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Touch for Mental Health and Self Care

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Well, I have to say that absolutely everywhere I went last week people were at breaking point. Exhausted, emotional, and overwhelmed. Students, staff, other therapists, and doctors. This really is a huge pandemic, and the UK are coming up as the very worst effected, with eighty-four men a week taking their own lives.

As we know, if you are neurodiverse, you are 2-6x more likely to pick up a mental health issue or illness already, so we really do need to be on red alert with this.

As a parent, teacher or other professional we also need to keep ourselves topped up or we will be running on empty with nothing left to give.

The tips I have shared on this week’s YouTube video can be used as gentle massage or acupressure. They can be self-administered, mirrored, or even applied in the situations where you are able to use touch.

The yin tang point between your eyes is a point where that continual chatter of the brain quietens and calms right down. It is a concentration point too so brings great mental clarity; often hard to find when our brains are exhausted and at breaking point.

The KD27 points just below the neck aid enormously with depression and mental clarity. Either press, hold and release these points or gently massage them.

The LU1 points work on releasing and easing anxiety and fear. Eighty percent of what we worry about never actually happens anyway so pressing and releasing these points or massaging them helps bring acceptance, letting go of expectations, brings clarity to the brain and positivity.

The CV17 point right in the middle of your chest is a deeply calming and centering point. It alleviates grief and nervousness. It helps with emotional imbalance. Used daily this can have a significant impact.

The KD24 points stimulate empowerment, self-worth and enhance positivity. Huge weapons in this battle against mental health.

Lastly the GB20 points either side of the top of the neck is where the all-important vagus nerve begins: the largest nerve of the central nervous system, this pushed up the blood, oxygen, and the neurotransmitter Dopamine to the brain. Not only does this boost our feelings of being able to cope and function but it also boosts attention, focus and motivation.

These points also relieve depression and confusion. By pressing and releasing or massaging here it stimulates the brain and mental clarity. It also enhances positivity!!

So, let us do our daily bit to help ourselves while doctors cannot see anyone face to face and the waiting lists for camhs, therapists and even crisis teams grow longer and longer.

I wish you all a positive week. We will get through this – together.

Warm wishes, Giuliana xx

Touch for Mental Health and Self Care
Touch for Mental Health and Self Care
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