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Physical Activity and Risk of Depression – Hypnotherapy in Ely & Newmarket

Physical Activity and Risk of Depression – Hypnotherapy in Ely & Newmarket

Physical Activity and Risk of Depression – Hypnotherapy in Ely & Newmarket

I’ve written many times before about the mental health benefits of physical activity and exercise. Being active can help with combatting depression and anxiety, as well as lifting your mood and boosting your levels of positivity. 

And as you will know from the articles here on my website, exercise is something I routinely make time for in my own life. It helps me to feel better in myself, manage the demands of everyday life and to have (mainly) enjoyable time where all I need to do is focus on the next step or the move in front of me rather than thinking about everything else. When I don’t exercise, I know that I don’t feel quite as good in myself and there are times when I really miss it! 

One of the other great benefits of exercise is how you get out of it just as much as you put into it. Through consistency you become fitter and stronger. Only this morning I was at the gym lifting a level of weights that only a few months ago would have been far out of my capability (although don’t be fooled into thinking that it was one of those huge bars with massive weights on that you see in athletics strongman competitions!). There is endless scope for setting and achieving goals, making improvements, getting fitter and feeling better. You can also just take your time and enjoy exercise, such as getting out in nature for a walk (something I’ve covered before as time in nature is also associated with mental health benefits.

The more I write about physical activity for mental health, depression and anxiety, the more I recognise how important it is to include some activity in your daily or weekly routine. On a personal level it’s part of how I seek to manage my own thoughts, feelings and emotions, and beyond that, there is an ever mounting mass of evidence that supports the importance of physical activity for helping with issues such as depression and anxiety. 

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Depression and Employment: How Therapy Can Help You Find Work and Be More Productive At Work

Depression and Employment: How Therapy Can Help You Find Work and Be More Productive At Work

Depression and Employment: How Therapy Can Help You Find Work and Be More Productive At Work

I can remember being faced with redundancy way back before I ever decided to become a hypnotherapist. It’s a strange feeling to be faced with the uncertainty and loss of control as you go through the redundancy process. I know a lot of people who have taken redundancy and job loss very personally in their sorts of circumstances and where the anxiety and stress has impacted upon their mental health and well-being.

As it turned out, my role continued after that round, only for the whole thing to restart with another round of redundancy consultations a few months later. This time I decided to be proactive and, as part of dealing with my own anxiety and mental health issues, I started the journey that led to becoming a full-time hypnotherapist here in Ely.

Over recent months I’ve been helping many people faced with redundancy and job loss due to the impact of the pandemic. There are many ways that hypnotherapy can help in such situations. When faced with redundancy or job loss it’s easy to find your mind filling with negative thoughts and worst case scenarios, and so we want to tackle these and ensure your thoughts are balanced, accurate and objective. There’s also a lot of scope to switch your thinking to the aspects you can control (rather than being dominated by the hopelessness that can come from waiting for someone else to make a decision). Many of the people I’ve worked with have taken the opportunity to grow side businesses, to train to do something they’ve alwayws wanted to do, to take stock and change career or to brush up their CV and interview skills and connect with potential future employers. 

When there are things outside of your control, there is nothing more empowering and effective than taking action on what you can do something about. And that means whatever happens with your employment, you have choices and options about next steps and you can hit the ground running.

As it happened, because I’d already started trainig as a therapist, when the opportunity came I chose voluntary redundancy because I wanted to follow my passion of helping people with their mental health. It’s a decision I’ve never had cause to regret.

There’s no doubt that your mental health, such as anxiety and depression, has a huge bearing on your employment. That could be finding work or being focussed and productive in your current employment. Let’s have a look at some of the evidence about cognitive behavioural therapy, finding work and being productive at work.

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The Continuing Rise of Anti-Depressant Prescriptions

The Continuing Rise of Anti-Depressant Prescriptions

The Continuing Rise of Anti-Depressant Prescriptions:

The BBC reported recently about the increase in the number of anti-depressant prescriptions dispensed in England in 2018. In fact, the number of prescriptions for anti-depressants in England has nearly doubled in the last decade (2008-18).

NHS Digital figures showed that the number of prescriptions for these medicines, which are a common medicinal treatment for anxiety and depression issues, had jumped from 67.5 million in 2017 to 70.9 million in 2018.

Based upon these figures, it seems the continuing rise in prescribing anti-depressants is likely to continue to grow and grow.

Putting aside the cost upon the NHS, should we be worried by this continuing upward trend in prescriptions?

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Cognitive Hypnotherapy For Depression – How Effective Is It?

Cognitive Hypnotherapy For Depression – How Effective Is It?

Cognitive Hypnotherapy For Depression – How Effective Is It?

In my last blog I wrote all about the evidence for the anti-depressant effect of exercise on those with clinical depression (you can read that here: Depression: Does aerobic exercise have anti-depressant effects?). The overall conclusions suggest that, with depression, it makes sense to include some active exercise components in your treatment plan.

In this post I’m going to be looking at the effectiveness of cognitive hypnotherapy to help reduce symptoms of depression. Hypnotherapy can help in many ways with the psychological aspects of depression, including motivation and tackling rumination, anxiety and worry.

We are going to be looking at a study that compared the effects of cognitive behavioural therapy (a well established treatment for depression) with clinical hypnotherapy to empirically investigate the additive effect of hypnosis in the management of chronic depression. 

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Depression: Does aerobic exercise have anti-depressant effects?

Depression: Does aerobic exercise have anti-depressant effects?

Depression: Does aerobic exercise have anti-depressant effects?

It’s no secret, if you have read through some of these blogs, that exercise forms one of the main pillars of how I organise my life. In the past this was solely running focused and these days it incorporates several bootcamps a week with some short running. Exercise is important to me and boosts my sense of physical fitness and mental health.

Funnily enough when I was younger I hated exercise (I blame cross country in the rain at school). I had no interest in it and I was overweight, which put me off it even more because of the increased perceived effort required. Later life showed that once you find something that you enjoy and that makes you feel better in yourself then you can turn it around and find that you benefit from habitually exercising. Or as someone put it to me recently (a non-exerciser), I’m one of those weirdos who really enjoys exercising.

My own personal experience has been that exercise boosts my mental health. When there is a lot going on or an element of stress or worry in life then a good bootcamp or run helps me to process it and cope with it and emerge feeling mentally stronger.  

And it isn’t just me who has found that exercise benefits mental health. There is a growing body of research that supports this and in this article I’ll be looking at a couple of research reviews that tell us a lot about how exercise can benefit people with depression.

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Depression, Anti-Depressants & Mental Health – Do The Tablets Actually Work?

Depression, Anti-Depressants & Mental Health – Do The Tablets Actually Work?

Depression, Anti-Depressants & Mental Health – Do The Tablets Actually Work?

It’s a debate that has gone on as long as anti-depressants have been available: Do they actually work or is it all down to the placebo effect? In my professional circles, social media has long been littered with those who are advocates of anti-depressants in the treatment of depression (often those who are or who have found personal benefits from them) and those who can only be described as opponents of them (often from a philosophical or anti-big-pharma standpoint). 

I’ve worked with hundreds of people with depression (and anxiety). Some chose not to start taking anti-depressants; of course they are entirely within their rights to make this decision and to pursue other sources of effective help. Some people who come to me are taking anti-depressants and noticing no change from taking them or report they are finding them only partially helping to ease their symptoms and so are seeking additional support. And of course there will be others who are prescribed anti-depressants and who find them completely helpful and so don’t require any other therapeutic help.

My view, which I can state upfront, is that it is up to each individual to make the decision that suits them best. When someone comes to work with me, they may or may not be taking anti-depressants, yet either way we work with their individual situation, thoughts and feelings to make progress. Following this progress, my client can then go back to their doctor to discuss the possibility of gradually coming off the tablets if they wish to do so (and with the full co-operation, advice and review of their doctor). 

Sadly there are also still too many therapists (of many types) who seek to impose their own views upon clients and who, despite not being doctors or knowing the person’s medical history, still suggest to them they should stop taking the tablets (usually with the advice to seek treatment from that therapist). In my view, this is both unprofessional and unethical and should be a big, bright waving red flag if you ever hear such assertions.

Anyway, I digress slightly as the main focus of this article is the recent study that has found that anti-depressants are more effective than placebos at reducing symptoms of acute depression in adults.

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Loving Life and Enjoying Happiness

Loving Life and Enjoying Happiness

Loving Life and Enjoying Happiness

If you are currently stuck feeling depressed, low and anxious, then the thought of loving life and enjoying happiness may seem  long way off for you.

Yet, by changing thoughts, feelings, emotions and beliefs, it is possible to start feeling better, enjoying happiness and moving forward in your life again.

In this latest video testimonial, Jodie describes how she came to see me because she felt low and depressed. Now she is enjoying being happy and loving her life again. Discover what she said about her hypnotherapy sessions in the video below.

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Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year?

Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year?

Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year?

Blue Monday, often touted as being the most depressing day of the year, has become something of an annual talking point and this year has been marked for Monday, January 16.

And whilst the ‘January blues’ is a common post-Christmas slump and back into the usual routine kind of thing, Blue Monday itself is a bit of a facily. In fact, there is no such thing as Blue Monday let alone an official most depressing day of the year (Blue Monday itself goes back to a holiday company PR campaign).

Yet whether you decide you want to buy into Blue Monday, or you are just struggling with the January blues or you just don’t feel as happy as you would like to, then what can you actually do about it?

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Clinical Depression & Depression Symptoms

Clinical Depression & Depression Symptoms

Clinical Depression and depression symptoms can mean that instead of being your usual self and able to function normally, you struggle with feelings of dispair, dread and anxiety. You may have stopped doing a lot of the things you were doing when you felt better, yet you can feel more exhausted and drained.

With all your confidence, motivation and energy replaced with clinical depression symptoms, the impacts can negatively ripple into every part of your life including your work, relationships, socially and more.

And whilst antidepressant medication prescriptions continue to soar in adults and children, could it be that in fact there is another way to find that hope, optimism and lightness you currently only remember as a distant memory?

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Hypnotherapy and Depression

Hypnotherapy and Depression

Recently I’ve been working with a large number of clients who suffer with depression. Perhaps the main thing they had in common was how long they had felt that way and suffered with their depression.

Because we can never know exactly what is going on in someone else’s head, it can be quite common for people with depression to do a good job of keeping it from those close to them – on the outside they can come across as doing fine yet inside they are struggling.

According to research (1), people with even mild mental illnesses are more likely to

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