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Positive thoughts from Lockdown #9



This has been Mental Health Awareness Week.


We are in a time of particular challenge to mental health.


But I had my own struggles for many years...


This week, I look back at how far I've come (watch the video here)...


Plus, there are:


馃専 tips on how to find your "flow"


馃専 why it's worth not letting lockdown irritants get to you...


馃専 and the importance of community (my community is pictured above).


I hope you find them positive and motivating! 馃挅



1. 鉁达笍 PLANES, TRAINS AND PANIC ATTACKS 鉁达笍


Imagine a weekend trip away, taking planes and tubes.


Nowadays, all that carefree travel feels strange...


But when I filmed this video, one year ago - it made me cry.


For many years I couldn't get on an aeroplane without taking Valium.


And I lived in London for 10 years without ever going on the tube.


Because as soon as I was in that enclosed space, I would have a panic attack.


At its worst, I had panic attacks four times a day.


But I never told anyone, except my family and boyfriend.


I didn't ask for help.


I struggled on by myself, and eventually worked out how to deal with them - alone.


I now don't have panic attacks any more.


And I am grateful for that every day.


But I believe having them - and learning how to overcome them - has made me a better person, and a better coach 馃専


As always during Mental Health Awareness Week, my main message is PLEASE ASK FOR HELP.


As the theme this year is about kindness - be kind to YOURSELF.


You don't need to do it on your own.


(And it CAN get better 馃挅)


p.s. sorry for the camera shake in the video - it all got a bit emotional...


馃敟 How good are you at asking for help?




2. 鉁达笍 FIND YOUR 鈥淔LOW鈥 鉁达笍


鈥淧atience is the unacknowledged superpower鈥 *


And patience is SO needed now, when lockdown is lingering on...


馃専 So what can help us - and at the same time improve our productivity?


馃専 The state of FLOW.


This was originally defined in 1990 by positive psychologist Mih谩ly Cs铆kszentmih谩lyi (pronounced Me-HI-ee Chik-sent-me-HI-ee, if you were wondering...)


It means that amazing feeling you get when you are fully absorbed in a satisfying task.


AKA when you are 鈥渋n the zone鈥 馃槑


And guess what?


It not only makes you feel happy and productive - it also makes time pass more quickly... 馃憤


So how to get into flow?


In a work context, you need to find a 鈥渕eaningful鈥 task that is challenging, but enjoyable.