My son, travel and worry
Mar02

My son, travel and worry

My 18 year old son is very adventurous. He did the Three Peaks in under 24 hours at the age of 16. He did a 30 mile hike at the age of 14. And now he wants to travel. To be honest, he might have liked a year or a few months to travel this year. But he went and surprised us all by getting the only apprenticeship he applied for. He absolutely loves his apprenticeship and wouldn’t change it for the world, but he still has the...

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Going on holiday: facing my fears
Oct31

Going on holiday: facing my fears

I don’t suffer from anxiety as such, but there are things that make me nervous. Most of the time, those things don’t arise. And if they do, I can deal with them. But going on holiday means I have to face my fears: I’m claustrophobic I have a fear of illness, specifically vomiting (emetophobia) in anyone – not just myself I have IBS and struggle with certain foods I get very hungry and become emotional if I...

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The ups and downs of flying with my daughter
Aug05

The ups and downs of flying with my daughter

My daughter has been watching the ITV programme about Virgin Atlantic. When my daughter takes a liking to a programme, she watches it obsessively. She watches it over and over until she can recite all of the words. She talks about all of the people as though she knows them and I should know them too. When we flew to Amsterdam I really didn’t need her to have watched that damn programme. I’m a bit nervous of flying anyway...

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Fear of flying – gone!
Oct21

Fear of flying – gone!

I’m frightened of flying. Well, I’m not actually frightened of FLYING. I’m frightened of being trapped inside anything. So a big metal cyclinder in the air is not ideal. Back when we went Barcelona earlier this year, I spent two weeks hypnotising myself with the aid of Paul McKenna before I felt able to fly.In the run-up to our trip to Amsterdam, I was feeling good. So good in fact that I decided to be brave and not...

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Claustrophobia – sorted!
Jun03

Claustrophobia – sorted!

My name is Sarah and I am afraid of flying. Actually, that’s not true. I’m not afraid of flying, I’m claustrophobic. So being stuck inside a big metal cylinder in the sky is not ideal. Most of the time I’m fine, but I always like to be sure I can just open a door and walk out of a place if I want to, or open a window and stick my head out and get a bit of fresh air. And you can’t do that on a plane! So...

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