Stress in the world of football goes hand in hand. Let’s make no mistake. Last nights game got even the non-footie fans sitting on the edge of their seat; that included me. A fantastic game, and England doing our country proud. They reached the final and gave Italy a good run for their money! However, I was reflecting on the stress and tension that would have been inevitable before, during and after such a big game.
I could feel their emotion – especially Rashford, Sancho and Saka shooting the penalties. Seeing not just their dream of holding the Euro 2020 Cup but dashing the hopes of their team and fans. For such young men, how would anyone feel in their ‘boots’ is a lot to deal with. The stress encountered in the world of football is more than perhaps you might imagine. The tension of yesterdays game and the swirl of emotions from the mental replay is inevitably going to go on will impact their physical, mental and emotional well-being over time.
Exacerbated by the thoughtless, heartless individuals posting abusive comments on social media will only add to their stress.
“Christian Eriksen TV Coverage sparks BBC apology after views left horrified” …. We explore the wider impact of televised trauma and the link between media coverage and PTSD.
After fifteen months of restrictions and a delayed start, thanks to COVID-19, the opening matches of the Euro 2020 tournament were hotly awaited by football fans the world over.
The stadiums may not have been full, but that didn’t stop armchairs and pub benches brimming over with people desperate to see a glimpse of normality. Many of these eager fans and supporters settled down to watch Denmark play Sweden on the second day of the tournament, exited and full of anticipation. However, the scenes that unfolded in the 43rd minute of the match at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium will leave an impression many would sooner forget.
“Watching these events and feeling the anguish of those directly experiencing them may impact on our daily lives.” DR PAM RAMSDEN
Erikson collapses and leaves the crowd stunned and shocked
Christian Eriksen, the Danish midfielder, dropped to the floor, leaving players from both sides in visible distress. Team-mates formed a shield, as it quickly became apparent Eriksen had a cardiac arrest. Fans were pictured around the stadium, stunned by the incident and visibly shaken – their distraught faces beamed around the world to spectators who sat in confusion, the joy of normality after a year plagued by death and sadness fast evaporating.
“Collective trauma refers to a traumatic event that is shared by a group of people. It may involve a small group, like a family, or it may involve an entire society.” VERY WELL MIND
Although the risks of cardiac arrests to high performing athletes are known and reported, very few of the watching millions would have experienced viewing such a trauma first hand. However, thanks to live television and the subsequent coverage on social media, the exposure to someone else’s suffering was widely shared and will continue to be absorbed by many.
It is important that we openly acknowledge how the images made us feel, embrace and discuss them, and understand the traumatic images we all experienced together.
“Watching disturbing news footage on television may exacerbate post-traumatic stress and nightmares” NEW SCIENTIST.
While it has long been recognised that the effects of being exposed to someone else’s suffering are traumatic to front line workers, only recently are professionals beginning to understand how watching the tragedy unfold on television, and social media can impact viewers. In some cases, it can even be more psychologically damaging. Events such as 9/11, school shootings and riots can unfold to millions who may be distanced by miles, but not by the devastating impact that watching these events can have. Researchers have reported that by connecting with these violent events in an unintended way, some people will even experience PTSD symptoms.
“PTSD is a disorder diagnosed after one month of symptoms that can include severe depression, withdrawal, sadness and numbness as well as anxiety, panic, and the inability to focus.” ABC News
But how likely is PTSD to the wider audience? How close does someone have to be to the tragedy to be at risk? Some experts will say it is too early to understand the full extent of televised trauma. Still, the evidence is increasingly suggesting that even just hearing about a traumatic event can be damaging. Watching events unfold live on television and being subjected to repeated coverage will increase the chances of vicarious traumatisation, which in turn will increase the chances of anxiety, depression and chronic stress. If you already have PTSD, being subjected to images such as Eriksen’s collapse will increase symptoms, including flashbacks.
“The Total Release Experience® is a natural method of releasing that energy from the mind and the body and eliminating the symptoms of PTSD and, in my experience, it is very effective…and…we didn’t invent it.. we observed it in other species who use it in the natural world as a way of preventing the development of their PTSD.” PROFESSOR GORDON TURNBULL, CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST – World-leading expert for PTSD
If you have experienced trauma from viewing recent or past televised events or been affected by trauma in the front line, or if you want to gain control over your PTSD and emotional pain, then the simple, practical and empowering 5 Step programme The Total Release Experience® can help you achieve just that. Perhaps you feel you will never recover from the trauma – releasing your body’s tension and anxiety can help you with that recovery whilst bringing a sense of hope. Learn to listen to internal cues to maintain feelings of comfort and control at all times. Help yourself to make healing changes. Learn something that your body knows but your mind has forgotten. There is hope!
When a professional player attended learned my programme, he shared that injury led to his retirement. He said stress starts at the academy level when young boys leave home to pursue their dream in the football world. Unable to cope with the pressure of being selected and performing, a lot of talent goes no further. The Total Release Experience® guarantees that young talent can thrive when tension and stress are released. Stress in the world of football needs to be addressed. For players and viewers impacted by sporting events, it is easy to let go of the pent-up tension, for if not, more dreams will be shattered by the impact.
Alcohol – Why is it a Choice Solution for Mental Health?
Coping with stress and trauma is challenging at the best of times. Indeed, it is a part of life. Unfortunately, many worldwide have had more than their fair share, of traumas. They can go back to birth. Children manage to suppress their feelings and emotions for years. But there comes a point start to notice physical, mental and emotional problems in their adult life. Why is this? Because for years, the tensions from those early years are trapped in the body. When that child grows up and starts to feel the pressure of coping with something that isn’t really making sense, then seeking a solution to mask their feelings, alcohol is the first call for many.
Prince Harry “Heavy Drinking Masked Pain of Trauma”…The Coping Mechanism we should all Avoid
It’s a well-known fact to most of us that drinking can mask a range of emotions – allowing us to forget the present in a cocktail induced, gin coloured haze of blissful ignorance or attempting to bury our past trauma under a pile of empty (or rather emptied) beer bottles. So perhaps the latest announcement from Prince Harry that heavy drinking masked the pain of grief from losing his mum should not come as a complete surprise. What is perhaps more compelling and indeed thought-provoking is his open acceptance and awareness of what has previously been considered one of our society’s taboos, grief.
Although seven out of ten British adults have suffered at least one bereavement in the last five years, the impact of death and trauma are still largely hidden. Grief manifests itself and pervades us at every secret opportunity – finding our weak spot and taking root of our emotional core. Grief takes no prisoners and plunges even the most emotionally balanced individuals into unchartered and unwelcome waters. We try, as human beings, to find a coping mechanism that will see us through the challenges of our daily life. All too often, alcohol presents itself as our knight in shining armour – dulling the pain, taking the edge, blurring the memories. It comes at a price – and alcohol happily sets a high stake.
In exchange for the fleeting moments of forgetfulness comes periods of shame, guilt and anxiety – with alcohol on hand to help forget those feelings of pain too. And so the cycle begins. For some, the realisation that alcohol is fast becoming the problem and the cure arrives too late. For others, like Prince Harry, the self-awareness and ability to seek help for hidden and buried traumas will be their saving.
“I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling” – Prince Harry, May 2021
Coping mechanisms can come in many guises, positive and negative, consciously and subconsciously working their way into your inner self, helping you deal with whatever life challenge you find tough. Alcohol finds its place, nestled in amongst the various pain-relieving, memory blocking, somewhat addictive solutions you could choose from. It builds the negativity without you even realising it – numbing your emotions and affecting your decision making. Somewhere amongst the choices, jostling for the front place, is the mechanism that will help you with real, rather than perceived, benefits.
In the case of Prince Harry, perhaps the very opportunity of being able to release his trauma by sharing has helped. In many other cases, it may not even take words to release the pain and help you move on with your life. For example, The Total Release Experience® releases the trauma energy trapped inside the body, helping you make healing changes and find freedom from physical, mental and emotional pain. Perhaps you feel you will never recover from the trauma – releasing your body’s tension and anxiety can help you with that recovery whilst bringing a sense of hope. It helps remove the temptation of the all too familiar, often reached for solution in a bottle – alcohol – whilst you discover that your body can heal itself with profound results.
“Just because you suffered doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact, quite the opposite” Prince Harry, May 2021
Perhaps the most poignant part of Prince Harry’s latest omission is the impact that trapped trauma can have upon the next generation. Left untouched and undealt with, relying only upon a negative coping mechanism like alcohol, trauma will leave all those it touches with the same feelings of negativity and confusion. Taking a positive stance and making a change benefits not only you but your children or future children to come. Releasing the trauma and turning your life around in a professional, supported environment will benefit future generations.
How The Total Release Experience® helps you remove the mask!
If you find yourself relating to the Prince Harry statement and want to stop using alcohol as your coping mechanism, or if you want to gain control over your past stress or trauma and heal from anxiety, then the simple, practical and empowering 5 Step programme, The Total Release Experience® can help you achieve just that. When the cause is removed, the need for an addictive substance goes with it. Put more than just the empty bottles in the bin this weekend. Learn something that your body knows but your mind has forgotten.
To get straight to the point, suicide rates in males in the United Kingdom are alarming
Not just alarming but devastating. Suicide happens when a person is lost to oneself, whatever the reason that lies behind. Whether stress, overwhelm, or trauma from situations often beyond the individual’s control or other people, society, or close relations become the reason, and a person ends his/her life in the face of defeat. The suicide of someone can become a mirror for others to act accordingly. Like, what to say, do, act, think, and comprehend in front of any known or unknown person. Suicide is an act that occurs worldwide, wherever on any part of this planet, a person’s lost will might result in another lost life.
Like anywhere else, the UK also faces such alarming suicide rates, and males are almost twice as much as women.
For the year 2020:
Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that 6.9 per 100,000 suicide deaths (with confirmed 845 registered deaths by suicide) occurred in England between April and June this year, i.e., during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic (UK News, 2020).
Here a question arises that have suicide rates been affected by the pandemic?
Provisional data published by the ONS suggested there had been during the coronavirus pandemic’s peak between April and June 2020. The pandemic of 2020 took a huge toll on people’s well-being. The pandemic can impact mental health. People with risk factors such as fear of unemployment, job loss, business failure or financial loss, inability to support family, fear of homelessness, or even fear of Covid; many are vulnerable to suicide. Unfortunately, it is not the current situation that causes feelings of no hope, and that suicide is the only way out. It is often the situation that is the tip of the iceberg.
Dr. Scowcroft says that it’s important to “ensure that in the coming months, support is prioritized for groups already at increased risk of suicide” (Wilson, 2020). People with mental health conditions of moderate-severe level, middle-aged men, and young people with self-harm cases are more likely to face severe challenges.
Indeed, young males are the most vulnerable. Sadly another announcement of a young man just starting the next most important stage of his life as a student at University could not cope with lockdown anxiety and has taken his own life. The impact on his fellow students, staff, and, more importantly, his family will be devastating. More people will feel worse, and the cycle of deepening anxiety leading to depression goes on.
In the year 2019:
Main Points regarding statistics of male suicide number and rate in 2019
In England and Wales, 5,691 suicides were registered.
Among men, 4,303 deaths, i.e., three-quarters deaths from suicide, were registered in 2019 (The Guardian, 2020).
In England, 4,017 deaths were reported among men.
Males continued to reported as three-quarters of suicide deaths registered in 2019
Suicide is the foremost cause of death for men under the age of 50.
Males with an age range of 45 to 49 years had the highest age-specific suicide rate (25.5 per 100,000 males)
Numbers of suicide in males by age group in the UK, 2016-2018
In the graph given below, SAMARITANS reported suicide statistics in males in years 2016, 2017,and 2018 i.e.4,508; 4, 382; and 4,903 respectively. The graph clearly represents the increased suicide rate in men in 2018 and, more importantly, in the age range of the 40s.
Note: x-axis: age group (years); y-axis: number of deaths. Source: Suicide Statistics report: Latest statistics for the UK and Ireland (2019) by SAMARITANS
The following table shows the average age range of men as victims of suicide in 2018:
The average age range of men
More suicide is reported at a comparatively early age in Scotland, whereas in Ireland, suicide is alarming in the old age group.
A global overview of suicide rate in males:
Globally, the suicide rate for men is twice as high as for women. In many countries, this ratio is even higher (Ritchie, Roser & Ortiz-Ospina; Our world in data). Just as the world deals with the same pandemic – the world deals with the same problems – high suicide rates among men.
The table shows the suicide rate in men (per 100,000) in worldwide 2016-17 (Source: WHO)
Several social, cultural, and economic factors affect suicide risk among men. The most apparent reason is that men find it difficult to open up about their concerns and problems. They are hard to talk about that. Deprivation is one of the major factors in male suicide. ‘Gold standard’ of masculinity puts pressure on men. Whispers like; “You are a failure, divorced, useless, unable to secure that job, house, car, woman, or children, etc.” (Sutherland, 2018). The outward expression of male distress causes significant problems for others (Source: https://www.mensmindsmatter.org/).
Etiological factors of suicide
In previous years in the UK, common suicide methods are reported as hanging, strangulation, and suffocation, i.e., 61.7% of all suicides among males (Office for National Statistics, 2020). The most common method is hanging, and the second most used method is poisoning.
WHO categorize the etiological factors into the following groups:
Difficulties in receiving or accessing care
Easy access to the means and methods of suicide (medications or weapons)
Inappropriate and incorrect media reporting
Social isolation and lack of social support
Experiences of discrimination
Experiences of disaster, war, or conflict
Experiences of trauma or abuse (domestic, physical, or sexual)
Not having the same type of social network as most women.
Difficult to adjust to change in the environment like retirement
Stigma related to mental health
Past suicide attempt
Any mental illness or problems, i.e., depression, irritability, anger, or hostility (One adult in six has a common mental disorder).
Workplace and financial issues are more common for 20-24 year-olds
Any family history of suicide (Baffour, 2018)
Poor problem-solving and coping skills
Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
Physical illness or disability
Lack of sleep (87% of rough sleepers are men)
Housing problems include homelessness
Being in prison
Feelings as a failure or inadequate
Among young people
Academic pressure common among young people under 20s
Adverse childhood experiences
Exposure to bullying
Unhealthy school environments for children and young people
Among middle-aged men
Less incline of seeking help
Drug poisoning/ drugs used in overdose
Excessive use of alcohol (Men are three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent (8.7% of men; 3.3% of women – Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2017)
lower life satisfaction (Men report significantly lower life satisfaction than women (Reference: ONS))
Other methods of suicide:
Firearm and flames
Inhalation of domestic gas
Suicide is like a virus, which unknowingly kills people. Three times as many British men are its victims than women. It can be reported that men between the age of 20 and 49 are more likely to die by suicide rather than cancer, road accidents or heart disease, etc. It is one of the biggest threats to humanity. Male suicide is referred to as a “silent epidemic.” High incidence and level of contribution to men’s mortality cannot improve the lack of public awareness.
At TRE UK®, we do not see it as silent – because the odds are stacking up, and we know how the story goes.
Human beings ars stress buckets – and your Bucket, like everyone else, starts to fill from the day you were born. Depends on the cards life dealt you, and what you are currently going through will be the measure of your physical, mental, and emotional well being. If you are struggling to cope, your body is saying you need to release it. But how do you do that? Your options are limited and often expensive and ineffective in the long term. From medication, which is a sticking plaster, it can often lead to addictions because of the dependency, self-medication, alcohol, drugs, smoking, or anything else again, causing further problems or other services through a therapist counselor or at rock bottom Samaritans. In truth, the only one who can empty the Bucket is you. Your body knows how too.
The Total Release Experience® is a totally unique self-help programme that will empower you to take back control of your well-being. If you are a student in lock-down or are reading this and have a son struggling, make sure they are not going into a downward spiral.
Stress, Anxiety, and Teachers Health During Coronavirus :
Stress and anxiety impacts teachers
Stress and anxiety have impacted teachers’ health and have been been a real cause of concern long before the Coronavirus and Lockdown. The outbreak of COVID-19 has affected businesses and professions in almost all industries. Some of the first measures most countries have introduced were school closures and distance learning.
I think the worst thing about the coronavirus pandemic is uncertainty. But if you are a teacher, the uncertainty goes hand in hand with responsibility. You may not know what is expected from you over the lockdown period, how long the school closure will be for, or how to handle exams and grades. At the same time, you have to be supportive of your students, colleagues, and your own family.
A combination of uncertainty and responsibility can cause you to feel stressed and anxious or aggravate any mental health issues that you may already have to deal with. However, in situations of crisis like this one, it is natural to feel worried, stressed, and afraid.
When you feel vulnerable or threatened, your brain activates the flight or fight response to protect you against stress. So, I would say, being a little bit more concerned is useful because it keeps you alert and motivates you to do things to protect yourself and the loved ones. Menopause when added to the mix can also exacerbate your situation and the amount you have to deal with. Men are no exception to this either. They too have to deal with menopause
However excessive, worry, and fear can destabilise constructive responses to stress, damage your health, and impair the quality of life.
Here are some tips that are the easiest and most immediate things you can do the start the process of self-care. As a teacher, you can apply during your time in isolation to help you cope with coronavirus challenges. Here is what they shared as their COVID-19 routine as a teacher.
Acknowledge Your Feelings
Acknowledge when you feel anxious and be aware of your emotions. It is okay to feel sad, angry, scared at the loss of your normal life, work routine, and social interactions. Understanding that your feelings are normal when you are under stress will help you accept them.
Set Your Own Boundaries
Designate different areas of your home as ‘work and/or study’ and ‘relax’ spaces. This will help ease stress and tension while working from home.
Creating time apart from other family members. This is an important part of self-care not just for your sanity but theirs as well.
Limit your daily exposure to COVID-19-related news to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Whilst we need to know the essentials which primarily is government advice and guidance. Don’t get caught up in everything else.
Allocate times of the day when your students can contact you. Then you won’t be overwhelmed by constant interruptions.
Bring Calm to Your Mind and Body
Strategies such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, or yoga are effective in overcoming anxiety and stress in general. However, in times of increased uncertainty, you may find relaxation techniques particularly beneficial. Mindfulness helps to focus on the present, become aware of your negative feelings and thoughts, and then help you to overcome them.
Create a Routine
Routine can be your anchor in times of increased stress and anxiety as you deal with the uncertainty. It will give you a sense of confidence and safety. Use your time management skills to ensure you aren’t working all the time. Set the priorities and add in breaks to your schedule. This should help you save time and increase productivity.
Stay Connected to others
Although we are physically distancing, it is more important than ever that you stay connected. Use technology to reach out to your colleagues and people you trust and talk about your feelings. This will boost your mood and help you understand that you are all in this together.
If you feel that your coping mechanisms are not strong enough to manage coronavirus anxiety on your own, reach out for help.
Make Self-Care Your Priority
There is a lot of good advice being given out such as take time for regular exercise, relaxation, good sleep, and a healthy diet. Indeed, it may be easy to acknowledge these should become your priority. Of course, great habits that can protect you against symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression during times of increased tension. However, once your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing starts to spiral down so too does the motivation to drive you forward. And instead, the frustrations and the stress just increase. You don’t get to experience any of the benefits that can come from such disciplines such as feelings of calmness and wellbeing
The Best Kept Secret!
Did you know that there’s a key muscle in your body that is so deep you are not aware of it? It is the Psoas muscle. The response of most people is that they have never heard of it let alone know where it is. It is your best-kept secret. It is your fight-flight centre and where you store your feelings and emotions.
Tension builds in the Psoas from the day you were born. All the stress, overwhelm or trauma you have ever experienced in your life is stored in your body’s muscle memory, starting in the Psoas. Anxiety is a symptom of tension overload. The same as back, neck, and shoulder pain, mood swings, lack of sleep, IBS, lack of energy, concentration, or focus. No amount of meditation or exercise is going to heal your body of those deeply held tensions.
The good news is that you can though. Everyone has the ability to find physical, mental, and emotional freedom from any level of pain. Nature gave us the amazing power which is within us to heal and build resilience. We may have forgotten but your body hasn’t. A simple, empowering powerful practice that can become your tool for life and life tool to become whole once more.
The Total Release Experience® gives you the best in education, support, and guidance as you start to take back responsibility for your own well-being. Self-care like you would never have imagined. Imagine. ‘No talking’ no expensive therapy, no more self-medication whether that is alcohol, food, drugs, or any other habit that you may have adopted to help you get by.
Just a simple weekly practice that can transform your life as you would never have imagined.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is something many of us are aware of but can we say we know everything about PTSD?
Here we answer some questions for you.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex psychiatric disorder with somatic, cognitive, affective and behavioural effects, secondary to psychological trauma. In other words, PTSD can elicit disturbing memories, flashbacks, sleep disturbances, hypervigilance, etc. in people who have undergone considerable psychological strain. PTSD is no different from anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric conditions; therefore, its treatment should be paid attention to, rather than believing that ‘time heals all wounds’
PTSD had many alternate names, including “shell shock” and “combat fatigue” during World War I and after World War II, respectively. Though it is more often seen in military personnel, veterans, firefighters, people in the service sector, or those with combat exposure. This does not mean however that PTSD is restricted to this group of people only. It can occur in civilians too, in fact, in anyone at all! 
How common a problem it is?
According to a national survey  conducted on the general population in the U.S., the prevalence of PTSD was found to be between 6.8 to 9.2%, more in women and older adults than men and younger individuals. People in the service sector have an even higher prevalence rate, relatively proportional to the severity of the injury; Those with combat-exposure but no injuries, have a prevalence rate of 8% whereas it is 33% prevalent in those with a combination of injuries. Moreover, 70% of such patients, had concurrent mental health problems such as depression. 
Here in the UK:
One in 13 children will be affected by the age of 18.
One in five police officers has PTSD. In fact news headlines today – Kent Police have reached a five year high with currently 147 officers off with stress-related issues. How many more will follow?
Given that traumatic exposure is common among firefighters, it is not surprising that high rates of PTSD have been found. Studies have found that anywhere between approximately 7 percent and 37 percent of firefighters meet the criteria for a current diagnosis of PTSD.
Among all emergency service workers, paramedics have the highest rate of PTSD, with an estimated prevalence of 14.6%. While all emergency service personnel face catastrophic and stressful events, paramedics are exposed to these events on a daily basis.
Ex-serving military personnel deployed in a combat role were found to have higher rates of PTSD at 17.1%, compared with 5.7% of those who had been in a support role such as medical, logistics, signals and aircrew.
What psychological trauma can cause PTSD?
As the word, PTSD itself states ‘Post-traumatic’, so any event that is traumatic for the mind of a person can lead to PTSD. From interpersonal violence, organized violence or to life-threatening events. Any event eliciting extreme fear can have a psychological impact. Some of the examples of such traumatic events and their contribution to the pool of PTSD are mentioned below: 
33% due to Abusive sexual relationship- sexual child abuse, marital abuse, rape.
30% due to interpersonal trauma- life-threatening health condition, unanticipated death of a loved one, etc.
14% due to organized violence- war zone refugee or civilian, combat exposure, discovering dead bodies on crime or war zone, abduction, etc.
12% due to physical violence- physical assault, childhood physical abuse, a threat to oneself
12% due to life-threatening events- natural catastrophe, fatal road traffic accident, dangerous chemical exposure.
Symptoms can be summarised into four:
Reliving: Reliving includes flashbacks of the events, intrusive memories, recurrent distressing dreams, intense and vigilant reactions when exposed to anything that even remotely resembles the traumatic experience.
Avoidance: Efforts directed toward avoiding distressing thoughts. Absolute avoidance of the discussion of the trauma and of anything or anyone that can be a potent reminder of the event.
Mood and cognitive symptoms: Such symptoms include forgetting a critical aspect of the traumatic experience, persistent pessimism towards oneself: blaming oneself for the strain, marked disinterest in activities, disproportional anger, guilt, fear and horror
Reactive symptoms: Such as exaggerated startle response, hypervigilance, undue verbal or physical aggression, self-destructive behaviours, inability to concentrate and focus, sleep disturbances, etc.
Why some of the trauma victims have PTSD while others don’t?
There are several factors in a community that increases or decreases the probability of having PTSD after a traumatic experience. Not only that, but the physical condition, mental health, and other risk factors prior to the trauma also contribute massively towards PTSD. Age, gender, comorbid physical and psychological diseases, socioeconomic status, marital status, childhood history of abuse/adversities, family history, etc. all are contributing determinants of the outcome. The extent to which the traumatic event was unpredicted, unmanageable, irrepressible, and inevitable also acts as a protagonist.
Factors that help against the development of PTSD are called ‘Resilience factors’, which include
Friends and family support
Post-traumatic support group/counseling sessions
Positive coping approach
Sanity in the moment of fear enabling a person to react effectively
Impact of PTSD on general health: 
Several studies have been conducted to find a causative link between PTSD and other medical conditions. This is owing to the fact that PTSD patients are more likely to report certain diseases when compared with the unaffected general population. A link between inflammation and PTSD is being studied. PTSD is often found to be coexistent with chronic pain, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, autoimmune, musculoskeletal disorders.
A study  conducted in New York City showed that four times increased probability of heart attack and emphysema, and twice the likelihood of having hypercholesterolemia, insulin resistance, and angina in the participants who had PTSD than those without PTSD. Besides these medical conditions, depression, drug, and substance abuse have been found to be highly associated with PTSD patients.
What are the management options?
PTSD is treated with an amalgam of psychological therapies and pharmacological.  Four weeks’ watchful waiting is recommended for those with milder symptoms with instructions of one month follow up.
Psychological therapies are directed towards modifying the emotional state of the victims, i.e. efforts to replace the sense of shame, guilt, and fear with optimistic sentiments. Such treatments include Trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization, exposure therapy and reprocessing and group therapy.
Pharmacological management: Antidepressants such as paroxetine, sertraline amitriptyline, mirtazapine, etc. should be given for at least 12 months if it is imparting beneficial effects, followed by a gradual decrease over a period of 4 weeks before discontinuing.
The cornerstone of the management of PTSD is to recognize and seek help to be able to break out from the cage within.
Before you give up!
As with all stress, overwhelm or trauma, what is not recognized fully is that the tension is drawn into the body and stored in the muscle memory. The adrenalin and cortisol have no release and so more and more the symptoms worsen. Tension is drawn deep – and in fact from the day we are born, into the Psoas Muscle. Most are not aware of it and not surprising. It sits deep in the back body. Holds us together but most importantly our fight/flight center. It is where we hold our fears and emotions and can impact breathing. Animals release after a traumatic event by tremoring. Then they can carry on with their day. We as humans have suppressed that natural response to stress release. Getting back in touch with what we are meant to do brings profound healing as the body has the ability to heal itself.
Get in touch to find out more about the Total Release Experience ® . For if you think you have tried everything you haven’t and what do you have to lose!
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Personally, I don’t like the word ‘Suicide’. I looked up the meaning on Wikipedia. ‘Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death.’
In my view – nobody wants to die. They are just at a point where they feel in so much pain, be that physical, mental or emotional and for them, there is no way forward. No hope.
Suicide has a devastating effect – for those who die, survive attempts, and for family, friends, colleagues.
I am writing this now because January to March see suicide rates increase.
“In America alone, around forty-seven thousand individuals commit suicide per annum. Its equivalent to 4,7000 murders per year since killing oneself is also a murder. Suicide ranks at the 10th biggest cause of death in the United States.” (1)
‘In 2018, there were 6,507 suicides registered in the UK, an age-standardised rate of 11.2 deaths per 100,000 population; the latest rate is significantly higher than that in 2017 and represents the first increase since 2013.’ (2)
The numbers and rates of suicide and undetermined deaths vary between age groups, with rates among males highest for those aged 45-49 years (except 90+ years) and among females, highest for those aged 50-54 years. More and more young people are taking their life, it is a tragedy of the worse kind.
What is going On?
It is that dreaded S word! The one most choose to ignore or brush under the carpet until it is too late. Stress is a silent killer.
Stress is mankind’s worst enemy. We see, read and hear regular news about how individuals who indulged in social crimes and for some cases took their own life. When the story unfolds and often not until a court case, it would seem mental health was the cause. They were victims of stress. The tragedy is with loss of life is that it affects family, friends, work colleagues and society as a whole. Although everyone faces the ups and downs of life, when someone is under continuous stress and anxiety, the body starts absorbing more and more stress that leads to physical, mental, and emotional problems that can include suicidal tendencies.
Fight or Flight?
During an emergency situation, our body responds to stress by activation of the fight/flight response; adrenaline rushes, heart rate increases, the pupil dilates, respiration increases, and the body adapts itself for survival. However, under chronic stress, this response gets continuously fired. So, what happens is that slowly over time physical, mental and emotional deterioration starts to show. Initially classic symptoms of stress include mood swings, headache, IBS, back pain, anxiety and depression. As the holding of tension gets worse chronic pain, fibromyalgia, various illnesses or disease show up suddenly without any obvious cause. Mental health issues become overriding. At worse, stroke, heart attack cancer and regrettably when hitting rock bottom, the only way out is suicide.
What is Chronic Stress?
It refers to the small doses of stressful events or memories that one faces over a period of time. This stress is more dangerous than acute stress that is the defensive mechanism of the body against emergency situations aka fight or flight responses.
Chronic Stress Must Not Be Ignored
If you look at yourself or the people around you, one thing you can bet is almost common for us all is the experience of stress. The fast-paced life, social, financial, marital and other pressures are collectively manipulating the mind to remain under constant stress and tension. Depression, anxiety, psychiatric and mental disorders have become an epidemic. The worst outcome is taking one’s life. But why? Because people find it an easy escape from all their worries. Scientists have confirmed that chronic stress gets stored in the form of a memory that constantly engages the fight or flight system that is present in the abdominal region.
“The Psoas muscle is the main reserve for all the stress that body absorbs since this muscle is actively involved in all stressful conditions.”
Most people I ask do not even know where their Psoas muscle is. That included medical practitioners! Why would they? It is hidden in the back of the body. Under the diaphragm, behind all your organs and into the top of the legs. Apart from holding your upper body to your lower body, what is key is that it is your fight/flight center. It is where you hold your fears and emotions and because it is attached to the diaphragm it impacts breathing.
It’s important to know that we may not realize that we are constantly taking in small doses of stress each day whether from aspects of financial, personal or social life. But if we ignore what is going on by the time, we realize the impact it is having on our physical, mental or emotional wellbeing, it becomes too late and we find ourselves at the edge – wanting to end it all. Once life is ended it can never be undone however, the causes that lead to such mental distress that suicide seems to be the only answer can be undone if treated earlier.
Stress Can Lead To Suicide?
Stress is the most common cause of suicide – that act of someone taking their own life. The build-up of not coping can come from workplace stress, study, exam pressure, job dissatisfaction, relationships, losing a loved one. Young and old alike are vulnerable. Witnessing or coping with physical, mental or emotional abuse which can stem from early years builds up in the body, again in the Psoas muscle.
Terminal illness such as cancer or HIV can be enough to drive one to the edge. Social isolation, bullying or harassment, loss of a loved one, joblessness are all factors that impact the quality of life and the stress leads to mental health problems.
Treatment is limited and most often not effective. Self-medication such as drinking, drugs or eating the wrong foods only add to the growing psychological problem that just continues to get worse. Self-medication leads to addiction, so health deteriorates further. Certainly, whether drugs or alcohol become a get by strategy there is no rational thinking when feeling so low.
People Who are at High Risk of Suicide
According to a survey, the highest suicidal rates belong to India, America, Alaska and some parts of Africa.
While most of the Suicide attempts are men and women age 45 and above, in the recent past, there is an alarming increase in the number of suicides committed by youngsters as well. The suicide rate is higher among young men compared to young women. Especially, University students are found more trapped under stress. Performance and exam pressure, dealing with finances and student loans, concomitant work and study stress, being bullied, ragged and other sorts of stressors like drugs can chronically induce the venom of stress in young minds leading them to commit or attempt suicide.
“One in five college students have experienced suicidal thoughts due to stress at some point in their lives.” (2)(3)
Academic stress and suicidal ideation among university students are rapidly increasing.
“Recently, at Bristol University, a student named Natasha committed suicide due to the stress of being unable to speak in front of people. Her body was found dead the day before she was going to give a verbal presentation in front of staff and students. She tried to seek help from the staff previously, but she wasn’t helped the way such cases should be handled.” (4)
Suicides in the Service Sector
Heroes that save the lives; police officers, firefighters, prison officers, nurses, and soldiers are more prone to commit suicide due to their stressful and violent work scenarios. Stress causes slow but constant psychiatric damage leading to mental health problems and suicidal thoughts among service sector employees. Police officers have to face the extraordinary stress of shootings, encounters, robberies and certain emergencies that an ordinary person cannot withstand. If not treated effectively, chronic stress forces them to end their lives.
Medical field professionals like surgeons have to perform critical operations that can be a life or death situation for the patient. Subconsciously, chronic stress due to stressful OT environment leads them to substance use and even suicidal thoughts. Likewise, nurses interact more closely with the patient and its attendants. In case of a serious illness or death of a patient, nurses and doctors become equally involved in grief (stress) like the attendants. Ironically, medical staff have to face these situations on a daily basis.
We have no control over the situation’s life throws at us all. Many children and adults get caught up in traumatic experiences that can scar them for life. From footballers to celebrities, we are all human and if unlucky enough to become a victim of atrocities imposed from others at whatever stage in life the trauma gets trapped in the body. If we keep holding on it will impact physical, mental and emotional health.
Suicide is not an Option It’s necessary to destress the mind and body in order to keep the balance. Stress is temporary if well treated but once a person commits suicide, it’s permanent. That’s why removing chronic stress is the key for the prevention of suicides. Being a student, worker, medical staff, firefighter or police officer, one should be more inclined towards effective stress management that will not only help to prevent suicide but will also pave the way to smoothly work and grow in their respective careers.
What is currently on offer:
Option 1 – Talking – be that to a friend, family member or professional.
Whilst it helps to talk, it does not get it out of the body. Often talking just feels like churning the same story over and over. It can often make one feel worse. One cannot talk about childhood experiences that have for many years been blocked and not remembered.
There are not enough professional counselors of therapist to go round and often the cost is prohibitive if having to self-refer.
Option 2 – Medication
Conventional stress medications come with a bunch of harmful side effects and their results are temporary.
It is all sticky plaster and does not address the root cause. Temporary respite but harmful in the long term.
Option 3 – Self Medication
Attempting to block the feelings and emotions that bring the physical mental and emotional pain by resorting to drugs, alcohol, gambling, eating, excessive exercise or other OCD behaviors.
Whilst they bring temporary relief, the need to keep doing or taking leads to addictions. So no, not a helpful solution all.
Option 4 – Heal Yourself and Build Resilience
Get to the root cause of what is blocked in your body. Release from the Psoas muscle. The Total Release Experience® is simple to learn, empowering 5 Step programme that becomes a tool for life and a life tool. It is a lifesaver. We have worked with those on the brink, who attempted, but fortunately failed to take their own life at a time when they felt so low. By allowing their body to release the tension they healed themselves and got back to a normal happy state to live life to the full once more.
With NHS in meltdown struggling to cope with the growing problems of mental health, addictions and obesity it is time to look to what the body can do and take back control of your own well-being. With Drs, Therapists, Fire & Rescue, Police and Inmates connecting and healing and recommending, there has been no simpler cost-effective way to live a healthier happier life.
If you think you have tried everything – then there is one thing left!
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It should come as no surprise that one of the most talked-about topics of this last decade has been and continues to be the effect of stress and anxiety on our well-being.
Stress is a part of life and we can’t completely avoid the effects as we face stress and anxiety in our lives. The way, stress affects our mental, physical and emotional health is directly linked to our ability to manage our energy flow. It’s true that each cell of our body responds to stress and anxiety or trauma. Certainly, stress affects all the organ systems of our body sooner or later.
We often link our problems, daily fatigue, anger, irritability, migraine, headaches, sleeplessness, and restlessness to underlying conditions or illnesses. Unfortunately chronic stress and anxiety become the culprit behind our ill mental, physical and emotional health.
“According to the American Institute of Stress, the effects of chronic stress cost US companies over 300 billion dollars per annum.”
It does not matter how compliant people are with their physician’s advice and guidance on stress management. Regardless of this fact, many eventually develop diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and myocardial infarction as a result. Why? We can ignore the signs, and this is often the case. It is unfortunate, that we fail to understand is that since birth our bodies have been storing the tension.
What is Stress Memory?
The ‘Psoas’ muscle is in the lower lumbar part of the body. Basically the Psoas muscle is basically responsible for holding our upper body to our lower body and moving our legs towards the abdomen of the body similar to walking gestures. The Psoas also stores stress memory because this muscle is also involved majorly in a “fight or flight” response. If the chronically stored stress during a “fight or flight response” or an emergency situation is not released, various health issues may arise particularly IBS, gastric ulcers, mood changes, suicidal thoughts, social isolation and much more. Masking the stress using pain killers, muscle relaxants, opioids, tranquilizers will not treat the real problem.
Most of the people, as they feel the effect of stress and anxiety taking hold, and find a shortcut way using alcohol and drugs. The constant use of drugs or alcohol provides an instant but short-lived alleviation. After some time period, they become tolerant of previous doses as it all becomes ineffective. The problem is then exacerbated as it becomes on of addiction. This not only urges them to consume more drugs but also puts financial strain
The best way is to release the stress and let the body relax and get back to normal energies. We do not realise too just how much we constantly take in small doses of stress each day whether in the form of financial, personal or social life. This problem even becomes worse for people performing stressful jobs involving dealing with the trauma of other people like fire firefighters, security personnel, paramedics, surgeons, physicians, animal rescuers, and welfare volunteers, etc. Furthermore, problems can also arise regarding career and health because work pressure puts continuous emotional and physical stress on them,
Stress and Anxiety affect Emotional Behaviour
Stress is a worldwide epidemic affecting millions of lives globally. Depression, anxiety, psychiatric and mental disorders are becoming more and more common. Chronic stress affects behavioral and emotional health symptoms include irritability, hostility, frustration, anger, aggressive feelings, and behavior. Stress can also be the cause of decreased interest in appearance, punctuality, or obsessive behavior (engaging in compulsive behavior rituals such as counting, checking, washing, etc.). Likewise in the workplace the impact might be reduced work efficiency or productivity, lying or making excuses to cover up poor work. Furthermore, excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness, problems in communication, social withdrawal and isolation, impulsivity (expressed as impulse buying, gambling, rape, etc) can occur.
The Impact on Our Young Generation
We daily get news of murders, robbery, chaos, violence, and suicides. Unfortunately, our young generation is also falling into the cracks as pressure grows on them from stress, anxiety.
In a recent event in Manchester, a boy was stabbed with multiple wounds is admitted to the hospital. The UK has seen far too many of these incidents occurring. The impact on families and communities is devastating.
It is similar to the shootings that have been going on in Florida, continue to cause grief and misery among the victim’s families and communities. There is countless news coming each day about crimes, social violence, anger, and aggressive behaviors. This is all related to chronic stress at some point. The hate experienced by others, we also store in our body, until such times we notice and perhaps too late, that our body pays the price. That’s why addressing stress, anxiety and tension is necessary for harmonizing emotional behaviors for the promotion of a healthy society.
Small Things Cause Anxiety and Stress
The effect of stress and anxiety can come from bad feelings, bullying, financial stress, joblessness, death of a loved one, breakups, poor self-image, childhood abuse, divorces, accidents, mental or physical trauma, violent personal or job situations and being broke may not seem detrimental to health. Certainly by the very nature of our constitution, in the UK, we would rather hold on to our feelings than admit there was something not right. The classic response to anyone who cares to ask us ‘How are you?’ we say – I’m OK’ no matter what we feel inside, we block or ignore. The long term consequences are that stress can, does and will negatively impact our health.
Stress – Fight or Flight?
Stress causing agent is called stressor. This stressor stimulates the hypothalamus present in the central nervous system of the brain. Hypothalamus in response to a stressor stimulates adrenal glands to release “cortisol” and “adrenaline” causing stress. This fight or flight response affects the body by increased pulse, rapid heart rate, dry mouth, decreased digestion, diarrhea, panic, decreased growth processes, dysfunctioning reproductive system, decreased immune functions, rapid breathing rate, and increased blood flow to the limbs preparing the body for a survival mode. This fight or flight system is beneficial under short term stress. (1)
If the body is under the continuous effect of a stressor then symptoms can become a chronic or long term problem adversely affecting the body’s normal functions.
Stress and Diabetes
Stress can be a major contributing factor in not only aggravating blood glucose levels but also in causing type-2 diabetes. Stress is a potential contributor to chronic hyperglycemia in diabetes. Stress has long been shown to have major effects on metabolic activity. Energy mobilization is a primary result of the fight or flight response. Stress stimulates the release of various hormones, which can result in elevated blood glucose levels. (2) Chronic stress in diabetes can alter the efficacy of insulin or diabetes medications in effective control of blood sugar.
Continous stressor stimulates CNS and results in high levels of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline which alter the glucose metabolism. Eventually, blood glucose levels become out of control even with the use of medications.
Overeating can also be compelled by stress. Therefore consuming more sugars just increases blood glucose even further. Since diabetes is a manageable disease, releasing stress is the most likely effective key.
Stress can affect the Digestive System
According to research, chronic stress can upset the normal digestive system. Stress-induced heartburn, gastric acid reflux, and impaired gastric secretions contribute to worsening digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) and even ulcers. (3)
“Chronic occupational stress in employees with stressful jobs, the combination of personality patterns (anxiety/depression), stress and negative emotions contribute to gastrointestinal tract (GIT) alterations. In particular, jobs that produce privation, fatigue, chronic mental anxiety and a long past history of tension, frustration, resentment, psychological disturbance or emotional conflict have been shown to produce gastric ulcers. Irritable bowel syndrome and functional dyspepsia also have significant co-morbidity with mood alterations.”(4)
Gastric ulcers caused by H. pylori bacteria become worse under chronic stress. In the worst conditions, prolonged ulceration can result in gastric bleeding and hemorrhage. That’s why releasing stress becomes even more vital in digestive problems.
Stress may Increase Injuries
Stress can also alter the food movements through the gastrointestinal tract causing diarrhea or constipation, nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain.
Chronic stress can increase the tension in muscles and prolonged stress on muscles under chronic stress lead to the inability of muscles to relax back. In this case, chronic muscle pain, especially shoulder muscle pain becomes a problem. You get more tired and fatigued following daily exercises or work routines. Stress can even cause spinal pain, headaches, and stiffness of muscles. People then mask the pain using traditional pain killers but the cause is still present, which is stress. In the case of diabetes, neuropathic pain becomes even worse under stress.
Chances of chronic muscle injury and bone injury are high if a person is under constant stress leading to arthritis, osteoporosis, uric acid retention in joints, shoulder joint. Releasing stress using anti-depressants and tranquilizers may not be a real deal because of their harmful side effects and inability to treat the cause of the stress.
“According to research, Stress-related psychiatric disorders, including depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are highly prevalent disabling illnesses with limited treatment options and poorly understood pathophysiology. Chronic pain is a widespread pathology afflicting 20%–30% of adults.” (5)
Regardless of the availability of a range of treatment options, chronic pain continues to seriously affect the quality of life for patients. Almost half of the pain suffering individuals do not achieve adequate pain management. The effect of stress and anxiety have a devastating impact on physical health
Stress Decreases Immunity
Although acute stress is beneficial in the stimulation of the immune system and prevention of common cold, flu, and infections. However, chronic stress results in constant engagement of the immune system there is the chronic release of WBC’s, interleukins and immunoglobulins. Over time, the immune system weakens rendering the body unable to fight even common infections.
Stress and Children
Chronic stress increases recovery time after any illness or injury because the body’s natural healing process becomes altered under stress.
In children, particularly childhood abuse, strict parenting, boarding school, lack of communication or any negative memory may lead to ELS or early life stress in children leading to various physical health problems like cardiac diseases, respiratory diseases, and mental disorders at a young age. (6)
Moreover, chronic stress in any form like the pressure of getting grades, social life, house issues, poverty, strict parenting, abusive behavior, bullying and other sorts of negative vibes encourage the child to adapt escape from daily life routine. This results in a child to become aggressive, abusive, misbehaving and rebellious.
The effect of stress and anxiety on health on children according to research, continuous tension and mental anxiety also results in poor physical and mental growth in children. Consequently, the child’s academic performance also declines hence rendering more pressure on them. In some cases, suicidal thoughts also find their way in young minds finding an escape. The medical treatment does not qualify for rationale treatment of stress in children because their side effects can be dangerous and root cause will still be there.
Releasing stress via specialized treatment procedure plays a vital role in balancing the body’s natural energies. But for many children depending on their experiences, Freeze is the natural response, They block the experience in order to survive. The consequences of which manifest much later in life.
Respiratory and Heart Problems
Under chronic stress, lungs are constantly hyperactive in order to meet the oxygen needs of each and every cell of the body-facing stress. This leads to chronic damage to tiny alveolar tubes carrying fresh oxygen to the blood. In this case, the risk of developing COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) becomes high. It silently leads to shortness of breath, emphysema, and bronchitis causing inflammation of bronchi. Chronic damage to the lungs is often irreversible. Things become horrible for an asthma patient under chronic stress because stress induces the release of “pro-inflammatory” substances that aggravate the symptoms of asthma and in worst conditions, complete breathlessness can lead to blackouts, damage to brain and heart muscles as well.
Moreover, chronic stress can mimic hypertension because of constant involvement of fight or flight response causes constriction or narrowing of blood vessels in order to maintain the blood flow to muscles. If stress is not managed, it can result in increased chances of heart attacks, strokes, and hemorrhage. People with a history of cardiac problems are more obligatory to release chronic stress.
Mental Disorders and Stress
Everyone faces stress and depression in his or her life. But under some circumstances, this stress can be deleterious to mental health.
PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is the state of mind after an acutely stressful event that affects the “amygdala’ and “hippocampus” in the brain. In this condition, the person feels fear, anxiety, flashbacks of the same event, nightmares, suicidal thoughts, and insomnia. Although PTSD is caused by acute stress, chronic stress increases the risk of developing the disease.
Alzheimer’s disease involves the devastating loss of cognitive and motor function which is stressful in itself but can also disrupt neural circuits that mediate stress responses. Disrupting these circuits produces aberrant emotional and aggressive behavior that causes long-term care to be especially difficult. In addition, added stress drives the progression of the disease and can exacerbate symptoms. (8)
Sexual Problems from Chronic Stress
Stress is the biggest enemy of sexual life among both males and females. Chronic stress is directly linked with low libido and testosterone levels, fear of performance, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation in men.
There is an inverse relationship between anxiety and sexual functionality. Females can also face less than normal sexual desire, vaginal dryness and itching, lack of orgasm and in some cases, chronic pain during intercourse. (9) (10)
These sexual problems are linked to chronic stress and may cause further stress and anxiety leading to poor relationships and mental breakdowns.
What’s The Solution?
No one knows where their life journey is going to take them. Many people live a relatively stress-free life, but no one escapes completely. That is why there are so many options to manage the stress symptoms that one might be advised to take on. Stress and the health issues that many do not realise have come from holding stress in the body has been a topic of much discussion for years.
Despite the choices we make the more stress and trauma experienced it is fair to say that no one can get it out of the body. But each and every one of us has the power to do that ourselves.
Our Body has The Answer!
In all the years I have been working with clients impacted by their The effect of stress and anxiety from trauma, the problems in society continue to get worse. The increased use of social media has contributed to that one. Despite all the offerings and alternatives that have become available from meditation to massage, from walking to talking nothing is changing. Some treatments and therapies come for free but many more can cost a lot of money. The cost can be prohibitive. It always sticks in my mind that 6 women I worked with had spent between them £170k on trying to heal. They sat before me with a pleading of hope.
In all the years I have been working with clients impacted by their The effect of stress and anxiety from trauma, the problems in society continue to get worse. The increased use of social media has contributed to that one. Despite all the offerings and alternatives that have become available from meditation to massage, from walking to talking nothing is changing. Some treatments and therapies come for free but many more can cost a lot of money. The cost can be prohibitive. It always sticks in my mind that 6 women I worked with had spent between them £170k on trying to heal. They sat before me with a pleading of hope.
All Comes back to The Psoas!
It all comes back to the Psoas, the fight-flight muscle deep in our body. The one that holds our fears and emotions. Attached to our Diaphragm so therefore impacts breathing as the body gets tighter from holding on.
When we learn to reconnect with what nature gave us all to survive – just like animals, then the problems gradually disappear and physical, mental and emotional health restored as our body recalibrates, like a reset button has been switched on.
I have spent 8 years solely working on evolving a practice Trauma Prevention Exercise I learned in South Africa that triggers the Psoas to release. My discoveries came and continue to come from working in the long term following and supporting individuals who have suffered years with CPTSD and the effect of stress and anxiety that has dominated their life. I have witnessed profound healing where nothing else has come close.
At TRE UK® we deliver the Total Release Experience® an empowering 5 Step programme that becomes a life tool and a tool for life. Supported by professionals – see what they have to say!
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We All Have A Choice
Healing doesn’t happen by itself and when life pulls us down, we have two choices – go with it and get sucked under or make that decision to change and take back control of our own well-being. Saying no to drugs and medications, addictive behavior, and wasting time and opportunity. A totally natural response to healing just like animals can be transformational.
Let Wellbeing be your 2020 Choice
In 2020 we want to give as many as possible that choose wellness over illness the opportunity to learn something about your own body that we may have forgotten but your body hasn’t. We have Workshops coming up from January to March, you will have a great experience as you gain knowledge and insight just like others.
Start the new decade by making 2020 your year. Don’t let the effect of stress and anxiety be all you have to deal with. Start with taking control of your own wellbeing. Heal from the Past and Build Resilience.
We support you all the way, for we know that so much suffering though it may be part of life’s journey, we certainly do not have to carry around the negativity that comes from it.
Working with many who have suffered stress and how it has led to addictions has prompted me to share my thoughts on this.
Stress is a part of life that never seems to go away. Christmas is no exception. If we let it fester and turn to substances for our comfort, there is the danger of creating or worsening addictions we might already be trying to curb.
Although with all good intentions it is meant to be a happy and exciting time. Especially for families when children are around, just seeing the joy on their faces as their excitement grows. The desire of parents and grandparents to see them have as much as they can pile under the tree. Then there are the gifts bought for all the loved ones and friends. Worse is the panic buying, the last-minute food shop, and seeing all the reductions I see it so often, trolleys piled high and for what? One day. The expectations of Christmas are more than we might imagine.
One thing many lose sight of is not just rationality but the money. With credit so easy and poor money management skills financial stress is added to the mix. There is a danger in the aftermath of heightened stress and anxiety. Christmas brings all sorts of additional stressors and often we may not see them coming. From high expectations to financial overspend, to receiving and giving unwanted gifts. It can be a time of fall outs as pressure mounts. When feeling stressed then it is easy to turn to something for relief. Most commonly alcohol, smoking or drugs. Alcohol is the most common. Binge drinking is easy especially at Christmas, and the difficulty if already a drinker is a challenge for all the family. Stress leads to addiction.
According to Alcohol Concern, there are an estimated 595,131 dependent drinkers in England. Alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK, and the fifth-biggest risk factor across all ages. Alcohol abuse is estimated to cost the NHS around £3.5bn annually. Alcohol consumption in the UK increases in December by 41 per cent.
Julie Breslin, head of programme at Drink Wise Age Well (part of UK drug and alcohol charity Addaction) says: “Christmas can be an enjoyable time for many, but for those who have experienced problems with their drinking and are trying to stay alcohol-free it can be a minefield.
The reason there is a need for alcohol is related to dopamine. Alcohol causes the brain’s reward system to release the motivational chemical dopamine. But over time, chronic drinking actually depletes the amount of dopamine in your brain, causing you to crave more alcohol and laying the groundwork for alcohol addiction.
There is no doubt the cost of alcohol and the risk of addiction or the struggle if already addicted that comes at Christmas is a challenge for all, in families and friend circles. Little comfort at this time of the year.
The general belief is that alcohol and drugs help people who are suffering from extreme anxiety. While it is true that certain drugs and alcohol provides some relief, with time the effects fade away. This is why people end up increasing their consumption, which then transforms into an addiction. Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and even caffeine may seem like stress-relievers and help control tension temporarily, but in the end, they just add to the issues instead of solving them.
Stress leads to addiction -drugs or alcohol and can have a negative impact on your life. These are not the solution to removing tension from your life but are instead factors that worsen the situation. If things get out of hand, you can end up losing everything that you have; from your family and home to your job, health and friends. If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, you cannot hope to deal effectively with the things that are introducing anxiety and tension in your life.
Substance abuse will only add to the stress you already feel. Along with your career, substance abuse can also destroy your personal life. The longer the addiction continues, the more things there will be to create tension in your life. This, in turn, leads to an increase in substance abuse as people seek ways to avoid increasing stress; this is a vicious cycle that leads to more problems than one can count.
If you are feeling stressed, anxious or tense, then using drugs, alcohol, caffeine or cigarettes to mask the problems is the last thing you should do. Self-medication through substance abuse is not the solution to the anxiety and tension in your life, that may be heightened by seasonal pressures. Don’t allow stress to cause an addiction
If you do find yourself falling into the trap, then don’t let it get out of hand. If you do like all your life stress it will become trapped in your body. Building physical, mental and emotional tensions that disrupt wellbeing on every level. Remember Stress is a silent killer. The tensions are stored in your Psoas muscle, your fight/flight centre. This profound muscle is where your emotions and fears are held. The more we hold the worse we feel.
But you know just like animals we release the tension and set ourselves free of the past. The simple, practical and empowering 5 Step programme the Total Release Experience can teach you to do just that. When the cause is removed the need for addictive substance is gone with it. Stress and addictions are no longer a threat.
Don’t carry forward into 2020 the problems of the past, the resentments, sadness, bitterness and asters – find a new lease of life and physical, mental and emotional wellbeing on every level, just as many others have. Learn something that your body knows – but you have forgotten!
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Listening to today’s news on the release of the Grenfell Tower Fire Report, my heart again goes out to those brave servicemen and women who undoubtedly are still battling with the trauma of the unforgettable tragic events on 14th June 2017. The work for all personnel in the fire and rescue service impacts their wellbeing. They have the most stressful job in civilian society. Those involved in Grenfell Fire and Rescue from the switchboard operators to those on the front line have and will continue to feel the trauma.
They will hold tension in their body. The tension is all stored in the body’s muscle memory, in particular, the psoas muscle. Most people have no idea where the Psoas is. The psoas is our fight/flight centre and the place where we hold emotions. If the body holds all the tension from life it eventually leads to debilitating symptoms, physically, mentally and emotionally. What else is there then aside of counselling or talk therapy? How do we find real healing? Prescription drugs of course but there are far too many deaths by drugs. They only mask the problems anyway, especially when they are for anxiety and depression. Self-medication is no answer either.
As Professor Gordon Turnbull, a highly esteemed Consultant Psychologist said to me when we first connected. ‘We now know we have to get it out of the body as talking just doesn’t do it’. We have discussed many a time the impact of holding stress in the body.
Men and women embarking on their career in Fire & Rescue Service undoubtedly feel excited and tough. One Fireman shared with me ‘I was 23 when I joined up at the time. I felt invincible as you do, being a young man. Life and my career ticked by having good and bad incidents but never really noticing any mental challenges.’
When I asked when that all changed he said ‘My life seemed to be going great and then 16 years ago – crash, never saw anything coming. What would be the highlight of your career pulling someone alive from a burning building, actually left me broken due to the conditions we endured. It took me 6 hours to get home such was my shame that I could not cope.’ He had counselling provided by the Fire Service at the time but said he felt worse as it never had answers.ire and rescue Serviceire
It was not until earlier this year that a series of events left him in a bad way he shared with me what he felt. ‘immense anger, breaking down in tears for what would be a simplest of issues, thinking of suicide. Yes, I would say at rock bottom. At that crossroads live or end it.’ Like so many other stories we have heard from servicemen and women.
He was at this low point in his life. A friend who had been in a bad way suggested he attended a Total Release Experience® Workshop. After that day he later shared. ‘Walking from the workshop it was like walking from a dark room to brilliant light. The difference from the start to finish of the day. The subsequent days could take things in again. I could start to understand documents again. I just felt if this is life, I want some of this. You never notice the small changes and I hadn’t realised the world I had ended in.’
‘As part of a wellbeing committee and a wellbeing champion, someone who is listed to help support or just listen to others if they need that friendly ear. The Total Release Experience® should be taught to all staff and new recruits. It’s a life tool that would save a lot of people like myself. Enduring a career of mental injuries that never manifested till it’s too late.’
We are passionate about sharing the education of teaching how it is indeed possible to recover from the brink. The memories never fade. But one can talk without holding on to the feelings and the emotions. Holding on just keep compacting in the body if not released. A simple, yet empowering practice, especially for the service sector. They all need something that they can use to heal from the past and build resilience. Life can be bright and beautiful once more. Thank you to all those heroes in our country. They sign up to save our lives but should not be left fighting for theirs.
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Most all of us experience anxiety and stress brought on by everyday life. From the pressure to receive high marks in school to feelings of insufficiency, there are seemingly endless amounts of situations where anxiety may lurk just behind the corner- especially for teens.
In fact, in Kent alone there are 14,000 teenagers suffering from some form of anxiety or depression. As one can imagine, this can sometimes mean difficulty adhering to the needs of every child. All too often, someone falls through the cracks- receiving inadequate help or little help at all.
The More “Traditional” Approach Isn’t Always Best
When seeking the resources needed to combat their anxiety or depression, many teens will be prescribed medications that they’re told will alleviate their woes. Commonly, these medications aren’t fully warranted and prove to be unhelpful overall. Worse still, some of these medications may even worsen a teen’s anxieties and feelings of depression. Sometimes these prescriptions can even lead to addictions that are hard to break.
We believe that with the Total Release Experience®, teens can feel the weight of the world start to rise from their shoulders. By engaging in the Total Release Experience® and implementing its useful techniques into your day to day life, you can identify and release tensions before they build to a much larger problem.
The TRE Helps Young People Take Their Lives Back
Anxiety and depression needn’t deter young people from the bright futures that lie ahead of them. It isn’t easy being a teen and when anxiety, depression, and stress grab hold of you, it can feel like the grasp will never loosen.
The TRE will allow teens to take their lives back into their own hands. While we’ll give you the tools to fight back against the worries ailing you, the Total Release Experience® is a self-help practice. So how does the TRE work and how can you, as a teen, benefit?
The Total Release Experience® is a “no-talking” technique which is a welcome change to many teens. This no-talking technique means that they will be free from the expectations to recall uncomfortable events or to relive the situations they’ve put so much effort into avoiding. Instead, the TRE teaches teens a very simple 5 Step programme. A physical practice that becomes a life tool and a tool for life.
The programme is adapted to the unique, specific physical abilities of each young person. Inducing a natural response to release the tensions that have been stored since birth. Upon gaining control over this response, we are effectively combating one of the largest contributors to anxiety. The participant can then release this tension at a gradual, effective pace and, in turn, alleviate symptoms of stress and tension within the body. It becomes a life tool and a tool for life.
How the Total Release Experience Can Benefit Teens
The Total Release Experience® for teens has already been introduced to young people within the UK with overwhelmingly positive results. Whether experiencing the stress of studies and exams or difficulty with interpersonal relationships, coping with Boarding or bullying those who have already learned the Total Release Experience® have reported positive results.
Once learning and utilizing the techniques introduced in the Total Release Experience® programme, you’ll be on the way to healing both the mind and the body. Finally, you will be able to regain control over your stresses and anxieties. Gain the many benefits that help you move forward and build resilience for the future for we never know what life has in store. Working with TRE UK®, you will learn how to maintain well-being in your day to day life and your future. They can attend any of our Workshops or why not book a Private Family/School Group Workshop and heal together.