CBT, PSYCHIATRY, MINDFULNESS AND YOGA
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
Living involves eruptions, large and small, of tough and trying times. Interpreting naturally occurring events as proof that we are failures, useless or worthless for example; increases the fallout of fear, frustration and upset. Our thoughts are not facts; yet we habitually accept them as truth. Through considering our instinctive, automatic reactions we can reach more informed, healthier interpretations, change the effects of our experience and flourish. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been proven to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. It is underpinned by extensive research on the role of our behaviour and thoughts in the development and maintenance of emotional disorders. CBT works on the premise that we 'learn' to think and act in ways that cause repeated troubles in our lives. It looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel. We work with our clients to change their behaviours and thinking patterns.
COGNITIVE BASED MINDFULNESS
Fear leaves us on guard, so we are less watchful of our minds and less appreciative of the present moment.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment. Mindfulness involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them – without believing, for instance, that there's a "right" or "wrong" way to think or feel in a given moment. When mindfulness is practised, our thoughts tune into what we're sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Our minds often drift and this fragmented attention can diminish our enjoyment of life, our self-awareness, our concentration and our ability to connect with others. This ultimately drains our energy. It is not necessary to always be immersed in thought. We have a life time of experiences to gain, and getting held up in deliberating prevents us from fully experiencing the present moment. Mulling over our thoughts for too long can prolong and cement unpleasant experiences that prevent us from having new, healthier ones. Mindfulness can help you to form an anchor to the present, and to secure yourself from the recurring breakers of unhealthy thoughts and emotions.
Studies show that Mindfulness can make measurable changes to the brain, both rebuilding brain matter (Hyppocampus) and reducing the Amygdala (the centre of the brain responsible for fear responses)
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Chronic anxiety takes a terrible toll on the body and keeps our bodies in a constant state of stress, tension builds in the muscles, digestion and other bodily function are interrupted and breathing become constricted. It is also very difficult to access the positive problem solving parts of the brain when our sympathetic nervous system is activated.
Yoga helps to lower your general state of arousal by gently releasing tension from the large muscle groups, flushing all parts of the body and brain with fresh blood, oxygen, and other nutrients, and increasing feelings of well-being. It encourages you to breathe more deeply and rhythmically, so calming the heart rate and blood pressure.
Relaxation is incongruent with stress and so learning these techniques help us to let go of bodily tension and not add physical stress to the difficult situations in our lives.
We can then more easily access our natural problem solving abilities.
Yoga is good for the mind and body and promotes a general overall state of well-being.
The sun and warmth of the Bali climate, natural beauty and laid back culture all combine to ensure a tranquility and openness of the mind. The sun is an important part of this journey. The brain responds to sunlight by releasing serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is involved in sleep, mood, memory and other neurological processes. Just as darkness stimulates the production of melatonin which establishes sleep cycles, serotonin promotes wakefulness and helps elevate mood.
The sunrise and sunset in Bali are spectacular and the practices learned during your stay can be applied anywhere – after all, the sun rises and sets wherever you are.
WHAT ARE THE NICE GUIDELINES?
NHS treatment and support in England and Wales should be based on guidance and recommendations issued by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
NICE 'quality standards' contain a number of statements that describe what 'high-quality' health and social care services should be like. They are produced by groups of experts and are based on research evidence and NICE guidance.
The NICE guidlines consistently recommend CBT as the frontline treatment for a wide range of emotional and psychological disturbances.