Resources

 
 
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When you spend as much time on the internet as I do, you come across a LOT of information and resources.

I’ve collected bits and pieces about Anxiety/Self-Help from around the web that I’ve found helpful over the years and listed them below.

Some of them are affiliate links (my disclaimer is here).

If you’ve found any resources that have helped you and I haven’t listed them below, let me know!


THERAPY

& HELP

If your Anxiety is affecting your day-to-day life, contact your GP (doctor).

NHS - Self referral for Psychological Therapy (or contact your local dr).

BACP - Find Therapists in the UK

Psychology Today - Find Therapists in the USA

If you’d prefer an online approach, these options are available.

Mind.org - Helplines and an Online Web Chat option.


BOOKS

I’m a huge fan of Audiobooks these days and I’m obsessed with these ones.

Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck - Mark Manson

How Not To Be A Boy - Robert Webb

Straight Jacket - Matthew Todd

Quiet - Susan Cain


PODCASTS

As with the Audiobooks, I love a good podcast. It helps me fit in time for things I’m interested in, even when I’m super busy being overwhelmed at life. I listen to a mix of Mental Health, Self-Help, Blogging & Comedy:

Man Talk - Jamie Day

The Anxiety Podcast - Tim JP Collins

Courage & Spice - Sas Pethrick

Raw Milk - Beth Kirby

Homo Sapiens - Will Young & Christopher Sweeney

My Dad Wrote A P*rno - Various


MEDITATION

I use meditation to help keep my anxiety under control. It’s not as “woo-woo” as you think…

Calm App - Guided Meditations, Stories and Noises

MyNoise.net - I’ve been using this for years. My presaved noises are my go-to “focus” soundtracks.


 
 
 

Relax & Calm Yourself

If you’re in a bad place and feel irritated, anxious or panicked, try out the methods below.

I use them to help me to relax and found that they work wonders.


BREATHING.

It sounds simple but your breath can control so many emotions and bodily responses. Take a few minutes to concentrate on your breathing and follow along with the gif. Your heart-rate will slow down and you’ll get back to a normal calmed state in no time.

You can click on the gif to enlarge it a little.


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OCCUPY YOUR MIND.

Go for a walk, read that book you’ve been putting off, look up funny memes on my Tumblr page (😉) - anything that will occupy your thoughts and move them away from the anger, anxiety etc.

It could be as simple as putting on your “happy Spotify playlist” (here’s mine) or doing The Five Senses:

  1. List 3 things you can see right now.

  2. List 3 things you can smell right now.

  3. List 3 things you can hear right now.

  4. List 3 things you can feel right now.

  5. List something you can taste right now.

Keep going until you’ve calmed down and your attack has passed.


EXERCISE

I know you probably hate me for suggesting that but it’s proven to work. It doesn’t have to be a full gym sesh (although the harder the workout the better), it can be a long walk, short jog or some yoga stretching.

I’ve included a video of beginner yoga poses to try. I’ve been following Dean from Man Flow Yoga for years now and the programs and workouts have really helped me with my flexibility and the gains in the gym 💪😂

Hes got an intro course for beginners here and a few others to choose from here.

Highly Recommended!