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Not as dangerous as it sounds,
has Melissa Stapleton found
a way to manage her anxiety?

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uch of the time, I'm
coasting along, contented.
Then something happens
that sets into motion an all-encompassing
panic which manifests as a racing heart,
stifling internal chatter and feeling on
edge. This anxiety has been a problem for
me, on and off, for years. I would describe
it as a fear of the worst happening.
I've tried several treatments, from
past life regression and CBT to group
chanting, all with varying levels of
success. Hence I went along to the
Lightning Process (LP) - so called
because it claims in just three days to
transform chronic conditions, such
as anxiety, depression, ME and eating
disorders. I will admit, though, I went
along with a healthy dose of scepticism.

POSITIVE OVER NEGATIVE
The brainchild of Phil Parker, osteopath,
hypnotherapist and NLP (neuro-linguistic
programming) practitioner, LP teaches
you how to recover from chronic illness
by changing your neurological pathways
at will. In essence, outdated negative
thoughts are replaced with positive
ones to stimulate the production of
endorphins, rather than stress hormones.
Before attending the course, I was sent
a home-study download. Listening to

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well
informed
HOW INSTAGRAM HAS
CHANGED EATING OUT
Photo-sharing is not just
recording what we eat, it's
influencing where we eat

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Phil talk about the power of beliefs, in
particular the placebo effect, definitely
launched me into a challenging-thestatus-quo kind of mindset.
Day one, I arrived at a small room in
Victoria. Six people were sat in a circle
with Helen Harding, an experienced
LP practitioner. We were challenged
to examine the difference between
beliefs and facts.
No, I wasn't always completely
truthful in my relationships. Yes,
at times, I was prejudiced, even though
I hated to admit it. We can all fall into
negative thought patterns if we don't
exert control over our beliefs.
Helen shed light on the importance of
positive editing, which made me realise
how often I use negative language, both
internally and when recounting a story
to others - boy, do I get a high from
powering up those negative neurones!
Fundamentally, the course taught me
there's always a choice and you are free
to choose a different path.

The far reaching impact of
Instagram is undeniable, with
every aspect of modern life
now documented via the social
media platform.
But while foodies have
found a new way to salivate
at culinary creations, has our
obsession with the aesthetic
spoiled the experience of dining
out? According to research by
restaurant chain Zizzi, 30% of

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THE COLD, HARD TRUTH
Give it a go: I would
highly recommend
this therapy. Although
pricey, remember you
are getting 16 hours
of life-changing
coaching. It's the kind
of training that should
be offered in schools,
so children learn
from the outset how
to think more
positively about the
world around them.
This, in turn, would
help them cope
better with stress and
anxiety throughout
their lives.

Low point:
Realising
that unless
your body
ais in tune
with your
mind,
the training

BOOKING INFO

millennials said they wouldn't
visit a restaurant if it had a weak
Instagram presence.
Social experience
A report by hospitality
experts HGEM showed 43%
of respondents felt online
interactions were central to the
overall restaurant experience.
One restaurant embracing
the trend is Dirty Bones. The

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High point:
Learning
to coach
yourself out
of 'the pit'
with kindness.

Cost
£695

Contact
lightningprocess.com

American-style chain is giving
diners free 'Instagram kits' with
LED lights and selfie sticks.
But with so much emphasis
on digital output, are the
health benefits of eating out
disappearing? For millennials, at
least, it's more about food for
the scroll than food for the soul.
Laura Hill, Senior Editor and
Wellness Trends Expert,
welltodoglobal.com


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