Mental Health Awareness
Recently, there has been a lot of focus and attention in the media regarding mental health. With Mental Health Awareness Week in May, this has produced even more attention around the country. Indeed, HRH Prince Harry opening up about his own difficulties surrounding his mother’s death has, hopefully helped to alleviate the ‘taboo’ myths around mental health.
Statistics from the Mental Health Association show an increase in people with mental health issues. Nearly two thirds of us have experienced mental health at some point in our lifetime, and that just 13% of us are living with high-levels of good mental health. There is also a report suggesting that as many as one in four young women are suffering from mental health issues in the UK. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health disorders.
So, why the significant rise in recent years? It is important to acknowledge there is more than one cause for these conditions. Factors such as financial difficulties, relationship breakdowns, lifestyle, or work-related stress, are all potential factors that can contribute to mental health issues.
The good news is, there is help and support out there for you if you need it. Visit your GP if you feel that things are becoming too much to cope with. There should also be groups in your area, including MIND and other charities that can provide advice and support.
If you are suffering with mental health issues, then here are a few tips that may help you to improve your life.
Take good care of yourself
Exercising regularly, whether it is walking, taking up a sport or going to the gym, will help to improve your mindset and mood. It is scientifically proven that when we exercise, we release chemicals called Endorphins, which can trigger a positive feeling in the mind, as well as our body.
Eat healthy and nutritious foods daily, and drink plenty of water. A healthy diet improves our health and vitality. As the old saying goes ‘A healthy body, a healthy mind.’
Meditation & Mindfulness
Try practicing meditation or mindfulness. There is plenty of information on the internet, or free apps which you can download, which can teach you the practice of meditation and mindfulness. Both have many benefits, including reducing anxiety, stress and worry, helping you to feel more in control and relaxed.
Be kind to yourself
Treat yourself with kindness and respect. Self-talk is important, so be aware of the things you say to yourself. Be grateful for you and the things in your life. Write down three things which you are grateful for in the morning, no matter how small. This is a great exercise to help start your day on a positive note. People are often not aware that their thoughts have an enormous impact on how they feel. Patterns of negative thoughts can become automatic for some people.
Hypnotherapy and Self-Hypnosis
As much as many people are aware of the above strategies, lots are not aware of just how effective hypnotherapy can be. Hypnotherapy is used for a wide range of issues, and can be extremely beneficial when treating people with mental health issues.
Contrary to the perception of hypnosis, in books or on television, people who are undergoing hypnosis do not lose control over their behaviour. In fact, sometimes clients are more aware whilst under hypnosis as their senses are more alert and ‘awake’.
In recent years, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recognised hypnotherapy as one of the top treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Stress is a huge factor with people suffering from IBS.
Face to face hypnotherapy with a qualified hypnotherapist can increase the chances of alleviating stress and anxiety. Helping you to become more mentally and emotionally balanced and calm, and to feel more in control of your life.
Some Hypnotherapists teach their clients self-hypnosis in sessions. Self-hypnosis is a safe and valuable technique, which people can practice in the comfort of their own home. Again, it has many benefits and is used for relaxation, changing unwanted behaviours and patterns, feeling and thinking more positive and reducing stress.