Why I Decided To Set Up My Hypnotherapy Service In Bristol

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I moved to Bristol over 15 years ago and fell in love with the city. This is why I decided to set up my Bristol hypnotherapy practice here. Bristol was founded straddling the rivers Frome and Avon around the 11th Century. It has a well-known history of slavery, where slaves captured in Northern England and …

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What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Smoking?

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Many people quit smoking every day for a variety of reasons but it’s no surprise that one of the most typical reasons is because of health concerns. This is why more and more people every day are trying to quit smoking. Many are successful and yet many fail. If you fall into the latter category, … Read more

Tips for Dealing with Depression

As I’ve been reading more on depression, I’ve bumped into several articles that share information for managing depression. Having been through a major depressive episode and continuing to attend a men’s support group for anxiety and depression, I’d like to share what I’ve learned about managing my mental health.

First of all, everybody’s management looks different. Everybody has their own plan and certain options work better for some than for others. However, no matter what the plan is, I strongly advocate that it is a plan that includes several pieces. I do not believe that there is one fix for anybody’s depression. Here are some of the pieces that I believe you may want to include in your plan:

  1. Medication: (Please note: I am not a doctor and am not advocating for or against medications. These are simply my thoughts) Yes, a highly controversial and not a well-researched scientific method. Medications work for some and are not needed for others. However, I believe strongly that if you are taking medications, you should understand why you are being prescribed a medication and what it is to do for you. This should be a conversation with your psychiatrist and not simply a doctor dictating what you will be taking. You should ask questions and gain as much information as possible. I have been shocked to meet some people who have a long list of medications that they are taking and have no idea what some of the medications on their list are for.
  2. Psychologist: Seek out a psychologist for talk therapy. Don’t give up on talk therapy if you have a bad first experience. It is well worth “shopping around” to find a therapist with whom you “click”. It’s important to find a therapist who you trust. There is a great deal of research that supports the benefit of talk therapy.
  3. Exercise: There have been many studies that show that exercise is critical for our mental health. If necessary, start small. Go for a walk a few days a week outside. Speed up your walk when you’re able to. If and when possible, begin to increase the rigor or amount of times throughout the week that you exercise. Eventually, exercising (at a fairly rigorous level) at least three days a week for twenty to thirty minutes would be most ideal. It was through my recovery that I began yoga. I also exercised on an eliptical, as we are lucky enough to have one in our basement.

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