11 Apr 2018

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Remove stress and depression

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It’s okay not to be okay
I attended an event in Manchester yesterday at UK Fast. The topic was all about wellbeing and mental health, and also how this is managed in the workplace.

There were a wealth of speakers including an extremely successful multi-million pound business owner who was brave enough to speak about something he had never talked to anyone about for over 30 years. The other speakers, who were all entrepreneurs discussed various types of mental health issues, and all talked about their own personal experiences. These are all successful people, who at some point in their lives have suffered some type of mental health issue.

There were two common themes of the event.

1) It’s okay to not be okay.
2) It’s okay to actually talk about this stuff.

There should be no stigma any more. Our mental wellbeing and mindset should be looked after as much as, if not more than our physical health. Our brain is a muscle and it needs to be taken care of.

Having difficulty with some kind of mental health issue is completely okay. And it’s okay to be open about it. It won’t only be you suffering, there are many out there going though exactly the same experience.

Are you or someone you know struggling due to mental health issues as a result of either a traumatic life experience? Suffering with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, or any other trauma? It’s okay to talk. There is help and support available. There should be no stigma around this any more. Talk to someone you know, or a professional.

If you are unsure what to say, talk to someone about how you are feeling and perhaps what effect this is having on your life. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact for more information or to talk about how I can help you, today, and much quicker than you might think too.
I use practical tools and techniques in a non judgmental environment. The setting within which I work is both relaxed and informal.
Trust me, you don’t need to suffer anymore. 
21 Aug 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Remove stress and depression

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How can I deal with stress and depression?

 

Even though life is supposed to be getting easier, as we are increasingly provided with various tools, gadgets and technology to help us, various stressors are all too common.

Rather than manage our thoughts differently and utilise necessary coping skills to, many often turn to ‘coping’ strategies that may feel helpful in the short term, with the underlying issues still remaining unresolved. These ‘strategies’ may include some of the following – alcohol, sugar, gambling, spending sprees, drugs, unhelpful thoughts. You get the picture.

 

So even though various coping strategies can feel helpful in the short term, how we are feeling deep down essentially doesn’t change.

 

We can go to the supermarket and buy a number of items. Things we can actually physically buy. However we can’t buy the following things off the shelf – confidence, happiness, success, self esteem, self worth. These are all an inside job.

 

Back in the caveman days, we were continually living by the hormones of stress. We were in survival mode most of the time. However this is very unlikely in the present day, but we are still living by the same hormones. If we continue in this pattern, it will only lead to poor health and addiction (to various substances and old emotions)

Being addicted to old emotions, what does that even mean?

 

Every single time we have a thought it creates a chemical. Negative or stressful thoughts create chemicals such as adrenaline or cortisol. Whereas happy thoughts create the opposite, chemicals such as serotonin or oxytocin.

 

With every thought we have (and there are thousands each day), chemicals travel right down the spinal chord to the body (So thoughts and feelings are completely linked – thoughts being in the mind and feelings in the body).

 

The body is literally being flooded with chemicals the whole time. Guess what, it gets used to these. We actually become addicted to familiar chemicals within the body. We get some, and we want more! So we continue to think the same thoughts, the body feeding off this familiar mindset. We literally become addicted to our old emotions. Why old? Because they are from the past. Familiar emotions we are feeling over and over.

 

Then we decide to make a change. And then what happens? The body has been used to these feelings for so long, it doesn’t like it! So we keep stuck, in the familiar feeling. It is easier to give up, then to work through what we need to. Its the easier option, the path of less resistance.

Does this sound familiar? Is it the same old cycle that you are use to?
Here are some very simple techniques to help you get out of the rut of old thoughts and feelings –
  • Do some exercise – no matter how little, get out into the fresh air and release some of those happy chemicals naturally!
  • Improve what you eat – check what you are eating and ditch some of the unhealthy patterns. Eat and cook from fresh wherever possible. Avoid the processed stuff. Set small realistic and achievable goals each week – rome wasn’t built in a day.
  • Meditate – I’m not asking you to go all zen, but close your eyes for 10 minutes every day. 10 Minutes thats all! This is a practice like anything else. Your mind will wander off about a zillion times at first. Still, quiet and reflection will make massive changes. Hone this skill and you will notice big changes.
Remember you are in control of all this, no one else is in charge. You are the captain of your own life.
I have been helping people with stress and depression for a number of years. Clients come to see me who have usually been stuck for a long time. Within weeks, we see massive changes.
Sessions are relaxed and informal. So many clients have been saying the same thing recently – the only regret they have is not coming to see me much sooner and how totally different they feel as a result.
If you resonate with any of this article, or know of anyone who would benefit, get in touch today, I can help.

 

 

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07 Aug 2017

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant / Remove stress and depression

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Can depression be caused by stress?

 

Stress and depression are two common terms. However what do we mean by the term stress and depression. And can stress be caused by depression?

What is depression?

Nearly a fifth of adults in the UK experience anxiety or depression, according to official figures. This is a high statistic. Depression can affect more women than men. However the biggest suicide rate in the UK is men. Men in the UK aged 20 to 49 are more likely to die from suicide than any other cause of death.

These stats are serious. Support should be readily available. It is also important for both men and women to be able to feel comfortable to speak out about how they are feeling and to seek support where needed.

Depression effects how you think, feel and act. It can be highly debilitating. Those suffering with depression can experience the following – lack of energy, lethargy, low mood, a feeling of hopelessness and poor self worth. Making day to day decisions can be a challenge. You often feel tired, agitated or restless.

Often those suffering depression can feel isolated. There can also be feelings of low confidence and poor self esteem or self image. Often those suffering depression will be unable to cope, and will usually employ poor coping strategies.

Depression can manifest itself by way of a number of factors. These include a significant life event such as trauma or loss of a loved one, losing a job, the end of a relationship or an illness. It could also be triggered by a previous trauma or life event. Depression can also be a long term health complaint causing feelings of low mood and a pattern of negative thinking.

 

The good news is, it is treatable. Mindset techniques can be taught to enable huge shifts.

 

What is stress?

First of all I want you to know, stress is not a bad thing. Stress in certain situations is something that is required. Our caveman ancestors needed stress as a survival mechanism as they were living on danger alert much of the time.

We would call this fight or flight. So if the caveman was faced with any dangerous situation, for example coming face to face with a grizzly bear, he would be in immediate danger. He would be faced with the challenge of either having to fight for survival, or to run away at speed. Either way, the body would be flooded by the hormones of stress such as adrenaline and cortisol. The body would be prepared in every way. The blood would pump, the heart rate would increase, blood is pumped to the extremities, and other physical issues would be experienced such as a change in the breath rate.

This was fine, very helpful and resourceful in the caveman years, but it is very rare we are faced with dangerous situations in the present day. However many of us are living by the hormones of stress. We experience what we see as a perceived threat and we process the same physiological symptoms. So we produce the same hormones. If we are living in a world where we are on constant high stress alert where the body is being pumped by the same hormones, over time, this can lead to issues including increased heart rate and blood pressure and burnout.

Current neuroscience research suggests that we are addicted to the hormones of stress. We are thinking the same thoughts, which leads to the same emotions. We then produce the same chemicals. The chemicals of stress literally flood the body. These chemicals become familiar, like any other chemical would that was constantly being produced and fed into our nervous system.

But then what happens? We are headed for ill health. In addition, when the body is being flooded by such chemicals, or at any point when we are experiencing any high stress situation, we struggle to make decisions as the brains functionality is limited and minimised.

Too much stress placed on the body and the autonomic nervous system is going to cause havoc. We cannot survive constantly living by the hormones of stress.

Can you see how the two could be linked?

 

We think around 60,000 thoughts a day. Most of our thoughts are negative (85-95%) and most are from the day before (85%) So we are often thinking the same thought patterns day in day out.

 

Every single time we have a thought, it creates a chemical. So if we have a negative thought, we create the chemicals of stress such as adrenaline and cortisol and so on. This chemical then flows right down the spinal chord into the body, which creates a feeling, which will be linked directly to the thought. This can then be a vicious cycle.

Those suffering with depression will be living within a pattern of negative thought process, which will then create the feelings as discussed above. For example lethargy, helplessness and low mood.

There is certainly much more research to be undertaken, but I would suggest constantly living by the hormones of stress can lead to feelings linked to what I refer to above, which in turn is likely to lead to depression or related symptoms.

How can I help you?

If you can resonate with anything that is discussed in this article, then I can help you.

 

I have worked with many clients who have experienced deep routed stress and depression for years. I teach clients practical tools and techniques which allows them to completely eradicate signs and symptoms.

 

I help clients to change their mindset which allows them to feel calm and relaxed. I allow them to get off the hamster wheel and to become stress free, reducing other related feelings of anxiety, worry and panic. They feel a new lease of life and are able to make decisions with ease.

What is stress or depression costing you? Can you afford to continue like this? Would you like to enjoy every aspect of your life? Would you like all areas of your life to improve? Such as your relationships, your work life balance and dramatic improvements in your health.

I can help. Don’t hesitate to get in contact today. Complete the contact form below, I can help and you can also talk to me talk about booking in for a free taster session.

 

 

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