Well, isn't that the 'million dollar question'!
OK, so maybe not...
But it's definately something I get asked all the time & would love to be worth $1 million.
Just imagine all the fantastic things we could do with that money to help people!
Alright, enough of a digression because I know you're time is super precious!
So, what can improve mental health?
Unfortunately, there is no 1 thing that works for everyone simply because we're all unique .
In our therapy we deliver a uniquely tailored mix of different therapies, lifestyle skills and coaching to support people back to mental health.
It's the only thing that really works to get people back to being who they are.
Don't get me wrong - medication can be helpful for some but only when used to facilitate the therapeutic process.
Medication alone may keep some of the symptoms at bay, but it never helps you overcome what's going on because the only thing that can do that is you.
Medication is not a magic bullet.
To be honest, most people we help through mental ill health loathe their medication.
It makes them feel nothing.
One of our past clients said 'medication makes me not want to live. I'm not, actively trying to take my own life, but I am just not bothered if I died.'
Another client reported that 'I watched a horrific documentary about the Holocaust and I knew I should be crying but I felt nothing. As though I am numb on the inside.'
I mean could you imagine feeling numb, all day, everyday?
No joy, no happiness, no sadness, no anger ... just nothing...
Yes, sometimes we may not want to feel the negative emotions - but they're just as important as the positive ones.
How could you know joy, if you have never felt sorrow?
You may be wondering if I've gone off on a tangent but just bear with me because our emotions are important when it comes to mental health and mental wellness.
In order for us to be mentally healthy we need to feel.
You have to acknowledge the emotions you're feeling in order to overcome them.
If you ignore how you're feeling then you can't deal with it and all that happens is you get worse.
Often, much, much worse.
So, this is where we start.
Well, kind of.
First we help you get your body back into balance.
Guide you to make the choices your body and mind need with regards to living a healthy life.
Because, without a healthy lifestyle nothing will work.
Your body and mind will not be strong enough to deal with the emotions you've dampened down over years and years.
So if you're struggling right now, before you do anything else look at your lifestyle choices.
What are you eating?
Are you fueling your body and mind with healthy and nutritious meals?
Or are you having a diet of junk food and takeaways?
Next, how much sleep are you getting a night?
Our natural sleep rhythm is in 3 hour cycles.
Go for 6, 9 and 12 (if you can get it)!
When setting your alarm just remember to account for the 'going to sleep' time - roughly 20 - 30 minutes.
Finally, how much exercise are you doing?
Exercise is so important.
It enables your body to use the food you've been eating.
It generates hormones vital for feeling good, pain relief and energy.
Without all 3 being in balance then you are setting yourself up to fail.
In therapy, changing these 3 things reduces mental health severity by 1 point on the rating scales.
Even for those who are in crisis when they start with us.
If you're just wobbly right now and these are out of balance.
But, don't do it all at once.
Change 1 thing each week & just keep going.
You will get there.
I have faith in you.
Good luck - Katie.
p.s. If you don't think you can go it alone and you need someone fighting in your corner then contact us for a FREE consultation. Our unique 12 week intensive therapy will bring you back to full health.