Many of my blogs are light hearted, bizarre or whatever; but NOT today.
This is Important and I hope that you will stay with me for a couple of minutes while I am talking passionately about something I care about. In fact we should all care about this as one in four of us will need mental health therapy sometime in our life.
I am hoping that somebody reading this will consider training to be a therapist in the field..
All over the news this morning and in the newspapers there are reports about the Mental Health services here in the UK. I am not at all surprised and have a lifetime of working in several areas of health.
More about that in a moment.
Paul Farmer, the chief executive of ‘Mind’, the charity that has led a review of Mental Health services says that there are “thousands of tragic and unnecessary deaths” with many more lives ruined as people struggled to get the healthcare they need.
What is the size of the problem?
About two million people a year are seen by mental health services and Mr Farmer thinks this needs to increase by a third.
This will include an expansion of talking therapies (such as cognitive behavioural therapy – CBT) to treat 600,000 more people a year, 70,000 children offered help and 30,000 more mothers with post-natal depression.
The report is being accepted by the Government and Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England pledged to commit extra £1billion to mental health.
About 400,000 of those offered extra therapy will be people with long-term physical conditions such as cancer or arthritis struggling with depression, anxiety and relationship problems as a result of their illness.
Maureen Baker, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs said “That we would like to ensure every GP practice has easy access to trained mental health services such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other talking therapies”.
So how many people do you know who have?:
That list is tiny -the funny this is that I am always at a loss where to stop with issues that can be helped with Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It doesn’t matter – the point is that so much of health is related to what is going in our mind.
So why my interest – why am a passionate about this?
I worked in nursing for 34 years and was always interested in the connection between the physical and mental approach to recovery from disease of surgery. It was easy to see that people with a positive mindset recovered quicker than those that were negative. Easy to see but in the everyday life of the ward impossible to research.
That was just one notable observation – but there were many more but not enough time to research and verify them.
How things have changed though – I am now involved through my work with a hypnotherapist – indirectly in the mental side of health rather then the physical.
I left nursing in 1996 to set up a web design and marketing company (a long story). The companies I most liked working with were health related for obvious background reasons.
Then I met Adam Eason – a Hypnotherapist who was also training new hypnotherapists. As we worked together I got to video his hypnotherapy training for use on our website. Adam’s teaching on the Hypnotherapy Training course taught me so much more about the physical / health approach to care. It is research based and his hypnotherapy is based around Cognitive Behavioural Therapy the whole approach significantly follows my nursing psychiatric training.
I have seen so many of Adam’s students develop into Hypnotherapists and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapists. They are now in a great position to help with this new mental health initiative to provide additional therapeutic resources.
My reason for writing this blog post today is to ask you a question. What are you doing in your life? Could you train for a really worthwhile career as a Hypnotherapist or Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist?
Many of the hypnotherapists I have met have trained because they have used hypnotherapy for their own issues. Adam Eason originally started his career because he had a physical condition (psoriasis) which was treated with hypnosis.
Physical condition – mental solution – How interesting is that?
If you want my guidance at all – I can tell you, just how wonderful it is having a career that really helps people. There is a massive MASSIVE need. You will get so much out of your work if you can help individuals – nothing is more rewarding. Just take my word for it.
What is great is that you can start to train TODAY
If you get a prospectus and have further questions – you will find my contact details in there – do please feel free to call me to talk about this as a career. Just take a look – it might be a call for you to do something new and really worthwhile.
We have had mental notes on bits of paper hanging around our house for years. Part of life with kids as they are growing up.
I think my daughter was responsible for the one that was in our loo with reminders of what to do when you tinkled and other things – aimed at the men in the household I believe.
My wife went to some study day at work and a notice appeared in our kitchen — ‘NO BLAME ZONE’ – I have to tell you that was a good one and did create a calming effect at moments of tension, Frantic places kitchens where everybody seems to be endlessly in a rush!
Well – up a step…
Today I was reading about a local Bournemouth lass Georgia Hall who is a 19 year old professional golfer who has just won £22,000 prize in a tournament in Australia. Better than that she will now qualified be in the Australian Open next week. Good for her – Go Georgia!.
What she has discovered – and what every successful sports champion discovers – is the power of the mind. Georgia has words ‘deep breath’ tattooed on her right wrist and found that the maxim helps her to remain calm.
She told Associated Press “It’s reminded me to take my time as I sometimes rush the swing or rush a decision. It’s meaning for me is to try and take my time. If I take my time then I am going to get it more right than if I rush it. It helps me out and I can have it in my mind.”
You don’t have to have a tattoo however. There are many techniques such as NLP anchoring and a varied other mental processes to help you store new notes in your brain – ready to call when you need them.
My friend Adam Eason a hypnotherapist has a website about the mental side of running – which is actually about distance running. The techniques and psychological skills taught there though can be for most individual sports. Go and check it out.
Our self-esteem can be affected by the way we look at and treat our lives, either as a game to be enjoyed or as a sport to be won. The way we play life is a mirror in which the reflection is either a happy and contented one or one of determination to win at all cost, within or outside of the rulebook.
Remember those early days in the school playground, playing games that were just simply fun to play? Games with no set rules and no winners or losers, the games anyone could play because being good or bad did not make the slightest difference. Oh happy days!
Then as we grew older the games began to have rules,
It seems natural to us to be compassionate towards others, but why is it we often lose that ability when dealing with ourselves. Perhaps this is an area that should be dealt with in our search for self-development.
I am fascinated about self-development in all of its shapes and forms and have tried and used many systems in my own development. Let’s admit it we all need a confidence or self-esteem boost every now and again especially in today’s fast paced, must succeed lifestyle. But a little word of warning if you considering a little self-development of your own for the first time.
You may be prolonging the agony of the recession without even realising it by the way you communicate with yourself and family. You may be hypnotising your family into deeper financial and mental depression with no way of stopping the downward spiral.
Despite what the politicians may tell us about the recession being over, for many people it is still a stark reality affecting every aspect of their everyday lives. The problem can be made worse by the way we react to our individual situations, the way we think, talk and act towards ourselves, family, friends and even potential employees.
Now I appreciate that when you are unemployed and suffering all the hardships that it can bring that it isn’t easy to go around whistling a happy tune all day, but that is exactly what you need to be trying to do. Consider the alternative, the alternative that you have probably chosen if you are in that unfortunate to be in that position.
Do you allow your frustration to show through, getting angry when family members ask for something you cannot afford? Are you continually criticising others about what they spend their money on? Do you show resentment towards those who are better off than yourself? If you are doing any or all of these things then you are definitely hypnotising yourself deeper into unhappiness and the prospect of a family breakup.
Continually acting like this is programming your mind for more trouble and the only way to stop that happening is to stop hypnotising yourself with frustration and anger and start hypnotising yourself with positivity and calm. Not easy I know, but even the smallest change into a more positive mindset will make a difference and you will amaze yourself at how quickly and easily you can progress.
By regaining some of your confidence and self-esteem, you will feel better within yourself, better to handle your situation and possibly even more important you will appear to be a better person to others, especially to that all important potential employer. So if you are going through the traumas of the recession my advice to stop hypnotising yourself deeper into it and try to take better care of yourself, such as getting exercise and more sleep, practicing yoga, meditation or my top tip of positive self-hypnosis.
Of course there are various possible approaches to this (no pun intended, golfers!).
Is it a game of mind over matter? Are you nuts to spend so much time at it? Is it an exercise in intimidating your opponent into missing the putt?
Actually, the answer to all three questions is yes. But let’s concentrate on the first one. Mind over matter, mental control, picturing and performing the perfect swing, stroke, contact? Yup, all of these.
As I’ve got older, wiser and slower (physically that is, my mind is still razor sharp and alert!), my golf has got better and better. Despite the loss of power and ever-greater exhaustion coming up the hill on the 18th. And this comes from greater understanding of the techniques involved, less wastage of energy on the unimportant aspects and generally an improved mental approach to the game. Although it’s taken me more than thirty years to reach this point, and my lowest handicap ever, I have often thought that it must be possible to assimilate all the knowledge in a way other than pure practice and experience. And I don’t mean reading magazines either, or, indeed, having endless lessons with the pro which usually destroy your game rather than improve it, at least for the first seven rounds thereafter.
What it really boils down to is the mental approach, as I keep saying. I don’t mean by this discarding the foolish notion that the ball will actually clear the tree in front of you, turn sharp right having done that, sail over the bunker and stop immediately on the narrow green. That ain’t going to happen and we all know it, so why do we keep trying? No, I mean getting an assured rhythm into your game and the certain knowledge that softer is better.
When I lived in France, I would often chat to the pro in the bar. He was quite an elderly pro who had been on the European tour, but had taken on a new wife, some thirty years his junior, spawned a sprog and evidently need the extra income from the lessons he gave during the summer. He had the very annoying habit of never standing still when you were speaking to him, but constantly swinging from side to side, performing little golf swings. He explained that this was what golf was all about, getting the rhythm – and apparently keeping it as well. Okay, that’s one way of doing it, but I now realise that there are other ways of getting this simple message into the brain.
Guest Writer: Chris MacAdie who says check out this e-book Secrets Of Hypnotic Golf written by Andrew Fogg, a Clinical Hypnotherapist who is also a golf fanatic.