How do we cultivate resilience, good mood and emotional wellbeing? As I prepare for a free webinar on The Natural Antidepressant I’ve been reflecting on this question. I’d love to share with you some new thinking I find useful here.
I use the term Natural Antidepressant in three different ways. Firstly we have a natural inbuilt resilience and self-healing ability that helps us get back on our feet after falls. If you have a physical injury like a scratch to your skin, some months later the wound will have healed. If you go down with a bad cold, some weeks later you’re likely to be returning to normal. We have a similar self-healing ability in the psychological domain that helps us recover from setbacks and emotional distress. As Resilience And Self-Healing Ability is a bit of a mouthful, I use the acronym RASHA. We all have RASHA, though not always as much as we’d like.
So the second way I use the term Natural Antidepressant is to refer to a set of strategies, strengths, resources and insights that help our RASHA grow stronger. Each of these categories - Strategies, Strengths, Resources and Insights, can be developed through training. Learning to enhance this ‘self-help SSRI toolkit’ lies at the heart of the resilience and positive psychology training work I do.
``the letters SSRI are commonly associated with medication, the most commonly prescribed antidepressants being the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. Prozac is a common example. I use the letters SSRI in self-help resilience training to emphasise that actions we take and choices we make also have therapeutic effect. So the third way I use the term Natural Antidepressant is to refer to specific steps you can take each day to protect your mood and improve emotional wellbeing. What step or steps can you take today?
There is a process to finding the right steps and making them in the most effective way – which is why I’ve teamed up with Miriam Akhtar, author of Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression, to develop trainings that help us here. We’re offering two free webinars in the weeks ahead, both of these leading to a more in-depth online course for those of you who’d like to find out more.
The first free webinar How to Train in Positive Psychology, is on Thursday 10th Sept for an hour, starting at 7.30pm UK time, 11.30am US PT, 2.30pm US ET or 8.30pm Europe CET. You can find out more, and register, at this link: http://bit.ly/TrainInPosPsyWebinar
The second free webinar The Natural Antidepressant, is on Wednesday 16th Sept for an hour starting at 7.30pm UK time, 11.30am US PT, 2.30pm US ET or 8.30pm Europe CET. You can find out more, and register, at this link: http://bit.ly/naturalAD
Our more in-depth training takes place through a series of eight webinars, each Wednesday at 7.30pm UK time, 11.30am US PT, 2.30pm US ET or 8.30pm Europe CET, starting on Sept 23rd 2015. Backed up by a private online resource you can come back to as often as you like, our goal is to help you become familiar with proven practices that promote resilience, good mood and emotional wellbeing. If you’re a practitioner, this course will also help you help others help themselves. For more information, about our Happiness Training/Positive Psychology Foundations Programme, see this link http://collegeofwellbeing.com/the-happiness-training-programme/
For something you can start immediately, I’ve also developed a video-based online training Personal Resilience in an Hour. Over a series of short videos I introduce seven resilience strategies to help you deal with dips and recover from setbacks. If you’d like a 40% discount, reducing the price from £25 to £15, please use the discount code 40%discount when booking. You can book for the course, or have a free trial, at this link http://www.collegeofwellbeing.thinkific.com/courses/personal-resilience-in-an-hour
If you're wondering how to pronounce RASHA, I roll the R then say the SHA
May your RASHA be strong.
Dr Chris Johnstone
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