Christmas Wreath

C&C update, seasons greetings and plans for 2016

It’s been a little over 2 months since my last post, and with Christmas almost upon us I wanted to give an update and plans for the site for the coming year.

Calm and Courageous has been running just over a year now and the feedback I have received in comments and by email have been nothing short of incredible. Much more than I could have ever expected.

First and foremost I want to thank you for being a reader of this site and for your comments and contributions.

The last 2 months I have taken a small break to step back from the site and from analysing and writing about anxiety and panic.

Although I’ve missed writing, it’s been a great couple of months and I’ve been showing anxiety no care by focusing on a number of things:

  1. Spencer


    My new dog – In august I got a rescue dog called Spencer and it has been great enjoying my time with him and taking him on lots of walks and helping him settle into his new life.
  2. Trips away – I took a long trip to France to see family (with Spencer too) and enjoyed switching off from the world.
  3. My business – I’ve also been working very hard on my business and after a poor 2014 and start to 2015 things are looking up and are starting to hum again.
  4. Sport and Weight training – I’ve been playing football 2 or 3 times a week and really focusing on improving my lifts and gains in the gym. I am still amazed how good it makes me feel both mentally and physically, and the confidence this brings.

I am now looking forward to the Christmas break and have been making lots of plans to fit as much in as possible, seeing friends and family.

I am also excited for the New Year and have big plans for this site in 2016.

I have lots of new articles lined up and these include topics suggested from readers on what they would like to hear about.

I will be aiming to keep up a posting schedule of 2-4 new articles per month. I wish I could write even more, but on average each post takes around 15 hours to do and with my many other commitments there just isn’t enough time in the week.

Finally I would just like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

This time of the year can often be stressful and those with anxiety can often find that what should be an enjoyable holiday period, becomes more of an endurance test for their wits.

My advice is simple: don’t be alone.

Spend as much time as you can with the people in your life who matter. Get involved with the festivities going on and just get lost in the moment and enjoyment of being with the people you love and care about.

If you don’t have much planned it is not too late. Pick up that phone and arrange to see as many people as you can and join in with whatever celebrations are going on.

As always, keep busy and don’t worry about how you feel or what lays ahead.

If you have those moments of doubt, just take a moment to stop and remind yourself:

This is just my anxiety testing me, it’s not who I am and I know I can cope!

Don’t let your thoughts and feelings stop you making this Christmas as good as you know it can be.


Hugo Rock


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