Anxiety, Stress and Depression – the Modern Day Illness

I’m just back from further training and development on these increasingly growing conditions affecting so many people. These are also the areas I have come to specialise in. Emotional health impacts you physically and mentally. Healing emotions is an essential step on the path of personal evolution. In this month’s blog we explore these big three, how they link together and what we can do about it.

Stress can be Good for You

That state of heightened alertness can be helpful for optimum performance at running a race or doing well in an interview or exam. Stress is both necessary and good. Adrenaline gives us a boost and then we return to normal. If we have experienced stress, we have to ensure that we restore the balance again. If we have stress for too long, it becomes anxiety. Extended unresolved stress can lead to depression.

Stress is not a problem when it comes from outside. Stress becomes a problem when it comes from inside. We all see things differently. We don’t see things as they are – we see things as we are. It’s not the situation that’s the problem – it’s the way we think about it.

What Causes Stress? 

Stress can be caused by change, work pressure, family pressure, unemployment or fear of job loss, loss of a loved one, relationship issues, time demands by others, financial concerns, lack of confidence, low self-esteem and even boredom. 

General lifestyle issues can also impact our mood and stress levels. Lifestyle examples are poor diet, too much caffeine, too much sugar, E-numbers (food additives and preservatives), Aspartame (artificial sweeteners in general), excessive alcohol, smoking/drugs, lack of exercise, no time to rest and relax, lack of sleep and medication with its many side effects.

Prolonged stress can affect the immune system and cause conditions such as Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS), Fibromyalgia, fatigue, weight problems, irritability, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and panic attacks.

What is a Panic Attack? 

When stress is not relieved, the stress hormones can build up in the system over time, leading to a panic attack. Relaxation is key and so is dealing with the emotion on the issue that causes the stress. 

The Gut-Brain Connection

Surprisingly, there’s a strong link between gut health and mental health. Healthy gut flora (gut bacteria) is key to mental health. Gut flora can be damaged by antibiotics, aspartame, non-organic meat of animals raised in confined spaces, highly processed foods and E-numbers. 

Poor gut flora has been linked to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Anxiety.  

Healthy Nutrition 

A good balanced diet is essential for: 

  • Energy 
  • Healing 
  • Stress management 
  • General well-being 
  • Efficient immune system.

If you want things in your life to change, you have to change things in your life. 

What Can you Do? 

  • Cut out or reduce caffeine
  • Cut out or reduce sugar – including artificial sweeteners
  • Reduce salt intake
  • Cut out junk food, fizzy and sweet drinks and food with E-numbers
  • Establish a good balanced diet of fresh unprocessed food
  • Reduce or cut out fatty foods
  • Reduce alcohol
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stop smoking.

What about Anxiety?

There are many anxiety relieving techniques that you can practice yourself:

  • Distraction – plan pleasant activities 
  • Challenge negative thoughts 
  • Regular relaxation 
  • Breathing exercises
  • Be present in the moment – get your thoughts out of the future and the past
  • Express your feelings to get emotions such as anger out of your system in a healthy way
  • Set yourself small easily achievable goals 
  • Slow down
  • Regular exercise.

Benefits of exercise: 

  • Works the stress hormones out of your system
  • Reverses the detrimental effects of stress 
  • Lifts depression 
  • Builds self-esteem and confidence 
  • Improves body image and confidence 
  • Leaves you feeling euphoric. 

Types of light exercise that’s easy and good for you 

  • Pilates 
  • Yoga 
  • T’ai chi 
  • Swimming 
  • Walking 
  • Cycling.

What else can you do right now?

  • Listening to meditations 
  • Breathing exercises – a deeper in-breath and a longer out-breath 
  • Positive Self-talk 
  • Practice Self-hypnosis – Peripheral Vision, to relax the nervous system
  • Have some Positive Affirmations that you repeat to yourself, such as “I know I can do it” and “everything will work out well”
  • Ensure you give yourself some Me Time 
  • Get sufficient sleep
  • Practice Mindfulness 
  • Practice Gratitude.

Further Resources:

Transformational Therapies

It’s always best to get to the root cause and resolve issues for good. Time Line Therapy™ is the most powerful way to heal and release all negative emotions and baggage from the past – anger, sadness, fear, depression and anxiety. We can also let go of self-doubt and limiting beliefs that keep you from feeling confident and reaching your highest potential, and develop empowering beliefs and natural confidence instead. Time Line Therapy™ is unique in its approach and resolves issues remarkably quickly without having to go into a lot of details. For more information click on this link: Time Line Therapy™.

Further Reading

The 4 Pillar Plan by Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

 

Early Spring Holistic Detox

I often get inspiration for my monthly blog from my discussions and interactions with people. It struck me recently that generally, people are still unaware of the impact of unhealed emotions on the physical health of the body. We know the body can do with a detox, but what about a holistic mental and emotional detox?

Why do we Want to Release Past Emotions?
Negative emotions cause stress hormones. If not worked through, these harmful chemicals are stored in the body. This is how, over time, unresolved, suppressed emotions can cause dis-ease in the body.

There is a researched link between suppressed emotions and illness like cancer. There is also a link between anger and high blood pressure and between heart disease and hostility or cynicism. There’s a link between weight gain and unresolved emotions as these harmful toxins are stored in fat cells away from the main organs – the body’s way of protecting the organs. Considering the powerful mind-body-link, a rigid mental approach – wanting to control the outcome of things, holding on to things or people too tightly and resisting change – can cause stiffness, aches and pains; even arthritis in the body. Conversely, research indicates that, generally people who are optimistic, intuitively know they have a choice, the ability to let go, to flow with change and to laugh at themselves. They have a basic trust in people, are robust and healthy.

The Mind-Body Link
Bruce Lipton says that more than 95% of all illnesses in the body are caused by the mind. Stress, fear and limiting beliefs are the cause of most modern day ill-health. This is interesting and also very empowering as it puts us in charge of our own health.

So, how about an early Spring holistic detox? There is a lot you can do to invest in your own health. Here are 7 easy self-care practices to kick-start your holistic Spring detox:

1. Mindful Emotional Healing
Spend a bit of time with yourself in mindful reflection. How do you feel physically? How are your energy levels? Lately, what have you been feeling emotionally? Identify theses feelings. Is it anger, frustration, blame, resentment, low feelings, depression, sadness, fear, anxiousness, worry, hurt, guilt or shame? By identifying and acknowledging the feelings, the healing can begin. Now focus on what’s causing these feelings in you? What are you learning from it about yourself? What can you change in you? With this new insight and growth, it’s time to let it go.

2. Letting go
Negative thoughts and low, or fearful or angry feelings can sap your energy. The simple practice of letting go can be very healing. Releasing the thoughts and emotions with intent, can make you feel lighter. This is another purpose of meditation. Follow this Mindfulness Healing Meditation to reflect on the issues of the day, learn from them and then let them go. This way you can put the day to bed and tomorrow can be a whole new beginning, a clean slate. This is the beauty of life: everyday can be a new beginning.
‘When the mind is left without anything to cling to, it becomes still’ – Sri Ramana Maharshi

3. Cutting cords
Our interaction with people around us naturally create connections, sometimes physically, mentally, emotionally and also energetically. Connections are made through rapport, touch, strong emotions (even anger and upset), strong thoughts and communication (even on the phone). Such interactions can keeps us connected, even after we’ve parted. So there is still a flow of thoughts, feelings and energy between us. If you have many such connections open, your energy can feel scattered and you can feel drained. You are supplying others with your energy. If you still feel angry or upset with someone, these strong emotions keep you energetically attached. That’s why that person remains on your mind. Sometimes to cut these cords we may have to go through a forgiveness process. Forgiveness restores your energy and your health and sets you free. This release can feel like a huge weight lifting as you put the past behind you peacefully.

A powerful healing meditation to cut the energy cords after you have interacted with people, is the Huna practice called Ho’oponopono. I use this fairly frequently to clear any thoughts or emotions after intense interactions, to let go of people on my mind, to cut cords and bring my energy back intact. In this way you can put the past behind you and relate to those around you afresh. Sometimes you have to say no to some of the demands people place on you, so that you can restore yourself and create balance between others’ needs and your own.

4. Refreshing
Many of the energy practices such as Yoga and Tai-Chi have the purpose of cleansing, refreshing and re-energising your energy. Walking in nature can be equally refreshing. Nature is naturally cleansing. When you walk near water or trees, you can intend that your mind clears, that thoughts wash away and that your energy field is cleansed in the breeze. Getting enough sleep is also refreshing. Sleep acts as a reset for the body and mind.

5. Clearing
Meditation is another way of clearing the mind, creating stillness and refreshing yourself mentally, emotional and physically. In a meditative state you can visualise a cleansing light showering down on you, cleansing the body and the energy field around you. Give the gadgets a break. The electromagnetic smog they emanate, impacts on your energy levels. Spring clean your house, clean your car and declutter with intent. When your environment is clear, your mind will feel all the clearer for it.
The inside creates the outside and the outside impacts the inside.

6. Re-energising
There is much you can do to re-energise yourself. We get energy from the food we eat, water we drink, soaking up sunlight and exercising. One of the most effective ways of re-energising yourself is through breathing practices – another purpose of meditation.

7. Breathing
The Importance of the breath
– Breath is life. As long as we breathe we are alive!
– Breath is energy. Through breathing we generate energy.
– Breath is spirit. As we breathe in – inspire – we enliven ourselves.
Benefits of breathing
The simple practice of deep breathing is the most effective way to:
– Energise yourself
– Detoxify – 70% of toxins in the body are released through breathing
– Relax – a longer out-breath, like a sigh, relaxes the nervous system
– Slow your heart rate
– Raise your energy to higher vibrations and you feel uplifted
– Clear the mind
– Align your mind, body and soul
– Restore balance.

Useful Resources:
Courses: For Meditation and Holistic Courses near you visit the Events Calendar.

Time Line Therapy™
How about a complete clearout, emotionally and mentally? With Time Line Therapy™ we can heal and release all negative emotions and baggage from the past – anger, sadness, fear, hurt and guilt. Mentally we can let go of limiting beliefs that keep you from feeling confident and reaching your highest potential; and develop empowering beliefs and natural confidence instead. Time Line Therapy™ is unique in its approach and resolves issues remarkably quickly without having to go into a lot of details. Time Line Therapy™ is equally effective in overcoming limiting beliefs and building empowering beliefs and confidence. For more information click on this link: Time Line Therapy™.

Lifting the Veils of Illusion
This book facilitates an all-encompassing holistic journey of personal empowerment and spiritual growth in 7 essential steps. It is an informative, interactive guide so you can navigate the path of self-healing and transformation in your own comfortable way. With the book you have access to a range of free meditations

Mindfulness
For the mindful approach to healing and releasing emotions, you can listen to our guided meditation: Healing Emotions the Mindful Way.

Meditations:

Follow this link to our Products: Transformational Meditations page:

Ho’oponopono – Cutting Connections

Mindfulness Healing Meditation

Chakra Balancing Meditation

Health Enhancing Jewellery:

Our Tourmaline and Titanium Jewellery is cleansing and grounding; It protects against electromagnetic smog, clears negative energy, forms a protective shield around the body and increases vitality.