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The Benefits of Holistic Health

The Benefits of Holistic Health

Everyone during their lifetime wants to make sure that they can be as healthy and fit as they possibly can. When it comes to our body and our mind, it is important that we pay attention to both of these as one because they work together to keep us fit and healthy all year long. Holistic health is a type of healthcare which is all about the personal as well as the symptoms, and it is a method which brings everything together to keep us strong. Here are some of the biggest benefits of holistic health which you will see this year.

 

It treats the mind

 

The main thing which can set apart holistic health from other types of medicine is the fact that it also looks at your mental health as well as physical health. This is an important thing for us because mental health can be something which is often neglected in every day life and as a result many of us will suffer from things such as stress and depression.

 

It looks at us as a whole

 

The reason why so many people choose a holistic style of medicine is the fact that it looks at us as a whole person rather than just a set of organs. The main benefit of holistic health is the fact that it is a lifestyle medicine and it looks beyond the symptoms of an illness and focuses on the cause too. This is great for many people because it gets to the root of a problem and this can make a huge impact on our ability to treat ourselves and live a healthier life. There are a lot of factors in our health and sometimes lifestyle factors such as our jobs and the way we spend our free time can impact our body and mind. Holistic health uses this information to come up with a solution and make sure that we are able to live in the healthiest way we can.

 

It’s natural, mostly

 

If you are always a little bit worried about medicine and the chemicals it contains, we have some good news for you. Because holistic health looks at us from wider view and takes more than just our body into account, it also means that it focuses on more than just pills and needles. Most holistic healing methods are natural and this will be in the form of exercise, lifestyle changes, diet changes and essential oils. It is a way of naturally changing the body without the chemicals and this can actually get to the root of the problem in a much more efficient way.

 

You’ll learn better habits

 

As part of living a more holistic lifestyle you will also learn some better habits along the way which can help you live your best life. For example rather than spending all of your time working and stressing out, a holistic change might be to take a break and enjoy time with your family instead. Small changes and modifications can be huge for your life and allow you to be happier and healthier.

 

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Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019 - Hope's Story

Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019 - Hope's Story

As Eating Disorder Awareness Week comes to an end, it seems appropriate to dedicate this week’s blog post to eating disorders and those who experience them.

 

What is an eating disorder?

While it’s true that the term “eating disorder” covers the more commonly known disorder, anorexia nervosa, there are a whole host of other disorders that are less frequently discussed in the public domain. The term “eating disorder” is defined as “a range of psychological disorders characterised by abnormal or disturbed eating habits”.  Currently the NHS recognise four classifications: anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED).

 

Why are eating disorders worrying?  

Individuals with eating disorders will often use extreme methods to achieve control over their diet, whether it be reduced food intake, purging after eating, use of laxatives, use of medication designed for another use among many other methods. These actions are damaging to the body and can have serious long term affects and in extreme cases can lead to death.

 

Why can’t individuals just go and get help?

Eating disorders, as defined above, are heavily psychological illnesses. The sufferer will often not recognise that what they’re doing is dangerous and therefore will not believe that they need help. There is also the issue of what often happens when individuals seek help…

 

Hope’s Story

One of the most thought-provoking articles I read during this week of awareness was a petition created by Hope Virgo. In her piece, Hope began by explaining that she was previously hospitalised for, and was nearly killed by, the eating disorder, anorexia. When she relapsed in 2016, she decided to seek help for herself in the fear of ending up back in hospital, inches away from death. However, after attending a London based eating disorder unit she was told that she “wasn’t thin enough for support”. This left her feeling like the clinic viewed her as “fake” and she felt suicidal.

 

What needs to change?

Hope’s petition aspires to change the way in which society and the government view eating disorders. While many sufferers are at a very low weight, this doesn’t mean that all are and to wait until they reach the weight required to offer help, clinics are essentially waiting until that individual is in crisis before offering support.

 

How can we help?

Dr Julian offers a range of therapies for eating disorders and with zero wait times we’re here to help YOU when YOU need help. Many eating disorder sufferers have discussed the issues with talking about their bodies and body image with healthcare professionals of the opposite sex. With Dr Julian, you can choose from our list of fully qualified therapists to find a therapist that suits your needs. You can ever filter by language of therapy to receive therapy in your home tongue if it’s what you would prefer. Eating disorders are sadly becoming more common, but we hope that with greater awareness individuals will feel they can come forward and talk about their struggles. Talk to someone. Talk to us.

 

Read more about Hope’s Petition here: https://www.change.org/p/eating-disorders-are-not-just-about-weight-dumpthescales

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The Wooden Spoon: Redefining Failure

The Wooden Spoon: Redefining Failure

A group of students have come together to create a podcast on the theme of success and failure. Traditionally, at the end of a race, while the first-place winner received a trophy or medal of some sort to celebrate their success, the person in last place would receive a wooden spoon. While in the moment a trophy seems like a more desirable prize, in the long run, the wooden spoon will inevitably be more useful and can become a tool to further build on skills and may even help to achieve personal goals. It’s for this reason that the podcast, created by Eve Cornwell, Jack Edwards, Jade Bowler (UnJaded Jade) and Ruby Granger, was named “The Wooden Spoon”. The four, who initially rose to fame on YouTube by sharing study tips, use the platform to redefine what society views as failure and share a different perspective that celebrates all abilities and recognises opportunities to turn struggles into success.

 

 

“The point of this podcast isn’t about avoiding failure or making sure that failure never happens it’s more about redefining failure and embracing failure and making it work to your own advantage. The thing about a wooden spoon is that you can repurpose it, you could use it to bake a cake” – Jack Edwards, The Wooden Spoon Ep. 1

 

 

Society has built a, sometimes unhealthy, idea of what defines success. In school, success is typically seen in those who achieve the top academic grades or who excel in a particular sport. In the workplace, success is often the employee who can bring in the greatest profit and so on and so forth. On the other hand, an individual who does not achieve the highest grades or does not fly higher than their fellow workers is typically cast off as a “failure”. Not only this but society tends to view failure as something that you can’t come back from. Even if you move on from it, it’s often viewed as a stain on your record of success.

 

 

However, failure isn’t always a bad thing. It all comes down to how you learn from the experience and how you decide to move on and grow from it. We all “fail” from time to time, it’s what makes us human. In the first episode of the podcast, the group discuss what failure really is and how it’s often different depending on the person experiencing it. The group have previously discussed their own failures on their YouTube channels. Ruby in particular shared her experience with personal failure when she posted a video on her rejection by Oxford University, the university she had been dreaming of going to since she was a little girl, to study English. A year on from this disappointment and she’s studying at Exeter University, doing a Philosophy and Theology course. She’s openly discussed the fact that had she been accepted to Oxford, she would not have considered the course she now loves and is excelling at. While the experience of not getting into the University she wanted was painful and difficult to overcome, in the long run the outcome helped guide her on a path that she would not have considered before.

 

 

By viewing “failure” in a new light it no longer becomes failure but an opportunity to do something new, to learn and to grow. “Failure” is often linked to mental health and it’s for this reason that we believe the message delivered by The Wooden Spoon is so important and inspiring. The podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts as well as many more. We’re excited to hear their views in their upcoming episode on mental health and we wish them all the best.

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Think Before You Speak

Think Before You Speak

Are you anxious or do you have anxiety?

The terms anxious and anxiety are closely connected, yet in the 21stcentury have come to mean different things. While the Oxford Dictionary defines both as “A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.”, if you Google the term anxiety you get a completely different search result compared with searching for the term anxious.

 

What does anxiety mean?

The word origin for both words comes from the Latin, “anxius” meaning to be uneasy. While this is almost identical to the modern English “anxious”, its meaning in every day usage is completely different. Anxious, has remained the same for years, being used as originally intended, to describe a state of unease or worry. Anxiety however, has now been adopted by the medical profession as a diagnostic label for a serious mental health condition.

 

What is anxiety in terms of mental health?

Anxiety, as defined by the NHS, is a feeling of anxiousness over a long period of time. The symptoms associated with this condition are uncontrollable worrying that may cause upset to daily life, inability to let go of worries, difficulty sleeping, tense muscles, irritability, shaking, nausea, just to name a few. It’s fairly easy then to see the vast difference between this condition and the technical definition of “a feeling of unease”.

 

It’s just a word; why does it matter?

There are many words in the English language that mean two things but are spelt the same way, for example lie, to tell an untruth and lie, to recline. So why is it not the case in this situation? Why can’t the term anxiety be one word with two meanings? The problem lies in the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. Currently, many people who face mental health issues feel they are battling against a society that does not understand what they are going through. Too many times are the phrases ‘Just try to be happier” or “Everyone gets a little bit down sometimes” passed around. It’s within these phrases that the problem lies. Indiscriminate use of the term anxiety, for example “(something) gave me anxiety”, when a person is simply feeling uneasy, has the effect of minimising the real symptoms experienced by those suffering from the mental health condition.

 

 

How can word choice help?

The same argument can be used for many other mental health conditions such as depression, OCD and PTSD where these terms have been adopted into common usage with entirely different meanings. By making these small changes in how we speak, we could show greater consideration towards people dealing with mental health issues and make them feel more supported during what is often such an isolated and lonely time. By changing the way we speak, we can also change the way that mental health is perceived. It is in these changes that the future lies. If even one person benefits from your choice to alter your words, then that’s another step in the direction of a more accepting, loving world.

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IKEA LIVE LAGOM PROJECT - Mental Health Care at Home

IKEA LIVE LAGOM PROJECT - Mental Health Care at Home

When you’re feeling down, the world often seems like a formidable place. Low mood can also isolate you from others, making everyday life a very lonely place and as the winter months continue, more of us begin to feel the side effects of the lack of sunlight and ever dropping temperatures. It’s incredibly important, especially during the cold season, to make sure that your physical environment is comfortable and safe in order to protect your mental health.

 

While many recognise the steps you can take to improve your mental health through healthcare systems, far fewer recognise the steps that can be taken at home to assist these interventions and make yourself more comfortable.

 

For the past 3 years, Ikea have run a project to help people achieve their goals while also doing their bit for the community they live in. The Live Lagom project (Lagom meaning “just the right amount” in Swedish), uses their many sustainable products to help participants to make life easier, happier and more sustainable, through free workshops and by kindly gifting all participants with £100 worth of Ikea vouchers. I was lucky enough to be selected to take part in this project and used this opportunity to see for myself how small changes to your living environment can change your mental health status.

 

Some background about me: I’ve struggled with anxiety all my life but was only recently diagnosed with GAD. I’ve also struggled with depression and low mood and have particularly struggled with mental ill health while at university. I found that my university accommodation was not a happy place. It was cold, dark and most of all I experienced some of my darkest times in that house so all in all I hated being in that house.

 

Josh Roughley, our project leader, helped me to come up with some ways to use my vouchers to help improve my house to help ease some of the stress associated with my house. I decided to get some rugs, candles a lighting system and a pressure cooker.

 

I was sceptical at first, of how effective these items would be in improving my mood, however, I could not have been more wrong. One of the main problems with my house is the cold. Heating is expensive and especially in old houses, heating often is very inefficient. The rugs and candles have helped make my bedroom feel cosier, safer and generally more inviting. Waking up in the morning and getting out of bed straight onto a warm, fluffy rug instead of a thin carpet has made it so much easier. The candles also help the room to smell great as well as giving the feeling of warmth.

 

The lighting system has made a huge difference to my productivity and hence has made me feel better in myself. The remote has a feature that allows you to dim your lights and also change the hue of the bulbs. Now I can use a cool toned, bright light when I’m studying and a warmer, dimmer light when I’m relaxing or just before going to sleep. It’s common for people to find it hard to be productive when they’re feeling down, but a little change of lighting can make a huge difference.

 

Finally, the pressure cooker has removed so much stress when it comes to food as well as saving food too. In some of the workshops, Ikea have shown us how to use leftovers in the pressure cooker to make delicious meals. As a student, money is always tight so making the most of the food available is a huge win! Many people find that their diet changes based on their mood. And when we’re feeling down, we’re a lot more prone to over/undereating. This can then lead to a negative cycle as poor eating can also make us feel rubbish. The pressure cooker takes a lot of effort out of cooking and means I get lots of nutrients compared to my cooking before.

 

Starting out on the project, I didn’t have any idea how great an impact it would have on my overall mood. I now want to share what I’ve learnt with others and encourage you to see if your local Ikea is running the Live Lagom project and sign up! And if not, consider making small changes to your home to help your mental health. If like me, you’re on a budget, sites like Gumtree and eBay often have items in great condition but are much cheaper than buying from the shop. Treat yourself this year to a mental health positive environment!

 

Phoebe, Dr Julian Intern

 

 

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What to Expect in Your First CBT Session.

What to Expect in Your First CBT Session.

 

Realising the need for therapy is an amazing first step towards healing, and we really do believe CBT can be the best answer for some people.

However, we know it can be daunting, especially when it’s your first time.

So, to help calm any worries or clear any uncertainties you may have, we’ve outlined a clear picture of what to expect.

 

Firstly, what is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an effective combination of talk therapy and behavioural therapy. It is one of the most widely used treatments for a range of different mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. 

During CBT, patients have the opportunity to work with a therapist to find the source of negative thinking or behaviour, and the ultimate goal is to replace them positive and productive actions, helping to over-come any difficult moments. Therefore, unlike other talk therapies, it is more focused on the present and the future, rather than the past.

 

Initial Introductions

At the beginning of your first session, you will be eased in gently. Your therapist will introduce themselves and will give you a chance to do the same; they may just ask some simple and general questions about you – perhaps your profession, and where you are from, etc. Once you’ve had a little easy chat with one another, you’ll likely be feeling much more comfortable and more ready to begin.

 

Mental Health Assessment

The therapist will continue to ask you question about yourself, but will begin to base them more on your mental health. This will be so they can get a more in depth understanding of your personal experiences, as everyone suffers with different mental health problems, in different ways. Being as honest as possible will ensure you’ll get the most out of your therapy, as the therapist can assess exactly what help you need. However, don’t worry too much as your therapist will not pressure you to disclose anything you may not wish to, until you are ready.

 

Coping Strategies

Once your therapist has got to know you and your experiences in depth, they will begin to provide you with tips and methods to help you manage or combat your mental health issues. Coping strategies may include unravelling the cognitive distortions you may have, breathing or muscle relaxation techniques, using a journal to unload your negative thoughts and feelings, or exposure to things that trigger you, helping to come to the realisation that realistically everything will be fine. You’ll have the opportunity to try these techniques in the session with your therapist, but they will also teach you so you can do it alone whenever you feel it may be of help.

 

Homework

After your CBT session, your therapist may give you a worksheet or a list of things to do in your own time, to perpetuate the learning and healing. The practical nature of the therapy means that you can integrate your new strategies into your day-to-day life. Consistently practicing CBT techniques outside of your sessions will help you to make the most of your treatment. 

 

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Feeling nervous about your first therapy session is completely normal.

The good news is that at Dr Julian, all our CBT therapists are highly trained and will do all they can to make sure you feel comfortable every step of the way.

 

To make your experience of CBT even more pleasant and less daunting, we offer video therapy in the comfort of your own home. You have instant access to therapists, whenever you want, and wherever you want.

 

Visit our website for more information: 

www.dr-julian.com

 

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Mental and Physical Health Care Should Be Equal in The Workplace.

Mental and Physical Health Care Should Be Equal in The Workplace.

Mental Health First Aid England have recently set up a campaign called ‘Where’s Your Head At?’

The campaign entails an open letter to Theresa May, urging for a serious change for mental health care.

The letter is signed by 50 business leaders from some of Britain’s biggest companies, including PWC and Royal Mail.

It illustrates that days lost to work-related stress, depression, or anxiety cost the economy almost £35 billion a year.

 

Why we need the change.

Not only would the change help our economy, but access to help is more than important to improve the overall well-being of our country.

“The workplace is where we spend most of our adult lives but unfortunately it’s also a place where mental well-being is the most neglected.”

1 in 4 of us struggle with mental health every year, yet most workplaces don’t have anyone on hand that knows how to help.

This causes most people to suffer in silence.

 

What change is needed?

The organiser of the campaign, Natasha Devon, contends that there must be a change in the law to require any business large enough to need a trained first aider, to also have a trained mental health professional.

Natasha has published a petition for this campaign which already has over 200,00 signatures.

The campaign as a whole, was created in hope to be the catalyst needed for the government to push through the change as their response in the past has been that “they didn’t want to force businesses to do something they might not support.”

However, clearly even the largest business in the country are more than willing to implement this change, and are even extremely passionate about it;

Stephen Clarke, chief executive of WH Smith, one of the open letter co-signers, said: “We firmly believe that everyone should have access to first aid support for their mental health, regardless of where they work.”

No one will be ‘forced’ to do anything they ‘don’t support’.

We will all simply be working together towards dramatically increasing the well-being of our country.

Who doesn’t want that?

 

These reputable organisations helping to remove the stigma around mental health is a huge great step towards the transformation we need.

Success will ensure every employee has the right to a mentally healthy environment.

 

We, at Dr Julian, thoroughly back this campaign.

“We all have mental health just as we have physical health, so let’s change the law to reflect this”.

Sign the petition here:

https://www.change.org/p/sarah-newton-make-it-compulsory-to-have-a-mental-health-first-aider-at-work-wheresyourheadat

 

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Our Services.

We know how important mental health care is. And we know how important getting help is.

If you are suffering with mental health and need someone to talk to, talk to us.

We offer video therapy in the comfort of your own home.

We also offer a service for businesses, giving them their own mental health care platform.

Each employee can be added to the platform and book appointments when help is needed. 

This easy and instant access to therapy improves the business’ well-being, and makes it a much better place to work as a whole.

Visit our website for more information: www.dr-julian.com 

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Depression is now more common than obesity

Depression is now more common than obesity

How many times have you seen an article in the paper about the “obesity epidemic” in the UK? How many times have you turned on the TV and found another programme on how to lose weight? The media is obsessed with how weight affects our health and with reasonable motives. Obesity is rising not only in the UK but worldwide and the affect it’s having on our health is shocking.

However, what if I told you that depression is now diagnosed 10x more often than obesity? For the first time ever, records kept by GPs have shown exactly that. It’s the fastest growing health condition to date, but where is the media surge behind it? With 9.9% of patients being diagnosed with depression in the last year, what happens to these people and why are the numbers increasing?

Current treatment methods for depression include a combination of talking therapies and drugs, with 1 in 6 adults being prescribed an anti-depressant in 2017. However, despite studies strongly suggesting that the best line of treatment is use of anti-depressants WITH talking therapies, the demand is not yet being met. GPs are struggling to refer patients to talking therapy sessions as there simply isn’t the funding to do so. This has led to a pattern of reliance on drug based treatment as GPs have no alternative.

Clearly something isn’t working in the current system, resulting in millions of people going without the treatment they need. Something needs to be done about this. The NHS has promised that by 2021, 1.5 million people will have access to proper mental health support including talking therapies. We believe that the way to bring about this result is to embrace new technology like “Dr Julian” and utilise the ingenuity it provides.

If we gave mental health the same attention that we give the “obesity epidemic” then we would uncover a multitude of resources that could help millions of people. In short, let’s get talking about mental health. Let’s end the silence.

 

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