Covid-19 Thank you!

So, how are you all holding up?

I’m ok… getting used to the new normal imposed on us and getting to quite like some of it (show me an introvert who doesn’t want to stay at home and do introverted things!)

Well, now the schools have closed, I’m one of the thousands of self-employed people in the UK, along with my husband who have had their earnings abruptly stopped and I eagerly await the Chancellor’s announcement to help us pay our mortgage, oh and eat, probably in that order.

I’m eighty thousandth in the queue to claim my £94 a week but I try to keep smiling as I’m one of life’s optimists! My husband isn’t and hates it.

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So, I thought I’d do something to help out the young adults (and older adults) who are currently sitting at home and wondering what the hell to do with their building anxiety.

I started a YouTube Channel!!!!!!!!

Check out my YouTube Channel here!

Let’s remember that there is always going to be someone worse off than us and share a smile.

I went for my one piece of exercise today and made a conscious effort to smile at very person I saw! and do you know what? They all smiled back!

Spend 1 minute being thankful for what you have! Switch off your phone, look out the window and watch the birds. They remind us that life goes on.  Because it does

Stay Home – Help the NHS (which we are blessed to have) – Save lives

Sarah Terry is a School Counsellor and Author who works in Central England. Her interests include Counselling and Psychology, Personality Types, Jogging and Yoga and Meditation. Find out more here

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Anxiety – Preparation is Power! Top Tips

In the second of my series about handling anxiety (to get the first article check here). I’m going to show you how to prepare for when anxiety strikes.

If you have seen my first article Anxiety – Top Tips for Instant Relief  you will now know exactly what anxiety is and how it works in the body!

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Armed with that knowledge, we can look at how we can reduce the effects of anxiety when we know it is more likely to strike.

Preparation and Knowledge are the antidote to anxiety. By learning more about anxiety, which you have already done, you will be better equipped to make preparations and pre-empt situations which may make you feel anxious.

How do we do this? We need to examine when we are likely to feel anxious. Ask yourself these questions…

  • In which setting does the anxiety take place?
  • What do I feel in my body?
  • Is there any evidence to support my anxiety?
  • How can I minimise my exposure or mentally or physically prepare myself?
  • MOST IMPORTANT! – Report back – how did it go?

Now, let’s run through using an example with answers…

  • In which setting does the anxiety take place?

When I am in a supermarket

  • What do I feel in my body?

My stomach feels fluttery and my breath is short

  • Is there any evidence to support my anxiety?

There are often large crowds and loud noises which make me nervous and anxious

  • How can I minimise my exposure or mentally or physically prepare myself?

I could look at shopping online. I could try and shop at a quieter time. I could go shopping with my friend or partner. I could think ahead and make sure I breathe beforehand and during the shop. I could treat myself at the end if I make it

  • MOST IMPORTANT! – Report back – how did it go?

REPORT – I checked online for the quieter times and made a list so that I could be faster once inside. I practised breathing before I went in the shop and a couple of times whilst I was inside. I checked in with myself 4 or 5 times. At the end of the shop, I bought myself a chocolate bar and congratulated myself.

Try this method and add your own details. The best thing about it is you can re-use it for different instances of anxiety!

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Sarah Terry is a School Counsellor and Author who works in Central England. Her interests include Counselling and Psychology, Personality Types, Jogging and Yoga and Meditation. Find out more here

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Let them Try – Can Young Adults Change the World?

Last week was a very challenging one in my day job. One of my lovely Schools had to deal with a very tragic event which rocked the school and its students.

The school was exemplary in its handling of the situation and had already accessed all relevant crisis support teams to help students out.

As school counsellor, naturally, my time had been earmarked to speak to those students most directly affected. This is where my story gets interesting…

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Yes, of course these young people were sad…and angry…and confused

But, once again, I was reminded of the natural strength that many of the young adults of today possess and I was humbled by the love and support they showed to each other.

All too often, we are told that our young adults are a waste of time, they’ll never amount to anything, they have no resilience, they don’t know how to deal with life. When they campaign for a better World, we tell them they have no idea what they are talking about.

Bollocks I say! Who knows how to deal with anything until it happens?

I’m re-watching Downton Abbey at the moment (pure indulgence) and I see the same comments being made about the young 100 years ago! The young who went on to be game changers in terms of Votes for Women, Better Education for all, and who had to survive the Second World War.

So I say this… Give our young adults a chance to show us what they can do and what they can cope with … I know we’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Sarah Terry is a School Counsellor and Author who works in Central England. Her interests include Counselling and Psychology, Personality Types, Jogging and Yoga and Meditation. To find our more about Sarah, please see below.

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A Flower by any other colour…

I shouldn’t really have been surprised then that there was outrage and anger amongst my students around the rainbow poppy. here are some of the comments.

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