The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of anxiety. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.


Time Out

A little time has passed since I last entered my local pool. What's the matter? The weather is favourable. I am physically in fine form. However, for some reason I feel un-enticed by the thought of stripping off, showering and entering the pool.

Just for today, I have decided to mention my inertia. It happens. I am taking time out, one day at a time and look forward to resuming my regular swims.

My Wade in the Water.

Several hours have past, since my latest satisfying swim at my local pool. The result of that 30 minute immersion is my current state of emotional tranquility, clarity of thought and last but not least, aching limbs.

Swimming's Therapeutic Value

Before work today, just prior to mid-day, I enjoyed a delightful relaxing swim at my local pool. The water was soothing and warm.

My first dip!

After many days of preparation. Setting deadlines, and breaking them. Today, after a pep - talk, with my Mental HealthSocial Worker,I finally married intention with action and enteredmy local swimming pool ;) The shower prior my entering the pool was refreshing and the pool water was warm. There was ample space toswim. No one looked at me or, more to the point, myoverweight and desperately in need of exercise body.

After settling downin the pool, slowly swimming breastrokeand concentrating on my breathing. I found that I was able to drift off into a slight meditation.

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