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Mental health

What’s it about?:Mental Health


It’s the fastest growing illness of our time.


An epidemic.
A catastrophe.
And it’s getting worse.


Currently 450 million people worldwide are officially
diagnosed with this illness.


And 1 in every 3 people will get it at some point in their life.


The illness topic in question?






And what’s so sad…


Is much of it is misunderstood and mistreated.
Not to mention the stigma attached to it.


The crazy, patronising and misunderstood “just get on with
it” nonsense that people seem to believe.


And what’s the normal medical doctor response?
Take an anti-depressant.
At best, these drugs mask and control the problem.
But they don’t solve it.
They don’t address the root cause.


And of course…


They have side-effects.


A loss of feeling so life becomes numb.
And a whole host of physiological affects.


Then, of course, there are the many different types of therapy.


Some are good.
Some are not so good.


In the UK, for example, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
has become the “go-to” approach for most doctors to refer
people to.


And for some, in some situations, it may be effective.


Problem is….


It is a largely rational approach.


And if you are traumatised, or anxious, or depressed, you are not
in a place to be rational.


So first of all…


You need tools that will help calm and manage your
overactive amygdala.
The small, almond-shaped structure in your limbic system which is
on alert when you are depressed or anxious.


Leaving you…


In a state of constant fight of flight.


Which leads to poor quality sleep.


Which means you wake feeling tired and anxious.


Which leads to poor sleep.


And so the cycle continues.


So it is essential that you learn how to break the cycle.


And the way to that successfully must be both a
mind and body approach.


You see…


Anxiety and depression can be caused by your mind, which
will have a negative impact on your body.


Anxiety and depression can also be caused by your body,
which will have a negative affect win your mind.


So an unhealthy body with an unhealthy lifestyle, poor
nutrition and that has become addicted to stimulants such
as sugar, caffeine and alcohol is always more prone to feelings
of anxiety or depression.




Whilst there is never a “one size fits all” approach to
dealing with mental health, there is so much that can be
done given the right tools – without the need for
pharmaceutical intervention.


The right nutrition.
Regular exercise, preferably in nature.
A good and effective therapy, such as the Human
Givens approach.
A healthy work and home environment.
A sense of meaning and purpose in what you do.
Healthy Self Belief that gives you the confidence to take care
of yourself and your energy.


You see…


Depression, anxiety and trauma are all just states of
thinking, feeling and behaviour.


And you can always….always…change the way you think, feel
and behave.


So there is always a path to a happy, healthier life.


I’m off to take care of my mental health by looking after my mind and my body.


How about you?


To your fulfilment.





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Steve Neale
“Creator of the Limbic Performance System for Outstanding Leadership”


Psychologist, Executive Coach, EI Practitioner, Award Winning Trainer, International Author, Psychodynamic Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness Instructor, International Speaker, Creator of the LPS, Creator of the Accredited Masters in High Performance Leadership.

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