When looking at your life does it seem like you have everything that SHOULD make you happy, yet somewhere in the pit of your stomach there’s a feeling that you can’t quite grasp? A knowing that you’re just kidding yourself it’s all ok?

Everyone has bad days and can feel a little blue but what happens when those days become more the norm?

Nowadays there are more and more campaigns for mental health awareness so people can seek help. But there is still a huge fear in people to seek the help they so greatly need. The admittance to themselves there may be a problem is dashed by what other people will think or excuses that others have it worse.

Success doesn’t necessarily give you a ticket to happiness and by this I’m not talking about a high-profile job. Your success can be in any form.

Yet where is the rule book that states once you have everything you have aimed for, you will be happy? This is just a presumption many have adopted as a way of thinking. The daily stresses and pressures we face today are notched up as the normal standards of everyday life and while some breeze through, others flounder.

Many patients who are going through a rough time express how much better they feel after chiropractic and I simply explain we are helping to clear out excess stress on the body so the mind doesn’t have to worry so much about the trifles of pain or tension – their mind is free to help heal them.

The mind and body connection is beyond powerful and if anyone has ever suffered a panic attack they will say they can feel their heart racing (and that’s all from thoughts in their head). If our thoughts can do that to our central nervous system, what are our thoughts doing to our body on a long-term scale?

I’m sure most of the stress we push to the back of our mind gets absorbed in our body. A great coach once told me energy has to flow and if we trap it in ourselves it will find a way to let us know it’s there. I imagine this can manifest in many forms and probably why it can take a while for conditions of the mind to show up in people’s lives.

Our tolerance to the stress or negative thoughts eventually breaks – and the dam is broken. This is probably where the term nervous breakdown originated from back in the dark ages when depression was a taboo.

I’m seeing more patients with awareness of depression now, yet still so many people are terrified that if they seek help they are a failure or that their family will think there is something horribly wrong with them.

However, most friends and families are oblivious to your struggle – they are totally unaware of your thoughts. Yet all would rather know and be able to help. Friends and family can be the best support network yet that doesn’t mean they have the skills to help guide you or treat you, as depression is an illness.

The best news is it can be treated with therapy through GPs from counsellors or coaches.

Mind work is not only for those with diagnosed problems or even suspected. It can be preventative the same way as chiropractic for your body.

Our brain is a huge source of mystery and that needs looking after so we can be the best humans we can for ourselves.

Lilliput Health offers life coaching. There is always hope for a better future. Analyse your daily game plan and if it’s not healthy, don’t hide from it! Congratulate yourself on what you do well, not just the negatives.