Mind Over Meds

Having spent over 25 years working within the National Health Service as a pharmacist dispensing medicines and advice on a wide range of illnesses and conditions, and offering help and support in preventing and managing both mental and physical health concerns, I felt like there was more I could do for my patients than was possible in the time I had to spend with each of them.

It was time for a change, time to focus more closely on the reasons behind my patients’ physical and mental problems, rather than quickly ‘firefighting’ the worst of the crises.

And personally, time to do something that fitted in better with my family life, as well as providing me with a new learning challenge – so I retrained as a clinical hypnotherapist!

Since becoming a solution focused hypnotherapist, it has become ever more clear to me exactly how much our mental wellbeing impacts on our physical health, and vice versa – the two are so closely connected that it is virtually impossible to distinguish the impact of each on our overall health. It is fascinating to see how clients’ minor physical symptoms improve, even though that isn’t why I am working with them and how other clients weren’t worried about their mental health, or high stress levels, it was ‘just’ their IBS they wanted help with, yet both improved.

This inspired me to investigate more closely the link between our brains and our bodies, and to uncover how being aware of the connection between the two can really improve our health.

I have always strongly believed that each of us has the responsibility to take care of our own mental and physical health and that while medication can be an important part of that, there are other crucial things we can do to prevent ill health.

These blogs, and the work I do with clients as part of Inspired To Change, are my way of sharing these ideas with all of you.

I would love to hear from you if you have questions, or comments on these blogs, or if you would like to work with me to improve your health and wellbeing – please do get in touch!

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