I'm feeling afraid of the unknown

When I can't see a clear path, it leaves me worrying about what could be at the end of it.

In the Moment

When you are afraid of the unknown, focus on the good that could be, not on the bad that might be.

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Anxiety-Shmanxiety Blog

Tanya J. Peterson is the woman behind Anxiety-Shmanxiety, and she has a massive collection of articles, videos and resources to help with common feelings of fear, anxiety and stress.

 

The article linked below is about how anxiety seeks out problems and distorts reality, and is well worth a quick read.

 

Check out the rest of the site if you’re looking to add more to your bank of informative advice on mental health.

Listen

The Calmer You Podcast

Hypnotherapist Chloe Bretheridge is on a mission to calm your brain down.

 

Shhhhhhhhhhhh.

 

Have a listen to her massive catalogue of episodes, featuring some fantastic interviewees plus suggestions and hacks for building confidence, being happier and ‘quieting your inner critic’.

 

Guests on the podcast come from the world of mental health, personal development, nutrition, medicine and many more – so there should hopefully be lots of these episodes that you find useful in some way or another.

Watch

‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’, on Netflix

One of the late chef’s most popular shows, and a favourite of ours.

 

Let yourself be transported to all four corners of the globe and imagine you’re existing there with all the sights, sounds and smells. By imagining you are somewhere else, it’s easier to allow the stresses and anxiety that you may be feeling right now to slowly wash away.

 

Inspiring, relaxing stuff.

Do

How to Challenge Your Negative Beliefs

Identify the negative beliefs you have about yourself, then challenge them. Instead of just letting them wash over you, confront them head-on.

 

Try writing down a few things that you know challenge these negative beliefs – could be anything from something nice someone has said about you, to a positive personal trait – and stick this list somewhere you’ll see it.

 

Keep adding to this list. It’ll get really long. And it’ll feel really good.

 

You could even frame your list, the opportunities are truly endless.

Talk

Ask Your Grandma for Advice

It’s a well known, scientifically proven* fact, that nobody can do wrong in their grandma’s eyes. Every grandchild should be aware of this.

 

So, if you feel scared or anxious, grannies tend to come in handy – give ’em a ding. They’re wise, they’re experienced, and they love a good chinwag.

 

You can also volunteer your time to speak with elderly people over the phone through various charities, helping to make them feel less alone whilst also giving you the opportunity to ask them for advice too. A win-win situation we think.

 

At Nalla, some of us have volunteered with Age UK before to do just this, via their Telephone Befriender scheme.

 

*not quite scientifically proven.