Overcome anxiety, stress and depression with NLP
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Leo Buscaglia
Don't worry, be happy, stay calm - there are countless day-to-day expressions which encourage us to be stress-free. But in today's busy, busy world with so many demands on our time and multiple responsibilities, it's sometimes hard to do.
We face potentially stressful situations every day, from edgy interactions at work to tense scenarios in our private lives. 21st century stressors can take many different forms, from information overload and digital nightmares to conflicting priorities, financial worries and even, very commonly, the pressures of driving on our complicated and congested roads. Unresolved issues; things we choose to ignore, bury or skirt around, can also fester and reveal themselves in anxiety, stress and depression.
Sometimes we can just deal with these stressful situations with no harmful effects and there is also such a thing as 'positive' stress, which we often use in a work situation or to spur us on during a project. However, problems can arise when stress becomes negative (we feel we can't handle it). It throws us off balance, impacting our health and well-being and all areas of our lives. If stress is prolonged, it can cause issues around duration and quality of sleep, weight gain, digestive problems and many other disorders. Typically, stress can be damaging to the heart, affect memory and can also cause havoc with our relationships. Anxiety, stress and depression are closely related and often interlinked and can develop into physical depression if left unchecked.
According to Anxiety UK (www.anxietyuk.org.uk), 40% of incapacity worldwide is due to depression and anxiety. Statistics show that in the UK, six million people are affected (approximately three million with depression and three million with anxiety). This shockingly high statistic, represents almost 10% of the overall population of the UK. However, the good news is that there's a lot you can do to prevent, manage and resolve anxiety, stress and depression.
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) can help us to uncover and understand the root causes of anxiety, stress and depression and identify changes that need to be made. It could be anything from dealing with fears and phobias and negative beliefs to resolving issues from the past or worries about the future.
Working with a NLP coach will allow you to really get to the bottom of underlying issues, so that you can manage your life more resourcefully and move forward. Valuable NLP techniques will introduce you to new ways of thinking, which in turn, will bring balance to your life.
If anxiety, stress or depression is something you struggle with, try these tips to get you back on track:
Exercise and physical activity - known to improve mood and increase endorphins in the system.
Regular sleeping pattern - keeping to a regular sleep pattern can reduce negative feelings and worry and getting enough sleep is also important.
Be mindful - oodles of research shows this can help with anxiety, stress and depression.
Yoga - well know for preventing and reducing stress in the long and short term and in itself, creates time out in the lesson.
Meditation - a powerful way to gain control of physical tension and find inner peace.
Relaxation - can calm the emotions and clear the mind. Relaxed people are more creative and can solve problems more easily, seeing things from a different perspective.
Stop and ask yourself - if a stressful thought occurs, first ask yourself whether it's true, if it isn't, let it go and if it is, ask yourself whether the thought is helpful? From here you can decide on a strategy to deal with it.
Write it down - make a note of things that are bothering you. Often when you actively address problems, research issues and brainstorm solutions - it can help in itself. If daily problems are really getting you down, consider setting aside a specific time when you can think about them. In this way you can compartmentalise so that you can get on with your life for the rest of the day.
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About Yvonne Fernando
As a NLP master practitioner and life coach, Yvonne supports clients through change to give them more confidence, help them become 'unstuck' and move forward - keeping them focused, motivated and on track. Sessions are designed to open up horizons and create new possibilities. Yvonne also runs inspiring workshops throughout the year.