Posts Tagged ‘conditions’

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!

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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.

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.

The Baby Blues

March 26, 2010

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.

 
   

Understanding Depression series: #1 Natural Depression

March 12, 2010

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 Mechanics

February 8, 2010

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.