I’m Lucy Smith, I’m part of a very close family, my mum, dad, sister and partner. I love to travel and explore new places. When I was 11 I started playing Bowls and have done ever since. I have won multiple County, National and British Isles titles.
I wasn’t very academic in school and didn’t find it very enjoyable as I didn’t feel like I fitted in, I lacked confidence and had anxiety (although I didn’t know it at the time). I had just accepted this as who I was, I didn’t think there was anything I could do about it.
When I left school things got worse, it began holding me back from doing anything alone including driving or shopping. There was even a time where I felt unable to leave my house to go to work. This began to have a huge negative impact on my life.
The day came where I had a severe panic attack in a supermarket. I was stood in the middle of an aisle feeling like I had no control over my body, I was sweating, shaking, my heart was racing and I was crying uncontrollably. That was the day that I knew something was wrong and I had to get professional help as I didn’t know how to change how I was feeling.
I was referred to a counsellor that I started seeing once a week, she diagnosed me with severe anxiety and depression and recommended a book on Mindfulness. I found the book very big and overwhelming in the state I was in so I never read it. Fortunately, it did make me interested in personal development and I began to do my own research.
I learned all I could about understanding anxiety, knowing my symptoms and recognising my triggers. I made notes every time my anxiety was triggered, tracked my panic attacks and monitored my progress.
I started reading and listening to positive audios and adding the new habits I learned into my day – including meditation, visualisation and gratitude. Before I knew it I had a variety of personal development habits that were helping me to manage my anxiety and depression. I created a morning routine of them all and committed the first hour of every day to this morning routine.
It took time but eventually I felt like I had my anxiety under control rather than it controlling me. I had learned to understand and manage my anxiety on my own and was doing it successfully when I needed to.
That brings me to today, here talking to you. I didn’t know who to turn to when I needed someone most. There was no simple, easy to understand book to help me, there was no advice and support in the places I looked. That’s why I’m here, that’s why I started this.
- My Instagram and other social media accounts provide tips, support and encouragement.
- The Stand Up To Anxiety Podcast offers techniques and tools to help you with your anxiety.
- The range of kids resources will support your child with their mental health.
- The Stand Up To Anxiety Book & Journal will help you to understand and manage your anxiety.
I want you to know and truly believe that you can learn to understand and manage your anxiety. You can get to a place where you can live, even thrive, with anxiety. It doesn’t have to be in control of your life, and now that you’ve found me it won’t.
Lots of love, always,
Lucy is a certified Life Coach in anxiety, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has a practitioner membership with the Complementary Therapists Accredited Association.
Lucy uses her own personal experiences, tried and tested methods and Cognitive Behavioural Techniques to support you with your anxiety.
To enquire about 1:1 Mentorship with Lucy, please click here to read all the details, then email Lucy to register your interest – firstname.lastname@example.org