In these tricky times, where every aspect of our normal way of life has been suspended and replaced with rules, restrictions and masks, it should be no surprise our mental health can be out of sync too.
Many are waking up with a feeling of dread in the pit of their stomach or feeling a bit low, all of which is a natural, short lived reaction to the stressful circumstances we are in at the moment.
For others they may be unable to shake off a low mood and are finding they are struggling to carry on with ordinary life. This pattern may include experiencing feelings such as a lack of interest or energy, sadness, irritability and/ or indifference to what is going on around them.
Physical symptoms can include changes in appetite and weight; fatigue and reduced activity, broken sleep or excessive sleep, unexplained aches and pains or loss of sex drive.
Depression affects everyone in different ways. Others find their symptoms include:
- poor concentration
- butterfly attention
- low self-confidence
- low self worth
- feelings of guilt
- inability to cope as before
- avoiding people
- negative forecasting
There may be fear of the changes involved in coming out of lockdown or the possible financial or health worries the pandemic has caused. These are natural responses to the current unknowns in many of our lives.
Fear and worry can build so doing even the smallest of tasks can feel overwhelming, even paralysing and sometimes this combines with a low mood leading to a lack of ability to conjure up enthusiasm for your life.
The good news is there is help!
What’s more – you are front and centre to achieving it. It may take some work and perhaps alongside someone like me.
Here’s why: neuroscientists have recently made dramatic discoveries which provide evidence that our everyday thoughts and attitudes make a considerable contribution to our mental health. In simple terms, how we think affects how we feel and then how we react and behave. A sustained change of mindset taught and supported through hypnotherapy can be enough to make the desired shift.
I work using techniques including solution focus brief therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, neurolinguistic programming and these are assisted further by the powerful use of hypnosis. You are supported in devising your own way of changing how you think and ultimately how you feel and behave. Working in a calm, effective way, hypnotherapy can teach you how you can put YOU firmly back in control.
Consult your GP or medical specialist if you are experiencing symptoms of depression.
*Results may vary from person to person.
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