Mental Health Disorders

Mental health issues, still wrongly carry a lot of stigma leaving the sufferer feeling that there is something wrong with them that cannot be fixed.

Many mental health disorders are temporary conditions that can be fixed once you treat the root cause of the problem.

The root cause of many mental conditions is negative emotions being triggered by your bad memories of  experiences. 

Theses bad emotional memories hold you back from achieving your full potential whilst at the same time they cause painful negative emotions, negative thinking and unpleasant feelings. 

When you get rid of these harmful emotions and thoughts, then you will gain back control of your emotions.

Your focus of attention also affects your mind and emotional state, often it is not so much your situation or problem that is the cause of all your suffering, it is the thoughts and perceptions that you're having about the situation that trigger all the emotional stress.

Another source of mental issues is your negative thoughts and beliefs, which can cause the emotional stress, limitations and unproductive behavior, but once you learn how to stop these emotional responses or de-activate your bad memories, then the emotional arousal will no longer be triggered.

When your mind and body are in balance, then your mind will be calm and your body will function at its most efficient best, in this state, you will sleep well, feel energized and empowered and you will handle life's challenges better.

But when your mind and body are out of balance, then this can cause sleep problems, endless worry, anxiety and stress, which will stop your brain from switching off from your problems and worries.

Some food and a nutrient deficiency can also affect your mood and the functioning of your mind and body.

Break free from the stigma of mental health issues

It is time to break free from the mental health disorder taboo, and if you suffer with any mentally related issues then you need to take practical steps so you will prevent any other problems further down the line.

Mental disorders, and nearly everybody on this planet will suffer with mental related issues, can range from a whole range of issues and problems.

Most people assume that when they have mental health issues that there is something wrong with their minds, but this is not always true and if you have been struggling to resolve and fix your mental health problems.

Then you may be surprised to learn that there might be some hidden underlying issues and imbalances in your body that are responsible for your problems.

By making some new positive lifestyle changes and adjustments, you can soon start to improve your mental health and brain functioning.

Loads of people from all walks of life go through mental health disorders, and there are plenty of people suffering with depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD and other mental disorders.
 
Let's clear up one important issue, just because you have been labelled or you have conditioned yourself to believe that you have a mental condition, it does not mean that there is nothing wrong with you mentally.

You may feel like you're on your own, because that's what mental health disorders can make you feel like, and because of all the stigma attached to mental health disorders, you or somebody who you know may find it difficult to talk about it or seek help.

Emotional and mental health conditions, and the two are both connected to each other, can play games with your mind, by making that you feel like you're isolated and by yourself.

This can leave you feeling as if no one else understands you and the pain and difficulty that you're going through.

If you have mental issues, then you should not feel ashamed or embarrassed about it, because although others hide their inner difficulties and problems, most people are also struggling to deal with their mental issues.

You should not perceive yourself from being different to anybody else, nor should you allow others to label or treat you as being different.

You should not allow your condition to hold you back or prevent you from living the best life that you possibly can.

Learn a lesson from young children

If you observe young children, then you will notice that young children do not have mental health issues, you rarely ever see very young suffering with depression and anxiety.

Young children know how to express their emotions, they mind and body are working in balance and harmony, they don't worry or care too much about what other people think.

They eat well, keep active, they have fun and they get plenty of sleep and they are totally dependant on their parents for support, help and love, so they have no need to deal with things themselves.

Children do not have any self doubts or limitations, because they know that they are good enough, worthy enough and deserving enough.

When you think that you're not good enough, worthy enough and deserving enough in any area of your life, then you are denying yourself from the truth and unleashing the real you.

Feeling you're not enough, is one of the biggest causes of mental health issues.

Luckily, you can begin to change this false and limiting belief just by dropping the " I am not enough" to " I am enough, I always have been and I always will be".

If a young child has any problems or they get hurt themselves, their parents pick them up and comfort them or give them guidance and protection.

But as we grow up, we have to defend more for ourselves, if we have any emotional problems, we can no longer turn to our parents for comfort and protection.

To make matters worse, nobody teaches us how to deal with our problems and emotions, so we hold onto them and fight with them, instead of feeling the emotion and then letting it go.



Self acceptance

These days, especially as we are being constantly bombarded by airbrushed and seemingly beautiful and flawless glamour and super thin models and celebrities in magazines and splashed all over the TV and the internet, it can leave many of us feel inadequate and inferior.

Thin is not attractive or healthy, nobody admires someone who is super thin.

Many people struggle with body image, but, we are a race of all sorts of different shapes, colors and sizes.

Learn to accept your body and looks, remember, beauty is only skin deep, so just make the most of what you've got.

You are attractive both on the outside and the inside, even if you don't really believe it.

We all must have a healthy self-image of ourselves, because only then will our relationships with ourselves and others start thrive and blossom.

Accept, you, and the parts of your body that you cannot change, and work on improving the things that you can change if that is what you want.

When you obsess and worry over our bodies, then this will cause you to fall into a cycle of obsessive thinking, which won't change a thing, but it will cause you endless upset and emotional stress.

Obsessing over your body will eat away and erode your self esteem, change what you can, and let go of what you can't change, keep fit, exercise and eat healthy. 

When you constantly obsess about and create a negative body image, it will cause insecurities and obsessive and repetitive thought processes that will result in endless stress and emotional pain, which will prevent you from focusing on the wonderful life that you can have.

On top of all that, many of us feel as we have to impress others, look good, and often we feel the need to come across perfectly socially, for the fear of being ridiculed, embarrassed or teased.

Social factors and social pressures, can put a lot of pressures on us, socializing should be fun, we are all social creatures at heart, however, for some, socializing can be an uncomfortable experience.

If you worry about embarrassing yourself, blushing or making a mistake, then this can lead to social anxiety.

The best way to stop your social fears, is to start to develop a couldn't care less attitude, such as stop caring about going red, stop caring about what others think and say and stop caring about making a mistake.

Instead of trying to impress others, focus more on pleasing yourself and doing what's best for you, accept yourself and be OK with yourself.

Build your self confidence, but be yourself, don't try and fake it or try to be something that you're not as this will just make life hard for you.

Although it is OK to have high standards, because there is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best and wanting to come across confidently.

However, avoid trying to be perfect, because wanting to be perfect, or wanting to have everything perfect, is not a very good way to live your life, and you will never be able to settle and relax. 

Perfection is hard work, exhausting, frustrating and energy draining, for the perfectionist, things will never be right and they will never be satisfied.

The need to be perfect is the quickest route to low self worth, low confidence and feeling not good enough.

Perfectionism leads to stagnation, worry and anxiety, it will hold you back and keep you in your comfort zone, the truth is all human beings have flaws and weaknesses, even the glamour models, want to look better.

The reality is, you're never going to be perfect, if you try, it will lead to a life of misery.

To be at your best socially, you need to be relaxed, outwardly focused and spontaneous, and you cannot do that if you're focusing on yourself, you worried about what might go wrong or you're too scared to let yourself go.

Perfectionism, causes you to give in to your anxieties and be controlled by your fears. 

Striving to be perfect, can stunt your spiritual and growth and prevent you from expanding yourself, to grow as a human being, you have to step outside your comfort zone and take risks, it also hides and masks the real authentic you.

There is a big difference in wanting to be the best version of you and thinking that you need to improve or be like others.

You can still strive for excellence and have high standards, but to not be afraid to expose your flaws and weaknesses.

It is good to grow, but you should not see yourself as a lesser person than anybody else or that others are better than you, otherwise this can lead to developing an inferiority complex.

When you highlight and focus on your weaknesses and insecurities, then you will expand those weaknesses and insecurities. 

Not accepting yourself, including your perceived weaknesses and flaws, can lead to low self esteem and confidence issues.

Ignore any negativity or unfair remarks of others, and ignore any negativity or criticisms from your own mind.

Accept yourself, learn to like you and keep telling you that, "You're good enough", and in time you will find that others can no longer diminish you.

Master your emotions

One thing that nearly all people need to understand to live their best life possible, yet they struggle to cope and manage with, is their feelings and emotions.

You cannot win at life if you do not learn how to manage and master your feelings and emotions.

Many mental health issues exist because people have not learned about their feelings and emotions, if you want to make a big positive difference to you and your life, then it is time to give up trying to fight with, suppress or attempting to distract yourself off your feelings and emotions.

Emotions are not a bad thing, they are designed to guide us, therefore instead of trying to resist them, engage in them or suppress them, it would be far beneficial to begin to listen to what your emotions are trying to tell you.

Our natural state of well-being should be an emotional and physical state of balance and free flowing energy.

This is like the relaxed and flow like state people reach when they are in a deep state of meditation, the Chinese call it "Chi, life force energy", which flows through everybody

With practice, you can reach these relaxed, balanced and flow states in your normal waking state.

When you feel symptoms of stress and negative feelings and sensations, this means that you are disrupting your natural free flowing energy and you are creating an opposing energy state of resistance.

The trick with negative emotions is to catch them right at their early stage, because once you allow them to build up momentum, it is too late, your body will already be pumped up and full of stress and adrenaline and your day will be ruined.

When these two energy states come together, then this will create physical symptoms and feelings which we will feel in our body, otherwise known as stress, anger and anxiety.

When you pursue with negative and stressful thoughts you will begin to create feelings of resistance that will trigger off all the stressful physical and chemical responses in your body.

So the trick is to be mindful, so you can catch the negative emotions early, as soon as you first notice the negative emotional arousal. 

As soon as you notice the negative feelings, let them and the situation go, usually something will grab your conscious attention, the emotion which is designed to get you moving to take action, will trigger physical symptoms in your body.

Listen to your emotions, and let them guide you, if there is an important message coming from your mind, you may need to either take some form of action, however most of the time.

Your feelings will let you know when you're resisting something, the more you resist something the longer you will hold on to it.

Sometimes, your emotions may be an indication that you need to take your focus of attention off what is making you feel bad, and put your focus of attention on to what you do want or anything that does not make you feel bad.

Other times, it may mean that you may need to take some form of action, but still feel the emotion and practice letting the emotion move through you and away. 

Then, once you have a clear head and a relaxed body, decide on whether or not you need to do anything or do some preparation or just let the matter go. 

If you become engaged in your thoughts, imagination and feelings, then this will cause even more of similar types of thoughts and imaginings, or you will repeatedly think the same negative patterns of thoughts.

If you practice, pausing for a minute, and just feel the emotion and process it, then just allow the emotion and the thoughts, to come and pass on by, then you will prevent all that endless stress, worry and anxiety. 

You cannot stop negative thoughts, you can challenge and change the beliefs that are fuelling the negative thoughts, but trying to stop them will just make things worse.

Just get into the habit of letting your mind know that you're not going there and you're not going to follow those same old tiresome and stressful ways of thinking and reacting. 

To help reduce your anxiety you need to focus off, how you're feeling and focus your attention on to something else, try and be less internally focused and more externally focused.

Calm your mind and body

If you're feeling stressed, tensed and anxious, then you need to learn how to relax your body by slowing down your brainwaves and returning to a more relaxed and alert, calm and assertive energy.

There are four brainwave frequencies, the two main waking ones are, beta and alpha.

Beta-brain waves are associated with our normal waking consciousness, the beta brainwaves can range from a heightened state of alertness and sharp focus, which can rise up to a state of stress and anxiety, 

The higher you go up through the beta range, the more critical, nagging and anxious that annoying voice in your head will become.

These days more and more people stay in the high range of beta, where they experience way too much stress, anger, tension, agitation and anxiety.

Alpha-brainwaves are, the more relaxed and calm frequency you experience when you're feeling deeply relaxed or when you're going into a trance like daydream state. 

You usually experience the alpha range when you’re chilled out or during hypnosis and light meditation, this state is great for creativity and making positive changes to your life.

Theta-brainwaves are the deeply relaxed state of altered awareness you enter, when you're experiencing light sleep, you're you're in a deep state of meditation.

Delta-brainwaves are the really slow frequencies you enter during a deep dream state of sleep.

During your waking state, we generally operate in the beta rhythm, the majority of the time you should aim to be in a relaxed but alert state, ranging somewhere between low beta and high alpha.

If you can calm your mind and body down to a calm but assertive energy or relaxed but alert, then you will learn and take in information better. 

You will also perform more efficiently, you will have more self control and you won't react so stressfully to external stimuli and situations so much.

Understanding your emotions

Fear- Anxiety and fear are your mind trying to alert you that something bad might happen and it tries to get you to take some form of evasive or defensive action.

The anxiety is like an early warning risk assessment of a potential threat or danger, where your mind will present to you and project what if thoughts and imaginings. Fear is more of a direct response to an outside threat.

Fear and anxiety are not bad, it can be a genuine warning that you might be about to face a physical risk or danger.

Therefore, it can be vital mechanism, designed to help protect you and keep you and your family safe, however, fear and anxiety can attach itself to things that pose no real threat, and anxiety can get out of control.

Again, do not try and deal with or want to stop your anxiety as this will only serve to fuel it, if there is a real genuine risk, then you may need to do some preparation work or planning, to avoid any dangers.

However, in most cases with anxiety, the risk and potential dangers only exist in your imagination, therefore do not always trust or act, based on the evidence suggested by your imagination.

Everybody feels anxious or uncomfortable at times, maybe it is because you are feeling a bit more stressed or tense at the moment.

The trouble starts when you try to get rid of your fear and anxiety, you think you have to deal with it, you try to avoid it or you try to resist it.

The thing with fear and anxiety is, the more you resist it the longer you will hold on to it, therefore, the emotional pain and the sensations of fear will only persist and last if you resist them.

The thing to do is, when you notice that you are feeling a bit fearful or you're having those anxious thoughts and imaginings, if there is no real risk, then do not try and work out why you feel like you do.

Do not make a big deal about it or want to avoid or escape from the thing or situation that is causing your anxiety.

Just feel the emotions and physical feelings, without getting locked into those anxious thoughts those what if  imaginings, or the stories that you're telling yourself, and without reacting or doing anything, just experience the feelings and sensations, and you will find the feelings will not last very long.

Fear follows a series of patterns, associations and responses.

You can also try to interrupt the patterns, by taking some slow and deep, powerful breaths, changing your facial expressions to a big smile, and release any tension that you're holding onto. 

Go into a short power pose, open up your body, because when you change your physiology to a relaxed and confident state, it will confuse your mind and break the fearful patterns.

Sometimes, when we feel anxious without a logical reason, we need to be quite forceful with our minds and let it know, we are safe and secure, or everything will be OK, so these feelings aren't necessary.

Try and avoid using negative words like,

  • Never 
  • I can't 
  • I am not 
  • I hate/dislike 
  • I don't
Instead, change any negative words to positive ones.

If you feel anxious or worried all the time, then you need to learn how to manage and react to your anxious thoughts.

Sadness-We feel sad in our lives when we have lost something that is important to us and we think that we will not get it back or when we want something, but we think we cannot have it, or if we feel as is there is something lacking or missing in our lives.

To help you to overcome sadness, you can try and get back what you have lost, like a partner or a goal that you have given up on. If you know that you cannot get back the thing or person that you have lost, then it is a case of accepting the situation.

Gratitude and appreciation is a good way to help you overcome sadness and so is being hopeful and optimistic about your future.

Normally after a period of grieving, sadness starts to ease and you will begin to return back to your normal state. There is a difference between sadness and feeling depressed.

Depression can be an indication that your body is out of balance or you have an underlying physical reason for why you're feeling depressed.

It could be, you're stuck in a bad situation or you are feeling mentally or physically tired, stressed or exhausted, or you have been eating something, that your body is sensitive to.

Anger- We often feel anger when we believe that someone had overstepped our boundaries or they have gone against our wishes, rules or beliefs, when can also feel angry when we feel passionate about something or if someone has upset us and we have not dealt with it as we would have liked to.

When you feel angry, you can either take action to stick up for yourself, your rights or what you believe in, or you can accept the situation and let the matter go.

When you first begin to notice that you feel angry, when that strong emotion starts to build up, pause and take a few deep breaths or walk away from the situation until you calm yourself down, then if you have to deal with a difficult situation or person, try and handle it in a calm but assertive manner.

Frustration-We feel frustrated when we are not achieving our goals, we are not getting the results that we want or believe we deserve, you can also feel frustrated when you're feeling tired and stressed and things aren't going your way.

If you are feeling frustrated, take a break or short rest from what you're doing, if you're frustrated because you have not achieved the levels of success or results that you expect, then it may be time to re-evaluate your goals.

Striving to be perfect or wanting everything to be perfect can result in feelings of frustration, there is nothing wrong with wanting to be the best you can, as long as you don't become annoyed or upset when things are not going as good as you would like.

One of the biggest causes of frustration is caused when you're focusing on what you don't have or what you don't want, which is causing you a whole lot of negative emotions, stress and momentum.

Negative emotions are the route to bad health, struggle and feeling of unwellness.

If this is the case, then you have to forget about and let go of what is, so you can start to build up the positive momentum, think only thoughts that do not make you feel bad, relax and do the things that you like or want to do.

Stress

Many people think that they have mental health issues, because they worry too much or they suffer with high levels of stress.

The key to good mental health and well-being is to know how to problem solve. We struggle to resolve our problems because we have never been taught how to do it.

Sometimes solving a problem requires the art of creative problem solving, but if you're feeling stressed because of your problem, you feel challenged or overwhelmed or you worry a lot, then the stress will severely hamper your chances of solving your problem or overcoming your challenges.

The thing to be mindful of, is, attempting to solve your problems when you're feeling stressed will usually make your stress worse and you will end up even more frustrated, tense and irritable.

The reason why it is harder to solve your problems when you're feeling stressed and tense is, because your brain will function differently depending on your emotional and physical state.

The longer you stay in a stressed and tense state, the more problems you will create, or the longer you will hold on to your current problem or worry.

At times when you're feeling stressed or if your muscles are tight and tense, which are the exact symptoms as you would have if you were being threatened, your brain will flip into survival mode.

Then, because your brain associates, the symptoms of stress with your fight or flight response, your brain will use this as feedback, and it will interpret it as, you must be in immediate danger.

Effectively, tight muscles and the symptoms of stress are part of your fight or flight mode, so when you're feeling stressed and tense, you will experience more anxiety, you will worry more and you will react with fear, more.

When you feel stressed, your body will be flooded with adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol, these stress chemicals, will cause the contraction of our muscles. 

This reaction, can make us become shorter in stature, and our blood is diverted from our stomach and sent to our major muscle groups to give us more energy and strength.

Our heartbeat will increase, our breathing will become rapid and our blood will thicken, to prevent us bleeding too much, should we be physically hurt.

This is all well and good, if you're in a real life dangerous situation, but for many people, their anxiety and stress levels can get out of control, even though they're not in any real danger, and having your fight or flight reflex response going off, is not much help, when you're trying to solve your problems or trying to deal with the daily challenges of the day.

Persistent stress, anxiety and worry, can be very bad for you and your health, and because your brain and body will be stuck the survival mode, your brain will put all its attention on survival and you will develop tunnel vision, where our mind is constantly searching for a threat that does not exist in your outer reality.

When our body is tense, we also tend to have more fearful thoughts, again the brain, is frantically trying to make sense of, the reason why the body is tense and it will constantly alert you and preparing you for the perceived potential threat, this is what anxiety is.

The best way to overcome a challenge or problem, is to use your creativity, if you want to be at your creative best, you need to be in a relaxed state.

Like when you're having a bath or when you're about to drop off to sleep, this will allow you to think more clearly, so you can analyze and look at your problem objectively and you will be able to think outside of the box.

Meditation will put you in the ideal state to creatively solve your problems and come up with new ways ad idea's and hypnosis is a great way to make new positive changes and rid yourself of your bad habits and worries.

Being in, and observing nature is also a good way to relax you and help you resolve your problems.

Look after your body and improve your brain functioning

Many people think that mental health disorders and problems are all conditions of the mind, but the mind and body are directly linked to each other and if the one is out of balance then this will throw the other out of balance.

Therefore, it is very important to understand about the connection between the mind and the body, because not all mental health issues are down to a direct problem of the brain, especially emotional, poor focus and symptoms known as brain fog.

Our entire body and network is all interconnected, and your whole physiology and bodily systems and functioning all interact with each other.

Poor well-being of the body will affect the functioning of the mind, whilst good physical well-being will improve better brain functioning.

Most people go about their daily lives with their body out of balance and harmony with how they are meant to be and how they are supposed to interact with their environment, which can affect their moods, confidence levels and mental attitude.

What this means is, your mind and body can be affected by, 

  • Your focus of attention 
  • How you react in your environment 
  • How tense or relaxed your muscles are 
  • What you eat
  • What pollutants and toxins you are exposed to or what you put into your body

If you are suffering with mental health issues, then this could mean that you might need to balance your body and feed it with good quality, healthy foods and nutrition, and try cutting out any foods that do not agree with you. 

There are many physical symptoms that can have a direct effect on your brain, some of these include.

  • Diet and nutrition 
  • Food sensitivity and intolerance
  • Stress and tension 
  • Emotional issues 
  • Sleep and relaxation 
  • Environmental problems 
  • Activity and exercise 
  • Bad memories and trauma

If you want to treat your mental disorders, then there may be many issues that you should consider looking at and addressing.

A good place to start is to start understanding about the mind and body connection and how they can both affect each other.

If your mind is unsettled and turbulent, such at times of stress, negative thinking, worry and anxiety, then because of the mind and body connection, then your whole physiology will change and become out of balance and harmony.

When you change your focus of attention to something positive or you think thoughts that offer no resistance, then this will bring your whole body back into balance and harmony because your body will follow the lead that is set by your mind.

Tension and stress in the mind and body can result in a whole lot of illnesses and emotional issues, and one of the best ways to calm your mind is to calm your body and change the way you react to your thoughts and what is going on in your environment.

Our thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, our mental attitude, our good and bad memories and our life experiences can all affect our physiology, behaviors and mood.

If you can learn how to calm your mind and direct your thoughts, then you will start to bring your body back into balance and harmony.

Keeping active and get plenty of rest, sleep and relaxation, will all help to keep your body functioning at its peak efficient best.

People underestimate the importance of practicing to deeply relax, to help reduce your stress and anxiety levels, as well as boosting your energy levels and making you feel and function better.

Too much stress can affect your stress hormone balance, causing symptoms such as anxiety, depression and mood fluctuations.

Eating too much sugar, can affect your blood sugar levels, which can affect your mood and energy levels, not to mention your weight.

Cutting back on excessive sugar and flour consumption and processed foods, combined with eating a healthy and varied well balanced diet can help to stabilize your blood sugar levels.



Eating a good source of protein, fiber and healthy fat, especially the good fats that are rich in omega 3 with all of your normal vegetables and carbs can help stabilize blood sugar as well as making you feel better.

Reduce inflammation in your body

Inflammation in the body can affect your entire system, including brain functioning.

Again, some of the culprits that can cause inflammation in the body are, stress and how much sugar you consume, eating too many of the wrong oils and fats in and not enough of the good oils and fats. 

Or you may be sensitive to certain foods, some of the well known ones are dairy, wheat and gluten.

Other things that can cause inflammation is, stress, anger, worry/negative thinking, tension and anxiety.

Try to avoid the foods that promote inflammation in the body and eat more of the cooling foods that are known to reduce inflammation.

Other things that can help to reduce your inflammation levels are relaxing and exercise, reducing tension or being a bit more active.

Clearing energy blockages

You will often find that behind most peoples stress and anxiety and mental issues, lies an underlying trauma, worry or fear.

We often become stressed or anxious, when we hear that we have got to do something that we find challenging or something that we feel we do not have the confidence or the ability to do or deal with.

Other times, people become stressed or worried when they don't want something to happen or they dislike something about themselves, for example, body image, causes people a lot of stress.

Once you start to focus on something that causes you to worry or feel anxious, you will have a stressful and emotional reaction.

When you find the thing that you are focusing on is making you feel bad, and you try to stop thinking about it. 

You might find out that you cannot seem to stop thinking about it, in fact, it will probably make you think about it even more which will cause more worry, stress and anxiety and the cycle will continue and the momentum will grow.

People can spend months and years worrying and obsessing over things, yet you can stop all the worry, obsessive thinking and stress very quickly.

Bad memories and experiences can also cause you endless fear, stress, worry and anxiety. One simple technique that everybody ought to learn which is very effective at knocking out unwanted stress and negative emotions, is Thought Field Therapy.

Thought Field Technique is a unique style of mind, body therapy which has been designed to release your old limiting beliefs, energy blocks and unhelpful behavioral patterns and associations that are making you feel worried, anxious and stressful.

All you have to do is to think about, or return back to a memory or situation in your mind that is causing you to feel anxious, worried, angry or stressed, and then perform the tapping technique that is demonstrated in the video below.



You can also use Thought Field Therapy to get rid of any unwanted or repetitive thought processes.

Because when you learn that you might have to do something that makes you feel anxious or stressed, like giving a presentation, going on a first date or having an interview to name a few.

If you think about it, it is not the situation that is the big problem, it is the thoughts that you're having about the challenging situation that is making you feel stressed, worried and anxious.

So if you have learned the Thought Field Therapy technique above, then what you can do is, lets say you're worried about giving a presentation.

Think to yourself repeatedly 

"The thought of giving a presentation"

Whilst you perform the tapping routine and ritual, because most of your fears and anxieties are linked to the thoughts that you're having about you, other people or the stressful situation.

Balance and natural functioning of the body

The brain and the body are not separate, they are one whole mechanism, and they both operate together to bring about the functioning of a very efficient and complex system.

When your mind and body are working in complete harmony and balance, and they are fed the right amount of nutrients and fluids, then you will feel at your best and you will perform at your peak performance best.

For you to hit these peaks, your whole physiology needs to function efficiently as a whole, where it is at its optimum best, 

This will be when you're feeling generally relaxed and rested, where your body is free from tensions, your breathing is rhythmic and natural so you have the right amount of oxygen being supplied to your cells to give you enough energy.

Your heartbeat will be at its normal resting state, which for an average adult will be approximately between 60 to 100b beats per minute, whereas an athlete who trains regularly and looks after himself, might have a slightly lower resting beat.   

Ideally you want to aim to try and maintain your body in a relatively stable state.

Things that will throw your physiology out of balance are

  • Stress, anxiety, worry and negative thinking 
  • Tense and slouched posture, stiff muscles 
  • Stimulants, such as caffeine, too much sugar, alcholol 
  • Hormone imbalance 
  • Poor diet, food sensitivity
There are many things that can affect our physiology and throw our mind and body out of balance.

Our heart rate goes up during any physical exertion, and it will rapidly go up when adrenaline is released into our body, as this will activate the fight or flight response, such as at times when we are feeling scared, stressed or anxious.

The fight or flight mechanism also causes our breathing to become shallow and our muscle to become tense.

If you feel anxious, angry or stressed all the time, then this will cause the constant release of adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol to be released into your blood stream, which can hold you stuck in survival mode.

The fight or flight response is the opposite state of your natural calm and most efficient resting state, if you suffer with high levels of worry, negative thinking, stress, anger or anxiety.

Then this can block off your creativity, affect your short term memory, reduce your ability to focus and concentrate not to mention the damaging effects they can have on your quality of life, your well-being and your health.

We all want to feel confident, to define confidence, it is the opposite state of fear and anxiety. You cannot be at your confident best if your muscles are tense and you are feeling anxious.

There is a powerful link between our posture and our thoughts and mood. When we are at our full expansion, without tensing or stiffening, then this will switch us into a happier, more assertive and confident state.

Although you cannot link slouching as the sole cause of depression, if you allow your body to slump or collapse for long periods, then this can put you into a more negative and insecure state.

This does not mean that you should try and physically pull yourself up, sit up straight or attempt to stand unnaturally tall, as this will lead to stiff muscles and tension in the mind.



If you think that you have developed some poor tension habits or if you want to feel more poised, confident and comfortable, and sit and stand with the least amount of tension,

Then, I recommend that you watch the professional videos by certified Alexander Technique specialist Brett Hershey.

I would not recommend that you start to try and adjust or alter your posture unless you know what you're doing as the chances are you will make things worse instead of better.



Rest and relaxation

If you want to feel better, more at ease and balanced then there are two important issues that you need do, one is to keep active, the other is to rest deeply.

After years of mental and physical exhaustion, such as times when you have been doing to much or you have been suffering with mental stress, worry, negativity and anxiety, it can take its toll on your health and how you feel.

Some people just go on and on, never giving their mind or bodies a chance to rest and restore, and in the end, something will give and it will catch up with you and affect you in many negative ways.

Life is all about momentum, if you have got a whole lot of negative momentum going on, or if you are pushing yourself to the limits, without taking adequate amounts of rest, then you will eventually begin to suffer in some form or other.

Often things like high levels of anxiety, obsessive behaviors, panic attacks, depression are a result of years of stress, worry and negative thinking.

The body requires plenty of rest and relaxation for it to rest and restore itself, giving you more energy, more focus and better performance levels.

The more you put aside or allocate a certain amount of time to rest and switch off from your daily chores or worries, the less worries you will have and you will be more able to handle and cope with the daily challenges of life.

Regular deep relaxation will give you more energy, it will allow your mind to calm and your body to return back to its natural state of calm, harmony and balance.

Relaxing deeply each day is not a thing that you do to give yourself a treat, it is something that the body requires that will help you to feel better as well as improving your general health, and your mind and body will love you for it.

There are many good ways to relax, you can relax in the peaceful surroundings of nature, you can have a relaxing long soak in the bath or listen to some relaxing music.

Everybody these days has heard about the many health benefits of meditation to help you reach deep and relaxation states of consciousness or inner peace and tranquility. 

Regular meditation can restore inner peace and balance, calm your racing mind, help you to reduce stress and anxiety, melt away your worries, lift depression resolve your problems and increase your focus and concentration.

Hypnosis is another great way to switch off from the world and guide you to reach deep states of relaxation, it also carries and added bonus, because these days there is virtually no problem that hypnosis cannot help you with.

There are two choices in life, you can either choose to learn how to relax more and feel better and more balanced you can carry on worrying and feeling stressed and anxious all the time, which will throw your whole body out of balance causing the increased risk of mental health issues and health related problems and conditions.



Medical Disclaimer

The information on this page is for information use purposes and it is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this information for the diagnosing or treatment for health conditions. If you suspect that you have a health condition, consult your doctor.




 


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