I thought …
I was invincible and immortal!
The day I had my heart attack my world came crashing down around me and changed forever. Three stents later and after being discharged from hospital I expected to be fit and healthy quite soon after a little rest. I wasn’t expecting to feel so alone. I was down mentally and emotionally, so confused, unmotivated and frightened.
Have you had a heart attack (myocardial infarction, MI)? Have you been told you are physically ready and can get on with life ... and yet ... you still just don’t feel well enough, strong enough or confident?
Yes, you may have been cleared physically fit? Yes, you may have finished your cardio rehab? But are you the same you that you were before your cardiac event?
They’ve fixed your body. They’ve given you drugs to reduce the risk. You’ve been supported and looked after by cardiologists and specialist nurses until now. You felt safe. Now you’re on your own and it’s scary?
How do you come to terms with all the life changes that must be made?
Every 3 minutes, someone in the UK is struck by a heart attack. Around 30% of heart attacks are fatal.This is great news as it means an amazing 7/10 people survive their myocardial infarction. I’m one of those people!
Now I want to help you! During my rehabilitation I undertook some research with other survivors of cardiac events and 72% said they would consider seeing a therapist that specialised in the issues that they had experienced. 34% said that talking therapy would have helped their recovery if they had received it or had it sooner.
How can I help you?
By reassuring you that are not alone and that feeling different is inevitable as change is constant.
By using a combination of hypnosis, NLP, coaching and Indian head massage, I will support you and give you the ability to make the life style changes recommended to you that reduce your risk of another cardiac event. Helping you feel better as you deal with the thoughts and feelings that you can experience after a traumatic event.
These therapies are about helping people change easily and effortlessly. They are all solution focused techniques and have been found to create change relatively quickly and have lasting positive effects.
Reiterating that you must follow all instructions given to you by your specialist team, ensure you have enough medication at all times and have annual checkups with your GP. At anytime, if in doubt call an ambulance.
I am also here to listen and I completely appreciate how you might be feeling. You are not alone, I had a heart attack too.
I can help even if you haven’t had a heart attack.
You have been made aware of the risk factors that you need to change that are related to your life style choices for heart attack recovery. You may be experiencing worry and fear, sadness and anxiety since your cardiac event. By using a combination of hypnosis, NLP, coaching and Indian head massage, I will support you. Enabling you to gain the ability to make the life style changes recommended to you. I will also help you feel happier and more confident. This will allow you to manage the thoughts and feelings…Read more
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One lifestyle change that affects and reduces a number of risk factors is to eat healthy and lose weight after a heart attack. It sounds so easy doesn’t it, but it’s not. You start off optimistic, motivated and raring to go but then the reality of everyday life kicks in. I lost weight drastically after my cardiac event, I was feeling depressed, had little energy and had no appetite so when I was told I couldn’t eat cake I was not best pleased! It didn’t help that I also had…Read more
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Stopping smoking after your cardiac event is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your chances of having another one and to increase your chances of making a good recovery. No matter how long you have been smoking now is the perfect time to stop. It’s not easy to quite smoking but Hypnotherapy and NLP help you to make the right decision and support you to quit smoking once and for all. Quit smoking after a heart attack to reduce your risk of early death or a future…Read more
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Indian head massage is based on the Ayurvedic system of healing which has been practised for over a thousand years. It involves a massage to the head, face, upper back, shoulders, arms and hands. The massage relieves tension in the muscles; it can be relaxing, stimulating and invigorating. Sounds divine doesn’t it, a real treat? Actually, Indian head massage isn’t simply a ‘treat’ – it can help with a variety of physical and emotional issues. What is Indian head massage good for? Eases migraines, headaches and back pain It can…Read more
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Everyone needs a coach; someone who believes in your abilities, and can also help you set clear life changing goals towards achieving the life you want Once I have helped you to identify the life goals you want after a heart attack. I will work with you to prioritise them and encourage you to believe that they really are achievable. There are many areas that you might need to work on to get where you want. For example: your health and fitness, stress management, relationships (personal, business or family), career or…Read more