• Mental Quirks

    Living with Anxiety

    Somebody asked me the other day what it’s like to live with anxiety. The fortunate ones among us who have never experienced this debilitating condition are baffled by the word anxiety and the meaning of it. It is also difficult to explain the condition to someone that’s never been affected by it. The definition in the Oxford English Dictionary describes it as.. ‘A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome’. I’m going to write this post, in question and answer form, to try and simplify how anxiety makes me feel. This is actually a true scenario because a trusted friend of mine did ask me…

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    De Ja Vu, 3 Years On

      By now readers you are aware that I have an issue with anxiety and the occasional panic attacks, which sometimes come out of the blue and knock me for 6!  I’ve been having a few worries of late which has been playing on my mind, a good friend has an illness that’s on-going,  and my car has been playing up to the extreme, so my mind has been buzzing with all of this crap for quite a while. A few days ago. I developed painful neck tension which was going up to my head and giving me aches galore. I kind of deep down knew it was tension because…

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    My Social Anxiety

    I was invited out to a work party not too long back, and I had to decline the invitation. Not for any other reason, apart from the fact that I have social anxiety and the fear of being in a room with lots of people filled me with dread. Social phobia is a condition that causes over-whelming fear in social situations that are a part of everyday life. Things like going to school, work and mixing with people in general, can affect your self- esteem, confidence and your relationships. I first realized I had social anxiety about 5 years ago, and I was quite relieved to consider it for the…

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    My Anxious Mind

    I’ve been generally ok with my anxiety lately and it hasn’t caused me any trouble. But I was driving my car yesterday morning and I had an episode. Anxiety is a very strange thing to have. It hits you out of the blue sometimes with no warning at all,  and you feel all of a sudden consumed by feelings of low self- worth and wretchedness accompanied by countless tears. I had to pull over in the car and have a good cry, I just couldn’t stop, and it went on for about 20 minutes. I was thinking at the time ‘When is this going to stop, for goodness sake?’ But…

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    Feeling Glum? Have a cup of tea :)

    Do you ever find yourself feeling miserable for no reason at all? Of course you do, unless you’re a children’s TV presenter, who seem to have an over the top, over-enthusiastic approach to everything they do. Totally unreal of course! Feeling glum and a little down in the dumps is just a part of life and can be easily remedied with my 6 things to stave off the misery of a  sombre day. The weather really doesn’t help at times and as we are approaching Autumn, lots of us feel the need to go out and spend our well-earned cash on a mood therapy light box. Try these things first…

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    Tension Headaches

    OK, so you already know by now, through a few of my past posts, that I suffer with anxiety in one form or another. A couple of weeks ago, I developed a headache one morning at work and it refused to go away. Pain killers didn’t take it off, but I’ve had something like this before, so I had feeling I knew what it was.  I’ve had a bit of stress lately to contend with and my headaches were a result of this. Tension headaches are quite difficult to describe, so I’ll try.  It’s a strange sort of pressure that you feel around your head and it seems to move around. An…