August 2017 News Letter
In this issue: New Wise Blue Owl Therapy Centre phone App Now seeing clients in Chiswick Testimonials Mindfulness Courses.
Welcome We are having a busy summer with assisting clients with stress, anxiety, teaching weight loss and mindfulness courses and so much more. The exciting news for this month is we will now be renting a room in Studholme Medical Centre, Ashford. Offering patients from the local area, Counselling, Clinical Hypnotherapy, NLP (Neuro Linguist Programming), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Weight Loss and Mindfulness courses.
Taking Vitamin B3 could prevent miscarriages and birth defects, a study on mice suggests.
Researchers from the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney called it “a double breakthrough”, as they found both a cause and a preventative solution.
With 7.9 million babies born each year with a birth defect worldwide, the team hopes the benefits are wide-reaching.
But an expert said the findings “cannot be translated into recommendations” for pregnancy.
The researchers analysed the DNA of four families where the mothers had suffered multiple miscarriages or their babies were born with multiple birth defects, such as heart, kidney, vertebrae and cleft palate problems.
They found mutations in two genes that caused the child to be deficient in a vital molecule known as Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), which allows cells to generate energy and organs to develop normally.
Lead researcher Prof Sally Dunwoodie replicated these mutations in mice but found they could be corrected if the pregnant mother took niacin (vitamin B3).
“You can boost your levels of NAD and completely prevent the miscarriages and birth defects. It bypasses the genetic problem,” she said. “It’s rare that you find a cause and a prevention in the same study. And the prevention is so simple, it’s a vitamin,” she said.
Dr Katie Morris, an expert in maternal foetal medicine at the University of Birmingham, said: “While exciting, this discovery cannot be translated into recommendations for pregnant women, who at most may be deficient in vitamin B3.
“The doses used in this research were 10 times the recommended daily doses for supplementation in women.”
She said the side-effects of this high dosage are not known, with pregnancy complications often occurring because of the complex interaction of a number of factors.
Prof Jean Golding, from the University of Bristol, called it a “solid piece of work” but cautioned against extrapolating too much from the findings, because they were based on the genetics of four families and mice.
For now, Prof Dunwoodie recommended pregnant women take a pregnancy-specific multivitamin, which includes the advised 18 milligrams of niacin.
“But, we’re not all the same in how we absorb nutrients,” she said, adding that body mass index and diabetes can influence how a woman produces NAD.
She added: “We don’t know who these women are that don’t make sufficient levels, so that will be the next thing to study.”
Men are more likely than women to suffer mental health problems brought on by work and less likely to seek help, the charity Mind has said.
Its survey of 15,000 employees found 1,763 had poor mental health. A third of men attributed that to their job, 14% said the source was outside work.
In contrast, women found their job and external problems equally stressful.
Men and women, workers and managers, should all be able to come forward and talk about any problems, Mind said.
It said men were less likely to feel they could talk about their jobs' impact on their wellbeing, or to have the tools to support people with mental health problems.
The charity asked employees at 30 companies signed up to its Workplace Wellbeing Index . They include large organisations like Deloitte, HMRC, the Environment Agency, Jaguar Land Rover and PepsiCo.
It also found:
Andrew Ormerod told the BBC's Today programme how his problems spiralled at work.
"I was choosing to make myself more stressed. I was taking on more and more projects, working late, working at the weekend.
"I was working in a way that wasn't sustainable. In the end, I had a breakdown and had to take a substantial amount of time off."
He said while his employer was supportive, he wasn't aware he could get in to such a pattern. Now, he finds part-time work keeps him on an "even keel".
And, a sick leave policy which explicitly states people can take time off for mental health reasons meant people could feel accepted, he said.
"I love working, I like doing a good job. One of the things I've had to learn is how to do that in a way that's healthy and sustainable."
Mind's Madeleine McGivern said: "Women feel more able to come forward. And women as line managers feel more equipped to support people with mental health problems.
"It's about trying to balance the playing field - we need all employers to encourage people at work to be having conversations about mental health, to normalise those conversations."
HERE ARE 5 FANTASTIC QUICK TIPS ON HELPING TO RELIEVE YOUR
STRESS IN THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS WITH YOUR KIDS
Feeling stressed already and the school holidays haven’t even started? Wondering how you are going to get though the full 6 weeks with a house full of board, squabbling kids?
The kids are jumping for joy at the thought of 6 weeks at home and here you are feeling stressed before they have even broken up. How about if maybe you did something else than what you usually do? People tend to reduce their stress in ways they have learned over the course of time because they turn to what they know such as screaming, shouting, overeating and drinking to excess. You may take comfort in unhealthy stress management techniques just because they’re familiar, even though they’re not good for your health. But, there are other behaviours you can learn to relieve the stress of the summer holidays and its effects that may be both healthier for you and the kids and longer lasting.
People who get stressed out easily are most likely to feel intense stress during any holidays especially the summer holidays. It's really all about you, and not about the holidays. But there's good news. You can learn to put stress in its place, and take the pressure off the whole 6 weeks holidays.
Here are the 5 fantastic tips to help you to deal with the next 6 week holiday stressssss.
1. Deep Breathing
Deep tummy breathing, if you’re ready to explode this is really helpful in interrupting irrational thoughts. Fill your pocket with balloons. Blowing up a balloon forces you to take long, slow breaths from the diaphragm, which slows down your heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and helps your body use oxygen more efficiently, having a calming effect. Give one to each of the kids to play with and one for you to relax all of your muscles.
If you are lacking a balloon just take three deep breaths now and feel all those muscles relax as you exhale.
In self-hypnosis you produce the relaxation response with a phrase or nonverbal cue (called a “suggestion”). What I would suggest here is when the kids are all tucked up in bed and you finally have time for you, go to our you tube page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28WUn8icHyo and listen or download my relaxation hypnosis recording then play this every evening when you are going to bed in order to really begin to learn to let go and calm and relax yourself.
3. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Emotional Freedom Technique which is also known as the tapping technique is an energy therapy and has been proved highly effective when used to deal with stress and anxiety. EFT has the ability to calm you and relax you within minutes. It’s hard to think straight when you’re under stress and the kids are screaming.
EFT really does have the power to stop stress in its tracks. With a little knowledge and a little effort you can relax and begin to enjoy your summer holidays. When stress goes you become happier, more relaxed therefore so do your kids and all because of a simple little technique.
The way Eft works is that you tap on 8 different points of the body while thinking about any negative
emotion and you can reduce that feeling down.
One quick tip for you to remember and use over the summer holidays is to tap on the outside of your collar bone while thinking about any negative emotion and this will help to reduce it…. Go on … try it the next time the kids are fighting and you know you need to change the way you feel. Its brilliant and it works.
Many of those who have reaped the benefits of EFT and experienced its effectiveness have gone on to learn the basics by contacting us here at wiseblueowl.co.uk and attending a one day beginner’s workshop. In just one day you could get a thorough grounding in the technique of EFT which would enable you to use it on your own issues and those of family and friends.
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that involves putting pressure with the fingers or the hand on certain points of the body. The pressure can unblock the flow of Qi to release tension and restore inner harmony. The great thing about acupressure is it is something you can do on your own to relieve stress when the kids are misbehaving. It will provide instant relief.
A couple of helpful pressure points in your body for dealing with anxiety and stress:
The soft spot behind your ear where your jaw bone connects to your skull — press gently with a finger and hold.
Apply pressure with your thumb at the point where your wrist forms a crease with your hand. Hold the acupressure point for about 2 minutes, applying a generous amount of pressure. This point is really good for relieving stress.
5. Neuro Linguistic Programming
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) use techniques that help you overcome negative emotions, it is a collection of techniques that allow us to understand how our minds work, and apply this knowledge so that we can achieve greater success in life and make positive changes to better ourselves. It is formed around the concept that all behaviour is rooted in the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is the bit of the brain that is always functioning, and runs all our necessary programmes, even though we are not aware of this, like making sure we keep breathing when we are sleeping.
The unconscious mind stores all our memories, processes all our experiences, filters everything we feel, hear, see, taste and smell, and it attaches emotion to everything we do.
NLP shows us how to access our unconscious minds, and also provides techniques for making changes at the unconscious level. Because the change is unconscious, it is easier, faster and more permanent.
My clients frequently tell me how quickly and easily they experience deep relaxation and tranquility through NLP and self-hypnosis.
Below is a technique you can practice now
It’s easy to react to something negatively and then become stressed or upset about it. For example, if your child drives you crazy and you get angry in response.
The following NLP technique can help neutralize negative emotions in such situations. Here are the steps:
1. Identify what emotion you want to get rid of, be it anger, frustration, uneasiness about some person or dislike of some place.
2. See yourself encountering the situation from start to finish, as an observer.
3. Play the same mental movie backwards, then fast-forward it and then play it backwards again.
4. Play it backwards once more and then add a funny music to the mental movie. Do this 3-4 times.
5. Now try to see in your mind the same event like it was happening to you now. The emotions towards the stimulus should have disappeared or changed. If you still feel some kind of negative emotion, keep repeating this exercise until the negative emotion has completely disappeared. This is a brilliant technique to use with all sorts of negative emotions. Go on give it a go.
So go ahead and feel more positive about the next 6 weeks now you have some brilliant tools to help you though this time. Enjoy your summer holidays without the stress. For more information and any questions please contact us at:
IF YOU ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE YOU WILL ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS GOT.