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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Anxy Magazine

Lovely-looking magazine looking to undo some of the many stigmas surrounding mental health. Recent themes include ‘Masculinity’ and ‘Workaholism’.

 

If you’re looking for a beautiful piece of work to thumb through whilst also learning a thing or two about the realities and struggles of others, then Anxy Magazine is for you.

Listen

Grounded with Louis Theroux Podcast (with Ruby Wax)

An insightful chat between everyone’s favourite documentarian, Louis Theroux, and mental health campaigner, author and comedian, Ruby Wax.

 

Honest discussions of envy, jealousy and overcoming struggles.

 

Check out the rest of the series, too. It’s really good.

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‘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.

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Seek Support From Those Who Make You Feel Safe

At Nalla, we all agree that it’s important to look for support from people who make you feel safe and cared for.

 

The person you talk to doesn’t have to be able to fix you, but they need to be a good listener—someone who’ll listen attentively and compassionately without being distracted or judging you.

 

Reach out to someone close to you, and be honest with them about your feelings. This can be hard to do, but even saying you need help out loud can be half the battle. Take it a step at a time, but just remember that you don’t have to face this challenge alone.

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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.