NHS statistics sites 1 in 4 adults will experience mental health problems in a given year, so we have probably experienced anxiety, stress or depression ourselves or are close to someone who is.

The National Health Service (NHS) says that, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics, 10% of children in Great Britain aged between 5 and 16 have a mental health problem, with 4% of children suffering from an emotional disorder such as anxiety or depression. That is surely far too many. Even more worrying the World Health Organization has reported a 54% rise in the use of anti-depressant drugs among children.  Reported by the National council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) http://www.hypnotherapists.org.uk/6129/concern-over-anti-depressant-use-for-children/

Now is a very crucial time for young adults preparing for exams and busy with assignments and fitting this all in with the demands of being a teenager today.  I remember revision timetables all too well; the distraction of the sun, or the hum of someone’s lawn mower driving me ‘bonkers.’ I would rather have been listening to my Blondie tape.  Even as an adult continuing my studies and having developed coping techniques exams are always a stressful time

Stress though actually stops us learning effectively, it can paralyse us. Stress prompts the fight or flight response, so the minds energy goes into this.  So the more we can relax and keep calm the more effective we can be anyway.

So what are the some of the symptoms? Lack of appetite, insomnia, mood swings, feeling dizzy or breathless are a few.

So what can be done?  I love the idea in the NCH article about ‘bubble wrap’ http://www.hypnotherapists.org.uk/4783/hypnotherapy-can-beat-exam-stress/ what a great idea and a reminder to keep the fun in our life, different activities keep all the neural pathways alive and functional.  Some other ideas, be active, if you can’t find a bouncy castle – go trampolining, go horse riding, connect with nature, go animal petting or for a good walk with friends. Developing good relaxation techniques will help to focus and be in a positive frame of mind and develop resilience.

Therapy and coaching can also help you to focus on your goals, reframe your thoughts and lift the fog.

What the mind can conceive and belief it can achieve” Napoleon Hill.  Visualisation can really help you to believe in success and therefore focus your efforts.  Hypnotherapy is a way of achieving this visualisation, whether it is certificates, going to college or in the exam and remaining calm and focussed.

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