Depression, anxiety and mental health challenges are the silent killers in our cities. Who would imagine that 65,000 of our fellow citizens would feel that life was so bad they would seriously contemplate suicide. What does that say about us as a society? Never before have we been so connected and yet so lonely and isolated. The internet and social media has brought people – ‘friends’ into our lounges, our bedrooms … into our lives. However, instead of making us feel closer, all it does is emphasise how different we all are. This difference is altering the way we look at ourselves. And the more we look ‘at others,’ the more dis-satisfied we become with ourselves and our lives. Suicide is a major problem. Look our for your mates, your family, your work colleagues. Most of us are going to know (or already do know) someone who has decided it is all too much and take their own life. This is never okay. Speak up. Please ask for help if you feel down, lonely, or overwhelmed.
You think ‘consciously.’ All your self-talk, acceptance, rejections, intellect, free will and your decisions, are all made consciously. But, the real power house of your thoughts is your sub-conscious Mind! Every bit of everything you have every seen, heard, smelt, tasted, felt or thought about in stored in Your Unconscious. Like the Hard Drive on your computer you unconscious mind stores everything. But like a Hard drive sometimes our Unconscious Mind needs a re-boot, a partial bit of formatting, or a few files updated or some corruption removed. Hypnotherapists access you Unconscious to re-frame, resolve, or re-program outdated files that maybe slow you down or no longer serve you. You are always in control. Hypnosis helps you de-frag and get back to living your life on your terms.
Do we take laughter seriously enough? I don’t think so. There is huge ‘scientifically proven’ medical benefits to be gained just from laughing. We attract more friends, Our mental wellbeing is better, we tend to be happier and to live longer. Another huge plus, is our mental capiticy also improves. So if you aren’t prone to laugh a lot, make friends with people who do, as laughter is infectious. You cannot help becoming addicted to laughing once it becomes part of your daily life. So copy others, laugh for no reason – fake it till you make it – but laugh every day. You will be amazed how good you begin to constantly feel.
Our habits, both good and bad, control what we do, and often how we do it. These habits have been formed from years of repetitively doing the same thing every day, in the same way, usually at the same time. Try cleaning your teeth with your non-dominant hand to see how ‘programmed’ we have all become. Our phone habits, computer habits are now dictating how we even wake in the morning. Think about it, what habits are controlling your life? Is it time to change a few?
Are you always getting angry, bursting into tears, or seem to fixate or dwell on the ‘small things that go wrong? Your emotions may be running your life. When you are ‘out of balance’, when life feels too hard and you react emotionally, it’s time to stop and think… what’s really driving me and my decisions.
Is the Joy of Life being sucked out of you? Do you become ‘consumed’ by the troubles of others? Our mental health and wellbeing is vital to living a joy filled life. When an environment becomes toxic, and you cannot change it, its time to leave. Your physical health will deteriorate if you succumb to mental stress.
Mental health is so important. During Covid-19 most of us have had to deal with life differently. Whether we have been in lockdown; living in isolation or quarantine, or have suffered financially – 2020 has been a year like no other. Most of us will admit to struggling at some point. Sometimes it’s anger. Or it could be fear – both of the virus or what the future holds. It is so important to stay in contact with friends, family or even reach out to a helpline. Share your worries, your fears. Holding it in is never a good solution. When you ‘suppress’ emotions, you create ‘depression!’ Talk… to anyone. Watch YouTube comedies. Stop watching the news – it is always going to make you feel worse! And know – this will pass. Everything does.
As you get older you seem to lose the ability to concentrate and remember. We now know that if you don’t exercise or use the brain you lose it. It’s wise to continue to challenge yourself mentally to keep the brain alert. Here’s an exercise to help relax and remember information easily This exercise stimulates …