The Anxiety Survival Guide

“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” Arthur Somers Roche   During times of uncertainty levels of anxiety and depression can increase. Thoughts can become overwhelmingly troubled and negative. Black and white thinking is common and you can … Continued

Authenticity – Letting Go of What We Should Be

“Write hard and clear about what hurts”- Ernest Hemmingway Being authentic can be freeing physically, emotionally and spiritually. How often in life, growing up or even right at this moment, have you felt unable or powerless to be the real you. Afraid of not fitting in or being the odd one out. From an early … Continued

Surviving the sabre toothed tigers

FEELING WOUND UP? STRESSED? ANXIOUS? States of mind that large numbers of us are very familiar with in our busy, full-on, hectic lives. Also feelings that so many of our young people are struggling with, as I see in my work as a school counsellor and psychotherapist. It is thought that as many as 1 … Continued

I’m not ashamed to say I’ve had anxiety

Last Friday was like any other day at Botanica; the unexpected can happen. We have a gentleman in his 80’s who comes to us on a regular basis to collect a tonic for a chronic lung condition. He also happens to have chronic anxiety. Californian Poppy soothes his nerves but we have been unable to … Continued

Depression, bipolar disorder and magnesium

Psychiatric disorders are becoming more and more prevalent in society and in people in all walks of life. The 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity in England study showed that nearly one person in four (23.0 per cent) had at least one psychiatric disorder and 7.2 per cent had two or more disorders. Mental instability disables the … Continued

Butterflies and SSRI’s

GUT FEELINGS Have you ever wondered about the sensation of butterflies in your stomach when you are worried or anxious about something? That you may have to run to the toilet when you are upset? When you are feeling uptight your digestion shuts down and you experience bloating and indigestion? Your thoughts affect your gut … Continued