Do you want help for depression? So many clients come to me with feelings of…
London, like many other big cities, can be a stressful and lonely place sometimes and this is having an effect on its inhabitants. A study conducted by the National Centre for Social Research and the University of Leicester found that 12% of men and 20% of women living in London had symptoms of depression. So, how can we overcome depression in London or anywhere else?
Our capital is famed for its bustling streets, large disparities in wealth and lifestyle and for being a hotbed of competition and talent. The pressures of work, the disconnected social structure of such a busy city and the sometimes stark surroundings can all have an impact on our psychological state.
Here are some tips for anyone living in London looking to help avoid or overcome depression.
Recognise the Symptoms of Depression
It’s important to recognise the symptoms of depression and anything that seems to trigger these in you. If you feel worthless, helpless, tired, restless, empty, have lost your appetite or stopped enjoying things you enjoyed previously, you may have depression. There are changes you can make in your life to reduce these feelings.
If there’s a particular situation, person or relationship that is making you unhappy or is toxic, you might be best eliminating it from your life. Be sure that this is the cause before you act though. Talking to a professional might help you work through your feelings.
Encourage any situation, behaviour or relationship that makes you feel good about yourself. Spending more time with positive and upbeat people can influence our own thought patterns. Seek out activities you really enjoy. Exercise is known to increase feelings of happiness so this is often a good starting point.
Find a New Passion
London has a huge array of different types of people, organisations and support groups. Get out and meet new people doing an activity you love, or find a support group where you can talk about your problems. Local places such as libraries are good places to meet likeminded people or just a safe haven to start getting out and about. Spending time with other people or amongst nature almost always raises our mood.
Train yourself to notice happy moments throughout the day such as a bird singing or a child playing. This might be hard at first but exercises like this draw our minds away from the negative. If you find yourself obsessing over negative thoughts, try to focus on the present moment and engage your senses to stop the negative cycle. I often help my clients with techniques like this.
London is a city with a lot of charities, projects and people in need. Try volunteering to help with some of these. You’ll get to meet new people, feel a sense of purpose and experience something new. Introspection and isolation usually make depression worse.
Safe and Effective Therapy for Depression
Research suggests that depressed Londoners are less keen on chemical treatments such as antidepressants than sufferers in other parts of Britain. The Health and Social Care Information Centre reported that the capital had the lowest rates of antidepressant prescription in the country.
Many Londoners who see me are seeking a safer and effective alternative to medication. I recommend my unique blend of advanced hypnotherapy, EFT and NLP which can help you overcome symptoms in a short period of time with positive effects that can last a lifetime.
For more information or a free consultation please do get in touch.