Hypnotherapy can help clients hold a new perspective on their depression, give them confidence to deal with their fears. It may not be a ‘cure all’ in some cases, but hypnotherapy can definitely be helpful for creating coping mechanisms and strategies. I have written below, by kind permission of one of my clients, his ‘self help’ guide whilst suffering the highs and lows of his depressive episodes..it has been edited slightly to the ‘third person’:
“A self guide to dealing with the highs and lows of “Depression”..whatever condition that is!
IMPORTANT: This is a personal account only which maybe, or may not be, similar to your own experiences. The symptoms and treatments are personal and are for support wherever possible, and please if you are prescribed meds by your GP…..take them!”
High, wild, energetic, ecstatic, wide smiles, grins and hysterical laughter. You are smokin..you are burnin..! Life is a joy and you can’t thank the Universe enough for putting you on this planet. You are ‘on top of things’ totally. Every word of a Love song speaks to you.
Enjoy!! BE wild, high and ecstatic and entertaining [within reason]!! DO NOT drink alcohol, or eat too much chocolate. RUN. DANCE. Do exercise, do STUFF..write down your wildest dreams. THANK THE UNIVERSE, write down your inspirations, be thankful and remember. If possible share all this with someone close to you whom you trust.
Burning heart, rushing, random, negative thoughts; obsession; alone abandonment. Hopelessness on Earth and in the Universe and Heaven (if for you there is a Heaven). Crying…deep crying..then maybe laughter..then again more tears.
Get DRESSED, get OUT, WALK in the sunshine, or rain, or snow, or under the stars or lamplit blackness of the night. BREATHE IT IN..DEEPLY. BE..no frills..ACCEPT and be GRATEFUL..YES believe it or not!!
No alcohol or chocolate; no bluesey music or books AT ALL! Be patient, look down on yourself, remember it will not last. If tired..SLEEP, NAP. If not sleepy MEDITATE and empty yourself. If possible share all this with someone close to you whom you trust.
Feeling OK actually, neither ‘high’ nor ‘low’, normal..on a par!
Advice to self
Reflect occasionally on the notes you write when you are ‘depressed’. Write down your own ways to manage your good and bad times..act on them..increase your self confidence. Regularise your eating and sleeping habits, keep up the exercise and basking in the sun when it chooses to shine. Aim to be with people that are positive and uplifting.
Be gentle on yourself.