Anxiety 2 Confidence podcast
Interviewed by Ant Knight on anxiety, covid-19 and tips to help you through the lockdown

Interviewed by Ant Knight on anxiety, covid-19 and tips to help you through the lockdown

April 3, 2020

This episode is slightly different as I am interviewed by Ant Knight of the Mindset Movement on how the current pandemic is affecting anxiety and what people can do to keep their mental health under control.

We cover loads of useful information in this interview including:

  • How to manage panic attacks
  • Tips to help you stay in a routine
  • How to stop comparing yourself to others
  • Some ways that you can stay connected

You can access the free 28 day positivity challenge here:

Managing mentalhealth through the corona virus lockdown

Managing mentalhealth through the corona virus lockdown

March 27, 2020

More tips this week on making sure that your mental health doesn't suffer during the current corona virus crisis.

These are recorded in the UK which is at time of recording a couple of days into a lock down in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

The UK advice is to stay at home and people are permitted to leave their homes for essentials and one form of exercise.

Here I share a few tips that will help you keep your mental health under control and help yourself at this incredibly difficult and unsettling time.

For the free positivity challenge head here:

How to manage anxiety through the Covid-19 pandemic

How to manage anxiety through the Covid-19 pandemic

March 20, 2020

As the Covid-19 pandemic has shut schools and we are anticipating more strict measures soon in the UK, I thought some tips on how to manage anxiety in this situation would be of most benefit.

Here are some simple tips to keep you sane and in control of your anxiety as we face an unprecedented challenge to our mental health.

I am also opening up my 28 Day Positivity Challenge for FREE for the duration of the crisis to help you practice one of my favorite coping mechanisms. You just need to head here: to sign up for free.

Stay safe and be kind x

How competence can lead to confidence

How competence can lead to confidence

March 13, 2020

Welcome to this weeks bumper episode!!!

I have yet another guest joining me this week to talk about how being more competent at something can significantly improve your confidence.

In this episode we hear from Inter 1 dressage rider and trainer, Amy Blount who has loads (literally loads) of great suggestions and tips to help you go from dreading "stressage" to confidently performing under pressure.

This episode has loads of great tips even for non-riders as we discuss anxiety and how it affects our confidence and our ability to perform.

Find out:

  • The benefits of having a plan
  • Why adaptability is so important
  • The importance of visualising goals
  • Why even set goals and how they prepare you for success
  • The benefits of practicing under pressure
  • Useful tactics for performing under pressure
  • The importance of mental strength in dressage

And so much more!!

If you struggle with "stressage" then you may also find my online anxiety for horse riders workshop useful. It's completely free you just need to download the worksheet and then watch the presentation.

Just head here for details:

Locus of control and it’s impact on anxiety, depression and wellbeing

Locus of control and it’s impact on anxiety, depression and wellbeing

March 6, 2020

This episode has been inspired by a research paper I was looking at for my MSc Psychology that I am currently studying through the University of Derby.

The paper itself was about something slightly different but I found myself interested in the concept of the locus of control and then excited when I realised its significance to anxiety and wellbeing.

In this episode I talk about what the locus of control is, how you can work out where yours is and crucially the effect it has on anxiety, depression and wellbeing.

You can find out what cognitive distortions are contributing to your anxiety and depression by downloading your very own free exercise here:

You just need to pop your email and name in and you will have access to the free worksheet. I will also send you a video from one of my workshops that will explain how to use the worksheet and give you a bit more information about cognitive distortions.


References for the studies mentioned:


Spector, P. E., Cooper, C. L., Sanchez, J. I., O’Driscoll, M., Sparks, K., Bernin, P., Bossing, A., Dewe, P., Hart, P., Lu, L., Miller, K., De Moraes, L. R., Ostrognay, G. M., Pagon, M., Pitariu, H. D., Poelmans, S. A. Y., Radhakrishnan, P., Russinova, V., Salamatov, V., & Salgado, J. F. (2002). LOCUS OF CONTROL AND WELL-BEING AT WORK: HOW GENERALIZABLE ARE WESTERN FINDINGS? Academy of Management Journal, 45(2), 453–466.

Marchand, A., & Durand, P. (2011). Psychological Distress, Depression, and Burnout. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 53(2), 185–189.

Ng, T. W. H., Sorensen, K. L., & Eby, L. T. (2006). Locus of control at work: a meta-analysis. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 27(8), 1057–1087.

DeNeve, K. M., & Cooper, H. (1998). The happy personality: A meta-analysis of 137 personality traits and subjective well-being. Psychological Bulletin, 124(2), 197–229.


Hovenkamp-Hermelink, J. H. M., Jeronimus, B. F., van der Veen, D. C., Spinhoven, P., Penninx, B. W. J. H., Schoevers, R. A., & Riese, H. (2019). Differential associations of locus of control with anxiety, depression and life-events: A five-wave, nine-year study to test stability and change. Journal of Affective Disorders, 253, 26–34.

How anxiety can make it difficult to lose weight

How anxiety can make it difficult to lose weight

February 28, 2020

This week I am bringing you something a little bit different as I have invited a special guest to this episode!

I have invited Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist, Annalise Kirk to talk to us about how anxiety and difficulties losing weight can be linked.

In this episode we cover why anxiety can cause us to crave foods that are bad for us, emotional eating and crucially some tips that you can do at home to take back control.

Annalise has created a unique online weight loss course with her partner, who is an experienced personal trainer, which combines hypnotherapy, coaching, exercise and meal plans. This course is ideal for complete beginners and can be done from the comfort of your own home!!

Annalise has very kindly offered a limited number of places at a very significant discount for listeners of this podcast so head to the link below and secure your spot before they all go:

Remember you can also download your own cognitive distortions exercise and find out what negative thoughts are holding you back here:

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What can help in times of Crisis and Overwhelm?

What can help in times of Crisis and Overwhelm?

February 21, 2020

This episode has been designed to give you some ideas of ways that you can help yourself cope with those situations that feel overwhelming or like there is no way out.

These types of situations can happen to anyone, not just people who struggle with anxiety, as life can be hugely demanding and stressful at times.

If you find any of the suggestions useful then please do let me know and as always you can find out more about my work at:

Will Hypnotherapy work for me?

Will Hypnotherapy work for me?

February 14, 2020

Will hypnotherapy work for me?

This is a question that I get asked regularly by people who are interested in hypnotherapy for anxiety but have often only seen hypnosis on the TV or at a fresher’s week show.

In this episode I talk about the difference between stage hypnosis and therapeutic hypnosis and the reasons why hypnotherapy may not work for everyone.

You can find out more about my online hypnotherapy self help course for anxiety by heading here:

What to do when anxiety is ruining your life

What to do when anxiety is ruining your life

February 7, 2020

This episode covers loads of great information on how you can take control back over your anxiety.

In this episode I share a really helpful breathing exercise as part of my 10 tips for controlling anxiety and talk about what could be making your anxiety worse.

Don't forget that you can download your free negative thinking worksheet here:

What does anxiety feel like?

What does anxiety feel like?

January 31, 2020

Following on from last weeks client story, this episode deals specifically with the feelings and symptoms of anxiety.

It's a question I get asked a lot from people trying to work out if they have anxiety and people who want to know if what they are feeling is normal for a person with anxiety.

It is always best to consult your GP if you think you may have anxiety.

You can find out what negative thoughts may be making your anxiety worse by heading to where you can download a FREE worksheet. The worksheet will show you common types of negative thinking so that you can start to be more aware of what you are saying to yourself in your mind.