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Examples of Mental Health Problems

This is the second in a series of blogs and videos to help give you an initial awareness of mental health problems. The first blog is here: https://plumessencetherapies.co.uk/the-meaning-of-mental-health/

The videos and blogs will cover an awareness of:

Mental Health in general, stress, anxiety, phobias, depression, post-natal depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD and PTSD.  All of these subjects will be based on my personal thoughts, my personal experience, and research used to pass my Mental Health Problems qualification.  I have also been asked to talk about the difference between bullying and banter, and alcohol and drug dependency.

I hope you will find the information interesting and informative and it helps break the stigma of mental health and encourages people to talk about it.

Examples of Mental Health Problems are:

Anxiety and panic attacks.  Anxiety is a normal emotion.  It can be described as dread and inner turmoil.  The person can be nervous, fearful and worry and these feelings are exaggerated, taking over and begin to interfere with every day life.

Depression.  Depression can affect someone’s ability to think straight and effects how we feel about ourselves and the world around us.  It can result in a person feeling worthless.  Depression takes many forms, including:

Bipolar Disorder, also referred to as Manic Depression – episodes of feeling very high and then very low.  It’s like very extreme mood swings.  High episodes of bipolar disorder can make someone feel overly confident and can result in reckless behaviour which is usually quite risky to their own physical and mental health.  Periods of being very low can result in suicidal thoughts and extreme worthlessness.

Postnatal depression or Postpartum depression affects people, usually recognised in women, after childbirth.  It usually manifests itself within 6 weeks and can be slow progress or come on suddenly.  People with postnatal depression tend to feel really low, irritable, lack self-worth and self-esteem and feel unable to cope sometimes, becoming quite hostile to friends, family and even children.

Rage and anger can be a mental health problem when they become regular occurrence and affecting the relationships with people they care about, work with or life in general.  Rage and anger can manifest itself physically, towards others or resulting in self-harm, sometimes with poor coping strategies of drugs and alcohol to try and remain calm, which in themselves can cause further mental health problems.

Abuse of substances such as drugs (prescribed or un-prescribed) and alcohol, for instance.  Reliance on drugs and alcohol can cause a spiral of physical and mental health problems which can be harder to recognise, cope with and manage.

That’s all for now.  Just some examples of mental health problems. These will be expanded upon throughout the series.  

In the next video and blog, I will look at how mental health care has changed over time and an indication of the problems people with mental health problems, may face day to day.

If you have any subjects you would like to cover, please let me know.  If there is anything on here you would like to talk about, or find out about therapies and training offered by PlumEssence to help and educate about mental health, then look at www.plumessencetherapies.co.uk or call Tracey on 01889 808388 or 07803399594

The Meaning of Mental Health and Mental Ill Health

This is the first in a series of blogs and videos to help give you an initial awareness of mental health problems.

The videos and blogs will cover an awareness of:

Mental Health in general, stress, anxiety, phobias, depression, post-natal depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD and PTSD.  All of these subjects will be based on my personal thoughts, my personal experience, and research used to pass my Mental Health Problems qualification.  I have also been asked to talk about the difference between bullying and banter, and alcohol and drug dependency.

I hope you will find the information interesting and informative.

So. What do we mean by Mental Health?

Mental health describes the emotional wellbeing, and emotional resilience of how someone is feeling and able to cope with everyday life and stresses, whether that’s in a positive or negative way.

This leads us to; what is meant by ‘mental ill health’?

Mental ill health is considered to be having a lower level of being able to cope, emotionally, with every day stresses, low personal confidence and self-esteem.

If you are mentally unwell, you tend to have low moods which can fluctuate from day to day.

Mental ill health can include suffering from such things as anxiety, low moods, depression and stress and we will discuss these further throughout this series.

To be considered as having mental ill health, the negative changes you experience must have an effect on you yourself and/or those around you.

Mental ill health can also be referred to as a mental disorder.

What are considered to be the components of mental wellbeing?

The key components of mental wellbeing are considered to be: Resilience, Self-worth, personal perspective, the view of your concerns and problems, Flexibility of being able to cope, Coping Strategies and having the ability to develop and manage positive and supportive relationships.

To go through each in a little more detail:

Resilience is about you being able to persevere, live through and bounce back to your normal (whatever that is for you) after, and while suffering stressful, difficult and traumatic events.

Self-worth is the thoughts about yourself and being able to define yourself as a person, separate from the problems around you.  I believe it is about learning and understanding your strengths and weaknesses and being able to use those to your advantage in coping well, mentally.

Having a healthy view of your problems is a healthier sign of a healthier wellbeing.  It’s about being able to analyse your problems, to manage them and to not over-exaggerate them to the point where they become the definition of who you are, and your life.

In this case, flexibility is about being able to manage your own thoughts, emotions and behaviours in a more healthy and balanced way.

Coping strategies are the ways you use to cope with everyday life, stresses and problems for your physical and mental wellbeing.

Developing and fostering positive and supportive relationships are important to everyone’s wellbeing, especially mental wellbeing.  It is often stated that we become the people with whom we most surround ourselves with, so having positive relationships can help people to see other ways of living and perhaps try to establish those ways within their own lives.  Supportive relationships are important to help people through low and tough, times.

What are the risk factors in developing mental health problems?

There are so many to consider, and there is much written on this subject, but some of the main risk factors are have suffered as well as people I know, are:  isolation, increased anxiety, low moods which can lead to depression, reducing self-worth and self-esteem.  All of these can happen quickly, or over a period of time, depending on the situations someone is experiencing at the time.

Anxiety can set in as people start to worry about the future and the possible outcomes, usually in a negative way.  Anxiety can lead to further isolation and uncertainly about the future. This is how easy it is to get into this spiral of negative thought patterns and reduced positive mental wellbeing.

Depression can take many forms, some of which I will expand upon in this series.  And, again, there has been a considerable amount written on the subject. Depression can last for short periods or longer periods of time.  Depression can cause someone to further isolate themselves, especially if their self-worth is low and cannot, or will not, seek help, love, support and friendship.  As I’ve said, depression can take many forms and there is still a stigma attached to mental health problems which stops people from seeking helps.

Risk factors can include poor physical health, side effects of medication, unresolved trauma and concerns, unhealthy relationships and loneliness.  Each in turn, you could cope quite well with, but when more than one risk factor is present, the ability to cope starts to reduce, continuing to lower your self-esteem, confidence and depressive state.

That’s all for now.  The introduction to mental health awareness.

In the next video and blog, I will provide some of the examples of mental health problems that we will expand upon throughout the series, how mental health care has changed over time and an indication of the problems people with mental health problems, may face day to day.

If you have any subjects you would like to cover, please let me know.  If there is anything on here you would like to talk about, or find out about therapies and training offered by PlumEssence to help and educate about mental health, then look at www.plumessencetherapies.co.uk or call Tracey on 01889 808388 or 07803399594

Coping with unexpected boulders

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Quartz boulder

Coping with unexpected boulders

Sometimes, boulders can help you focus, regroup and rediscover what is important to you.  But, they can also cause stress, anxiety and depression, if not managed and you learn ways to cope with them.

 

So, what are boulders?

Things like:

Illness – both short-term and long-term

Death of a loved one.

Unexpected financial outlays, ie for significant items breaking in the home or business

Debtors not paying

Marriage break up

Suddenly losing ‘me time’

Loss of work

Sudden overwhelm

Children leaving home

Children moving back home

You getting in your own way

 

What simple coping strategies could you put in place?

In no particular order, you could try:

Wine and chocolate!  (please don’t do these long term)

Acceptance and acknowledgement

Meditation

Comforting yourself and being kind to yourself.

Reward yourself and others.

Exercise

Seek the opportunity from the situation

Looks at the end result, make a plan of action and break into small, baby steps

If something the same or similar has happened before, learn from it by thinking about what you did last time.

Delegate and outsource tasks, so you can focus on you and your recovery.

Know that the situation will not last forever.

Forgiveness of yourself and others.

Show gratitude of the past and other present situations.

Talk to someone!  Even, seek professional help!  There is no shame in it.

Regular self-care helps in the long term and perhaps lower the impact of boulder situations.

 

Tracey of PlumEssence is a therapist, hypnotherapist, mental health first aider, stress management consultant and mentor, who helps people to manage and cope with boulders thrown at them.  Tracey also runs workshops about Managing and Coping with Stress and Anxiety, which are suitable for support groups and the workplace.

For a no obligation chat, so see if I can help you, please call 01889 808388 or 07803 399594 or email [email protected]

Distortions, Deletions and Generalisations

My own picture taken in Devon

A Devon view

Distortions, Deletions and Generalisations – What do you say, without thinking that could be causing your own stress, low mood, depression and anxiety?

In only a couple of days last week, I noted how people spoke to me and posts they put on social media.  There was a pattern and I considered some of the things said could be continuously contributing to people’s low moods, anxiety and stress levels.

Stress is a silent killer.  Regular low mood can be linked to depression.  Simple things that can cause YOU stress, that YOU can actually do something about, TODAY!

Stop comparing your inside with other people’s outside!

If other people’s social media posts make you feel less worthy, stop reading them!

Distortions and Generalisations examples:  “Everyone is doing better than me”  “Everyone else can afford this/that”  “All my friends are in a relationship”  “Everyone else can afford a holiday/car/eat out”  “Everyone else has lovely children”

Action:  Stop going on social media.  If you use it for business, stop scrolling and stop noting only the good things being said.  Focus on the good things going on in your life.  There will be some, I can assure you.

 

Stop focusing on the negatives in your life.  Focus on the positives!

Distortions and Deletions:  “I can’t afford (insert something really cheap and basic here)”  “I don’t have ……”  “I never get what I want” “I always make bad decisions”  “I can never get things right”

Action:  Get someone to help you go through your income and expenses with you and see where you can make savings.  You don’t have to be on the TV programme Live Well for Less to sort your finances out.  You probably can afford things if you made savings elsewhere.  Work out the difference between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’.  You need to be brutal with yourself.  Ask someone to pick you up on the things you say.  Speak to someone.

 

Get your work/life balance sorted!

This means different things for different people.  If you believe you have no time for friends, family or you, then make time!

Distortion and Deletions examples:  “I never have any time for me”  “I work all the time”  “I have to work evenings and weekends”  “I have to stay late”  “I have to take work home” “I never get to go out”  “I have to do everything for my kids/partner”

Action:  Again, get someone to work with you to see what you are spending your time on.  Implement your own time analysis, recording all that you do with every minute of your day.  Be honest!  Do you need to ask for help to do your work?  Can you outsource?

A busy fool is not a productive fool.  Regular work breaks will only make you MORE productive.

Put dates in your diary for yourself, your friends, your family – and stick to it!

On the whole, the answer is:  Ask for help.  There is no shame in it and, usually, people are more than willing to help.  Strong people ask for help – they do not think they can do it all.

Don’t wait to burn yourself out, or have that breakdown, before you realise you need to make some changes.

Men – why avoid the ‘taboo’ subjects?

Charlie Chaplin .. As I began to love myself

Charlie Chaplin .. As I began to love myself

On a daily basis, I tend to get a great bunch of clients.  My clients tend to come to me because they are suffering some form of physical pain and I attract many clients that are suffering from anxiety, stress or depression.

That’s great because I do state I aim to help people suffering from pain, stress, anxiety and depression.

There are days when I have all female clients, days when I have all male clients and days where there is a mix.

A few weeks back, I had all female clients and all had come to me suffering from depression.

The last client of the day stated “there seems to be a lot of ladies suffering depression at the moment”.  I totally agree with her, and although the opposite appears to be the case, men are more prone to suffering from depression than women.  More women are signed off sick with stress related conditions, as opposed to men, but it is men to more prone to committing suicide than women.  (Recent statistics state that of suicides committed in the UK, 75% of them are men).

Also, at recent workshops, based on mental health awareness, coping with pressure and stress, recognising depression and other similar titles, there were all women in attendance.  Why is that?  Why are men not attending the workshops?  Why are men not seeking help?
It appears there are many reasons why men are not prone to not admitting to suffering from stress or depression, which is a shame when there is a lot of help available and many natural therapies which can help.  Why is that?  What are those reasons?  I would love to know and aim to understand the reasons.  I keep everything private and confidential.
To help all my clients, the sessions include diet advise, colour therapy, aromatherapy body massage and holistic facials, empowerment coaching and on-going mentoring sessions. (Mentoring does not always have to be work-focused).

So, I’ve had a thought ……… If I ran men-only workshops about the ‘taboo’ subjects, would they attend?  If the answer is yes, then I will arrange some.  Guys, please let me know.  And ladies, if you could ask the men you know, can you let me know what they say please?
If you would like to explore natural therapies as a way of helping you cope with pain, stress or depression, you only have to call for an informal chat, or book a 1-2-1 session with me, which can be done via my website www.plumessencetherapies.co.uk if I’m not able to take your call.

I look forward to hearing from you [email protected]  01889 808388 or 07803399594

What blog ideas do you have for me?

Today, I have not treated any clients.

At the advice of one of my mentors, I took the day out to write blogs and newsletters and to have the confidence to publish more about my thoughts, ideas, knowledge, skills and experiences.

When I empower my clients to change their beliefs and to take on their world, I often progress to a ‘what if’ analysis.  I have had to do this myself with writing about the above and below.  Instead of thinking ‘what if people disagree with what I write’, I have altered my thinking to ‘what if people love what I write, fully engage with me and I help people’.

Now, that’s a better ‘what if’ isn’t it?

 

In essence, I had so many notes but not many full written articles. With so much to work with, I have decided to publish a number of inter-linked themes such as food for mood, benefits of my favourite aromatherapy oils, things to do with aromatherapy oils, what is and how to manage and reduce stress, depression, tension and anxiety, and how workplace stress can be reduced.  I would also like to post based on titles of Mindful Mondays, Tuesday Tips, Wellness Wednesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays, Feel good Fridays, Saturday Stretches and Stress-free Sundays.

What do you think?

Am I on the write path?

Please let me know by commenting below, or letting me know on Twitter @plumessence or Facebook PlumEssenceTherapies

Thank you

Well-being is not self-indulgent

Caring for yourself is not self-indulgent, it is self-preservation.

Looking after yourself is not pampering, it is a necessity.

I thought of this today as clients are not booking appointments due to their workloads.

Many in the health field will say “when you don’t have time for you, then that’s when you need to make that time”.

To enjoy work, to stay focused and be productive, you need to take time out for you.  Enabling your mind and body to relax, helps them to rejuvenate and refresh, helping you to replenish the energy in both.  Renewed energy allows for improved thought processes and to be able to think more productively, often allowing you to come up with better and new ideas.

You need to take care of yourself as it is easy to forget to do so, especially when you’re busy looking after your work responsibilities and trying to appease others.

Whatever you do, you should prioritise your own health and well-being.  You need to eat well, and rest your mind and body.  You need to take time out.

Scheduling time to help you maintain your well-being gives you something to look forward to. If

you like, you can consider it a pampering treat for all the hard work you have completed.  Take it as time to enjoy.  It’s more difficult to be successful if you don’t take care of yourself.

Working hard and not taking time for your well-being will lead to regular illnesses and stress-related illness. More illness causes more stress as you fight the initial illness and then you don’t perform at your best.  It’s an easy catch-22 situation to fall into.

This is usually when I get the calls. People wanting to book in because they don’t feel great.  That’s fine, I like people to book in and we can start the well-being journey.

But really, prevention is better than cure.

Don’t wait until you feel something is wrong. Don’t wait until you are in pain, stressed, or suffering anxiety or elements of depression.

Make a plan, now, to book yourself in for your well-being treatment, and make sure you come first.

If you don’t look after yourself, you cannot look after anyone else.  If you don’t know where to start, or don’t know what treatments to have, then just ask!

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