Focus on Mental Health

Recently the BBC reported a sharp rise in Anti-Depressant prescriptions in England. A total of 70.9 million prescriptions for anti-depressants were dispensed in England in 2018. NHS Digital figures show that the number of drugs issued – for conditions like depression and anxiety – increased by just over 5% from the previous year (67.5 million in 2017). This new total is almost double the number from 2008. Read the whole BBC article.

This increase could be as a result of increased awareness of mental health conditions in society. We live in turbulent times and the resultant uncertainty, can cause anxiety, stress and depression. Whilst more people seek medical advice, what else can you do to address the cause of mental and emotional discomfort? Medication serves more as a plaster on the wound, but seeking assistance from a mental health professional can help to get to the root cause. As you explore new mental and emotional approaches to the situations you are faced with, you can adjust your habitual reactions and mental thought patterns, allowing you to experience more permanent changes in your mood and mindset. 

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress is our modern day illness. Stress, fears and limiting beliefs over time can create physical dis-ease. Bruce Lipton says that more than 95% of all modern day illnesses in the body are caused by mental stress. 

What can you do?

Consider Complementary Therapies

Reiki is a wonderful form of relaxation. A Reiki treatment helps to relieve stress and brings balance in your body and life. Reiki can assist in the healing process of mental, emotional and physical conditions. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and soul, creating many beneficial effects including relaxation, feelings of peace, security and well-being. Many people have reported miraculous results.

Research has proven Reiki can:

  • Reduce stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower heart and respiratory rate
  • Reduce bleeding and pain
  • Raise red blood cell count
  • Relieve insomnia
  • Calm anxiety.

Read more about Reiki here

Hypnosis is a normal, natural state where you feel increasing levels of relaxation. By inducing a relaxed altered state, we can communication with your unconscious mind; that part of you that is responsible for bringing about desired change in feelings and self-belief. Like Reiki, Hypnosis, induces Theta brainwaves – that in-between awake and sleep state, during which the mind and body restores itself and achieves a deeper state of healing.  Read more about Hypnotherapy

Get out in Nature – Spring is here and nature beckons us to get out and moving. There is a strong link between our mental health and our connection with nature. Embrace nature and all its elements. Getting out and enjoying nature is refreshing and has many healing benefits. Movement, like walking, is a great anti-depressant as it triggers Serotonin, the happy, feel good, hormone.

Meditation has proven to elevate conditions of anxiety and depression and promote relaxation and good health. For a mindful approach to healing and releasing emotions, you can listen to our guided meditation: Healing Emotions the Mindful Way. Follow this link to all our Transformational Meditations.

Further Resources

Sometimes we need a little assistance to heal our wounds and release emotions of the past. In my experience Time Line Therapy™ is unique in its approach to emotional healing and resolves issues remarkably fast without having to go into too much detail. Time Line Therapy™ is equally effective in overcoming limiting beliefs and building empowering beliefs and confidence. For more information click on this resource link: Time Line Therapy™.

Take yourself through a stepped self-help process of mental and emotional adjustment with this book: Lifting the Veils of Illusion, 7 Steps to Spiritual Enlightenment.

Advance your growth by following up with the newly released The Foundations of Mastery, 12 Steps to a Fulfilled Life, and learn to run your mind like a master.

Meditation – a Key Self-Mastery Practice

There are many reasons for maintaining a meditative practice. Taking time out to still your mind is essential for your health. During meditation you nourish, cleanse and re-energise yourself. Meditation is your time to go within and tune into your intuitive inner guidance. You can clear yourself of your day, cut cords, practice peace-making and let go of the issues on the mind. During meditation you set your intentions for the day, the week and the month ahead of you. That way, you run your own life in a magical and powerful way. Meditation is your time of creation, restoration, healing, connection and inner-tuition. This month we start a series of new meditation courses. So why would you want to join this simple practice of just sitting still?

Why is Meditation so Important?

Too often people say they are too busy to meditate. In fact, the busier you are, the more you need meditation. If you’re constantly on the go, most likely it’s stressful in ways that are obvious and not so obvious. Mental and physical stress over time can lead to health conditions such as:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Digestive problems
  • Emotional imbalances
  • Various bodily ailments

Integrating meditation into your schedule can be an investment in your health. The benefits are life changing. You may take for granted your own ability to heal, and by reconnecting to yourself in this way, you can ignite some of the magic within. The nervous system calms down and the mind and body restores itself.

The Many Benefits of Meditation

Studies have found that meditation is a fantastic resource for reducing stress and increasing happiness. Meditation has proven to:

  • Relieve depression
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Reduce anger
  • Enhance self-awareness
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Energise you through focused breathing
  • Speed up healing of any illness
  • Sharpen your attention and concentration
  • Improve memory
  • Help you to sleep better
  • Boost your self-esteem
  • Improve productivity and creativity at work
  • Bring insight and wisdom
  • Align body, mind and soul
  • Cultivate calm, compassion and empathy
  • Help us enjoy more satisfying, positive, harmonious relationships with others
  • Make positive changes in the brain, increasing neural networks related to well-being.

Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hansen is a useful resource that draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate and strengthen your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth.The author explains how you can activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger through mindfulness and meditation.

People who meditate regularly:

  • Have more energy and awareness
  • Are generally happier with their lives
  • Are more compassionate and empathetic
  • Are more caring and feel connected to others.

Meditation can save us money. How?

  • It’s easy and can be done anywhere
  • It can help overcome addictions
  • It helps develop healthy lifestyles.

Time to Meditate

The length of meditation is not as important as the discipline of a regular practice. If you only have five minutes, that is fine. You will still benefit. Every time you tap into the stillness within, you bring some of that peace with you into your day. People who meditate actually experience that they create more time in their lives. How is that possible? Well, when you’re rushed or stressed, you don’t think clearly and you end up making mistakes and doing things twice. When you’ve invested in stillness, your mind is clearer, you are able to work more efficiently, you have more energy and you think more creatively.

Over time, you may find yourself naturally enjoying longer meditations.

How do I Meditate?

There are many enjoyable ways to meditate:

  • Reflection – reflecting on your day to gain wisdom.
  • Daydreaming – just letting the mind wander, make new connections and create fresh ideas.
  • A mindful walking meditation – being in your senses, listening to the bird songs.
  • Breathing – just sitting and breathing
  • Stillness – doing nothing for a while.

Transformational Meditations

In my line of work, meditation is a therapeutic, healing and personal development tool. Over the years I have developed powerful transformational meditations for healing, energising, empowerment, manifesting/creating, enhancing intuition, promoting wholeness and connecting with your inner guidance.

I incorporate these in my work, my books and meditation courses. This month we are starting new series of meditation courses. Join us now and experience the amplified effect of group meditation. It’s so powerful and transformational it will change your life and your world for the better right from the first session. Visit the Events Calendar for full details.

Resources

Meditations:
Listen to Guided Meditations 

Meditation Courses Starting this Month:
Lifting the Veils of Illusion, Preston
Self-Mastery, Lancaster
Self-Mastery, Preston

Books:
The Foundations of Mastery, 12 Steps to a Fulfilled Life
Lifting the Veils of Illusion, 7 Steps to Spiritual Enlightenment