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Whether we are worried about the big test coming up or batting with peak hour traffic, we have all, no doubt, experienced some level of anxiety.
For the most part, we as humans need this fundamentally normal process in order to survive. Why? Because it is our body’s immobiliser and back to base alarm rolled into one. When we are threatened and need to respond as soon as possible, it is anxiety that allows us to perform at our optimal level both physically and cognitively.
Sometimes, however, this normal process can go astray to the point where we dysregulate or disengage. How could you not experience some anxiety when there is the possibility for your picture to be scrutinised by your 600 friends on social media.
According to Robert L. Leahey “The average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the 1950’s”.
So what is the point of this post you might ask? Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask you to undertake a psychoanalysis or deep seeded introspection. Just be aware, keep an eye out. Ask your friend or sibling if they are okay and check in. Let them know that you are there for them and speak to your doctor if you feel in need of some further assistance.
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Posted 29 December 2015
It’s important to have a balance between work and relaxation to avoid burning out. A great way to relax and get some fresh air and sunshine in your life is to do some gardening.
One great example of a beautiful community garden is the Eco Garden at Faigan Park. It is run by various volunteers and does have council people working there to help out and educate on various gardening roles. The garden is located in a traffic free area with nothing but green grass and fresh air surrounding you.
If you don’t feel like doing much gardening but instead want to soak up some vitamin D in the sunshine, then there are plenty of tables and benches and soft grass to have a picnic, take a nap or enjoy that book you’ve been meaning to read but just haven’t had the time. One of the best parts about the Eco Garden is not only that you get the beautiful scenery but you get to take the fruit, vegetables and herbs home with you.
So why not try doing some gardening or just spend some time relaxing in the garden surrounded by serene nature. You can practice your deep breathing relaxation strategies or do some yoga or tai chi.
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