Understanding Depression…two useful guides

Depression is one of those things that is sometimes really hard to understand.  People sometimes judge a person negatively when they have depression if they don’t understand.

I am often asked … “What can I do to help someone experiencing depression?”

If you want to know more about supporting someone with depression then I recommend you read a book called “Living with a black dog” by Matthew and Ainsley Johnstone.  The term “black dog” was first coined by the Roman poet Horace and later adopted  by Winston Churchill to describe his own depression.  “Living with a black dog” is a great book and is aimed and helping those who want know how to help someone with depression.

If you want to know more about depression, then Matthew and Ainsley Johnstone have also written “I had a black dog”.

These books have now been converted into a short video on YouTube…

Click here to watch Living with a black dog on video

Click here to watch I had a black dog on video

First steps guide to improving relaxation

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This is a booklet produced by Virgin Care and Surrey NHS.  

The booklet aims to give information on improving and maintaining emotional and physical health through learning relaxation techniques.  It contains both information about stress and its affects and 5 techniques for reducing stress that you can try.

 

It is free to download and is openly and widely available.

 

Follow this link for your free copy.

Stressless TRE® – Trauma Recovery App

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Tension Releasing Exercises (TRE®)  stretch and slightly fatigue muscles, a process that induces therapeutic tremors. These tremors release deep muscular patterns of stress, tension, and trauma, calm the nervous system, and help the body return to a state of balance.

What TRE® can do:

  • Release tension from inside contracted muscles, causing deep relaxation.
  • Enable you to release stress and trauma without the need for effort, conscious control, or even awareness of the releasing process.
  • Help you release stress and trauma without having to re-live or talk about it.
  • Enable you to heal trauma that you can’t remember (because you were very young or because you dissociated).

 

This App .. called Stressless TRE® … takes you through the TRE® programme of exercises and is available to purchase from iTunes and GooglePlay for android.

At a cost of between £6-8, this application takes you through exercises that encourage your body to let go of trauma and achieve a deep sense of relaxation.

This application will take you through 7 different physical exercises that will encourage you body to let go and release.

This Application shows each exercise in detail through both description and videos.  There are also sections on understanding the releasing process, as well as a tracking section where you can monitor you own progress.

Further information about these applications can be found by clicking on the relevant logo below:-

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For more information on the Stress TRE® method, please follow this link

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Power Posing, “Faking it until you become it” By Amy Cuddy

 

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves.

In the TED talk below social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Amy Cuddy presents a compelling argument as to how we can change how we are perceived but also, arguably more importantly, what we believe about ourselves.

 

Autobiography in 5 Short chapters.

Portia Nelson

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Portia Nelson was a true renaissance woman: author, singer, composer, lyricist, painter, photographer, and actress. She has appeared in such films as The Sound of Music, Dr. Doolittle, The Trouble with Angels, and The Other, and she appeared on the television soap opera, All My Children, as Mrs. Gurney for many years. She appeared in Broadway in the award-winning musical The Golden Apple.

Over the years, Portia has written the music and lyrics for many revues, television specials, and films. Most recently, her song “Make a Rainbow” was sung by Marilyn Horne at President Clinton’s inaugural ceremony.

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