Category Archives: Overcome overwhelm & anxiety

Overcome anxiety and overwhelm. Understand what’s going in your body and mind and learn techniques to help you through.

Overcome Christmas Overwhelm

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Keep calm and carry on with Christmas

It’s Christmas!!! Yay? Or …Nay?

Ah, Christmas, lovely Christmas. Full of joy, full of sparkle, full of giving.

Full of panicked shoppers, full of to-do lists a mile long, full of demands on your time, full of making polite conversation at parties and socials with colleagues and semi-acquaintances and relatives you haven’t seen all year… Read more…

Which stress type are you?

Argh! Stress and anxiety ... yoga can help
How do you react to stress?

Fight, flight or freeze? Which one is your go-to reaction to stress and anxiety?

In our pressurised lives and busy, over-stimulating culture each and every day our body and mind is constantly bombarded with physical, emotional and mental stimuli – information, time demands, unexpected events…

Whether it’s constant deadlines, an over-flowing email inbox, an over-bearing boss, the daily commute, hearing your child is ill at nursery,  looking after ageing parents, hearing/reading about injustice and violence in the news.

And add to this the more nebulous psycho-social pressures  and fears which gnaw away about the state of the economy, your finances, your job, losing your home, fear of missing out, comparing your life with others’ …

… all of these provoke a stress response from your body.

And if you’re particularly sensitive to your surroundings and what’s going on around you and find it difficult to relax and unwind then your body’s stress response will more quickly tip you into feeling overwhelmed … and keep you there. Read more…

3 ways to nurture yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed

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Nourish yourself through overwhelm with yoga, relaxation and meditation

The to-do list is too long. The emails keep coming. That oh so 21st century phenomenon of FOMO (fear of missing out) is gnawing at your soul.

There’s so much going on in your life that you’re not getting chance to give yourself that precious quiet, me-time that you know in your bones that you need to keep functioning, let along enjoy life!

I know how you feel. Putting pressure on yourself to do everything and do it perfectly and do it now.  To read every interesting book, follow up every interesting article on social media, to just be Ms Perfect.

And I know where it leads. To overwhelm. To a feeling of nervous-system  overload and exhaustion. To a mind which can’t focus, a digestive system which can’t digest, and a body which can’t rest. Read more…

The #1 reason why you can’t meditate (and why it’s not a problem)

Find peace with your mind - meditate in Southampton
Find peace with your mind with mindfulness and meditation

You’d love to meditate. To sit with mindfulness in stillness.

To experience the benefits you’ve heard meditation can bring: stress / anxiety relief, lowering high blood pressure, better sleep, improving immunity, improving brain function, bringing greater clarity of mind, improving mood.

But you’ve got one problem: your mind won’t blinkin’ shut up!

Sound familiar?

My yoga students often ask me about meditation and say they’ve tried to meditate but they just can’t do it. They find it so difficult because their pesky, noisy mind jumps around from here to there and gets even louder as soon as they try to sit quietly and clear their mind.

And I love to reveal to them: you don’t have to have a quiet mind to meditate!
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What to do when your anxious mind overwhelms you

Ground yourself with mindful yoga in southampton and yoga in eastleigh
Imagine you have the roots of these beautiful old trees at Avebury: you are grounded and secure.

Your mind is whirring. Jumping from this place to that. You’re finding it difficult to focus.

Your jaw is tense. Your shoulders are up around your ears. There’s a feeling of contraction and tightness throughout your body. You’re barely breathing.

You’ve got that familiar feeling of not being quite able to put your finger on what’s wrong. An uncomfortable feeling you’re forgetting something; that you’re missing out on something; that something bad is going to happen; that you’re just not going to be able to get everything done that you need to.

Anxiety is with you again.

I know how it feels.
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4 simple techniques to stop stress in its tracks

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Eek! What have I let myself in for?!

My heart was pounding. My hands were cold and clammy. My breathing was rapid and shallow, I had butterflies going bananas in my stomach and my mind was jumping all over the place.

WHAT had I let myself in for? I must be mad! I can’t possibly do this. What if I make an utter prat of myself?!

What was going on?!?! Read more…

How to keep it together when life’s demands are pulling you apart

Ground yourself when life is pulling you apart
Do you feel as if you’re floating away, being pulled apart by the force of life’s demands?

Does your life feel like it’s whizzing past in a blur?

You have so much going on: you’re being pulled one way by the demands of work, another way by family and in another direction by friends.

Emails to answer, reports to finish, the summer holiday to plan, family members to visit, your friends are coming around for dinner tonight, you’ve got housework to catch up on. You’ve always got a million-and-one things to do.

It’s like all this being pulled in different directions is pulling you apart! And all too often you feel off-balance; a bit lost amidst the crazy dance of life going on around you.

You crave stillness, safety and security. You want to be able to relax but just don’t know how… Read more…

Calming the monkey mind

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Do you have a monkey mind?
(Photo credit: @Doug88888)

“Yoga is stilling the thought-waves of the mind” ~ Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (1.2)

So, hands up, who has a busy mind? (My hand is going up too in case you were wondering!)

A mind that is constantly chattering away; providing a running commentary on what you’re doing now, running through the past and worrying about the future.

A chattering mind, which is constantly judging and commenting, and is looking for constant stimulation. Read more…

Is mental multi-tasking driving you out of your mind?

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The busy brain! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How often do you find your mind racing away, thinking about a million different things? You can’t concentrate and you end up confused and drained. Or maybe your mind is brimming full of ideas, fizzing with creativity … with the same result. You’re unfocused and exhausted.

Thinking is really tiring! And it can feel like you can’t do anything to stop your mind racing.

But you can. Read more…