Frozen with Ice fear

Sunday Mirror - - KHAN SAIRA -

Eek. So it’s my big day on Danc­ing On Ice. Tonight, af­ter weeks of train­ing, I will be per­form­ing my solo num­ber in front of mil­lions of view­ers.

The thought of it makes me want to be sick on my skates. I am not a per­former, a dancer or even an en­ter­tainer – but I have to be­come all those things for a minute and a half tonight.

My skat­ing part­ner Mark told me the scari­est bit is com­ing out to the lights, cam­eras, au­di­ence, judges and noise. I’ll be like a rab­bit in the head­lights. A rab­bit in se­quins on skates in the head­lights.

So lucky for me, this week on TalkRa­dio, I met psy­chother­a­pist Owen O’Kane, who has writ­ten a book called Ten to Zen to help switch off anx­ious bits in your brain.

He says we spend 10 min­utes each day eat­ing break­fast, 10 min­utes look­ing at Face­book, 10 min­utes in the shower (I should be so lucky in my house) but no time sooth­ing our minds.

And if we spent 10 min­utes a day re­fo­cus­ing our brains, we’d feel bet­ter in our own skin. Or skates. I won­der how much sau­vi­gnon blanc I could knock back in ten min­utes?

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