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The Amygdala: Re-train your brain

Yesterday I touched briefly on the Amygdala part of your brain over on my instragam. The reason I wanted to talk about this is because it has a crucial role in helping to re-wire your thinking and thought process for anxiety suffers. When we get scared or anxious, the Amygdala is the part of your […]

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Lesley Shearer: Perfection & Anxiety

Tales from an ordinary therapist, Lesley Shearer: Perfection & Anxiety How perfection exhausts the brain… As I grew up I had a clear vision of my own averageness. I am not particularly clever, I am not a top achiever, I am not that neat and tidy but what I am is, fairly content with my […]

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Lesley Shearer: Perception

What you perceive to be true and what is actually true aren’t always the same. In fact these two things can be far removed. You are always right and this you already know. But, what about when you think you are right and you take action, who will be affected by your behaviour? When we […]

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Family Mindfulness Schedule [ FREE PDF ]

Are you interested in getting your family or young children into mindfulness. Incorporating small daily mindful activities can start the momentum for a more mindful life. You can do it in the morning, bedtime, on the school run, at dinner time and much more. I have put together a FREE PDF for you to download […]

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Mindfulness Activities For Children [ FREE PDF ]

Starting mindfulness techniques young stands your children on good stead for when they enter adulthood. As children get older the stresses and worries they have become bigger and stronger, but if they have been raised to control their mind and thoughts, they will be able to handle them much easier. You can download my FREE […]

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What is mindfulness? [ FREE PDF ]

As the launch of my course comes closer I wanted to touch more on the ‘M’ in MCN. This stands for Mindfulness and is an extremely important step in re-training our brains. It is learning to be aware of your thoughts and feelings in the present state without judgement. I have put together a FREE […]

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Thinking Styles For Kids [ FREE PDF ]

Do you have children who suffer from anxiety or negative thinking styles? It can be difficult to explain these behaviours to children so I have made a FREE downloadable PDF that is child friendly for you to use with your kids. It is colourful and full of images to help them relate and understand to […]

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The Bored Teen: My Experience with Depersonalisation

Dear Lesley,   I can only describe it as I was scared that I was going insane. I was at a party and I went into the kitchen to get a drink when suddenly I had a sense that I was there, but not there! I was firstly very anxious, it was like I wasn’t […]

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Depression [ FREE PDF ]

Do you or someone you love suffer from depression? 1 in 4 people will have it during their lifetime. Factors such as biological make-up, upbringing or reactions to life events all contribute. The way we think and what we do affects how we feel. Depression is often accompanied by other feelings such as guilt, shame, […]

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The Bored Teen: Walk & Talk

Walk & Talk sessions are designed to help you feel free when talking about worries you may have. When out in nature it helps relax you into a space where you feel comfortable. Sometimes it can be daunting to sit in a room and open up, so by getting out for a relaxing walk makes […]

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Are you living in your head? [FREE PDF]

Do you often go about your life living in your head? You might be at work, with friends, family and your attention drifts to thoughts about today, worries about tomorrow and regret about the past. Sound familiar? If so, you can download my FREE helpful PDF to help you understand DRIFT and what you need […]

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The Worry Tree [ FREE PDF ]

  Sometimes worries can be overwhelming and before we know it our thoughts and feelings are running to the worst case scenario. The Worry Tree is designed to direct your thoughts into more rational thinking and allow you to calm yourself down. This is an excellent technique for all ages. Download the FREE PDF below […]

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Self Help For Panic Attacks

There are two main signs that indicate when panic is about to strike. Worry The first is fairly simple, are you worried about something, someone or a specific situation? Anxiety Are you suffering bouts of anxiety? The first thing I do in my practice is to ask my client to check in with their feelings, […]

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Are you suffering from Health Anxiety? [ FREE PDFs ]

‘ Why do I keep getting headaches and dizziness, what if the doctor missed something? Why did he tell me to come back if there is nothing wrong?’ Are those thoughts familiar? Do you get so anxious that you keep getting out for bed and search the web for answers? Do you search the web […]

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A Conversation With The Bored Teen: Bullying Part 1

Welcome back! Over the next 2 weeks we will be inviting you in to see a typical conversation I have with my younger clients during our sessions. This week we are focusing on girl on girl bullying and the pressures teen girls face to fit in. It will continue next week and dive into how […]

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Lesley Shearer: How to Accept A Panic Attack

Hello! So what makes a panic attack acceptable is that it feels uncomfortable, and is not TORTURE (that would be someone pouring hot water down your back!) even if it feels that way. Do you see the difference? Uncomfortable yes, torture no. If it fills you with dread, then you know it is the negativity […]

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The Bored Teen: Anxiety or Anger? [ Free PDFs ]

Hi Lesley, Is anxiety causing my anger between the devil and the deep blue sea? This week has been really bad for me, nothing has went my way! When my friends change plans or if something comes up unexpectedly, I lose it! I can’t cope with it. I am now getting really really angry! The anger […]

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Lesley Shearer: To The Bored Teens Parents

Hi This week I am speaking to the parents of the bored teen. I have been helping individuals and parents handle the many challenges that anxiety and worry can bring into your life. What I can say is this – “Whatever issues you or your teen are facing right now they most likely stem from […]

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Lesley Shearer: Thinking Styles

Dear Teen, You are a nervous wreck! And it sounds like all this worry is having a huge impact on your daily life. To some extent, everyone in the world has negative thoughts, sometimes though unpleasant, it is perfectly normal. And the good news is: the thought will pass. One of the faulty thinking styles […]

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The Bored Teen: Worry, Worry, Worry!

Lesley, I spoke to you a few weeks ago about feeling terrified. I worry, worry & worry. It is all I do, all day everyday! I get so scared of general life. I worry about failing my exams. I worry about what I say to my friends. I even have to rehearse what I am […]

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Lesley Shearer: Dealing with Exam Stress

Dear Teen, Many teachers & family members, even parents believe that if they scare you a little by saying statements like “If you do not get good results you will not get a good career or job“. But, it sounds like they just don’t realise the increased pressure you are feeling because of this! Tip […]

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Lesley Shearer: Dealing With Exam Stress

Dear Teen, Many teachers & family members, even parents believe that if they scare you a little by saying statements like “If you do not get good results you will not get a good career or job“. But, it sounds like they just don’t realise the increased pressure you are feeling because of this! Tip […]

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The Bored Teen: Exam Stress

Dear Lesley, Me again. I’ve been using your negativity bias technique and it is slowly but surely working. When the dread kicks in, I just keep telling myself that I am ok over and over again. It soon passes. I have been up late at night recently. It is coming up to exam time and […]

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Lesley Shearer: Overcoming Feelings of Dread

Dear Teen, I can really relate to your feelings of dread in the early hours of the morning… You will be surprised to hear this was one of the reasons I decided to become a therapist. I thought “there must be a better way to wake in the morning“. I also used to suffer with […]

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The Bored Teen: Feelings of Dread

Dear Lesley. I used to feel so care free but since becoming a teenager things have changed. I worry about everything! Do you know what it feels like when my anxiety strikes at 04:20 am ????? Let me tell you… Once I am awake there is no going back. One thought enters my mind and […]

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Introducing Lesley Shearer..

Hello, My Name is Lesley Shearer and as you have probably saw on my website, I specialise in Anxiety disorders. I want to help you get your life back as I know what you are going through. Over the past 17 years I have helped thousands of people with panic attacks and anxiety. The whole […]

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