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Clever tricks you won’t have heard before..

What are the things you might try when you’re feeling stressed, anxious, low, overwhelmed, or just out of sorts?



I bet you’ve got things like mindfulness, journalling, exercise, medication, or better sleep somewhere on your list. Yup, all these things are great and will definitely help, but over the longer-term.



Nobody seems to know about things you can do in the moment, on the go, at exactly the time you need to get your head straight and get stuff done.



Most go into avoidance mode and avoid whatever’s triggering you. The problem with avoidance and safety behaviour is that it’ll increase the problem in the longer term, and there’s always things that you can’t avoid.

Julie was head of a complex needs unit, and my supervisor for years until she retired. Some of the people in this special unit were in a bad way. These are 3, practical ways she devised that helped people to calm down and get back in their body.



A psychological sigh


Take a long inhale through your nose, then a short, quick ‘top up,‘ again, through your nose. Take a long exhale through your mouth and let it all go.



Putting your brain back on-line


Cross your arms over your chest and alternately tap your opposite shoulder or collar bone in a consistent rhythm. The best rhythm to use is one like a calm, steady, heartbeat. Repeat this for about a minute, whilst breathing deeply and steadily.



Activating your vagus nerve

 


Stimulating your vagus nerve, helps to calm down symptoms of anxiety (and lots of other things).
Tip your head over to the left, bringing your left ear towards your left shoulder (without raising your shoulder)

Move your gaze (eyes only) up to the right.

Hold this pose for around 30 seconds (or more) until you feel a release. When you feel the release, bring your head back to centre and relax.

Repeat this pose for the other side; Turn your head to bring your right ear towards your collar bone and look up (eyes only) to the left. Hold it for around 30 seconds until you feel the release.

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Retired ex-professional football who played for Bury, Wigan, Stoke, Preston, Norwich, Leicester and Brighton during a 14 year career. After leaving professional football, Jason battled depression and recovered with the help of therapy and family support.

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I came to Wendy with a set of problems I have never been able to fully explain to anyone, which included grief, many family issues and alcohol problems. Wendy truly has an active listening style and absorbs everything you are saying, whilst not making you feel analysed, it is an incredible skill. She astounded me at how she got to the crux of the issues so fast. So much so that we both agreed I only needed one session with her, obviously this may not be the case with everyone but I would confidently recommend her to anyone, regardless of your problems. There was no awkwardness or even clock watching, she is wonderful at what she does, take the plunge and make an appointment, you will not regret it. Life is a direction not a destination and she will get you on the path again.

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