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Joshua Fletcher tells us it’s ok to be anxious

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Joshua Fletcher

He’s a 31 one-year-old psychotherapist who overcame a diagnosis of anxiety disorder, wrote a book, then spends his time reassuring people that it’s ok to feel frightened. Joshua Fletcher has been working in the media of late talking all things anxiety, with a particular focus on panic attacks.

“Since the pandemic has started, I have been inundated with inquiries linked to a whole range of anxiety-related issues. Interestingly, they are not all related to COVID, but about sudden surges of anxiety that presents as personal to each individual.” Fletcher explains.

Fletcher was diagnosed with panic disorder 7 years ago. Since then, he has overcome the condition and spends his life working with and reassuring other anxious sufferers. Joshua believes that reassurance that we are actually ok during episodes of anxiety and panic goes a long way: “a lot of people think anxiety means the first sign that we’re losing our minds, or losing control, or even dying – particularly if we catch ourselves panicking! This is all actually really normal. It’s discomfort and not actual danger.” He reassures us.

When anxiety and stress hit its peak, we can often experience something called a Panic Attack. Joshua tells us, “I think the term panic attack is often misused. A genuine panic attack is a terror, fright, and the belief that something awful is going to happen – all combined. It is the body’s way of getting us out of a life or death situation. However, when we are not in such a situation, we often get really confused and worry about why we are suddenly experiencing all of this fear. I often say to my clients, “this is just adrenaline” and explain that they are not going insane. This is normal.”

Joshua Fletcher

Psychoeducation is a part of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which is the go-to modality of therapy for anxiety disorders. Joshua believes more emphasis on psychoeducation can be preventative regarding the onset of many anxiety disorders. Joshua is the author of two best-selling books for anxiety and panic, as well as the host of The Panic Pod podcast and Notes on an Anxiety radio show on Wellbeing Radio.

His counseling practice is called The Panic Room and is based in Manchester, UK.

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A Few Things to Check Before Hiring an Electrician

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A Few Things to Check Before Hiring an Electrician

Hiring an Electrician

Many homeowners attempt to do home improvement projects themselves, and the results are often disappointing. However, trying to handle electrical work independently can lead to costly errors and injuries. Discover a few things to check before hiring an electrician to get the job done right and stay within the budget.

Proper Training

When looking for an electrician, the first thing to consider is whether they are properly trained. The electricians should attend a vocational school or other recognized institute to learn how to perform the work correctly. Discuss the training process to find the right team for the job.

Review Experience

Comparing electricians includes reviewing their relevant experience performing similar work. Homeowners should discuss the project scope with potential electricians and determine whether they have experience in that area. Also, ask for recommendations and referrals from previous satisfied customers.

Check Reviews

Once homeowners have a list of prospects, check online reviews to narrow down the possibilities based on customer experiences. Often, people discover more about an electrician or other service providers by reading reviews and talking to others. Also, discuss referrals with neighbors, co-workers, friends, and families to determine which services handled the work most efficiently.

Licensed and Insured

Verify your state’s requirement for license and insurance and then ensure the electrician is compliant to protect your most valuable asset. It is often tempting to hire an unlicensed or uninsured electrician to cut costs, but that often adds up to spending more money in the long run. Plus, you could be liable if an accident or injury occurs on your premises, adding even more to the costs.

Verify Credentials and Permits

The first step to verifying an electrician’s expertise is to inquire about licenses and insurance. The next step is to verify these credentials and permits to ensure they are valid and current. A quality electrician will immediately provide documentation for customers to verify.

Talk to Several Electricians

After comparing reviews and verifying credentials, consult with several electricians to find the right one for the project. While all of them might be qualified for the job, homeowners should find an electrician that understands their vision and wants to work with them every step of the way. Take notes during the interviews to review and determine the best candidate for the job.

Compare Costs

While qualifications are crucial to getting the job done correctly, homeowners must also stay within their budget to avoid financial stress associated with unexpected surprises. An electrician should provide a precise estimate and include everything to be done to complete the project for homeowners to plan for payment. The goal is to find a qualified electrician that provides all the services needed for the most competitive price. 

Look for Outstanding Customer Service

Finally, it helps to work with electricians dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and that stand behind their work. Inquire about warranties and other guarantees to verify the project will be completed according to specifications. Then choose the electrician who communicates clearly and makes you feel comfortable about their skills.

Hiring an electrician is often critical to getting the job done right and avoiding additional costs related to injuries and errors. Use this checklist to find a qualified electrician that provides outstanding service within your budget.

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