Mental Training For Success
Positive Mental Training is an easy-to-use audio programme based on scientific research, which you can read about at Foundation for Positive Mental Health. It incorporates a range of techniques which research shows can help lift mood out of depression, stress and anxiety and build confidence and coping. The programme is used by doctors and nurses in the NHS and has been given to over 70,000 people across the UK. Follow this link for more information on the programme, or watch the video to find out how Positive Mental Training helps recovery from stress and depression.
Emotions have a purpose for us; they look after us and take care of us by telling us when to be careful and when to relax. When we feel bad we do not know exactly where our bad feeling is coming from, all we know is that we feel bad. There may be many possible sources for our bad feeling, we may think we know the source, however they may come from unpleasant memories we have blanked out, or memories we don’t remember, perhaps from a young age.
We all have a simple set of tools in our minds to help us sort out problems, so that, for instance, in our sleep, we sort out our problems using our past experiences to help us. To do this we need access to positive memories, but when we feel bad our brain only allows us access to negative memories. Deep relaxation can help to give us a positive mindset and to access positive memories, making it easier to sort out our problems and to feel better.
These tracks were inspired by Lars Eric Unstahl who developed the programme of Integrated Mental Training in Sweden, which he created to promote excellence in sports. We are grateful to Lars-Eric for his continuing generous support for our work.
The Mind/Body Link
We all have within us powerful personal resources which can be released through skills training. Our emotions are inseparably linked to our body; if our body is tense then our mind senses threat and tells us to withdraw from connecting with others, so we lose the emotional support this can give us and can spiral downwards to low mood and depression.
If we change the level of tension in our body using simple physical exercises, such as tensing/relaxing our muscles and adjusting our breathing, we can create good feelings in our bodies which allows our minds to let go of self critical thoughts and helps us see events and memories in a more positive light. This can help us solve problems and relieve tensions that may have previously appeared unsolvable.
With practice we can learn to rapidly relax into a positive body and mind state, in this state we can learn to recognise our positive abilities, helping us overcome obstacles and achieve our goals.