Utilizing imagery to enhance injury rehabilitation. When an athlete suffers an injury it immediately elicits fears, limited or no participation. Depression and hopelessness can soon set in. Time away from sport can be offset by substituting “mental practice” by visualizing sport skills, rehearsing strategic plays or game plans, and reviewing past successful performances. In injury rehabilitation, imagery aids the athlete to organize goals and provides the motivation to achieve those goals. Each athlete’s focus is productively channelled toward what they can do, as opposed to what they can’t. Imagery is an effective, positive, and useful method proven to encourage injured athletes during this tough phase. Imagery that incorporates relaxation, visual, emotive, and healing techniques is a great way to help athletes on the road back to playing their sport. Wise use of imagery techniques can shorten the recovery period and minimizes the psychological damage to the athlete. Imagery allows the athlete to participate actively in the progression and assume ownership for recovery.
In my previous newsletter on anxiety and depression I discussed how it has a ripple effect from the individual out to family, relationships, work and physical well-being. Due to high emotional arousal and physical exhaustion a depressed or anxious person becomes de-motivated and isolates him/herself from relationships and pleasurable activities – he/she simply does not understand the cycle of depression and will feel weak and vulnerable.
A depressed brain is a stressed brain with high levels of cortisol, of stress hormone, and the person will find it difficult to think clearly and logically. The first step, therefore, is to slow everything down by practicing self-hypnosis and meditation so that the person can make contact with that part of themself to start to identify what needs are not being met. We all have primary human needs, both physical and emotional that if not met, will cause problems. In our busy day-to-day lives it is perhaps not possible to meet all our needs fully;
Are you stressed, anxious or depressed? When this happens we may feel weak and it seems we have little control of how we think, feel and behave. There are several techniques that a person can learn quite easily to begin to enjoy life again.
The rates of depression have risen by almost 1000% since 1945. There are many reasons for this increase one of which is because depression has largely become de-stigmatised and there is less shame attached to admitting to suffering. There is, however, no gene for depression and no physical test at the doctors to see if you are depressed or not.
Depression has a ripple effect from the individual out to family, relationships, work and physical health. A depressed person feels hopeless and lacks motivation. This leads to them often being passive. They have black and white thinking and spend a lot of time ruminating on negative thoughts. This creates stress and anxiety (even if there seems to be a degree of flatness). And quite often a person has exaggerated emotional response to things.
Are Feelings of Stress and Anxiety Wearing You Down? It seems that so many people today are struggling with negative emotions such as stress, anxiety and depression which leave a person feeling vulnerable, stuck and weak. These emotions can be due to a number of reasons in our current circumstances such as relationship or work issues, conscious or unconscious memories of past events or worrying and predicting the future.
If you feel that past issues affect how you feel and behave currently then you have a few options; To seek the services of a Psychologist , talk to your church minister or undergo hypnosis to uncover and understand the source of your feelings and behaviour to name but a few.
Hypnosis and NLP for Anxiety, Stress and Depression. Anxiety is a normal reaction to Stress. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations you need to do something about it before it is not only a burden you have to struggle with every day, but it also makes you physically ill and depressed.
Is your stress impacting on your progress at work?
Are you crippled with exam nerves?
Are you paralyzed with fear at the prospect of speaking in public?
Are you so shy that you avoid interacting with others?