Busy week this week. We are getting ready for the upcoming courses - three in a row! Busy busy...
Next course is Luton Sunday 22nd April, then Manchester 29th April and then Edinburgh 6th May.
We are going to run some guest blogger articles over the next few days. We are not on commission and some of them are not really related to flying itself. However, we know that from the thousands of people that come to us for help each year, for some, there are lots of other things going on in their lives. They may also have other issues or past problems that they have dealt with or are in the process of dealing with.
So, to be clear, we are not saying that everyone that reads our blog will fall into these categories. We just think the articles might help someone. The other thing to mention is that Stanley emailed these to us with full permission to pass on. So, if you think these articles will help someone, feel free to print off or forward on.
About the guest blogger:
Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" - an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to his website
Article 1: MANAGING YOUR PERSISTENT FEARS, ANXIETIES, AND STRESSES
By: Stanley Popovich
Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however some people have a difficult time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and every day anxieties.
When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, the first thing you can do is to divide the task into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one at a time will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success.
Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.
A person should visualise a red stop sign in their mind when they encounter a fear provoking thought. When the negative thought comes, a person should think of a red stop sign that serves as a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. A person can then try to think of something positive to replace the negative thought.
Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel depressed or frustrated, open up your small notebook and read those statements. This will help to manage your negative thinking.
Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems. You never know when the answers you are looking for will come to your doorstep. We may be ninety-nine percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world of difference.
Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future. Remember that it never hurts to ask for help.
Dealing with our persistent fears is not easy. Remember that all you can do is to do your best each day, hope for the best, and take things in stride. Patience, persistence, education, and being committed in trying to solve your problem will go along way in fixing your problems.
Hope that you found this useful? The next blog from Stanley will be about 'managing the fear and anxiety of the unknown' Then, the next two will be 'a review of techniques in managing depression' and 'when someone you know struggles with fear, anxiety and stress.'
Paul & Richard
Manchester 29th April
Edinburgh 6th May
Leeds 20th May
Birmingham 10th June
Southampton 24th June
Gatwick 8th July
Children's course 14th July