Mental Health

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Mental Health. We all have it, but the question is do you have good or bad Mental Health?

If you’re anything like me, you don’t like taking tablets for a headache or a bellyache, so if you’re looking for a complimentary therapy to help overcome your daily stresses and worries, I hope Meditation can be Medication for you as it has been for me.

So what exactly is Mental Health?

The dictionary describes Mental Health as, a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.

What Mental Health is not..

Myth: People with mental health problems are violent and unpredictable.

Fact: The vast majority of people with mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. Most people with mental illness are not violent and only 3%–5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness. In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. You probably know someone with a mental health problem and don’t even realize it, because many people with mental health problems are highly active and productive members of our communities.

Read more myths here..https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/mental-health-myths-facts

So how do we know if we have bad Mental Health? (list not exhaustive)

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

The Mental Health Foundation say, Good mental health is not simply the absence of diagnosable mental health problems, although good mental health is likely to help protect against development of many such problems.

Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including:

  • the ability to learn
  • the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
  • the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
  • the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty.

Video – Mindfulness research probes

Depression benefits- Harvard University

Statistics indicate that Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Worldwide, 300 Million people of all ages suffer with Depression. 

Did you know,

50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24?

1.4 People in the UK will experience a Mental Health Problem; Stress, Anxiety, Depression?

75% of all Doctors visits in 2017 were Stress Related

You are not alone…

WHEN ‘I’ IS REPLACED WITH ‘WE’, EVEN ‘ILLNESS’ BECOMES ‘WELLNESS’. ~ MALCOLM X

Feeling depressed, or suffering with depression, is as real as a broken nose, but, because depression cannot be seen to the eye like a broken nose, it is often overlooked by outsiders. You may be told to ”man up” which can lead to suppressing your true feelings, because you feel like no-one understands you and when you feel like nothing can help you, you end up pushing everyone away and instead put on a brave face, to make it look like you’re ok, which can make you feel isolated/alone. In severe cases, if Depression is not dealt with, it can lead to self harm and even suicide.

I can say all of this, because I have too ”suffered with” depression. Notice I say ”suffered with” as a past tense, because I no longer ”suffer with” depression, because I have re-conditioned my mind, stay with me if you do not follow…

…The mind is a muscle, exercise your muscles, as you would at the gym, and they strengthen. Just as you would improve your muscle strength doing push ups, you will in turn be able to carry more weight without the strain. It is the same for the brain. Exercise your brain and you will improve its resilience (strength)

“you do not know it, if you’re not living it, you understand it, but you don’t know it”- Tony Robbins

Meditation is 1 way to exercise your brain. It is suitable for anyone, however, this does not mean that everyone will be open to Meditation, as the saying goes ”you can take a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink” Meditation will only help you, if you are ready to be helped.

Own your journey, own your feelings, own up that you need some help and change your life.

Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength, because “alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much”

Facts about Depression;

  • Did you know, More women are affected by Depression than men?
  • At its worst, Depression can lead to suicide.
  • Suicide is the biggest killer in men between the ages of 18-45

Why am I Depressed?

Depression can be caused by a number of things.

You can become Depressed from something as simple as something that ‘could have been, would have been, should have been’ we often compare ourselves to others, thinking that others may have it worse than us, but this only surpasses our own feelings, which by the way are totally normal for us to feel.

“Comparing is the thief of all joy”

How does a ‘Stress Less, Relax To The Max’ session help overcome Depression?

Meditation has numerous scientific studies to show, that Meditation can help overcome Stress, Depression, Anxiety and so much more. At Stress Less, Relax To The Max, we are not GP’s and we recommend that if you feel you are suffering with Depression, to consult your GP and seek their advise.

These sessions are a complimentary therapy, i.e. can be attended if you feel they work for you, however, as some severe cases of Depression may require pharmaceutical medicine, always seek advise from your GP before attending an alternative therapy.

At Stress Less, Relax To The Max we understand that everyone responds to things differently, and realise that Meditation is not for everyone. Gratitude is something we spend time on in a session, and here is a little insight to the science behind how Gratitude can help improve your mind health; Harvard University Studies on Gratitude

If you would like more information, please email;

bookings@stresslessandrelax.com

Mindfulness research probes Depression benefits- Harvard University

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Worldwide, 300 Million people of all ages suffer with Depression. 

Did you know,

50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24

75% of all Doctors visits in 2017 were Stress Related

1.4 People in the UK will experience a Mental Health Problem; Stress, Anxiety, Depression

You are not alone…

WHEN ‘I’ IS REPLACED WITH ‘WE’, EVEN ‘ILLNESS’ BECOMES ‘WELLNESS’. ~ MALCOLM X

How do I know if i’m suffering with Depression?

  • Have you ever felt no emotion, and instead felt numb?
  • Do you ever feel like you have no energy, no motivation, no enthusiasm?
  • Do you sometimes just want to stay in bed and hide from the world?
  • Have you ever lost your love for a passion you once thrived upon?
  • Have you ever lost your appetite, even though you once had a love for food?
  • Do you feel exhausted putting on a brave face?

These are some common signs you are feeling ‘Depressed’

If you feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing works. I invite you try to a Stress Less, Relax To The Max Mindfulness Meditation workshop, it’s on me, so if it doesn’t help, there’s no financial outlay. What have you got to lose?

Email me on louise@stresslessandrelax.com