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  • June 2022
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Overcoming Anxiety with Exercise and Adventure

Anxiety sucks but it’s extremely common, affecting many of us at one stage of our lives and some people almost constantly.

I’ve struggled with anxiety all my life but still managed to travel all over the world, live in eight different countries and fulfil my dream of adventure including white water rafting, mountain climbing and all kinds of other crazy things.

Now I’m writing a book about how I’ve managed to overcome my anxiety, what works and what doesn’t. How to overcome anxiety contains these latest thoughts on anxiety with tips about how you can overcome it.

The old song “Don’t worry be happy” sounds great but sadly it’s not that easy for true sufferers of anxiety and depression. You can’t  just switch your mindset and in fact actively trying to repress certain feeling like anxiety will actually make them stick around even worse. Or they may appear to disappear briefly only to come back with a vengeance later.

If you suffer from anxiety and you want to know how to overcome anxiety then you’re going to have to accept that anxiety is part of you. It’s never going away although you can learn to control it and get on with life despite your anxiety.

Even the most accomplished public speakers still get anxious before they talk they’ve just learnt to harness that anxiety and channel it into an energetic, powerful speech. You have to make friends with anxiety and work with it, acknowledge anxiety and live with it. That’s the way to overcome anxiety but this is only a brief overview. You can find more great posts and tips about overcoming anxiety below:

How do you overcome anxiety?

How to Learn to Meditate

Would you like to learn to meditate but feel unsure about how to go about it and even if it’s worth the time and effort?

In my quest to overcome a lifelong dance with depression I’m learning about and practicing mindfulness and meditation daily. In a relatively short period of time I’ve gone from highly skeptical to total excitement because my online research has found scientific that mediation does work to control, ease or end depression.

If you’re new to meditation and looking for tips start by reading my post about How to Learn to Meditate which includes five dos and don’ts to help you learn to meditate with fewer worries that you’re doing it wrong.

I also highly recommend you read the The Mindful Way through Depression book to help you understand the cause of your depression, why it may be getting worse rather than better the more you try to fix yourself and how you can change your brain to control or beat depression.

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness comes with a CD including eight guided mindfulness meditations for you to listen to and an overview of an eight week program you can follow by yourself.

It’s co-authored by four global mediation experts:

Mark Williams, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at University of Oxford, United Kingdom. With Drs. Segal and Teasdale, he authored Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, a bestselling book for professionals.

John Teasdale, PhD, has held senior research appointments in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, and in the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Zindel Segal, PhD, is the Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto and Head of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a bestselling author, scientist, and meditation teacher. He is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

I hope those tips and links will help you learn to meditate and am looking forward to sharing my journey more here.

Looking for Travel Blogs or Blogs About Blogging?

This blog was started by Annabel Candy a freelance writer and copywriter.

Born in England, I’ve traveled in over 40 countries, lived in eight of them and have both British and Kiwi passports. But don’t hold that against me.

I now bash my keyboard in Noosa, Australia, writing travel stories and travel tips on my popular travel blog Get In the Hot Spot (which all started here) and sharing blogging tips at Successful Blogging which I set up to help other writers tap into the power of blogging.

You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.

Why do People Travel?

Have you ever wondered why people travel?

Why people love traveling and why they spend all their free time doing it?

Sure, sometimes travel is luxurious and relaxing but often it’s hardwork and distinctly uncomfortable. But we still do it anyway!

To find out more read some of the answers to the question Why do people travel over at Get In the Hot Spot if you haven’t already seen it.

Personal Writing for Bloggers

Personal writingI’m running a new series about personal writing for bloggers who want to share more personal writing but not get too personal.

It covers everything bloggers and writers need to know about personal writing including storytelling tips, the benefits, getting started and what to write about.

Want to get personal and create writing that resonates with your readers? Check out these personal writing tips.

Blog Blog Blog Blog Blogging Along

This the place where my blogging adventures began. A place where I started to document my travel adventures and ended up, by popular demand, helping other people learn how to blog successfully.

To solve this I’ve now got two blogs:

Get In the Hot Spot dedicated to travel stories, travel writing and story-telling.

Successful Blogging for my ever popular blogging tips.

Join me for work at Successful Blogging, join me for play at Get In the Hot Spot or join me on Twitter @BloggingMentor.

In the mean time, happy blogging!

x Annabel Candy, Aussie blogger, writer and blog consultant

Guest posting on Top Blogs

Guest posting on top blogs is the best way I’ve grown my blog and found lovely new readers.

How to Score a Guest Posting on a Top Blogs

1. Read their blog. Really study the language and style they use, the headlines, the spacing and length of paragraphs. Some bloggers have buzz words that they use again and again. If you can spot some and use them in your guest post for them, subconsciously they might relate more to your blog writing and feel it makes a good fit for their blog. When you write your guest post for them use the same style, language and formating they do so they can instantly see that your post fits in and will appeal to their readers.

2. Leave comments for the blog owner. It’s like a virtual calling card that lets a top blogger know you visit their blog. Better yet if you can add to their blog post by leaving an interesting comment they’ll know you read their posts carefully. This will naturally endear you to them but beware that comments with links in or key words instead of your real name will probably annoy them and have the opposite effect. The aim is to make them notice you’re an engaged reader, not to make them think of you as a pain in the butt.

3. Connect on Twitter or Facebook. Retweet their posts and answer their questions on Twitter or comment on their Facebook page.

4. Arouse their curiosity. After a respectable amount of time, when you’re sure they know who you are and what you blog about try sending them a quick tweet suggesting a guest post. Hopefully you’ll get a reply to something like “@BlogGod Got a cool guest post idea for your blog. Would you like to hear more?”

5. Email the whole guest post. Even if they don’t get back to you on Twitter you can still email them your guest post. Make sure it really is an example of your best work then edit and check it carefully. It needs to be word perfect. You want to make sure that you minimise work for the host blogger so you can format the post in simple HTML by writing it in a draft blog post on your blog then pasting the HTML into the body of the email for them. Copy how they present guest posts on their blog with a byline like “Editor’s note: guest post by Annabel Candy” and a couple of sentences about you at the end of the post including one or two links to your blog.

Successful Blogging

Successful blogging ebook coverI just wrote a ebook blogging guide called Succcessful Blogging in 12 Simple Steps.

The book is for:

Small business owners and creative personalities who’ll benefit from blogging but aren’t geeks . No you can reap the opportunities blogging offers without worrying about plug-ins or widgets. Now you can learn how to brief your blog designer so they set up an effective blog and you can enjoy posting and promotion.

Geeks who need help planning and writing a blog. This book will teach you the principles of good screen design, screen reading and how to write for your audience so you’re set for successful blogging.

Bloggers who want to learn about blog writing and how to make their blog get the results they’re dreaming of. Even if you’ve failed to get many readers or subscribers so far, after following these steps you’ll see an increase in blog readers, blog subscribers and sales.

A Surfer’s Guide To Living Life To The Full

Chuck Chastain

Chuck Chastain

Just wrote A Surfer’s Guide To Living Life To The Full.

Surfing Makes Me Happy

I took up surfing at 39. I’d wanted to learn to surf for years and when the opportunity presented itself on the island of Bocas del Toro in Panama, I knew it was now or never. Imagine learning to surf in the warm Caribbean sea with a patient, encouraging and stunning teacher. It’s not surprising with those conditions that after three lessons I was hooked.

I’ve only been surfing about 18 months now and I’m not that good, but I can stand up on a wave and I have fun. To me that’s what it’s all about. Surfing holds a few keys to happiness for me because it:

  • Keeps you totally in the moment.
  • Puts you in touch with the elements and nature.
  • Challenges you mentally and physically.
  • Wears you out so you sleep well.

So here’s my take on what lessons surfing can teach us about living life to the full. Check out the link for to see how life development and surfing can help you live your dream.

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