Sunday, August 5, 2018


Hello again! 

Just a short blog post here on one of the ways I have reduced my anxiety. Over the years I have found that doing things out of my comfort zone and out of my normal routine have helped distract me from my day-to-day worries and anxieties. Because of this, when the opportunity arises to do something completely different and meet new people, I jump at it and end up loving it! 

Towards the end of last month, I took part in a 6-day BSAC Snorkelling Course in the south of Wales, Dale. As well as using this to complete my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, it was a great diversion from my annoying paranoia and anxiety. Despite being pretty horrific at snorkelling for the first couple of days, hyperventilating in the water several times and hurting myself everywhere, it gave me a great sense of achievement in completing it! I pushed myself physically and mentally and I loved it! Snorkelling with people I do not know is not something I would have gone anywhere near this time 18 months ago, and this is tantamount to the fact that my mental health is improving very quickly.

Although, this does not go without saying that I did still feel nervous. Almost passing out in the water does not tend to make one feel at ease! Meeting new people was also quite nerve-wracking and being so far away from home by myself was daunting. It was a challenging week, but I am immensely proud of myself for achieving the award and trying something new and exciting! 

In case anyone is interested in taking part in this course, here are the contact details for the centre it is located in: 01646 636205 |

Thank you for reading!

B x


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