More G.P.’s are steering away from the ‘medical model’ of treating low level anxiety and depression. Medication has it’s place but it is recognised now that ‘talking therapies’ are, in many cases, more effective in treating these conditions. One step further is providing small groups and activities which Doctors can ‘write prescriptions’ for and patients can attend the groups rather than the pharmacist. The changes are poweful and longer lasting.
So instead of prescribing Sertraline (SSRI’s) and other anti depressant drugs the G.P. prescibes an art class, a sports session, a cooking class, an outdoor activity – led by a mental health and wellbeing professional and tailored to meet the reststance and needs of the client.
The key to this is early diagnosis and intervention and the rewards are swifter and long lasting changes. – and of course the provision of funded activities to meet the need.
I explored this example/metaphor whilst working with a young person and we found it so useful that I have used it several times since. It has (so far) always allowed my clients to develop a more useful understanding of ‘self-help’ techniques.
Most times when we hurt ourselves, cut ourselves at home or at work for example we will go to our first aid box and take out something that will help us feel better and heal. A plaster for a cut, a paracetamol for a headache. If I suggested that you go to the first aid box and find something that will make you feel worse you would (rightly) ignore me.
So how often when you are feeling low, down and in a negative mood do you focus on other times and experiences when you also felt low, down and in a negative mood.
For some people when they experience negative thoughts they search for matching negative thoughts and stack up negative thoughts and experiences …. Result … they feel worse and they search for and stack up even more negative thoughts and experiences ……… and on it goes.
So, here’s where the First aid box comes in.
Focus on and start collecting positive thoughts and experiences. Times when you felt calm, strong, happy, relaxed. Save those thoughts and experiences in a ‘imaginary’ first aid box (as you would plasters, paracetamols etc.) and the next time you notice that you feel low, down or in a negative mood go to your first aid box and pick out something that will make you feel a little better (as opposed to a little worse!).
Peter Trenholme. Lifecoachbrighton 19th July 2017
‘What do you know about breathing?’ seems a foolish question to ask anyone. After all, we have been doing it with some success all our lives. When I am working with young people (and the principles are the same with many adults I work with) who are experiencing anxiety and are having difficulty relaxing sleeping I do ask that very question. We then go on to talking about ‘breathing’ and the importance of focussed breathing. I have put together a leaflet which outlines some ‘breathing exercises’ and some explanation on their importance for calming and relaxing. I usually practice the simpler techniques with young people and give them the leaflet. Have a look and feel free to pass on the leaflet/tips/advice. I would also be grateful for any feedback.
Pete Trenholme Lifecoachbrighton June 2017Breathing Exercise’s for calming and relaxation
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