I’m on a Blog Holiday

blogging break

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while you will have noticed I have been on and off sick for the past 3 months. To ensure my health can be given the priority it needs I am taking some time off to recharge and heal.

If you are looking for ways to help with your anxiety I suggest the following:

  • Head to the closed Facebook group where women with anxiety can share openly about their struggles, their wins and cheer one another on. There are heaps of free tips in there (including free group coaching…umm hello? Soooo good!). You can join the group HERE.
  • You can shoot me off an email, say ‘Hi’ and let me know how you are going. I’d love to hear from you. You can do that at: thebutterflyhouse@dianabraybrooke.com
  • You can subscribe and get instant (and Free) access to valuable resources to help you with your anxiety. There’s a meditation in there and stacks of books with prompts and activities to help you with your anxiety. You can sign up in the subscriber box below or above. I promise I won’t spam you.

I’m so looking forward to coming back into this space refreshed and with new energy.

Keep looking for the beauty in your ashes.


3 Ways to Deal With Resistance (and not feel like you’re in the Hunger Games)

frustrated girl

The past 3 months have cracked me open like a poached egg on a Sunday morning. Like the egg, I feel like I have been poured into the hot water, swirled around in amongst the vinegar and dumped out onto a dry toast.

I’ve had waaaaaay worse trials than this. I’m sure you tell yourself similar things.

‘This is nothing compared to so and so.’

‘I just have to put on my brave face.’

‘I’m just being silly. I’ve probably manifesting it up. You know brought it into existence through my million and one thoughts about it.’

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When your anxiety starts acting like a toddler…


So today I went down to the park with my cute as a (vintage) button 18 month old. I noticed that as he got out of the stroller he was so excited. It must have felt nice for him to go for a little exploration after his nap at home and a bit of quiet play time.

As I watched him climb up the stairs of the little cubby he’d go up to the slide look at it and then hide inside the cubby and start calling out to me ‘Hello? Hello?’

I offered the wee little boy a hand and he accepted it graciously and went down the slide.

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When you want your anxiety to feel more like a cappuccino than an aeropressed coffee.

Flynn coffee date

So today I’m going to talk to you about something I’ve noticed you’re frustrated about. So frustrated like the way I am when I find out my favourite coffee shop is closed on a Sunday morning and the only thing left to do is grind my own beans and put it through the Aeropress.

Now even though the Aeropressed coffee is pretty sweet, there’s still that frustration there because I wasn’t actually able to go to my fav coffee shop to purchase my large cappuccino in those giant blue cups they provide. You know those ones that are as large as your head. I don’t get to just get away from it all for a moment. I’m left sipping my Aeropress coffee in my fav cup in the size of my 18 month’s old head instead. It’s too small and even though it’s super cute, sometimes there’s something about getting out and about, having the coffee made for you and just savouring the moment.

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5 Ways you can survive Mamahood even if you have anxiety!


I see you over there sitting on your couch, curled up under the blanket as your child watches another episode of Giggle and Hoot. Guilt washes over you like a tidal wave. You feel bad that you’ve left them in front of the t.v yet you only just played with them. You have the lego mark on the bottom of your feet to prove it.

It can be tough being anxious and a mum. The questions come for you continually ‘Am I going to screw up my child?’, ‘Is he going to ruin his eyes watching too much T.V’ and ‘Maybe I should just let him cry it out’ bombard your mind.

It doesn’t help that people around you are also asking questions of you. Questions that make you doubt your ability as a mum. Questions like “Is your child sleeping through?” “Oh you rock your child to sleep tsk tsk” or “Aren’t you putting them into day care yet? They need the socialisation.”

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Why I hired a cleaner (and how you too can ask for help?)

Can't do everythingEverywhere you look it’s like a tornado has whirled through your house. There’s toys all over the place, clean washing piling up in the baskets and clumps of hair all throughout the house.

If you’re anything like me it can sometimes feel like the to-do list with cleaning is never ending. It seems like you clean one area and then you look back over and it’s like someone has ransacked your house.

Totally frustrating and can add to overwhelm huh?

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3 Ways to Declutter (and avoid overwhelm as an anxious lady).

frustrated girl

Since I mind detoxed about a fortnight ago I have really seen the knock on effects of letting go of my ex. (If you missed it you can read the blog post HERE).

:: I’ve stopped craving sugar (and now lost nearly 3 kgs).

:: I feel much more zen and have stopped rushing around.

AND for some weird reason I’ve had this desire to really declutter my home all of a sudden.

Which got me thinking. Could clutter be the sign of an anxious mind? Or is it just the way I’ve been? I’ve always been this person who can let an area go untidy but after a while it has to be cleaned and put back to order. My desk at work (where I still work 2 days as a high school teacher), I will clear at the end of the day as I want to come back to a clean workspace.

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How to release your anxiety? (Hint: Get to the root cause).

freedom girl

As we pulled up to the holiday house located at the beautiful Sunshine Coast, I knew I could completely unwind. It was just Dave and I for 2 and a bit days while Flynn was being babysat by his grandparents and then Flynn came to join us for the remaining 3 days.

The beach shack was located right on the beach at Warana. I could hear the waves splashing up on the shore. Like a lullaby hushing me, it soothed any anxiety I was feeling. Then we settled in for a night of watching the Olympics! I hardly get to watch t.v (well I choose not to) but this felt so good.

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How do you let go?

20160814_143658As women with anxiety it is so easy to hold onto everything that comes into our lives.

Sometimes it can be physical, like keeping that battered folder with ‘that Dawson’s creek guy’ on it because it reminds you of the ‘good ole days’ before anxiety hit you in the guts and made you run for the toilet.

Perhaps it’s just the question that keep peppering you after that event you went to on the weekend:

‘Oh my gosh I hurt her feelings. She was scowling at me after I offended her.’

‘I said something stupid.’

‘Ugh I rambled on and on again when she said nice dress. Why did I go into the price of the dress, where it was made, and how stoked you were that it was ethically sourced?’

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Anatomy of an Anxious Mind

frustrated girl

Throwing the heavy nappy bag (Adidas sport’s bag cause I’m that trendy) over my shoulder, keys in hand, toddler on hip, I open the door to head out to my brow waxing appointment. (I know, exciting huh).

As I open the door the waft of Flynn’s poo hits me in the face.

Dudeeeee. Really? Now? I’m running JUST right on time to make it to my appointment.

I unlock the door, throw the bag down and head back in to clean the wee toddler.

Realise there are exactly 2 wipes left.

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