Mental Health & Well-Being – Dr Eddie Murphy’s Psychological Vitamins Prescription

In May this year, Softworks were delighted to welcome Dr Eddie Murphy as a guest speaker to our annual customer summit. Dr. Eddie, Clinical Psychologist, Author and Mental Health Advocate who many of us know from the RTE TV Show, Operation Transformation gave an extremely engaging and enjoyable talk on Building Resilience and Mental Fitness. We caught up with Dr. Eddie this week and asked him to share his thoughts on how we can take care of our mental health and well-being this winter. He prescribes psychological vitamins!

Psychological Vitamins, what a strange concept! Psychologists are interested in giving life-long solutions focusing on thoughts, beliefs and behaviours, conscious & unconscious process through therapy. So, for the first time in my professional career I am going to stand up and Prescribe! Take the following psychological vitamins on your healthier journey to change. This change for you can be physical or emotional, whatever is most important to you.

Let’s take the example of overeating, and a desire to become physically healthier.

Start with Vitamin Commitment

This is about making a personal commitment to yourself for a healthier future. Write down specifically what this healthier journey means to you and your loved ones. Sign the bottom of this. In effect you have written a contract to yourself and your loved ones.

Vitamin Time

Take Vitamin Time when you eat, slow down! Most people eat too fast. A major learning point is “What gets measured, gets done”. So become a scientist and log how long it takes to eat your meals. Then increase this time. So if you take 5 minutes to eat breakfast, increase it to 10 minutes, if it takes 15 minutes to eat lunch, increase it to 25 minutes etc. Put sown your fork or spoon between mouthfuls.

Vitamin Awareness

Is about being present that is bringing your attention to what you are doing at any given time. Too often we eat in a mindless way in front of the telly, in front of our computers etc. When we are unaware and mindless we are disconnected from the healthy messages our body gives us “You are full”. Missing these messages leads to overeating. By taking Vitamin Awareness you are aware of your food, its smell, its temperature, the colours, enjoy being aware.

Vitamin Pleasure.

Healthier lifestyles for life require Pleasure. Deprivation diets are unsustainable it’s inevitable that in time we will act like a rebellious child. Too often food is singularly identified a pleasurable. List the pleasures in all aspects of your life – people, music, movies, studying, singing, walking, swimming, dancing, gardening, talking, pets, etc. Are you getting enough pleasure in your life? Now take Vitamin Pleasure go on a pleasure diet. Enjoy these activities and when it comes to food don’t eat anything that drains you pleasure.

Vitamin Determination

Is about keeping going even when times get though. Read your letter from your future self. Remind yourself that this is a new pathway in life not a sprint race. If you slip, it’s OK, refocus do one simple step to put you back on your pathway.

Vitamins Hope & Future

Vitamins F&H are powerful energisers in our journey towards health and well-being. Vitamins Hope & Future act as powerful magnets that pull us towards our healthier lifestyle. Foster hope, imagine yourself in the future while you work rest and play. Imagine your energy levels and the quality of your relationships. Imagine. Seize the feeling that goes with this imagining. Use this feeling to help you through those times of struggle

Other vitamins you might like to try!

Please select at least five from the list below every day. Psychological vitamins can be taken liberally!

 

Vitamin A
Acceptance. Accept that change is a part of living. Accepting circumstances that cannot be changed can help you to focus on circumstances that you can alter.
Vitamin B
Belief. Believe you can do it, believe you deserve it – don’t let your beliefs limit you.
Vitamin C
Care. Remember each day to do something that involves caring for yourself.
Connect. Connect with family, friends and your community.
Vitamin D
Determination. This is about keeping going, even when times get tough. If you slip, it’s okay: refocus by doing one simple step to put you back on your pathway.  
Vitamin E
Encourage. Become your own best coach – encourage and support all your efforts by building hope and confidence.
Vitamin F
Future. Visualize your future as full of hope, courage and authenticity – a future in which you are your real self.
Vitamin G
Gratitude. There is always something to be thankful for. Learn to practise gratitude. When you become grateful for small pleasures, your outlook changes and opportunities emerge in many areas of your life. 
Vitamin H
Humour. Laughter is the best medicine. 
Vitamin I
Integrity. Choose your thoughts and actions based on your values – and choose wisely.
Vitamin J
Justice. Be fair to others.
Vitamin K
Kindness. No act of kindness is wasted; as Mark Twain said, ‘Kindness is a language which the dead can hear and the blind can see.’ 
Vitamin L
Love. Love is patient, love is kind, love always protects, love always trusts, love never ends.  
Vitamin M
Meaning. Find meaning beyond the material world.  
Vitamin N
Nutrition. Take care of your body – it’s the only place you live in
Vitamin O
Openness. Be open and travel light. Live an open life and allow in new opportunities.  
Vitamin P
Play. Go out and play. The body heals with play and the mind heals with laughter.  
Vitamin Q
Quiet. Take time to be quiet. You will find it interesting to see what emerges. 
Vitamin R
Real. No more putting energy into false fronts. Put your energies into being authentic, contented, grounded, happy and real.  
Vitamin S
Social. Remember we are social animals: get out there and enjoy connecting.  
Vitamin T
 Time. Learn to take time out for yourself. 
Vitamin U
Unconditional. There are no measurements in the unconditional. Give freely, love freely.  
Vitamin V
Volunteer. Give and you will receive.   
Vitamin W
Wisdom. Ask yourself: what are the important things in my life? Build your answer to this question with wisdom and courage.  
Vitamin X
XXX. Sex is a great stress buster – with yourself or others!
Vitamin Y
Yoga. Learn yoga, one of the best relaxation exercises. 
Vitamin Z
Zzzzz Sleep and rest are essential stress busters. 

For more from Dr. Eddie visit – http://www.dreddiemurphy.ie/