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We are holding our Annual General meeting on 9th April 2019

You are welcome to attend and it will take place at Unit 3, 10 Oxford Street, Oakengates, Telford, TF2 6AA

please register your interest by calling 01952 680490 or email admin@nopanic.org.uk.

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No panic has been on the radio this week with the actress Samia Longchambon, who plays Maria in Coronation Street.  She was telling her story about suffering from such bad panic attacks she feels she would die. As I listened I thought how brave the three people were who joined her on the radio to discuss their anxiety.   It is good that there is more awareness of mental health issues. Only by talking and learning how to deal with panic attacks can the boundaries around anxiety  be addressed.  Panic attacks are not a mental illness but are a product of an overload of anxiety and adrenalin.  They are an awful experience to go through at any age but they will not harm you.  Nothing worse will happen to you, we won’t die or faint or anything else we might fear. It is like a false alarm going off.   The feelings we experience are normal for the heightened state the body is in when stressed. 

Actress Samia Longchambon (Picture courtesy of ITV)

Two of the main fears we may feel is not being safe and in control.  When the body is tense it is giving the message that something is wrong.  This gives a signal to the fight and flight response and the release of adrenalin in the body The body is doing what it naturally would do if we were in danger.  But we are not in danger and the feelings will pass like it has in the past. 

 When we are anxious the breathing changes, which contributes to the feelings. When we add on frightening thoughts it becomes a struggle within ourselves.  I thought I would write about what to do when we have a panic attack as it really helped me and many others.

When we are frightened the body wants to run and get away from the anxious situation.  It makes sense to do this but unfortunately the body isn’t learning how to deal with panic attacks.  Try and drop the shoulders and let go of as much tension as you can.  Learn to do the diaphragm breathing, tell yourself you are safe and let the feelings pass.  There is a free recording of the breathing technique on the web site’s home page.  Practice this regularly so you can do it anywhere and if you apply it early enough it will prevent panic attacks. 

Use the Progressive Relaxation CD where you tense each muscle group in turn and it teaches the body the difference between being tense and relaxed. These two things are giving you control over the anxiety and are the start of getting better and feeling safe.

When we experience panic attacks try not to think you won’t ever get over them.  Like me and many others you can overcome anxiety and panic attacks.

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7 ways YOU can help No Panic 

  1. Volunteer – Time is the greatest gift you can give to No panic.

No Panic run a helpline 365 days a year and is entirely staffed by volunteers. Not only does volunteering help No panic but it can also help you in many ways too. Full helpline training, Provide experience which can be useful for students and enhance your C.V and improve future employment prospects, help you gain confidence and self-esteem, develop existing skills and knowledge, make you feel part of a team and valued, It is also your chance to give back to an organisation which may have had an impact on you or someone you know, You will be making a difference to the lives of others, We can also provide references for volunteers who have been with us for 12 months or more.

By using easysearch instead of Google or any other search engine, you can make a real difference. Easysearch is completely FREE and by making just 10 searches a day, you could raise around £20 a year for to your chosen cause. How is easy is that? Give it a go.

Let’s says you want to do your weekly shop? Well instead of going direct to your chosen store website go to easyfundraising or giveasyoulive, find and click on your chosen store and it will simply take you to you chosen store`s website and No panic will get a % of the money you spend. The amount will vary depending on the store you are shopping at. And won’t cost you a penny extra. How cool is that?

By sharing your friends and family may wish to donate and it also raises much needed awareness.

  • Knowledge – Do you know of a way No panic can improve its service`s or a better way we can fundraise?

To continue successfully help, support all the people we do as a charity No Panic must continue to develop and evolve. As the world changes we must continue to change with it. You can contact us via email, Facebook, letter, website or phone.

  • Fundraise. There are literally thousands of ways you can fundraise. There is something for everybody. See our list of ideas for some inspiration or you could come up with your own fantastic idea. We will help you as much as we can by sending you a fundraising pack which will contain posters, business cards and lots more. You can also have your very own JustGiving page and text number so anyone wishing to sponsor you can pay by card or text if they want to. They can even gift aid these donations which means No Panic will receive an extra 25% on eligible donations. When you have completed your fundraising even we will send you your very own No Panic certificate to thank you for the fantastic job you have done. Not only is this a lovely thing to have to show your friends and family but it also is great to put on your record of achievements and on your CV.
  • Collection boxes. Do you or your friends and family work or know a place that would be happy to put a No panic collection box?

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Tutti London

We are very excited to announce the Partnership between No Panic and Tutti London!

Tutti London have launched an amazing new range of skin care products, we were sent a gift box and we are happy to report that these products are amazing, the quality is superb and with the added benefit of supporting the charity we are sure you will love them as much as we do!

You can read more about the products and partnership here  Tutti London

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School phobia – there is another way

Relentless testing and exams, online bullying through social media, peer pressure – it’s no wonder our children are feeling increased levels of anxiety. For some children this pressure is too much and can result in them feeling extremely anxious about going to school. Becoming withdrawn and tearful, refusing to participate in activities they’d previously enjoyed, distancing from friends, feeling physically ill. The effects of school phobia are extensive and impact on the whole family.

For many children with extreme anxiety, home schooling can provide an alternative method of learning away from the challenges they face in mainstream schooling. Many children who didn’t thrive in a traditional classroom setting go on to grow and flourish when they learn at home in an environment where they feel safe and comfortable.

“Removing my child from school to home schooling was very daunting, I didn’t have a clue where to start or what to do,” explains Rona, mum of Charlie. “It took us a little while to find a

routine and a way to teach that worked for both of us. We got there after many attempts and found a way to make it work for us both.

“We managed to add a couple of extra activities that Charlie enjoys doing. We do cooking or baking once a week, which he loves, and started swimming at quiet times of the day to slowly get him back into going out again and he found this very relaxing.

“I have noticed a massive difference in my child since home schooling, he has become more confident and proved to himself that he can do things. Before he was very hard on himself and put himself down a lot. He used to refer to himself as stupid but now he has a much better `have a go` positive attitude.”

It takes time to adjust, not just for the child but also the parent who’s taking on the role of educator. Home schooling allows you to create a routine that works best for your child and their needs, the flexibility to adapt their learning environment to suit them as they develop and regain their confidence.

“I found home schooling tough at first and didn’t think I could do it,” says 12-year-old Charlie. “I have enjoyed being home schooled because I can understand the work better without the distraction of a crowded classroom. I have found studying with Wolsey Hall very good. The work is challenging but not too hard and the tutors comments are very helpful.

“It is hard to find a way to learn at first because it is different from school but once you find a way that works for you it will get better. If you think something is hard when you first look at it just have a go you might be surprised how much you can really do!”

For more information about the support Wolsey Hall offers its home schooling families visit: www.wolseyhalloxford.org.uk

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Don’t worry about the the things you can’t change

One step at a time

Stay within your range

People won’t hurt you

Outside your door

Stop wondering what your life is for It’s for you, it’s for your mind

Find new pastures

The world is kind It’s ok to go back into your bubble

And hide away from any trouble

That trouble will pass

Like clouds and rain

Start slowly to smile again

You can read more about Martins experience of anxiety in his book, available for £1.99 from our online shop just click here!

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Today’s blog is an amazing contribution from someone who has written about their experience of coping with life’s anxieties. It is hugely relatable and a fantastc read for anyone going through a challening time or for those trying to understand what it’s like to cope with anxiety.

You can read the introduction to the book below and buy the full book here for £1.99 – All proceeds go to the charity No Panic

Present by MA Searson

AGiving yourself the ultimate PRESENT

Introduction

Do you ever wonder why things happen, how things keep happening and how life, however short, is never enough? Do you leave in your wake a stream on unfinished projects, friendships broken and enthusiasms disappearing? Hopefully this book and these words may help you move forward, or stand still depending on your plans for the rest of your life. Even by standing still you are moving forward, just the recognition that you don’t want to do something is a forward step. Staying the same takes more effort than changing in some cases. Doing what people expect takes less effort than doing what you want to do – they are rarely the same.  I am never going to suggest that anyone follows the paths I have taken, no, there’s much better ways of dealing with everyday everything, or maybe there isn’t – have I done everything I’ve ever done right? Of course not………..have I learnt more from doing things wrong more often than when I’ve done them right? Yep, that’s the answer! So it’s a question of looking, learning and listening to every success and every failure you may have, at the same time it might be worth thinking about how we measure success, what do we see as being an achievement. Using a small steps approach to things means you can often pat yourself on the back, encourage yourself and feel good about what you have done, lots of people won’t have done the same as you, lots of people for example struggle to get up in the morning, getting up, showered, ready for work etc is a success in itself, whereas others don’t see that as an achievement as that is something they find easy. Only us as individuals can know what we’ve struggled to do, and while it may be hard to accept it, our peer group have different difficulties………….

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How to Adapt a Holistic Approach to Anxiety Management

If you’re suffering from anxiety, it may be a sign that something is “off” within your body. As they say, no one suffers from a prescription pill deficiency, so pills aren’t always the answer. With that said, there may be times when prescriptions are necessary, but this is typically the exception instead of the rule.

Even if you’re already taking anxiety medications, you may be able to rely on them less after some time on a holistic program. If this is your goal, be sure to talk to your doctor to ensure that you’re safely weaning off the medication.

What does holistic mean?

The word holistic means that you’re treating the “whole” person instead of just the symptomatic parts. Modern medicine is designed to do quite the opposite. With doctors who specialize in very specific areas of the body, we often don’t get to the root of the issue.

It’s clear that the mind and body are connected. This is why you experience physical symptoms of anxiety. In reverse, physical symptoms can also have an immediate effect on your mind. This is why you feel so glum when you’re sick.

A holistic approach to anxiety management considers that there may be various root causes of your anxiety, and that anxiety may even be a symptom of another problem.

Potential causes of anxiety

When something is wrong within your body, anxiety may be the natural result. There are a few conditions that are likely to lead to anxiety. The following causes of anxiety may be hormonal or nutritional. If you have anxiety and think you may also suffer from one of the following conditions, talk to your doctor about getting the right tests.

Estrogen deficiency – This is common among women in menopause, and it can cause anxiety. But you don’t have to be in menopause to experience low estrogen. In fact, one study suggests that women with lower estrogen during their menstrual cycle may be at greater risk of developing anxiety disorders.

Estrogen dominance – Too little circulating estrogen may increase your chances of developing an anxiety disorder, but the same is true for too much estrogen. When a woman has estrogen dominance, they have a deficiency in progesterone. At least one study has shown that balancing estrogen with progesterone can help eliminate estrogen dominance and reduce anxiety.

Hypothyroidism – Studies have shown that anxiety disorders are common in patients who have thyroid dysfunction. Hypothyroidism, in particular, can lead to anxiety by slowing down cellular metabolism, which results in a drop in the calming gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).

Adrenal fatigue – An overload of stress and poor lifestyle choices can fatigue your adrenal glands. Adrenal glands are responsible for managing stress, so this is crucial. And when your adrenals get fatigued, they may not be able to produce enough cortisol to handle stress. Research shows that people with anxiety disorders also have low levels of circulating cortisol.

Nutritional deficiencies – Getting enough of the right nutrients can help you manage stress, and it can also help fight the symptoms of anxiety disorder. There are at least 10 nutrients that are directly related to stress management, and the more stressed you are, the more you’ll deplete these nutrients. So if you’re dealing with anxiety, try to get more of the following in your diet:

  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B6
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Choline
  • Selenium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin D
  • Antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, and E)

If you’re looking into treating your anxiety without medication, finding its root cause is a good start. Once you have a better picture of what’s going on with your body, you can look into natural treatments for what ails you. In the end, your body will be healthier and you will be happier.

Trevor McDonald

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We are now excited to announce that we are in receipt of our very first donation of £1992 from the app DrugStars!

We would like to say a huge thank you to DrugStars and everyone who uses the app to donate their stars to No Panic, you are making a huge difference to the lives of anxiety sufferers and helping us to support those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access help they need!

The donation will go towards our new venture the upcoming premises move and information point!

If you want to donate stars to us too then download the DrugStars app today, available for free on the play store and app store!

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Donate to our Just Giving page now and support a great cause!  The Problem

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year – so the chances are you or someone you know will have experienced or are experiencing mental health difficulties.

You may well have seen that mental health campaigns are being featured heavily in the media and mental health is being more widely and openly discussed with many more people seeking help for such issues, whilst it is amazing that people are now feeling able to come forward and get help they are all to often finding that the help just isn’t as readily available as they thought it was going to be. Long waiting times, expensive private treatment, not being in the right area, being housebound or not ticking the correct boxes all mean people are missing out on the support they need when they need it.

Anxiety disorders can be a debilitating and is so important that those affected get the support they need, support No Panic can offer.

No Panic

No Panic was founded in 1993 by the late Colin Hammond MBE who was an anxiety sufferer himself and he decided that he would try and help other people to overcome their anxiety disorders through self-help using the methods he had been taught when he was first ill. No Panic grew rapidly and now offers a full range of services for people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias and Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder including:

Mentoring & recovery groups, Youth support services, 2 national helplines and extensive online support, literature, CDs and DVDs, a membership scheme and contact book and much much more!

Our support is telephone based, ensuring we can reach everyone, you can self refer which means people can access support when they need it. We aim to help everyone and understand the problems people are facing when they need help and aim to help fill the void. Our services are free or low cost with concessions for those on benefits.

you can read more about how we have helped people here

The Move!

No Panic is currently operated from an office in Madeley in Telford. We have recently been offered a premises close by in Oakengates, it will allow us to move the office, have a charity shop to generate income and also act as an information point bringing No Panic into the community! The move will contribute to the continuation of the charity making us more self sufficient ensuring we will always be there for those affected by anxiety.

Whilst this is a big move for the charity we believe it will benefit the charity and allow us to support more people.

The funds generated from the shop all go back into the charity and cover running costs and support services.

The Mega Draw

We are keeping costs to a minimum and working closely to a budget however there still are some unavoidable costs involved, you can help us reach our goal and not only do you get the satisfaction of contributing to an amazing charity but to make it even more fun we have more than 50 great prizes to give away to our supporters!

For every £5 you donate to our fundraiser you will get an entry into our prize draw!

There is no limit on how many entries you can have for example a £25 donation will entitle you to 5 entries!

You can also donate by Texting FUND42 £5 to 70070

Members of No Panic will automatically be entered and all orders for membership, online shop and support services will also qualify for entries into the draw.

The Prize draw will take place at the end of International Stress Awareness Week on Friday the 9th November.

https://isma.org.uk/national-stress-awareness-day

When you donate please send your contact details to admin@nopanic.org.uk, or call 01952 680460 or write to Jubilee House, 74 High Street, Madeley, Telford, TF7 5AH

You can also donate over the phone or by check via post to the above address!

For more info on No Panic and how we can help you or for further information on the move and prize draw or to opt out of the prize draw please call 01952 680460 or email info@nopanic.org.uk or visit www.nopanic.org.uk

A huge thank you to our supporters we couldn’t do it without you!

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/nopanic2018

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