Here’s the most interesting part – the deeper I explored what my body held through breathwork and body psychotherapy, the more I discovered what my thoughts, beliefs and judgements really were, and the more I came to realise there is no thought without an emotional and energetic correlative in the body. None of these processes exists without a correlation in our consciousness either. Since then I’ve read the great quantum science discoveries that reflect this, and so much more, but how nice it is to feel it in the body and my relationships. Continue reading “Breathing and releasing grief”
POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
Acute Stress Disorder
Manipulators are everywhere – in homes, schools, churches, the work place. You name it; manipulators can be found wherever people are. What are some of the tactics manipulators use? Some are blatant; others are less obvious: Bullying. This is the strong-arm approach, and not so subtle. The underlying message is, “If you don’t do what I want, you’ll wish you had.” Sense of Obligation. This tactic involves “shoulds:” You should do this in order to be a good person. You should meet my needs. You ought to ________________. You owe me… The underlying message is that if you don’t do what you “should” you are mean, unreliable, disloyal, a bad _________________ (wife, husband, son, daughter, friend, etc.) Sarcasm or Cutting Humor. This comes in the form of a joke, and when you call out the other person he claims, “You’re too sensitive. Can’t you take a joke?” The underlying message is loud and clear: “Be who I want you to be or I will jab you with my words.” Play the Victim. The manipulator
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Do you sometimes feel oppressed by negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, anger, shame, worthlessness, or depression? Are you open to discover a way to overcome them – transcend them – that requires no medication nor years of psychotherapy? I have good news for you.
The significance of various nutrients for mental health status has been established, but whether poor nutritional status is a causative agent or an effect of poor mental health continues to be debated. However, the prevalence of poor nutrition among depressed persons is indisputable—nutritional deficiencies have frequently been associated with the incidence and increased risk of depressive symptoms. Continue reading “You are what you eat -Micronutrients and Depression”
- Let Go of Rejection. Rejection actually activates the same pathways in your brain as physical pain, which is one reason why it hurts so much. …
- Avoid Ruminating. …
- Turn Failure Into Something Positive. …
- Make Sure Guilt Remains a Useful Emotion. …
- Use Self-Affirmations if You Have Low Self-Esteem.
Life has a way of taking over. It seems to run on auto-pilot especially when we are overwhelmed, in over our heads, or simply worn out from all that life is throwing our way. After a while of trying to keep all the balls in the air, we stop paying attention and simply start reacting. Amidst all the chaos, we know something has to change, but we don’t know what or how.
Experiment and slowly edit out the digital distractions:
- Turn off all phone notifications. All of them.
- Understand how distracting your devices really are. Use Checky, the app that tells you how many times a day you check your phone or Moment to find out how much time you and your family spend online and set daily limits.
- Unplug during certain hours of the day, and for 24 hours a week.
- Challenge yourself with no email before exercise or screen-free evenings.
There’s an old, outdated assumption that time heals all wounds. But I believe this to be untrue. In the words of Dr. Phil, “Time doesn’t change us. It’s what we do with that time that changes us.” We are all more than capable of taking control back into our own hands when life knocks us down.
Anxiety UK helpline: 0844 477 5774 (Monday–Friday 9.30am–5.30pm)
Support, help and information for those with anxiety disorders including PTSD.
ASSIST trauma care helpline: 0178 856 0800
Information and specialist help for people with PTSD and anyone supporting them.
A supportive online community which provides online peer support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
HAVOCA (Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse)
Information for adults who were abused in childhood, including an online support forum.
Lifecentre helpline: 0808 802 0808
Telephone counselling, support and information for survivors of sexual abuse and anyone supporting them.
Free online self-help guide from the NHS which includes some self-help resources for PTSD.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
0808 801 0331 (freephone, Monday–Thursday 10am–9pm and Friday 10am–6pm)
Support for adult survivors of any type of childhood abuse, including local support groups.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Information and clinical guidelines on recommended treatments for different conditions, including PTSD.
Provides information on PTSD and complex PTSD, including local talk therapy services.
The Survivors Trust
0178 855 0554
Lists local specialist services for survivors of sexual violence, including advocates and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs).
0808 168 9111
An independent charity for people affected by crime and traumatic events in England and Wales. Provides emotional and practical help to enable people to cope and recover from the effects of crime.
0300 123 3393 email@example.com
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (10am-2pm Monday to Friday)
Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (6pm-11pm)