Category Archives: DEPRESSION

Cultivating Your Connection With Your Inner Wisdom

I received this great question in response to one of the videos in my new Conquer Depression series and decided to answer it in a blog post:

Question: ‘Redirect… into being present.’ I agree that when I connect with ‘core essence’ I feel/am alive…utterly alive. Disconnection feels like playing at being ‘me.’ But! How does one maintain that connection while also engaging in the everyday?  Continue reading

Depression: A Deeper Understanding for a Transformational Experience

As I prepare to release my new Conquer Depression Program, I’d like to share some insights about this new program through my written blog and video series in the coming weeks. The intention is to share my thinking on the nature of health and wellness and crucially why need a rethink and change of direction if we are to gain mastery of wellbeing. This mastery begins with a deeper understanding of the nature of who we are; so to begin with, let me pose some questions… Continue reading

What REALLY Causes Negative Thinking and What Can You Do About It? Here’s The Answer…

negative thinkingDo you find that you get caught up in your head — thinking, churning and ruminating? If the answer is yes and you were to proceed along the generally accepted route for dealing with your negative thinking, you would find yourself challenging and battling your thinking, getting stuck in to change your negative thoughts to positive thoughts. Does this work? In my experience this is a fairly low quality option. Why? Because, it involves more thinking and that generally leaves us feeling worse, and requires a significant amount of energy and practice. So what’s the answer? Continue reading

Stop Trying to De-Stress and Read This…

I was asked the other day what I do to de-stress. On the face of it this seems a perfectly reasonable question. Everyone gets stressed…and therefore everyone needs to do something to de-stress, don’t they? 

When I was asked this I was slightly stumped because I don’t do anything to de-stress. Sure, I train at the gym, I play guitar in a rock band, I hang out with friends, and I have a ton of fun with my wife and daughters. But I don’t do these things to de-stress. Why is it that I don’t need to de-stress, when from what I can tell everyone else does? Continue reading

Can You Change Your Feelings By Changing Your Thinking?

One of the most common assumptions I encounter is the idea that feeling follows thinking, and that in order to alleviate uncomfortable or stressful feelings you need to change your thinking. In fact, there is an entire industry based on this idea. The strategies and techniques that fall out of this theory operate on the notion that all emotions follow thought, so if you change your thinking you will change your emotions. The implication being that changing your thinking and adopting a positive mental attitude will help alleviate stress, discomfort, and emotional turmoil, and enable you to experience a happy life. Continue reading

Overcoming the Fear of Failure

As we witnessed incredible examples of dedication and performance at this year’s Winter Olympics, we were reminded that one thing these athletes did not suffer from that many of the rest of us do, is a fear of failure. In order to attain and achieve such high levels of sports performance, fear of failure — if it was ever present — for them was conquered. Continue reading

Stress, Exercise & Depression

According to popular wisdom, exercise is supposed to be a panacea for depression and stress, right? Then how do we explain recent news reports about various elite athletes at the top of their games, winning championships, medals and the adulation of their fans, yet struggling with debilitating depression? In some extreme cases, this has even led tragically to suicide. Continue reading

Can Emotions Trigger Old Traumatic Memories?

One thing that we all have is memories, both good and bad. There is an argument to suggest that everything that ever happens to us is ‘mapped’ onto the cells of our bodies energetically and this serves the purpose of enabling us to learn from things that have happened to us. This seems fairly logical; from an evolutionary perspective we wouldn’t have memories unless they served some useful purpose.  Continue reading