Recent research reported by the Alzheimer's Association points to an increased risk of developing Dementia.
Researchers spent two years analyzing the mental state of 360 people over the age of 55, paying particular attention to their tendency to fall into repetitive negative thinking (RNT) patterns. Participants were also assessed for depression and anxiety.
The research found that chronic negative thinking patterns over a long period of time could increase the risk of dementia. However, the team do not think that short-term setbacks would increase the risk of developing the disease.
This report can be worrying for some and lead to even more negative thinking.
This is where Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help. After the Initial Consultation, we will work together to come up with a plan to help you change the way you think. Using Hypnotherapy we will be able to connect to the subconscious mind and start to change your perception of negative events and help you start to see things differently. The skills you learn will be with you for the rest of your life.
If you are concerned about your own, or some else's negative thinking please look for help.
It's Mental Health awareness time again, the time of year when we should be having a think about our Mental Health.
As I've said in previous years, I hope this week isn't the only time you think about your mental health. It shouldn't take a particular week to ensure you do this. It should be every time you need to make a decision.
Do I take that job? What stress will I be under? Can I cope? Will it be good for me? Who else will it affect? What will it do to me? In 6 month’s time will I be pleased I made this decision?
Stress is part of being alive, but unnecessary stress is not good. It happens in life but we must make sure we have a coping strategy, a plan to make sure the stress does not evolve. Do you have something in place?
This is where therapy can help. Whether it’s Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching or another type of therapy, make use of it. All therapists out there are there to help people. To help them cope with the stressful things that come along. They have learned various techniques and questions in order to be good at it.
So, if you need help coping, find a therapist that suits your requirements and have a chat with them. They will always be helpful.
Take care of yourselves and each other
I hope a year hasn't gone by since the last time you thought about your mental health.
This year I think it's very important to think about how we treat other's mental health.
During the year there have been many instances where people have had their mental health affected because people who should know better didn't think before they reacted, Naomi Osaka comes to mind.
So, I'm going to set you a challenge.
If you have an instance where you want to comment on social media after someone has posted something you don't agree with, I want you to stop and think before you respond. Then ask yourself some questions.
There are plenty more questions you could ask I'm sure, but just asking these questions will help slow your thinking down so you react rationally instead of just reacting. No one likes to read or see abuse online, especially when it's not justified.
If you need help to improve your own mental health please reach out, there are plenty of people out there qualified and keen to help. My contact details are in the banner at the top of the page if you think I can help.
Go ahead and enjoy your day, and be kind to each other.
First posted on Merryfield Hypnotherapy
Nice to see a major company thinking of it's employees.
Mental Health for everyone is important.
If you are a company owner and would like me to deliver a Mental Health presentation, then please get in touch.
After following the reports regarding Naomi Osaka one thing is very obvious to me, Mental Health is still not taken seriously.
Naomi had decided not to talk to the media to protect her mental health, so she could concentrate on actually playing tennis, and was threatened by the other Grand Slam events with expulsion. It took her withdrawal from the French Open for the 'Slams' to offer their help. This is not good enough.
Naomi Osaka did the right thing. If the tournament and the various tennis organisations were not going to help her, she had to look after herself. For what it’s worth she has my full support.
My message to anyone reading this is to please take mental health seriously. Before judging anyone think about their mental health, and then think of your own.
If anyone would like help with boosting their mental health please reach out, there are many professionals ready to assist you.
Take care of each other, it’s the better way of life.
From 12th April 2021 I am able to return to Face-To-Face appointments.
I'm really happy about that, how about you?
For some time now most of us have been keeping our distance and not going out. Now, as the restrictions are easing we are being given a little bit of freedom. There are rules attached but nonetheless, it feels like it is much needed by all of us. However, for many , meeting with someone Face-To-Face will cause some anxiety. We have to learn to trust again, to accept the other person may be equally anxious about meeting us! It will be difficult but, it will be worth it. Returning to 'normal' will take some time and it's something we will all take time adjusting to. The best way is to just get on with it.
Concentrate on what you do next, on helping family and friends, on moving on with your career or plans, on looking for work, on learning something new, on getting a haircut, whatever. What you focus on next will influence how you feel.
If you think I can help then please get in touch. 07718975185 if you wish to speak to me in person or email@example.com if you'd rather email.
The end is coming to this crazy situation we are all in.
There is a date, expectation, and optimism. People are already sharing lists of the things they are going to do first. I hope the breweries have taken note.
But, is it really all over?
We are still going to have to live with this awful virus, and there will be plenty of people out there who will provide false news about it for a very long time.
So, how do we get our lives back to whatever normal used to be. Can it really be the same again?
Well it depends on you, all of you. Do we want to live our lives in fear, all of the time?
We have to work to get our confidence in socialising back, therefore we have to work to get our trust in others to a level where our confidence will be enhanced, and we have to work so we all feel that having fun together is a good idea and safe to do once again. We're all in this together.
We still need to keep our hygiene levels up. We still need to be wary of going abroad (at least for a bit longer) and we still need to look out for one-another.
If you need help coping with any of the above please reach for help, there's plenty available. If you think Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you, please get in touch
This post first appeared in Merryfield Hypnotherapy on 24th February 2021.
Now, more than ever, we must make sure we look after ourselves.
Only go out if absolutely necessary, when out make sure to stick to social distancing, wash those hands and take care of your mental health.
Your mental health is especially important, not just right now but always.
If you are not coping, you can't help those around you.
Being strong mentally isn't about being positive all the time. It's about recognising when things are bad, and then looking at what you can do to reduce the chances of things getting worse.
It’s natural to be negative, it’s the brain’s default mode for safety reasons. It’s better to expect the worst-case scenario and be prepared for it rather than be too optimistic and get caught out. The thing is to recognise when it’s right to be negative and when it’s not.
Once you’ve recognised the threat it’s important to engage the intellectual part of the brain to be able to deal with the threat and begin to improve things.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is great for this as it teaches you how to recognise what part of the brain you are in, and then how to help yourself move to your intellectual brain so you can start helping yourself.
Hypnotherapy not for you? I can still help you with talk therapy (Psychotherapy). It gives you the chance to share your worries and fears knowing that you will not be judged whilst doing so. You will be helped, given reasons why the brain works that way and taught methods to help you deal with things in the future.
Due to the restrictions right now, I am unable to offer any Face-to-Face appointments, but I am still able to help via Video Link or by talking on the phone.
Need to know more? Click here to browse my website or here to read an article on the benefits of Hypnotherapy.
So, 2021 is coming but we can't celebrate the change in the way that we would like to. Government restrictions announced today mean we will now have to stay with our small family groups for New Year’s Eve, and for the first weeks (or longer) in the New Year.
Yet, there is some optimism if you choose to look for it. Vaccinations are already taking place and will increase as time goes on. Indeed, the approval of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is good news and the first doses are due to be given on Monday. This vaccine is easier to store and cheap to produce compared to the others so I have a good feel about 2021 already. Don’t get me wrong, it will still be tough for some whilst they wait for their turn to come and it will be too late for others but, after a long time of anticipation, I can see a light, and it’s growing.
A lot of people have admitted that they have found this year hard, in all sorts of ways. Whilst that is understandable, I am impressed by the amount of people that have spoken out about their feelings. For years there have been campaigns targeted on Mental Health, encouraging people to speak to someone, rather than keep it in. To share their problems and ask for help. I think this year that number has grown, and I’m sure it will continue to grow. Keep talking to each other.
This year, the number of clients I have seen has grown, and I am pleased that I was able to help them all, to deal with things better. To help them understand that, we have a choice. We either give in to everything and give up, or we fight and work for what we want. That we look to help ourselves become stronger, in order that we can help others do the same. That we are not alone. There are people out there willing to help. All you must do is ask.
I will enjoy New Year’s Eve because I want to. Because the alternative won’t change anything, just make me, and those around me, miserable. So, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.
If you need some help with your Mental Health, and you think I may be able to help you. Please get in touch. I’ll be here.
Call me on 07718975185 and please leave a message if I'm busy, I will get back to you.
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