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Focus on effective thinking skills

ven-mentalPart of being well may entail reviewing your lifestyle patterns and in particular the way that you think.

Effective thinking patterns can have a very positive effect upon the way we view events that have happened to us and are helpful in reducing stress and mediating chronic fatigue. Effective thinking gives us a greater set of tools to cope with life’s events, which may currently be having a detrimental effect on our overall health.

In helping to address this, we use well researched cognitive psychology and NLP techniques, as well as emotional freedom (EFT) tools, to mediate emotion attached to specific or traumatic events. Additionally, all chronic diseases have an element of inflammation, which may lead to unwanted signs and symptoms which may be detrimental to our long term health. Behavioral interventions have been shown to be more efficacious in symptom relief than normal activities which promote wellbeing (Rosenkranz et, al, 2013)1.

Guided imagery is a powerful technique for inducing relaxation and reducing stress. As a concept “we move towards that which we think about” so what are our thoughts today, this hour, this minute? Are we thinking about all the things we have to do and all the concerns we have? We need to take time out of our life to replenish our energy and think about things which provide us with calm and move our thoughts to things we do want and how we wish to be. This technique has proved to be effective as it has a total body focus (Geimer-Flanders 2009)2 and improves mood, (Sheldon and Lyubomirsky, 2006)3, creativity, energy and performance (Sin and Lyubomirsky, 2009)4.

Visualizations

Guided imagery is a powerful technique for inducing relaxation and reducing stress. As a concept “we move towards that which we think about” so what are our thoughts today, this hour, this minute? Are we thinking about all the things we have to do and all the concerns we have? We need to take time out of our life to replenish our energy and think about things which provide us with calm and move our thoughts to things we do want and how we wish to be. This technique has proved to be effective as it has a total body focus (Geimer-Flanders 2009)2 and improves mood, (Sheldon and Lyubomirsky 2006)3, creativity, energy and performance (Sin and Lyubomirsky 2009)4

Meditation

Is a process of stillness of the mind and deep rest It has been shown to produce deeper relaxation than other relaxation techniques, particularly transcendental meditation (Rosental et al 2011)5. We will incorporate meditation into a supporting programme as it has been shown in research to positively affect learning, emotion regulation, and our perspective on situations (Hölzel et al 2013)6, as well as anxiety (Goyal et al 2014)7. Clients regularly report feeling deeply rested, having clarity, having a weight lifted from their shoulders and better sleep.

 

References

  1. Rosenkranz M A, Davidson R J, MacCoon D G, Sheridan J F,  Kalin N H,  Lutz A  (2013). A comparison of mindfulness-based  stress reduction and an active control in modulation of neurogenic inflammation Behavior, and Immunity  27: 174–184.
  2. Joshua Z Rosenthal, Sarina Grosswald, Richard Ross, Norman Rosenthal (2011) Effects of Transcendental Meditation in Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Pilot Study Millitary Medicine, 176: 6, 626
  3. Jone Geimer-Flanders (2009) Creating a healing environment: Rationale and research overview. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine vol 76: Suppl 2 S66-S69.
  4. Sheldon, K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2006). How to increase and sustain positive emotion: The effects of expressing gratitude and visualizing best possible selves. Journal of Positive Psychology, 1, 73-82.
  5. Sin, N. L., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2009). Enhancing well-being and alleviating depressive symptoms with positive psychology interventions: A practice-friendly meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 65, 467-487.
  6. Hölzel B K,  Carmody J ,  Vangel M,  Congleton C,  Yerramsetti S M,  Gard T,  Lazar S W (2011) Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging Vol 191, Issue 1 , Pages 36-43, 30..
  7. Goyal M, Singh S, Sibinga E M, Gould N F, Rowland-Seymour A, Sharma R Berger Z, Sleicher D, Maron D D, Shihab H M,Ranasinghe P D, Linn S, Saha S, Bass E B, Haythornthwaite J A. Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.JAMA Intern Med. (2014) Jan 6. (doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13018). [Epub ahead of print]

 

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