World Mental Health Day

It’s World Mental Health Day.

This means that, while attention may be rightly drawn to mental health today, it must only be the start of a longer period in which we really think about how we can support our own mental wellbeing and that of others – family, friends or colleagues.

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) tells us that people declare, “We’re fine!” 14 times a week – yet only 19% of us mean it.

The MHF has an excellent range of resources to help us go about helping the other 81%. We know that a little smile, a little hello, a little compliment, a little card or a little message go a long way to help a person’s day, but we might need a little more sometimes. Have a little read.

Our best mental health tips – backed by research | Mental Health Foundation

How to support mental health at work | Mental Health Foundation

How to manage and reduce stress | Mental Health Foundation

Of course, looking after our mental health is as important as looking after our physical wellbeing.  Indeed, those of us who struggle with a mental health problem might well develop other physical issues as well. This might be down to genes, lacking the stuffing to go and seek medical attention, or lack of support.

You know, reaching out to someone just might be the best decision you ever make.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – What Hypnotherapy can Help with

The Royal College of Psychiatrists write that: “Research has shown that the following psychological conditions can be helped by hypnotherapy: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); depression; anxiety; insomnia; functional disorders (bodily symptoms and conditions such as headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or backaches which may have a significant psychological component).

They go on to say that: “It [Hypnotherapy] has also been shown to help in the following medical conditions, often by reducing anxiety but also by reducing other symptoms: pain; medical and surgical procedures; cancer treatment side effects; anaesthetic procedures; burn wound care; dental procedures; childbirth; menopausal symptoms.”

In addition, they state that: “warts and other skin conditions can be improved by hypnotherapy. This is possible through the positive effects hypnosis has on the immune system. Hypnotherapy may also be effective for people who are trying to quit smoking or lose weight.” – Dec 2021

When we are busy, when are we looking after everyone else, when we are worrying, we may well not find time to think about ourselves. Why not do it? Think about yourself now.

“When you say, ‘Yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying, ‘No’ to yourself.” – Paul Coelho


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