Excercise your anxiety or depression away

April 30, 2010 by

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 by

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 by

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.

Depression Series #2: Daily minor depressions

April 19, 2010 by

Unfortunately, due to our fears and lack of understanding, we have misinterpreted a natural process and instead created a widespread labelled disorder.

Depression is an important part of our life that allows us to think.

All forms of depression are triggered by our emotions.  During this process we will find that when there is a feeling of incompleteness in the things that we do, the expectations of our self become enhanced. 

One of two things will happen in this instance, we will react either positively or negatively.  We will either make a greater effort to achieve what is needed to satisfy us, or we will find the process too overwhelming and enter into a dark and silent place.

Ultimately whatever takes place, we will remain in either situation until a new event or distraction takes place to shift our mood. Both examples are extremely common, which each and every one of us will go through on a daily basis.

When positive we are happy and contented. When negative we are miserable and discontented which we class as a depression. Yet, we must not have fears about these feelings. On the contrary, we must look at them objectively and try and benefit from every aspect of this process.

We must learn to welcome these negative feelings, as these are the building blocks of our creativity and imagination in all that we do, be it in our personal, occasional or social life.

We exist as part of a natural process. As in all cases, this communication is an extremely important part of our existence. All aspects of nature influence us and affect our emotions, which in turn provokes the mind to create a reaction.

This is a natural reoccurring process, a constant cycle that will appear either positively or negatively. After darkness there comes light. After light there comes darkness again.

We must remember to use our creativity to teach us about our self to reveal any hidden talents and memory relating to our own personal life and journey.

Other forms of depression that interfere constantly in our daily lives relate to discontentment.  All experiences in our life have left their mark in our memory. 

When discontented, we become preoccupied with our past experiences.

 When we become involved with the past it becomes a preoccupation that detaches us from our life and takes us into a depressive state, as if we cease to exist. 

This kind of depression can cause deeper difficulties.  We dwell on one thought and repeat the same thought over and over again, where it becomes a habitual behaviour. Usually these thoughts relate to difficulties or emotional traumas.

This process continues and if not addressed can affect our sleep. Just before entering sleep there maybe two or three thoughts that ignite, they revolve in a cycle, constantly repeating. The thought does not go any further but other resembling thoughts ensue, where our mind goes off in a tangent, where we never reach a conclusion.

All this relates to our lack of understanding about these kinds of thought processes. 

When there is a thought that goes into a repetitive mode, make it an objective to question, to come up with a resolution relating to the issue at hand, not just by looking at the repetitive event, but just understanding a reason or a purpose for it. This is where the mind enters into another area of analysis and calculation.

As you instruct your mind for an answer and command a resolution, you will discover that your depressions become more objective and produce better results. Situations push themselves through the mind to try and open a natural wisdom, which in turn help us reach these decisions and conclusions.

This is when we are in a position to begin to change a habit.  Of course, as with any new method it requires practice, and time and patience. However, once you become mindful that you need to know and you need to achieve you make a commitment to yourself and become determined to reach your objectives.

Our mind does not punish us, nor does it create these events to give us a traumatic time. Our mind does not play tricks or games.  Our mind helps us live naturally.  The mind works and teaches us how to deal with our emotions and minimise any discomfort or uncertainty.

Our mind is under our control and our communication. Our mind must be unemotional and unconditional, so we can understand. Then we are in a position to change any form of habit into a more productive and constructive behaviour.

The Baby Blues

March 26, 2010 by

I don’t really like the term ‘baby blues’ because it seems like a very trivial term for a very important issue  – that of postnatal depression.

It is a very common condition, which both Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow battled with. In fact, it is a term that is often banded about, but what exactly is it?

Well, according to this blogAngelina Jolie was on the verge of postnatal depression after the birth of her twins, Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon, in September 2008.

Common symptoms of PND include sadness, anxiety, lethargy, mood swings, tearfulness, and problems eating and sleeping. It is thought that as many as 80% of women experience PND in some form or another following pregnancy.

 In 2006, Gwyneth Paltrow suffered from PND after giving birth to her second child, Moses. This was not the first time Gwyneth suffered from depression. In 2002, her terminally ill father passed away, and she experienced guilt at not having done enough for her father while he was sick.

This brings me onto a wider issue about dealing with depression –  according to a BBC news article, GPs are calling for better treatment for depression sufferers.

65% of doctors say they can “rarely” offer psychological therapy to depression sufferers within two months of referral. The survey is part of a campaign by mental health charity Mind calling for better access to therapies.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends talking therapies to help with mild and moderate depression.

 Mind’s campaign challenges all political parties to make a guarantee in their election manifestos, to offer evidence-based therapies to all those who need them within 28 days of requesting referral.  Mind Chief Executive Paul Farmer said talking therapies could save lives, and it was crucial that people who needed help received it as quickly as possible.

 The programme director for Wellbeing at the London School of Economics, Professor Lord Layard, who is spearheading the campaign, has stressed the economic case for depression therapy, suggesting that successful therapy can help many people return to the workplace.

 So what do we think here at the Mind Clinic? Well, we support the need for faster counselling for depression and believe that these alternative therapies should be available on the NHS. However, we do not consider depression a mental health issue.  We believe that the most important therapy is understanding depression, and understanding yourself, and that this produces far greater benefits than accepting current perceptions about depression. At the Mind Clinic, we believe that depression is an important part of human nature.  A depression marks the end of a specific cycle in our life and the beginning of a new cycle that is waiting to arrive.

 What do we do about depression? At the Mind Clinic,  we teach through guidance and counselling how to consider depression useful rather than destructive. It is all about helping you to help yourself by understanding better your emotions. As every one of us is unique, every depression is unique but the mechanics of any depression are the same. If medication is being used, we work on a medication reduction programme (in conjunction with medical care).

So at the Mind Clinic we do support this campaign, so people receive therapies more quickly, for any kind of depression, from PND to post traumatic stress disorder. The most important thing though is to gain an understanding of your depression, and therefore regain your sense of wellbeing.

 
   

Let your mind go and your body will follow

March 15, 2010 by

This quote in the title is from the movie LA Story (1991). And it is very appropriate for the work that is done at the Mind Clinic. I just wanted to let you know a little more information with you about what the Mind Clinic does, by sharing some of our mental physical rehabilitation success stories with you.

 The most important thing to remember is that if you want to overcome your mental physical conditions with the help of the Mind Clinic, the responsbility is yours – you need to unlock the power of your mind, and then keep at it. The Mind Clinic can only help you to help yourself. Training your mind is a rigorous task and needs to be employed with discipline in order to halt and reverse a condition – the thought of recovery must always be at the forefront of your mind. I know that sounds like hard work but mind instruction is a way of life, but once you have learnt it, and stick with it, you can use it to overcome any problem.

 At the Mind Clinic, we believe that no matter your injury or illness, be it severe head injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, or Alzheimer’s disease, the consciousness is always whole and complete, and possesses the blueprint memories of our able-bodied selves that can be accessed for healing. However, all the negative attitudes and emotions that people pick up interfere with accessing these healing blueprints. For example, when learning that they have only six months to live, cancer patients often die within that time period because an authority figure has imprinted that expectation in their consciousness. This is where you need to use the power of your mind.

Ok so mind instruction is hard work, but there are plenty of people who have managed it. And you can check out these videos and stories below to see people who have achieved just this….

 For example, Guy Harris suffered from a spinal injury, when he was knocked over by a lorry crossing a road in Sheffield. He visited the Mind Clinic and started to undertake both mental and physical training. I have already explained the mental effort involved, but don’t underestimate the physical effort too  – think of your hardest workout in the gym, and then multiply it by at least 10.

But the hard work pays off, Guy is now noticing progress every day – more tension in the legs, more muscle mass, exercises that were hard becoming easy. According to Guy, key to this is understanding that to control our bodies we must first learn to control our emotions. Only through greater self-awareness can we achieve this.

 In October 2009, Guy learnt to control his legs and knees by stepping up and down. He builds up tension through mind instructions allowing the up-down action.  Check out the video here

And then, amazingly, in February 2010, he was able to walk, after being told that he would never walk again. He is now working on putting the heel down as part of the natural step. Here is the video

For full information on Guy’s recovery see www.myscirecovery.com

But it may not be about paralysis, it may be that pain is more the problem. For example, Alexandra fell off a horse playing polo and injured her back in 2002. She was in too much pain to walk for the next 6 weeks, and used a wheelchair, but gradually recovered. However, over the next five years she would get flare-ups of intense pain in her lower back, and down both of her legs. These flare-ups got worse and worse, and each doctor would put her on stronger painkillers. Alexandra became physically dependent on her painkillers and suffered severe withdrawal symptoms when she tried to stop taking them. 

She then decided to use mind instruction to take control of her own life. It took two weeks for Alexandra to get off all painkillers, become free from pain, and even to get a job. Coming from a scientific and medical background, Alexandra liked to have explanations for problems, and logical ways to fix them. But through mind instruction, she gained a deeper understanding of how the body works, and how to use the power of the mind.

 You can find out more patient stories here.

 If you have any questions about any of the work, or any thoughts, please put them in the comments box below. We would love to hear what you think.

Understanding Depression series: #1 Natural Depression

March 12, 2010 by

Understanding depression produces far greater benefits than accepting current perceptions about depression, which can easily cause further restrictions.

The simplest and most common form of depression is the influence of the atmosphere.  The atmosphere is forever changing, whether climatically or through alterations in pressure.  These variations affect all of us naturally, as well as every living thing on Earth in one form or another. 

This type of depression is part of our every day life, the daily ups and downs that we naturally feel. However, our feelings can become easily magnified by the influence of our emotions, imagination and lack of understanding as to why we feel this way.

This is not an isolated feeling. You will notice that other people will feel the same. Certain types of energies react to atmospheric pressure in the same way; hence the low point is spread over a population rather than just affecting an individual.

This type of depression reflects our natural self, a form of regenerating our energy. A natural depression serves its purpose and must never be mistaken for other forms of deeper depressions. A natural depression can last from one day to a week or two then it will shift naturally.

Like the cycle of the day and the night, after darkness comes light. The pressure lifts and we feel vibrant again, forgetting that we were ever miserable.

 Natural depression is an important part of our existence that must be embraced and understood. We must learn to adapt and comply with the needs and demands of our ever-changing environment, without letting it control us.

The Mind’s duty

March 1, 2010 by

Throughout time the mind has been portrayed as something of a trickster. We blame the mind for our pitfalls and misbehaviour, as if it’s playing games with us. Yet on the other hand, we make positive statements about the mind and profess to its power.

We have the ability of thought and the power of will.  We make our own decisions and choose our own path.  Yet, it is the path of our “mind” that we should really be following.

The mind behaves in the most natural way.  The mind’s sensitivity, communication and knowledge are in tune with nature. We are a part of nature. We function within the laws of nature. Our mind is there to serve a purpose in its environment.  The control of our emotions and the understanding of our mind are central to avoiding our destructive nature.

The duty of the mind is to create the necessary reaction towards all issues that we encounter in our daily life for us to progress. The mind contains our ultimate source of knowledge where moment-by-moment experiences are recorded and stored. Our creativity, imagination, and source of power derive from the mind.

Our natural process is to use our imagination to create, based on the knowledge that the mind has accumulated.

The mind controls our instinct, which in its deepest form is the mechanics of our brain and body. We do not think how to see, but we see. We do not think how we move our limbs, but we move them.  This same process continues in everything that we do, as a matter of course.

We are also given a willpower that can influence the mind to create what is needed to fulfil the stages of our journey.  The mind holds the power and is the creator of all that we are and all that we do.  By utilising the power and strength of our mind we are able to achieve all our objectives.

The Master and the Servant

February 18, 2010 by

It is our own personal choice whether we seek empowerment from our mind or not.

At some point in life there will be a desire to know who we are, and why we are.

It is by utilising our mind that we discover our true natural abilities, all of which are vital to our presence in this physical world.

The minds duty is to ensure the preservation of the self. The mind is geared to heal the self and has the power to create that balance to sustain us.Our mind is influenced by our emotional needs, requests and demands, as well as our wishes. It is the minds duty to accept our instructions and react accordingly.

Therefore, it is imperative that our instructions to the self are appropriate, to create the desired influence.

The number one enemy to the mind is fear and anxiety. The mind takes control of the body and allows it to behave according to the fears present. Naturally, the manifestation of fears creates limitations and restrictions.

When emotions dominate they create weakness. Our weaknesses become exaggerated according to our imagination, which create an altered state of mind; this is where an unnatural behaviour ensues.

In simple terms, if we express sadness our mind will make us cry.  If we think we are tired our mind will shut our body down. All suggestions work in the same fashion, no matter how insignificant.

Naturally, the outcome of any suggestion is magnified depending on our imagination. The deeper the imagination the more severe the outcome.

It is through our mind that we see and experience. It is through our mind that we create.  It is through our mind that we evolve.

The Mind Mechanics

February 8, 2010 by

To date, the definition of the mind is still vague. The mind’s complete function and purpose is dismissed, or completely neglected. Current scientific findings entail uncertainties, which do not satisfy the inquisitive.

During the course of 20 years or so, I have been researching, to understand about human beings, about emotions, behaviour and the overall reasons for existence.  I discovered that all that we do relates to our mind. Whether we are feeling good, bad or otherwise.

Through my research it was evident that the mind has the capacity to deal with every single issue that life can throw at us. The mind is our memory bank, everything that we are and everything that we do travels through the mind first.

Our mind responds to our emotional perceptions and reacts accordingly.

By utilising my own mind and discovering its knowledge, power and authority, I reached a greater understanding about the mechanism of the human being.

The fundamental aspect of my findings was discovering the role of emotion. It became clear that the mind is either driven emotionally or logically, depending on our personal attitude and behaviour.

Emotions can influence us from the smallest emotion to the most extreme emotion. Either way, this triggers some serious consequences. The mind reacts and influences the body according to the type of emotion expressed.

In any given situation, if we react with uncertainty it is immediately translated into a form of fear.  Naturally fear brings restriction, perhaps not visible restriction, it could be mental or psychological.  When fear manifests we react with weakness.  Weaknesses create an imbalance between our mind, brain and body.  It is then where we become vulnerable to all forms of debilitating restrictions.

Our communication skills have improved, we are more aware of the many medical conditions that can affect us. The prevalence of these conditions is on the increase and most have no known medical cure.

The logic behind these conditions or the general human structure made it clear to me that if emotion is re-directed to thought, the mind will indicate the strengths and weaknesses in the most rational way.

Therefore it is in developing an understanding why, where, what, when, who, and how the emotion evolved and setting it into reverse.

Every person that I have worked with to re-train from a medical condition whether minor, severe or complex, including those who are paralysed, all have shown that when there is determination it is absolutely certain that improvement will be made.

All conditions can be resolved with ease and that occurs purely by using our mind and by reaching a higher understanding about its true power. The continuity of expressing emotions appropriately enhances the state of our mind and secures our wellbeing.

The mind is what we are. We are creatures of emotion and it is only by understanding our emotional influences that we are in a position to bring balance of mind, brain and body and emotions, to work in harmony and objectively.

Inquisitiveness about the self creates the desire to learn more about the self.  All you have to do is make that sacred time of communication between yourself and your mind.  Begin to listen so that you can understand about your own creativity and natural ability.

Ultimately the answers to your journey in life lie within you.

Written by Hratch Ogali.