Self-help approaches

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.

Max De Pree


There are many things we as individuals can do to help ourselves whether we wish to ward off dis-ease or illness, promote a better sense of health and well-being, or indeed, deal with a specific condition.


Given this site's advocacy for functional, holistic medicine, your approaches could draw from many disciplins either within the current conventional, bio-medical model or from complementary and alternative medical approaches. There may be things you can  do to draw on various self help practices or consult with a qualified medical professional. They key is to rule nothing out in your quest for wellness but to inform yourself, be radical and bold, and open and afford yourself choice. Deal always with cause as well as symptom.


Remember too that any condition may need to be addressed on a number of levels. If you

believe that an illness, accident, or condition disorder is relevant only to the physical then

you are disconnecting yourself from possible causes at the mental, emotional, spiritual and

soul aspects and thus dissociating from much of what makes you a whole being. Your

physical body is direct reflection of the state of your inner being; heal yourself at those

causative levels and your physical body will respond in kind. Change your thoughts, change

your mind, change your feelings and notice how the body rewards you.


This page seeks to offer only some examples of self-help approaches. There is a wealth of information on the World Wide Web and when applying techniques, you will more than likely find an instructional video at





Otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a type of Meridian Tapping that combines ancient

Chinese acupressure and modern psychology with startling results. From pain relief, to healing childhood

traumas, to clearing limiting financial beliefs, to weight loss, body image and food cravings, to fears and phobias,

 EFT continues to be a powerful, well-researched and easy to learn and apply technique on your own or with

the aid of a therapist.


Demonstration opposite with Nick Ortner, author of The Tapping Solution.


Thousands of years before modern, conventional medicine became rooted in the

need for scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India

developed Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated

and powerful mind-body health systems. More than a mere system of treating illness,

Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a

body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their

full human potential.

The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda are

1) the mind and the body are inextricably connected, and

2) nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind.


 Freedom from illness depends upon expanding our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body.

The foundation of Ayurvedic nutrition is based on the idea that you are the result of what, when, where, how and why you eat.  Ayurveda explains that your food should be eaten mindfully and with gratitude, and that it must be fresh, of the highest quality, digestible, delicious, lovingly prepared and satisfying to your senses.  Ayurveda offers a balanced approach to preparing, eating and digesting your food based on your unique body-mind type or Dosha, as well as the time of day, the season, your life-cycle and where you live.





As a qualified hypnotherapist, it’s probably no surprise that I extol the benefits of

hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like

state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. It is usually done with

the help of a therapist using verbal instructions and mental images, and once under

the hypnotic state, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to positive

suggestions to help deal with eg


  • stress and anxiety. In particular, hypnosis can reduce stress and anxiety before a                                                                                                       medical procedure, such as a breast biopsy

  • pain associated with cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia,                                                                                                                               temporomandibular joint problems, dental procedures and headaches.

  • hot flushes

  • insomnia, bed-wetting, smoking, obesity and phobias.

  • fatigue associated with radiotherapy in people with breast cancer.

  • gain control over undesired behaviours or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain.


But no chickens! It's important to know that although you're more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don't lose control over your behaviour so there is no fear you end up doing chicken impersonations!


The UK College of Hypnosis

Performing self-hypnosis  


How to engage in self-hypnosis – writing the script you’ll record to say to yourself   


Mindfulness is the act of being aware of what you're sensing and feeling in every

moment — without interpretation or judgment.

Spending too much time planning, problem-solving, daydreaming, or thinking negative

or random thoughts can be draining. It can also make you more likely to experience

stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. Practicing mindfulness exercises, on the

other hand, can help you direct your attention away from this kind of thinking and

engage with the world around you.


Practising mindfulness exercises can have many benefits, including:


Better health and well-being

Improved mood

Less negative thinking and distraction

Reduced stress, anxiety and depression


It’s all too easy to be hard on ourselves; we need to get better at self-compassion. Here is an exercise in how to lessen the voices of self-berating.

For the next seven days, spend about 5 minutes daily just watching the animation opposite. Just watch and listen. Make no attempt to analyse, understand or judge. Your mind chatter may find it challenging to ‘just watch’. But it is just something to note, not judge. Watch again and focus on the creativity of the animation or the very British accent of the narrator. Just rest.