The story of Psych-K
With mental health problems on the rise, now is the time to look at alternative treatments. We asked Psych-K practitioner Peter Haling to shed more light on this relatively new process.
Mental health problems are rising at a rapid rate in England but you don’t need addictive medication to take control over your mind again.
Depression is the predominant mental health problem worldwide with almost 20 per cent of the UK population over the age of 16 showing symptoms. In 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in England – and women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorder as men.
We can’t hide from or ignore our state of mind. If you’re reading this, you have probably experienced some sort of mood swings, anxiety and/or depression. You know what it feels like to not be your happy self.
If you’re looking for an alternative to anti depressants – which often have unsettling side effects including nausea, increased appetite, weight gain, loss of sexual desire, fatigue and insomnia – Psych-K might be for you.
Psych-K works with the principles of nature, one step at a time. It’s a unique and direct way to change subconscious beliefs that perpetuate old habits of thinking and behaving.
The six foundational principles for mental and physical wellbeing are: thoughts, breathing, hydration, sleep, movement and nutrition.
The Psych-K programme will guide you through all six foundational principles, starting with your thoughts.
What are you thinking on a day to day basis? How are you feeling? Which beliefs are prominent in your mind? Do you feel worthy? Are you enough? Do you love yourself?
The answers to these questions are likely to be quite negative. These negative thoughts and feelings are often driven by limiting beliefs. You may have picked some beliefs from your parents, family, friends, school and colleagues at that aren’t helpful for you. These days the biggest belief bender is social media. We see everyone’s best side, we see the sunny holidays, we see the new car… and it can crush our self esteem.
The approach of Psych-K takes is similar to peeling the layers of an onion. The outer layer represents your results or outcomes. This is what you want to achieve, feel and experience. We all know these as our goals.
The second layer of the onion represents the process or your actions. This is where you have to be careful to not overwhelm yourself. Pick up to three steps you can take to get closer to your goal. To help clear mental clutter, it may be helpful to declutter your house, one room at a time. If you want to lose weight, start by choosing fresh foods over takeaways. If you’re struggling with anxiety, stress or depression it can be meditation, breathing properly and mindfulness. Small, achievable steps will take you a long way.
The deepest layer, the one where Psych-K makes core changes, represents your beliefs. If you believe to your core that you have to finish everything on your plate it becomes clear that going on another diet won’t change you long-term.
Psych-K will help to re-programme your belief systems – it’s more than just fighting habits and behaviours – long-term changes are made by changing beliefs.
Peter Haling runs The Health Quest which offers the Psych-k Breakthrough Programme, as well as personal training, rehabilitation and golf fitness training programmes. thehealthquest.co.uk