emma hogg, psychotherapist, coach, a life i choose, tired and anxious, coronavirus

Why you’re more tired and anxious than usual and what to do about it

So many of my clients have spoken to me about feeling more tired and experiencing more anxiety than usual. I’ve also felt this way lately. I’ve spoken to other therapists about it, and they’re also in touch with a similar trend.

I want to tell you that if you’re craving more rest, feeling somewhat unmotivated to work, or experiencing some anxious thoughts or symptoms (difficulty sleeping, intrusive unpleasant thoughts, increased heart-rate, shortness of breath), it’s 100% normal.

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Free yourself from anxiety-induced overeating

Ola my friends,

Thank you for this great question. It’s a really interesting topic and many of us find that we eat more than we need when we’re anxious. Along with how relieving it feels to MUNCH away at something & how comforting delicious food can be, overeating feels so good because a full tummy pushes down the diaphragm and this gives us a feeling of relief similar to when we breathe deep.

Since we’re speaking about anxiety-induced overeating, it’s important to calm the anxiety first. You can create all the “right rules” for yourself, but if you’re not addressing the underlying cause of the behaviour, you’ll either break all the rules, or you’ll create another equally distressing self-soothing behaviour.

So, how do you address the anxiety?

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Reduce Anxiety & Boost your Immune System // Covid-19

The body fights off and heals from disease most effectively and efficiently when we’re calm. With the coronavirus pandemic, we have all found ourselves stressed at one point or another. Here are 4 tips for reducing anxiety and boosting your immunity so that you make sure your last line of defence is strong.

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The Big Breakfast with Oz, Jay & The Hoggs

A couple of weeks ago, Oz (From Oz & Jay’s Big Breakfast on XFM100.2) was talking about how he struggled to recover after a traumatic experience he had in his teens. I thought it was super cool that he spoke so openly about this and I could tell that his intention in doing so was to help others who may be going through something similar. His message was clear: reach out. No matter how insignificant or silly you think your suffering may be, reach out and seek support because it’s only with support that you can heal.

I loved his message, so I reached out to him and Jay. As you know, spreading the message of psychological fitness is my mission in life. Without healing and integrating our troubling experiences, we can’t fully show up for life and create a life full of purpose and fulfilment. So, I let them know that I appreciated Oz’s sharing and told them that if they ever wanted to discuss this further on air, I’d love to join them on the show if they wanted me.

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What does it mean to be psychologically well?

A quirky young YouTuber called me a couple of weeks ago to ask if he could interview me about mental health. He was keen to speak about what it actually means to be psychologically well.

I liked his curiosity. The concept of psychological wellness has been confused since it became a concept in the first place. Becoming popularised by the Western medical model which emphasises disease, psychological wellness was introduced to us as “mental illness” – a state of sickness that’s beyond our control and must be managed with medication.

With this completely disempowering message, it’s no surprise to me that most people won’t even consider therapy because they fear being associated with disease and powerlessness!

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