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Hi, my name is Sarah Terry. I’m a counsellor specialising in work with teenagers and young adults.

By far the most common reason why people come to see me is around anxiety and its effects.

I help people manage their anxiety day in, day out, and, because it’s such a common theme, I’ve decided to design this course to enable more people to access a quick fix for their anxiety which will change the way they view it.

So, what will you learn?

  • What anxiety is
  • Why we have anxiety
  • How to manage anxiety symptoms
  • How to reduce anxiety
  • How to make friends with anxiety

Along the way, there will be short exercises for you to try and details of additional learning and exercises to try in your own time. Of course, these aren’t compulsory but you’ve come this far so you’re already invested in helping yourself so why not take the plunge?

You’ll need a notebook and pen or pencil to make notes if you need to

Ok, so, before we get started, I want you to think about your anxiety level on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being relaxed and 10 being panicky. You may be feeling quite relaxed as you watch this video so I want you to take a moment and think about something that makes you feel anxious

It could be school, work, relationships, exams, money. Whatever you think of.

Now, note the sensation and use your paper and pen to grade your anxiety level in that particular situation 1-10.

Well done, you’ve just taken the first step towards managing your anxiety!

Now, put the paper to one side but keep hold of your pen or pencil.

Take a deep breath whilst looking at the pen or pencil and hold it in your hand however you want to.

For the next couple of minutes, this item is the most important thing in your World.

Hold it up and look closely at it…

  • What colour is it?
  • What size is it?
  • Are there any special features? Moving parts, broken bits, knawed ends?

As you look at your pen or pencil, focus fully on it. For these few moments, it is the most fascinating thing you have ever seen.

  • What can it do?
  • How does it feel in your hand?
  • Try holding it differently or in the other hand, what does that feel like?
  • Does it smell of anything?
  • Are you tempted to put it in your mouth? If so, what does it taste like?

As you continue to look at your pen or pencil, take a deep breath, feel the breath fill your tummy and slowly breath out. Do this 3 times.

Now, grab your paper or pad and use the pen or pencil to grade your anxiety level right now!

You’ll probably find the number is lower than before. If not, don’t worry, it takes some practice.

Congratulations! You have just completed your first Mindfulness exercise! More on that and it’s benefits later. But you are now well on the way to managing your anxiety!

Now it’s time to dive in and learn more!