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Kylie Platt, The Street and the Baby

I’m not going to lie, I love a bit of Corrie, in fact there’s not much that I prefer more than a TV dinner, a cup of tea and a bit of Corrie and last night was no exception….Except last night’s viewing left me feeling a little confused.  At points I wanted to laugh – in fact I did laugh and at other times, I just thought….No….Yet again, we get to see the journey of a new baby being brought into the world and we have to see the drama, the straining, the pushing, the agony, the abuse of the innocent bystanders and I couldn’t help but think to myself… How many pregnant women or pregnant women to be are going to watch this episode and think to themselves what in store for me? Unless you work with a childbirth educator who is able to inform you, of how and why these repetitive images and stories, from the shows we know and love, can negatively impact your labour, you have very little, if any awareness of why for perhaps for just this one episode, it might be better to switch over.  It’s these passively absorbed messages from the TV, alongside the stories from well-meaning friends and family, that define our conscious expectation of birth and perhaps more importantly tell our...

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Why Hypnobirthing Can Help With Post Natal Depression and Beyond?

Why Hypnobirthing Can Help With Post Natal Depression and Beyond?

As a Certified Hypnotherapist, currently in training for a Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma and a HypnoBirthing specialist, the subject of depression arises frequently.  In the UK and in western society generally, we live in unparalleled luxury, and yet rates of depression have risen by over 1000% since 1945; women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with common depression, and take twice as long to recover from it.  As a practitioner of health and wellness, it is a subject matter that I am drawn to understand more about and promote useful and practical tools to empower women to move forward and feel more hopeful again. The Basic Needs One of the commonly shared views about the reasons people feel depressed, is because they have a chemical imbalance and the body is not producing enough serotonin. The Human Givens approach to psychotherapy gives us another alternative as to why depression occurs; this theory demonstrates that depleted serotonin levels are a by-product of depression as opposed to the cause.  This therapeutic approach identifies that each individual has 9 core basic needs and that in order for us to thrive, these needs have to be met in a...

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Quick and Easy Ways to Boost Your Happy Hormones

Quick and Easy Ways to Boost Your Happy Hormones

Endorphins are natures way of not only making us feel good, but helping us naturally neutralize pain.  And with endorphins being 200 times more powerful than morphine here are a few quick tips to boost your endorphins naturally and quickly. 1) Think positive thoughts - think of the placebo effect, people take the blue pill and all of a sudden their headache feel better. 2) Get moving - even a 15 minute brisk walk can lift your mood when feeling low. 3) Sex - much easier than exercise with just the same effect 4) Acupuncture - we don't know exactly how it works, but the use of needles across the right acupressure points in the body acts as a release and stimulates the production of endorphins. 5) Eat chocolate - Just go for it 6) Enjoy some sunshine - the UV rays stimulate endorphin production 7) Have a laugh! Have a happy endorphin filled day!

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