More Making Friends with Anxiety: A little book of creative activities to help reduce stress and worry: Volume 2

From bestselling author Sarah Rayner comes the follow-up to the word-of-mouth success, “Making Friends with Anxiety. More Making Friends with Anxiety” is packed with in-depth advice on reducing stress and worry, combined with practical things to make – each of which can be completed in less than two hours – and thereby occupy your hands, calm your mind and help you to relax. Written with Sarah’s trademark warmth and humour, “More Making Friends with Anxiety: A little book of creative activities to help reduce stress and worry” explains why some of us are particularly prone to anxiety, and how ‘making friends’ with our difficult feelings, coupled with gentle creative activity can help. Whether you’re a convert to crafts or a complete novice, this array of quick, cheap and easy activities will inspire and uplift you, nurturing mindfulness and positivity. * Make a Collage * Paint Pebbles * Sew a Simple Cover * Bake a Crumble * Plant a Windowbox * Carve Wood * Make a Necklace * Look at Art * Listen to Music … and more * Fully illustrated in full colour with dozens of photographs by the author and clear step-by-step instructions * Backed by an online support group * Experiment with ten different crafts and find out which you enjoy * Perfect for all ages and abilities – i.e. anyone who wants to be more creative and less stressed PRAISE FOR “MAKING FRIENDS WITH ANXIETY: ” “‘Simple, lucid advice on how to accept your anxiety’ “Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive “‘Reads like chatting with an old friend; one with wit, wisdom and experience’ “Laura Lockington, Brighton and Hove Independent PRAISE FOR SARAH RAYNER: “‘Carefully crafted and empathetic’ “Sunday Times “‘ ‘Brilliant…Warm and approachable’ ” ‘Essentials “‘You’ll want to inhale it in one breath’ ” ‘Easy Living

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Your Little Steps to Self Confidence for Life: Includes a free 30 day personal development course “Little Steps”

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“Just wanted to say an enormous big thank you for this course. I have looked forward to the daily email, I’ve always appreciated them. I’ve learnt a fair bit about myself in the process and undoubtedly made progress in several areas.” – Simon

“It makes life more manageable so that you don’t feel overwhelmed” – Julie

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“I’m really starting to notice a difference my little steps are making. Mostly in the procrastination area but also to some extent in confidence as I’ve spoken to strangers more in the last 2 weeks than I ever would normally. Thanks for making the difference happen – little steps is so easy to follow” – Lynne

Self Help, Practical & Motivational guidance for stressed and busy people looking to get help with their self confidence, motivation and overall well being.

This is a collection of blog posts that I have written for a number of different personal development websites. I’ve reordered them in to a more logical sense to make it easier to find the help that you need.

Below you will find a selection of comments from my clients.

I often get too involved with what I’m doing right now to be able to sit back and assess where my life is going and what is going wrong. With Paul’s guidance, I work out how to slightly tweak the way I live my life and the result is an easier, happier life where I feel in control.

In December 2009 I was recovering from an illness that I am sure was symptomatic of stress and imbalance in my life especially through my job as a Public Servant. I decided to get myself a life coach and see if I could make some changes. In just 6 sessions with Paul Bailey I had enrolled with the The Coaching Academy for 3 Coaching qualifications and a practitioners course in NLP; made changes to my work schedule to get more work life (and now study) balance; improved my relationships with my partner and son and landed a substantial contract for external work that I am sure came from the confidence Paul has helped me find in myself.
I am now on the road to becoming a coach myself with a website, business cards and my first coachee with 5 more in the wings! I will be forever grateful to Paul who asked the right questions, created the right environment of trust and responsibility to enable me to find the right answers and change my life.

Fantastic coaching with Paul. He makes you think for yourself rather then tell you how to do it. Which is great. I struggled at first with goals and now I can do goals and I always remember to ask myself “how will i do it”.
Paul is a fantastic coach

Right from the free introduction session I got the impression that Paul is a very professional coach, has a friendly personality and is someone that I would feel comfortable with. Paul has very efficiently helped me making those decisions that I had been running away from before I started with coaching sessions. The answers to your questions are usually not far away, but Paul is very efficient in helping you to find them as well as to come up with achievable actions to make sure that the coaching sessions will produce concrete and satisfactory results.
Due to my sessions with Paul I now am much more happy in my professional life as well as his coaching has definitely contributed in me realizing one of my dreams which is to travel the world for a while!

I wasn’t an easy person to coach at this point in my life. I said to Paul several times that I was behaving like a stubborn donkey, who didn’t want to move forward, although I knew I needed to. Paul didn’t let me get away with that behaviour, though it must have seemed pretty challenging at times with my inertia.
I had thought that as we had both worked in the IT industry we would somehow work better together than with people from different backgrounds – but I actually found something better; he is very neutral about this.

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Making Friends with Anxiety: A warm, supportive little book to ease worry and panic – 2017 edition

A warm and supportive little book to help ease worry and panic by bestselling author Sarah Rayner – new edition for 2016. Drawing on her own experience of anxiety disorder and recovery, Sarah Rayner shares her insights into this extremely common and often distressing condition with compassion and humour. She reveals the seven elements that commonly contribute to anxiety including adrenaline, negative thinking and fear of the future, and explains what causes worry and panic to become such a problem for many of us. Illustrated by examples and photographs from the author’s own life and backed by an online support group, since its launch in 2014 this companion to mental good health has helped thousands of sufferers across the world. Now it’s been updated for 2016 to include more insights from the author, and dozens of bite-size suggestions from readers and group members who share what’s worked for them. If you suffer from panic attacks, a debilitating disorder or simply want to spend less time worrying, Making Friends with Anxiety will give you a greater understanding of how your mind and body work together, helping restore confidence and control. * Draws on the techniques of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy * Useful links throughout, plus details of helplines and recommended reads * Ongoing online support group available “‘Simple, lucid advice on how to accept your anxiety’ ” Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive. “‘Reads like chatting with an old friend; one with wit, wisdom and experience’ “Laura Lockington, Brighton and Hove Independent “‘This is a great book: readable, practical and, most importantly, compassionate. Sarah Rayner gives a clear explanation of the common symptoms of anxiety and panic that affect so many lives. She then goes on to give sound advice as to how to cope with these ongoing feelings. This entails a series of strategies that encourage understanding of the anxiety rather than its suppression, aiming to give control of the

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