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Ready to beat anxiety? Try challenging your thoughts
Wednesday, 6 May · 2 min read

If you’re feeling more anxious at the moment, you can overcome this by challenging the thoughts that cause you to feel this way.

Unhelpful thoughts can lead to unhelpful feelings, like anxiety, which then lead to more unhelpful thoughts and more unhelpful feelings -- forming a vicious cycle.

But one way to stop the cycle is to recognise the negative thought you’re having, challenge the reason you’re having it and try to replace it with a more positive thought.

For example, if following the number of people dying from coronavirus each day is making you feel anxious, stop and recognise that this is affecting you and think about the number of people who have recovered.

An easier way to do this is to consider what you would say to a friend who's having the same thoughts as you. You may think of positives for them to focus on -- so how could you do this for yourself?

It’s not always possible to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, but keep trying, and with practice it may help.

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Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong. -- Ella Fitzgerald

Grow your own herbs

Gardening has the strange ability to make us feel both calm and energised. We all have an inner grower, and there's never been a better time to connect with yours -- starting with herbs.

Herbs will grow happily in a garden or backyard, or on a balcony, rooftop or windowsill.

If you're keen to grow your own herbs, this video from gardening enthusiast Laura LeBoutillier at Garden Answer will show you how.