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Holiday Hassles

July 26, 2010

So the school holidays have now started, and it feels like us adults also deserve a holiday. In offices all around the country, people are taking off on their annual break, where work becomes a distant memory, while colleagues jealously wait for their turn in the sun. However, I read an interesting article in the Daily Mail the other day – all about holidays and anxiety – which suggests that this holiday dream is not a reality.  According to the article, nearly half of managers claim a holiday leaves them feeling ‘more anxious’ than before they left the office, according to a survey from the Institute of Leadership and Management, which polled nearly 2500 managers.

So what is causing this problem? Why can we not relax when we are on holiday? Well first of all, more and more workers are taking devices like the BlackBerry and iPhone away with them, meaning they never switch off from the office and their onslaught of emails. Of the third of those polled who work while on holiday, 80 per cent ‘frequently’ respond to emails, nearly 50 per cent take phone calls and 10 per cent go into the office.  More than two-thirds of people who own a BlackBerry or a smart-phone say they check it ‘at least once a day, if not more’. A shocking 40% of all managers told researchers that they return to work feeling ‘more anxious’ than before they left especially because of the number of emails they will face on their return.

Professor Cary Cooper, from the Lancaster University Management School, said the problem has been worsened because employees are so worried about losing their job that they are falling victim to the culture of ‘presenteeism’. This involves arriving early and staying late, as well as staying in touch while on holiday as a way of showing commitment to your employer.

Around 40 per cent of managers are already working more than 50 hours a week, while around 10 per cent do more than 60 hours.

So what are some recommended tips to reduce anxiety on your holiday? If you have to check emails, limit this checking to once per day. Other tips are to inform key contacts that you are away in order to cut down the number of messages you will receive on your return, and leave a clear plan for your absence so that colleagues can get things done before your return. 

However, we would say that there is more to do than that, to make sure you enjoy your holiday and are relaxed and refreshed when you return. In this situation, people are anxious when returning to work, because they are expecting the worst. But 99% of the time anxiety is based on assumptions. So we would say just make sure that you get everything sorted out as much as possible before you go, and then be confident in your ability that you have done everything that you need to do, and what you haven’t done can wait until your return.

Let us know how that works for you!

Recovering from multiple sclerosis

June 11, 2010

We wanted to share a good news story with you today about Amritpal Juttla and her recovery from Multiple Scelrosis (MS). Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common neurological condition affecting around 100,000 people in the UK. MS is the result of damage to myelin – a protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of thecentral nervous system.When myelin is damaged, this interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body..

Amritpal could not come to terms with her condition and refused to believe she had MS and as her MS started to progress she became a wheelchair user. In September last year a relative showed her a cutting from a magazine about a woman who had been receiving treatment for her multiple sclerosis at The Mind Clinic in London and was now able to walk again and decided to give it a go herself.

She initially underwent counselling with Hratch Ogali, the founder of the Mind Clinic, to better understand her condition and how multiple sclerosis works. She learnt to off load all the problems that were bothering her. Amritpal was then taught a number of  techniques which involve breathing, mind work and mental/physical exercise. A week later, she was already able to start walking again with a frame. The important thing here is that Amritpal had the strength of mind and determination to work at these techniques, not just during the Mind Clinic sessions but when at home every day in order to overcome her condition. It is very much a personal goal to use the power of your mind to overcome the complications in your life.

Amritpal says she is now regaining her confidence, and getting stronger day-by-day. You can read Amritpal’s full story here

If you suffer from Multiple Sclerois please do share your experience with us. Also, please let us know if you have any questions about the Mind Clinic, and we can help you halt the progression of MS.

Depression Series #6: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

June 11, 2010

In all aspects of life’s journey we suffer a form of trauma, be it physical or mental or psychological. The result of all traumas carries one form of depression or another.

As the trauma is felt physically and mentally, the return to normality from that point is time consuming.  Any trauma alters behaviour and everyday perceptions, these naturally carry a strong depressive state and with the added influence of the physical restriction the depression becomes magnified and one loses freedom. This kind of depression needs to be worked upon.

It is important not to accept the situation. We have to make the effort and express the need to overcome, rather than allow one to suffer in silence and expect the cloud to shift as a matter of course. 

When there is a strong desire to shift that cloud then there is a strong possibility that we can off load that weight and darkness and focus on recovery rather than dwell to analyse.

If your Post traumatic Stress is due to an experience, whether witnessing an accident, or witnessing acts of war or violence, or being diagnosed with a serious condition, there are several aspects that must be applied to elevate your situation to develop a clearer vision.

Whatever we witness in our life, these are lessons for us to learn from, the focus shifts from becoming restricted with theses experiences to making them more constructive towards developing a greater understanding.

When we develop an understanding we become stronger automatically. There is no room for self-doubt or unfounded fears in our mind.

Time is important in these situations, a lot of healing must take place, this can only happen with the passing of time. To overcome these depressions takes a focus towards freedom, to empower yourself, to strengthen yourself physically and mentally, to become adamant, or desperate to find a way out. 

Always remember to listen to what your mind tells you and accept that as a fact. Listen to your intuition to reach a higher understanding. That in itself will alleviate any influence of any trauma and will open the door to alternative thoughts, all of which are relevant to overcoming and building towards getting back to life.

Patience and endurance is key.  Instruct your mind with  “power” and “strength” Keep active, use your inner power and your natural strength. Repeating these words will prepare you towards a healthier attitude mentally and physically.

 We must always strive to develop the desire to understand situations rather than victimising ourselves with events that are out of our control. 

 Ultimately the focus must always remain onto helping yourself to improving your situation and outlook towards your environment and to always be open and receptive to all changes that may take place in your journey in life.

In these situations there is no pill or miracle cure. Just by understanding the process makes you wiser and helps you handle all situations.

Where do depressions take us?

June 11, 2010

 There are some widespread common conditions that in recent years have escalated out of control. There is no known medical cure for the majority of these conditions and as the medical professionals try desperately to find a cure, individuals are left facing uncertainty.

When all of these conditions are analysed, and having worked with numerous cases at The Mind Clinic, I am fully aware that depression can initiate a physical restriction. When we suffer any kind of physical weakness we develop the inner belief that the body has become restricted. Depression is the initial trigger to all of these physical symptoms that go on to be indentified through medical diagnosis as one of the many labelled conditions.

One condition that many young people are diagnosed with is ME . ME doesn’t have any noticeable physical weaknesses, but when the minds perception of the self is a weakness the instinct that controls every part of our body begins to dissipate.  The physical restriction becomes increasingly debilitating where the energy is completely drained from the mind and the body where the body refuses to comply naturally (instinctively) as the body’s conscious reaction has been influenced by weakness. Due to the lack of willpower this makes it extremely difficult for any individual to find a way out. 

The power of suggestion is in its extreme in these situations because these conditions are perceived to be a disease that grows and manifests from within. This of course causes further weakness.

Yet looking at it overall the whole idea of this condition is an emotional reaction to situations. Focus is lost to reopen the mind, to bring the natural freedom back to where it belongs.  Our natural instinct can be restored and activated when we apply willpower and refuse to accept any weaknesses.

These weaknesses derive from thought processes and manifest according to our imagination, they can become as restricting and as paralysing as the thought itself. 

 When we are in a negative place our negativity takes us further into the darkness or the unknown and magnifies. ME is simply cured by reaching an understanding and understanding the reasons for it and ways of overcoming it.

 Self-belief returns and the reversal of a behaviour or a belief will allow you to explore and utilise the opportunity to recover from any form of suggestion given by the medical profession or other Alternative therapists.

Bono Back Injury

June 4, 2010

We are all used to seeing rock stars jumping around on stage, but we don’t often think about them actually injuring themselves while rehearsing. But according to this blog, that is exactly what happened to one particular star, Bono. After hurting his back during concert rehearsals in Munich,  U2 have been forced to postpone the sixteen dates on the band’s summer American tour, including the two dates at Angel Stadium on June 6 and June 7. The band also canceled its performance at the Glastonbury music festival.

 Bono underwent emergency spine surgery last week as he had  suffered severe compression of the sciatic nerve.  He was in severe pain with partial paralysis in the lower leg. The ligament surrounding the disc had an 8mm tear and during surgery we discovered fragments of the disc had traveled into the spinal canal. This surgery was the only course of treatment for full recovery and to avoid further paralysis. Bono is now much better, with complete recovery of his motor deficit. Bono must now enter a period of rehabilitation.

 We at the Mind Clinic have a lot of experience of people with back pain and spinal injuries. Lots of people suffer from back pain and we offer physical rehabilitation for these injuries. But we would say just as important is the mental rehabilitation  – using your mind to heal your back. For example, in terms of the pain from a back injury, it is important to breathe deeply and easily to realign tensions.

 It is when you hear these stories in the news though, that it really does get you thinking about any aches and pains that you have. It is important to remember that ultimately, you can use the power of your mind to overcome any of these physical conditions. Please do let us know in the comments box below how you managed to overcome your back pain.

Depression Series #5: Postnatal Depression

May 28, 2010

For us to understand the mechanism of Postnatal Depression we must first look objectively at the whole process of pregnancy and birth.

From the moment of conception there are many influences that come into play.  The psychological state is at its extreme, containing excitement, fear, joy and uncertainty. The physical aspect is transforming, hormones charging, physical shape expanding, along with bouts of nausea and sickness.

 Overall all feelings are prominent and exaggerated, which individuals will go through on an hourly basis. 

We then come to the birth itself, which is again extremely daunting and exciting, filled with a tremendous fear of the unknown.  Regardless of preparation whether a natural birth, drug free, drug fuelled, or caesarean the whole process of giving birth will never be as you anticipated and emotions will be extreme both negative and positive.

 Immediately after birth there is a calm, a new life has emerged and you rejoice in the arrival of your baby. Then soon after the excitement comes the realisation that life has changed and will never be the same again.

If we look objectively at all elements the whole process of pregnancy and birth contains transformation on every level, mental, emotional, psychological and physical.

It is during this period of trying to adjust and adapt to this new role where it can all feel a bit too overwhelming. Naturally the physical aspect is beginning the reversal process, but her there is the realisation that part of your body is no longer with you, your baby.

Any separation in life can cause us extreme sadness, but this separation is different. Your baby was growing inside of you, a part of you for nine months, and your sole responsibility that you protected and nurtured, where a spiritual connection was made. Now your baby is an independent life, plus grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends are handling your baby. Of course this is expected and what happens in our society, but that doesn’t prepare you for the feelings that you have.

Anger and possessiveness provoke emotions that are very difficult to vent. When you are in it, it becomes impossible to comprehend because at that moment nothing matters, it is as if everything has been lost.

Ultimately this process is just another natural transformation in the long line of events that took place during pregnancy and birth and must be understood as a natural process. 

It is advisable that before birth individuals put all the above into perspective and develop an understanding about this process, it will certainly ease the burden of suffering and will make this period easier to digest and cope with.

Depression Series #4: Moderate to severe depression

May 4, 2010

The next level of depression takes us deeper into the unconscious mind and is usually due to our discontentment with the status quo.

 Some depressions can become more serious. We develop an addictive pattern that makes us journey to the same place, churning the same thoughts over and over again.  This behaviour can become as severe and as deep as our emotions dictate. The deeper the imagination the deeper the depression becomes.

 There is another very important element to these kinds of depressions, which relate to the mind.  The mind stores the past up to date, which holds our instinct and makes life possible. Routinely we will enter into the mind and journey, but when we become involved in our emotions it becomes extremely difficult to detach.

 Although we are aware that we cannot resolve the past, we develop this desperate urge to keep trying. We go aimlessly searching without a serious objective, just repeating the same.

This form of addiction can easily manifest as we are always in need of emotional explosions and reactions, by magnifying and manifesting events of the past, every thought fuels our addiction. We become alienated, we will feel that none of our present life makes any sense, as if ones sanity is being lost and there is no way out.

 Like a revolving door we can get off at any moment that we choose, but regardless, we keep on going on the same cycle continuing the ride.

Of course in this situation we do not think about what we are doing to the physical self, nevertheless we will notice and complain about minor discomforts such as stomach ache and back pain. 

When a situation becomes deeply embedded it naturally alters our behaviour.  To release our sadness or anger we traumatise the self as a form of self-punishment.  This affects our health and it is through our beliefs that we allow it to spread.

Naturally with all these forms of behaviour we can trigger or initiate an altered state, which on the long term can manifest into some form of condition or another.

All of this is preventable.

 It is extremely important that when we journey into the mind that we make use of the situation and try to learn and understand the way in which our mind is working.

 Always make the effort to question whether your thoughts are imaginary, unreachable, or unrealistic.  Always look at your imagination, what is it creating? Where is it taking you? And why?

 Wait for the answers. In time you will differentiate whether your thoughts are mental processes or based only on emotion.

Excercise your anxiety or depression away

April 30, 2010

So we are nearing the weekend. The time when you might be tempted to overindulge – maybe get that takeaway on Friday night, or just sleep in until really late on Sunday. But if you suffer from anxiety, you might want to consider doing something a little more active in your weekend.

 You see exercise can be a really good way to combat anxiety and depression, and many other trials of life, and is something we really recommend at the Mind Clinic.

According to this article, last year the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) published its guidelines on the treatment and management of depression in adults – and recommended exercise. Nice examined research on treating depression with everything from water aerobics and ballroom dancing to running and walking. The conclusion was that an exercise regime of about 45 minutes to 1 hour, two to three times a week, has a beneficial effect and could be considered a good alternative to antidepressants.

So exercise is a good way to combat anxiety without the use of drugs, which is something we would really encourage at the Mind Clinic. With exercise, you can use the power of your mind to understand and harness any negative feelings.

But this doesn’t mean that you need to slave away at the gym. It is about getting active, and even a little bit of exercise, going out for a walk for example, as often as you can, can really help. There are also other things that you could consider such as the ‘green gym’. This ‘gym’ involves tutored groups taking part in nature conservation work such as pruning, planting and coppicing.  

The good thing is that excercising in this way is not just a short term fix either. Data pooled from many small studies suggest that in people diagnosed with depression or anxiety, the immediate mood boost is followed by longer-term relief.

Yoga is another exercise that can work particularly well. Yoga can help you to achieve physical fitness as well as mental wellness. Since ancient times, yoga has played a significant role in achieving better mind, body and soul.

 So next time you experience any negative feelings, it might be worth thinking about what you could do to get more active.

Depression Series #3: Environmental Depression

April 29, 2010

Tackling the needs and demands and competitiveness that we encounter from others and all that surrounds us requires an understanding about our self, who we are, how we think, how we feel, our responses and our reactions. 

Our feelings can become easily magnified by the influence of our environment.

Any depression will lead us into depressive patterns of thought. Our mind easily becomes vulnerable, extracting every memory that has been depressive or affective at any point in our life and feeds them to our conscious thoughts.

Certain sounds, colours, words or scenarios can easily trigger depressive thoughts and memories.

 These depressions are simply overcome by identifying and exploring the mechanism that lead to these forms of depressions.  One must not allow the clutter of thought to become attached to a chain of depressive memories.

It is important that we understand this aspect of our life, without becoming paranoid about our environment.  Rather adapting to the environment and complying with all its needs and demands.

 Our mind holds all the answers and is open during times of depression to provide us with solutions.

Another form of depression is due to a chemical imbalance due to a lack of vitamins and minerals.  Our body continually absorbs pollutants daily from today’s modern environment, which in turn destroys the natural state of our being, sending it out of balance. 

This inflicts onto our thoughts by creating a motionless state of a part, or the whole of our physical being, creating confusion between the mind and the body. 

Failing to identify this imbalance within our system and not supplementing it with what we intuitively and physically feel we are lacking, the suffering of the unknown will grow and strengthen. 

As we cannot recognise what is taking place the pain becomes more severe, causing total chaos in our thought processes, leading to darkness and trauma.

Only our mind is able to analyse and guide us into finding the correct foods and/or supplements to restore our physical wellbeing.

Question your mind and listen to your intuitions.  Do not allow intrusions or suggestions from others to dictate your own belief of the truth.  You will reach the right conclusion.  This will become apparent once the attention to your self is achieved.

How to deal with work depression

April 19, 2010

Read this interesting article about dealing with work depression, and I thought I would share some of it with you.

The word ‘depression’ especially when associated with work is often considered something of a taboo subject – you don’t even want to admit to being depressed in case it impacts on your future job prospects.

Here are some suggested techniques to manage that depression about your work:

  • Consider if you really need to leave your job, without a new job to go to, or whether you can use the power of your mind and the hints below to overcome your depression. Why? Not working may add to your depression because of the acute anxiety you feel when you think about how you are going to pay off your next phone, electric, and mortgage bill without a regular salary.
  • Relaxation techniques? When you feel yourself getting stressed at work, or the amount of work you have left to do threatens to overwhelm you, make sure you relax your shoulders to relieve some of that tension. Take deep breaths: counting to four as you inhale and to four again as you exhale.
  • Commit to some time (at the very least the weekends) where you don’t check your emails. In a recent survey commissioned by Support.com 40 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds said they couldn’t cope without their cell phone, yet the same students reported less stress when they stopped using them for three days.
  •  Consider making your office environment, whether it is at home or in the office, a nicer place  to work. If at all possible, it is important to have access to natural light. You could also try putting a nice plant on your desk, or some personal photos (a recent study says that looking at pictures of loved ones reduced pain).  And I know it is easier said than done, but keeping your desk clean and tidy will really help too
  • Make sure you take holidays from work. Now that is a good recommendation! And it doesn’t mean you need to take expensive holidays abroad, you can even just stay at home and enjoy pottering in the garden or going for walks in the countryside. The important thing is to have that break from work. Vacations protect us from job burnout. Often times we emerge from a break with a new perspective that can help us navigate through the maze of impending deadlines. At the Mind Clinic, we can help you use the power of your mind, your own willpower, to overcome depression. Here at the Mind Clinic we say, you should not feel worried or guilty for feeling depressed about work. Depression is a normal cycle in human nature.

     Rather than worry about the label ‘depression at work’ you should understand it. We teach about depression through a combination of guidance and counselling. Unlike what it is perceived to be, depression is not a mental illness. Depression is a situation where balance needs to be restored to your emotions.

     So we would say that if you are feeling depressed at work, the first thing is to understand what your depression is, and why you are feeling it. Then you can use the power of your mind, and the steps above, to overcome it.