as doing something for the first time, meeting new people or going into a pressured situation such as an exam, job interview or performance.  However, sometimes we may find ourselves starting to worry and feel anxious even when there are no obvious reasons to feel worried. We may find ourselves starting to worry far more than the …

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