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5 Ways to Health and Wellbeing

What does good health and wellbeing mean?

The world health organisation defines health and wellbeing as a state of complete physical mental and social wellbeing and not just the absence of disease or infirmity. Health is as much about mental health and mental wellbeing as it is about physical health and it includes social wellbeing.  

Being healthy means we can live our lives fully not merely because can prevent disease but also because we can bounce back and recover quickly when we do become ill. 

Spiritual health and emotional health are also linked to psychological wellbeing and low stress levels so good health includes the mind, the body, the social sphere, and it results in feeling physically fit, feeling good about ourselves and out lives and being able to achieve what we want in life.

In this article I don't want to talk about public health and public health care by focusing on health problems. Instead I'd like to look at health promotion from a holistic standpoint.

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Guest Post: The Healing Power of Archetypes

Alternative Health - Healing with Archetypes

With the technological advancements in science and medicine, a good majority of sickness are already curable. Unlike before, when there were massive deaths through plagues and breakouts, man has already engineered ways to mitigate these kinds of social unrest. By making new systems and employing new discoveries in the field of science, health and wellness become more accessible.

However, not all illnesses can be cured in the hospital. As a matter of fact, more and more individuals nowadays come out with mental challenges like depression and lack of motivation. While popping a pill can patch-up this problem, such is more of a palliative solution.

For instance, a person suffering from depression expresses various negative habits. And while science may view this as a chemical imbalance in the brain, such can also be seen as a problem with the psyche. As such, choosing a medical solution never truly solves the root cause of the problem since it only focuses on the chemical imbalance instead of what’s causing it.

This is not to say, of course, that modern medicine is useless. Instead, this article seeks to be an eye-opener for other alternative healthcare options that one can tap into. By opening your mind on other possible solutions, it is likely that you will be able to use them all together instead of simply relying on one.

As such, we try to approach healing through the archetypes. By going into a brief discussion of what archetypes are and how they can possibly improve your health, it will become a lot easier for you to integrate them into your own life. Thus, in this article, we’ll be taking a quick detour on understanding how archetypes can be such.

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5 Ways Writing a Book Will Unleash Your Hidden Creative Genius

Mind Mapping Made Easy

How to Create a Mind Map to Outline your Book

Is writing a book hard? 

How often have you thought “I’m not creative?” Have you ever wondered at the creativity of young children playing, asking yourself how on earth they come up with such crazy ideas?

Creativity doesn’t disappear as we get older; we simply don’t practice it quite as much as we did when we were children. Traditional classroom schooling also doesn’t place a priority on creativity because teachers are so focused on teaching the curriculum and scoring tests. If you want to spur your creative juices once again, one of the easiest ways is writing a book. 

Of course, before you start writing the next bestseller, you need to prepare an outline and know what topic you’ll write about. What are you passionate about? What are you knowledgeable about? Are you an expert in a particular field? If so, you could write about your expertise so your business will grow. 

Whether you want to write a fiction book or you want to write non-fiction you will need to think about writing on your topic by testing the waters first. Start by writing a book plan. Focus on the story you want to tell. Don't worry about publishing at this stage. 

Here are just a few ways you can become a published author and unleash your hidden creative genius by writing a book:

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The power of gratitude: things to be grateful for

The Transformative Gratitude Journal

3 Exercises to Bring Happiness to your Life

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What is the power of gratitude?

The modern world is fraught with what the philosopher Pascal called "Divertissement", which we can roughly translate as "diversion" or "distraction"or "entertainment". Although it may be fun to watch a movie or go to a show when we are constantly distracted it is very hard to focus and see things clearly. When we don't look inward in a state of calm we cannot see things in their true perspective.

Both anxiety and depression stem from seeing the world from a distorted perspective. When we are anxious we look at the world from the perspective of someone who is only anticipating catastrophes. When we are depressed we mainly experience the negative aspects of life.

If you feel unclear, unfocused, or even worse, anxious, low or overwhelmed this article is for you. By shifting the way you look at things you can shift the way you think.  When  your mindset changes you can feel happier and more satisfied. If you want to feel more empowered and positive start by developing a simple practice and applying the exercises I will suggest to you in this article.

You probably have heard how important it is to be grateful. But what is gratitude? And how can you stop thinking: how do I get over the mindset of thinking the practice of gratitude as a mushy act?

If you are like me you may find it hard to even think about things to be grateful for. Especially when you are not in a good place it may seem like the hardest thing to do to find something to be thankful for. People may suggest you reflect on how privileged you are because if you are reading this you have a computer, a house, running water and food on your table and many don't. But feeling guilty for not being already happy when you have so much more than others won't help you.  

What you need to do is shift your perspective completely, so read on to find out where to start. 

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What helps with public speaking anxiety?

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From Stage Fright to Stage Presence


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What is public speaking anxiety?

Fear of public speaking is also known as "Glossophobia", which is Greek for 'fear of words'. Obviously, speech anxiety does not mean you are afraid of words! What it means is that you are suffering from performance anxiety, which is a form of social anxiety. Also known as stage fright, speaking fear happens when you find yourself in front of an audience giving a speech or presentation while in a fight or flight or freeze state of mind.

When you are in this state the amygdala, which is the alarm center of the brain, has flagged up your current situation as dangerous and as a result, the panic button has been triggered. If you stay in this mode for long enough, you may start hyperventilating and may end up having a full blown panic attack.

Whether you only panic before a presentation or a speech or you get nervous while it's happening or you beat yourself up for making mistakes afterward, public speaking anxiety can have a severe disruptive effect on your life.  

Your mind's job is to keep you take your away from pain and drive you towards pleasure. If public speaking has been encoded as a danger by your amygdala, then you most likely will avoid it. Unfortunately, avoidance reinforces the problem so nervousness can quickly escalate into a full-blown phobia. 

The consequences can be very distressing:

  • You may avoid a specific university course just because it involves presentations. 
  • You may switch career or change your job because you can't handle speaking in public
  • You may not go for a promotion or turn down a dream job because it feels too challenging
  • You may fail to deliver a speech when appropriate such as at a wedding
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Guided Meditation vs Self Hypnosis

What is Hypnosis?

The problem with the word ‘hypnosis’ is that it’s often used to point to both the way in which the process is induced and its results and methods.

To make matters complicated there’s the fact that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis. This is because it is the individual who is making hypnosis happen, whether a hypnotist is actually guiding the process or not.

Let’s start by explaining what a typical hypnotherapy session consists of. Here follows the main stages of a session:

The 4 Stages of a Hypnotherapy Session

1.

INDUCTION

 

The Induction is the way hypnosis is created. These can vary greatly. Some hypnotherapists think of the induction as the very beginning of a session when a client is induced into a very light hypnotic state followed by the deepening.

2.

DEEPENING


 The deepening is often seen as the time when a deeper state of hypnosis is reached. 


Other hypnotherapists think of the induction as the part of the session during which a medium state of hypnosis is facilitated in the client and the deepening is either seen as simply part of it or as an optional element that allows the client to enter a deeper state of hypnotic ‘trance’.


I don’t think it is particularly important which way we interpret it, as both understandings produce the same effect. 

3.

VARIOUS TECHNIQUES TO ACHIEVE PRE-DECIDED GOALS


After the induction / deepening phase comes the interesting part. This is when various techniques are used to achieve the goals that are pre-determined by the client.


The general public may assume that suggestions are all that is used in this part of the session but this would be a gross oversimplification. 


There are a plethora of techniques skilled hypnotherapists use to create change in clients which are more or less interactive.


Hypnotherapy is less a science and more of an art, because each client is different and a good therapist will use specific techniques for specific clients at specific times even if the general procedure might be very similar for similar ailments.


This is to ensure the therapy is well timed and fits the client’s specific personality and needs.

4.

AWAKENING

 

After this part is over the client is guided back to ‘normal conscious awareness’ and helped to transition smoothly to everyday external reality.


This structure is always used in any type of hypnosis although the length of each phase may differ.e that suggestions are all that is used in this part of the session but this would be a gross oversimplification. 

The next most useful way I can categorise hypnosis is to divide it into ‘guided’ and ‘unguided’ . Let us look at ‘guided’ hypnosis first. 

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Meditation Techniques for Beginners

How many meditation techniques are there?

What is most commonly referred as meditation is unguided meditation, which is what I will explore in this article. 

However, there’s a plethora of books and audios out there that offer ‘guided meditations’ or ‘guided visualisations’. Most of these actually fall into the category of informal​ self hypnosis sessions created by non hypnotists. 

Although those authors would never call such material hypnosis, they are for all intents and purposes just that. The only reasons they are often termed "meditations" is because that term is more widely accepted by the general public and has less negative connotations than hypnosis. 

The difference between 'guided meditations' and proper self hypnosis is that most of the time the induction is shortened to a few minutes of deep breaths and only a few suggestions are included to induce relaxation. The actual content of the visualisation is usually a multi sensory journey that may or may not follow important rules that only good hypnotherapists know. 

If you are serious about working on yourself I would recommend you stay away from these type of ‘meditations’ as they are neither written by professional hypnotherapists nor by experienced meditators. 
What I would call a proper guided meditation is simply a meditation that is guided by either a teacher in person or pre recorded on an audio recording or even an app.

These meditations instruct you on how to practice in a similar way a guided self hypnosis recordings would, except the content of the meditation greatly differs from a hypnotic audio. Now let’s now have a look at the different types of  unguided meditation techniques that exist. 

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The 6 Fundamental Mind Hacks for Achieving Success

How to influence your mind

If you want to succeed in anything in life you need to know how to influence your mind. You need to know how to make your mind do what you want it to do, not what you don’t.

Have you ever noticed how we are surrounded by messages like 'Don't drink and drive' 'Don't forget your passport' 'Don't touch the button! 'Don't eat junk!' And how many times have you have ended up doing the very thing you were told not to?  Why is that? The answer lies in understanding how the mind processes information. 

For many years I have tried to explain to my clients how to successfully influence their mind but only recently I have come across an explanation that is both simple and accurate. I will borrow and adapt Marisa Peer's framework to make it very clear how to effectively communicate with your own mind. 

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How to Beat Depression without Antidepressants

Lies about what depression really is

If you are depressed chances are you have been told at least one of the following: 

  • Depression is a disease 
  • Depression is a just a chemical imbalance 
  • Depression is genetic  
  • The best cure for depression is antidepressants
  • It takes years of therapy to treat depression 

Your mother or father might have been depressed, your antidepressants may not be working, you may have been told you just have a chemical imbalance and there is nothing you can do to help yourself. I have encountered many people with depression in both my practice and in my personal life and having suffered from it myself and having been close to suicide at one point, I know what it is like to feel trapped in a nightmare with no end in sight. 

The good new is it is possible to overcome depression, no matter how long you've had it or what anybody else has said to you about it. Although depression causes a chemical imbalance, that is the consequence and not the cause of it. Although it is more likely that you will suffer from it if someone close to you has had it that is not because it is a genetic disease but because you have learnt how to think in a depressive way from those who are close to you. 

The truth about depression is that you can beat it. It may not be an easy peasy process but it is most certainly possible and the first step is to choose to believe that you can.

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Q&A: Mindful Communication: how to enhance your relationships

The Mindful connection

  • Do you want to feel close to your partner?
  • Do you want to have fulfilling relationships with friends?
  • Do you want to get along more easily with work colleagues?
  • Do you want to connect with more people? 

You care. And yet sometimes it doesn't seem like people know that. You don't want to feel alone and isolated but that's how you end up feeling a little too often. You don't understand how it seems to easy for some to make friends and have great relationships and so hard for you. Do they know something you don't or are they simply born that way? 

It may be easier for some to forge new relationships than for others. Perhaps they are less shy and more extroverted. However this does not predict whether those relationships will last long term or whether they would be truly satisfying to those involved. The quality of your relationships in the long run is more important than their quantity. And the quality of a relationship is measured by the quality of the connection you have together.

A true connection with someone is a vital experience that you feel in your whole being. Cultivating connection takes skill, and skills take time effort and commitment to develop. Let's have a look at what gets in the way of true connection and what enhances it.

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