Beautiful, right? This is the time of year I used to yearn to feel relaxed and happy about, to be like others who were excited about the Christmas break. But I was ALWAYS, EVERY YEAR, plagued by anxieties and fears about . . . .nothing concrete exactly, just fears and doubts about the unknown and lots of “What ifs?”

I could hardly breathe. It was as if I had a washing machine spinning on overdrive, stuck on supersonic spin-mode in my stomach. All I’d want to do was get through the Christmas break, through to the other side when the new year would start and things would go back to ‘normal’ again, with my regular routines and ordinary days. “WHY am I feeling like this?” I would continually ask myself. “Why me? Why can’t I just be NORMAL?” “Why can’t I stop this CONSTANT, churning, this physical discomfort?”

Now, years down the line, I am SO thankful that I now no longer feel the way I used to; that I can enjoy these holidays and truly see the beauty of the festive period (and not just pretend to be like everyone else around me). My ongoing journey to find inner peace and an anxiety-free body and mind has been profound. I have discovered NLP, mindfulness, coaching and counselling, and am so honoured and grateful that I can help others also release and let go of some of that pain associated with stress and anxiety.

If you, or someone you know, is at that stage in your life where I once was, please know that you are not alone, and help is out there. All my love for a safe, peaceful, blessed and relaxed time of year, from Aisha @ Aisha Ahmad Coaching x