There are lots of ways to climb out of depression – this is just one of them

There are lots of ways to climb out of depression – this is just one of them: How Rowing Improved My Mental Health  by Georgina Edwards Georgia had been struggling with depression for over two years when her behaviour became so erratic she was taken to hospital where she was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar, a severe mood disorder.  She …

Barbara RainfordThere are lots of ways to climb out of depression – this is just one of them

Are there better alternatives to anti-depressant drugs?

Are there better alternatives to anti-depressant drugs? Roughly 60 million anti-depressants were prescribed last year.  Katie Woodland asks whether all these people were offered alternatives to drugs – her advice to anyone struggling with mental health difficulties is to stay away from alcohol, cigarettes, and all drugs – detox for a month – and if symptoms persist seek advice on …

Barbara RainfordAre there better alternatives to anti-depressant drugs?

Yesterday I felt on Top of the World

Yesterday I felt on top of the world, the sun was shining, I went out to feed the hens and the rabbits, had an egg for breakfast – from one of my own hens – and watched the sparrows on the bird table.  My glass wasn’t just half full, it was brimming over. Today, the sun is still shining but …

Barbara RainfordYesterday I felt on Top of the World

Meditation – Relaxation Chakra

Meditation – relaxation chakra If you wake in the night and can’t get back to sleep (usually between 3 and 4 in the morning) then you can use the time to practise some relaxation techniques.  One that will often send you back to sleep is imagining the chakra colours as flowers opening and closing and focusing on each chakra location …

Barbara RainfordMeditation – Relaxation Chakra

Dealing with Depression

Dealing with Depression When you are depressed, you think you are the only person in the world who is suffering. For some reason, it never occurs to you that there are other people feeling just the same – or worse – and also that most people have suffered from depression of some sort at some time in their lives. It’s …

Barbara RainfordDealing with Depression

Meditation, regulating our breathing

Normally when we breathe, we don’t expand our lungs, during meditation, if you concentrate on your breathing you can make your lungs expand when you breathe in and feel them contract when you breathe out – concentrating on your breathing helps you relax and relieves your mind of other distractions. Counting sheep is a commonly suggested remedy for insomnia – …

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Meditation as part of a healthy lifestyle

Meditation can help with many stress related conditions like headaches, insomnia, IBS, indigestion and phobias.  Sleeping and eating are a vital part of every day and our bodies need a regular balance of both or they start to complain.  A regular routine for sleeping and eating helps balance the rhythms of our body and meditation can help you establish this …

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