Our mental health is important throughout every stage of our lives, from childhood to adulthood, because it affects our emotional, psychological, and social well-being
If you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behaviour can be affected. Many factors contribute to causing mental health problems, including:
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
- Everyday life, such as work or financial problems
Similarly there are many ways to get help for mental health problems. The solution can vary depending on the severity of the problem, but there are numerous holistic practices that can be used.
It's good to talk
Probably the best way to figure out how and why you are feeling in need of mental help, is to talk it through. Start with a family member or close friend, and don’t be embarrassed. Some of us are not used to sharing our feelings, even with our family. But sharing a problem can help to alleviate a lot of the pressure, and you are likely to feel a lot better by taking this small step.
How can holistic health help with mental health?
Sometimes it takes more get help with mental issues. We have listed below some of the holistic practices that can be used to help our mental state.
Hypnotherapy is a practice that can help to treat conditions or change habits. Your therapist will lead you into a deeply relaxed state, and then will make suggestions that can help you to improve the way you are feeling, before bringing you out of the relaxed state (also known as a trance). It is important to bear in mind that you are still in control whilst in this trance and you do not have to take on any of the suggestions made.
Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
TFT is an energy-based form of psychotherapy designed to reduce symptoms of psychological distress by manipulating how energy flows in the body. Imbalances can be corrected by finger tapping specific energy points in certain sequences in order to restore an individual’s health and wellness. Some claim TFT produces rapid, lasting results in the treatment of various psychological conditions.
Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. Counselling is a process that psychologically empowers individuals to seize back control of their lives, whilst working through issues and problems that have caused them to lose self-esteem, as well as confidence in their own abilities.
Reiki is a therapy often described as palm healing or hands-on-body healing in which a practitioner places hands lightly on or over a patient’s body to facilitate the patient’s process of healing. One of the basic ideas held by those who practice reiki is that this vital energy can be channeled to support the body’s natural ability to heal itself. In other words, the reiki energy will go to where it is needed in the body or mind, making it a truly holistic practice.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Meditation can be used to encourage mindfulness, but you can also practice it by simply focussing on the things around you. This can be done at home or outside, at work or even on an aeroplane. Relax and focus on each of your senses in turn, and be mindful of what you can hear, feel, see, smell or even taste. This can help with your mental health as it makes you to appreciate everything around you.