Two new Thrive Ambassadors announced!

We’re passionate about mental health at The Thrive Programme and one of our missions is to get positive messages about recovery and wellness out into the community. Key to this are our Thrive Ambassadors – people who have overcome trauma or challenges in life using our programmes and are now Thriving in their field – and we’re thrilled to announce …

Clinical psychologist reveals controversy behind mental health diagnosis system

One of the biggest causes behind the apparent rise of mental health problems could be the way we identify and diagnose them, says author Dr Lucy Johnstone, who has spent many years working in the NHS as a clinical psychologist and is now an independent trainer.  To the uninitiated, the current (medical) diagnostic system is based on an American Psychiatric …

How Thriving helped me pass my driving test…

I started the Thrive Programme initially to try to conquer my driving test nerves. I had failed several times and I had gotten myself stuck in a vicious cycle. I was so frustrated as, during my lessons, I would be fine but on my test I would fall apart. I decided I needed to do something. I was recommended the …

The future (and shocking past) of mental health treatment

In a few decades, society will look back at the current mental health crisis and analyse why so many people suffered from mental illness in the latter part of the 20th (and early part of the 21st) century… Why, they’ll ask, could we not fix the world’s leading cause of disability (depression, impacting about 300-million people) yet we could solve …

Thriving my way to my personal best…

This guest blog has been written by Thrive Consultant Sue Tetley. I have been a member of a local triathlon club for about 2 years now. One of my main challenges has been to get more confident swimming open water and to master my front crawl. In April I went swimming in my local lake for the first time and …

Six reasons to go to a Thrive Conference

Twice a year, the Thrive Community – Consultants, HQ staff, programme graduates and guests – get together for a weekend of inspiring talks, insightful lectures, networking and evening revelry hosted by Rob Kelly. Ideal for Thrive Programme graduates and mental health professionals, here’s why you should book your ticket today for the Saturday 1st December Thrive Conference in Bedfordshire.  GET INSPIRED …

Charlie and George are Thriving at University after mental health struggles

We’ve all seen some of the shocking statistics on the mental health of University students – so it was great to receive two very positive stories recently from our Thrive Consultant James Woodworth. Both feature young men who have recently completed The Thrive Programme – a simple training course designed by expert Rob Kelly to help anyone take control of their …

Resilience and coping skills – the flip side of PTSD and mental health adversity

With the annual Armistice Day commemorations and this year’s World War One centenary, the fate of the men and women who served their country comes under renewed scrutiny and a close look reveals a surprising phenomenon relevant to today’s mental health discussion and particularly PTSD. There are some important mental health lessons for us all within this subject. First, let me …

Great news – our brains and mental health are just giant algorithms

In his recent book, Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Hariri argues that our brains (and thus mental health) operate just like complex algorithms. For anyone interested in mental health, this is great news… Algorithms are the codes that make our world work – they turn the fridge temperature up when you open the door and make your car do pretty much everything apart …

How did mental health fare in Budget 2018?

The recent Budget offered much for anyone interested in mental health and wellbeing, with Phillip Hammond taking the chance to highlight some big investments and changes to the way the UK approaches mental health issues. But are they really going to make a difference? Here’s our verdict… NHS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Harking back to the Government’s 2012 promise to put …

award nominated partnership with United Purpose

United Purpose award nomination

Well-being at work: Introducing our award-nominated partnership with United Purpose This week, United Purpose is nominated for a Not a Red Card award – celebrating mental health excellence in the workplace. The nomination for the ‘Collaboration Award’ recognises our unique partnership with The Thrive Programme. Over the last few years, we’ve been working together to develop a forward-thinking staff well-being …

FIVE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES YOU CAN GET HELP FOR

STRESS Workplace stress is on the rise and the WHO have declared the situation to be a “worldwide epidemic” – but most stress is avoidable and treatable without medication. The Thrive Programme’s Thrive In Business arm has developed training courses that have helped hundreds of people change their approach to work and mental health – and every single participant reports …

THREE VITAL HABITS OF THRIVING PEOPLE

BE KIND TO YOURSELF “You just keep a positive attitude no matter what comes in your way – challenges, roadblocks – don’t let it faze you, and you can overcome anything” Rose Namajunas (MMA Champion) We can all be our own worst critic – but being harsh on yourself isn’t adding to a positive outlook, so ditching the critical voice in …

11 moments to remember/points to take away from the Global Mental Health Summit

Just 10 years ago, The Thrive Programme was a small mental health revolution with big ideas and even bigger potential. Now, with over 100 consultants and a rapidly growing army of successful, thriving clients, our position as a powerful, innovative and disruptive force in the mental health field has led us to a seat at the table at the worlds …

Superstition has a negative affect on your mental health – here’s why

Halloween is one of many cultural events that revolve around superstition and a belief in the supernatural

Superstitions are part of every day life; from the lack of a 13th floor in the office where you go to work to the rituals around Halloween and Christmas, beliefs in luck, fortune, spirits and ancestors form a large part of almost every culture around the world. They’re ingrained into our lives.  Although, on the face of it, they appear …

The Power of Imagining What you Want

Your mind is incredibly powerful.  Those completing The Thrive Programme learn to use the power of the mind to help them achieve their goals. One of the best ways they do this is through mentally rehearsing, visualising and imagining what they want, rather than what they fear might happen – imagining, for example being healthy, happy and successful rather than …

Five ways I’ve changed since winning my mental health battle

Nearly two years after taking The Thrive Programme for depression and anxiety, Ben reveals the five ways in which it’s changed his life for good.  MEDICATION FREE After three or four weeks of following The Thrive Programme, I had developed enough confidence in my own coping skills and felt mentally well enough to stop taking my medication (an SSRI antidepressant and …

IN THE NEWS: DECLINING RATES OF FEMALE HAPPINESS…

IN THE NEWS: DECLINING RATES OF FEMALE HAPPINESS… BUT DO THE FIGURES REALLY SUPPORT THE HEADLINES? Anyone watch Derren Brown’s recent Netflix programme, ‘The Push’? (If not, we highly recommend it!). In it, he investigates the power of social compliance, and of obedience to authority. It’s something integral to The Thrive Programme as we teach trainees how to understand and …

Shocking stats that highlight the huge problem of mental health in the workplace

This month, the Duke of Cambridge continued his very public stance on speaking out about mental health issues by talking about his own struggles whilst working as a helicopter pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. “I took a lot home without realising it. You see so many sad things every day that you think life is like that…You’re always …

Young people’s mental health is rock bottom – here’s why and how to fix it

By any measure, we’re in the midst of a mental health crisis amongst the world’s young people. Weekly – sometimes daily – news coverage of studies and statistics leaves you in no doubt as to the huge rise in anxiety and depression-related conditions amongst this demographic. So, why is this? In the UK and most of the first world countries …

New Consultant Zoe talks skydives, yoga challenges, learning the drums, and her ongoing Thrive journey!

Thrive Consultant Zoe wasn’t always thriving and taking on endless challenges! She came to Thrive struggling with anxiety, panic attacks and depression, losing her self-confidence and zest for life. In this blog, she talks honestly about her own Thrive journey, about the ups and downs of not initially maintaining effort to continue Thriving after the course, and how dramatically different …

Thrive Programme graduate Becci talks about overcoming self-harm on ITV’s Good Morning Britain!

This week, a worrying report from The Children’s Society indicated that almost a quarter of 14-year-old girls self-harm. Added up, the figures in their report allege that over 100,000 young people have self-harmed in the UK over a 12-month period. That is a shocking number and yet another indication of the pressures that young people are increasingly faced with, without …

Why we need a new perspective on mental health

The Facts We all know that mental health issues are on the rise. According to the World Heath Organisation (WHO) mental health is the leading cause of disability worldwide, it is the biggest killer of men until 45 in the UK and second leading cause of death in people aged between 15 – 29. These stats are simply shocking and …

One of the major factors behind GREAT mental health

It’s one of the most important concepts for anyone interested in mental health and wellness to understand, yet it’s one of the least discussed: Locus Of Control. Summed up, locus of control describes how an individual views the world in two broad categories: internal and external. Let’s discuss each category and why they’re so important when it comes to mental …

Athlete suicide shines spotlight on mental health education in young people

Recently, details of the tragic suicide of young athlete Ellie Soutter emerged and the scenario is pretty shocking – but it also follows a familiar pattern that shines a light on some serious shortcomings in the way we educate young people about their mental health. Ellie, 18, was a world-class snowboarder who won a bronze medal for Team GB at …

The real reason why posting about your mental health on social media can be unhelpful

One of the fundamental changes in the way we talk about mental health in recent years has been the use of social media. Ten years ago, having a conversation about depression, anxiety or a phobia online – or anywhere else – would have been comparatively awkward and uncommon. But, in 2018, there is now a fundamentally different attitude to talking …

Five psychological lessons the England team have learnt that you should be using too

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE PAST Some people talk about the past as though they’re carrying it around on their backs, tattooed permanently in big letters. For the England football team that past is the psychological spectre of penalty losses – usually to Germany – and the pressure to replicate the success of 1966. Pressure, failure and disappointment have been the …

How I coped with being sick for the first time as an ex-emetophobia sufferer…

I’m sat in the garden as I write this with a cool cider, celebrating. But I’m not celebrating a birthday or an anniversary. I am celebrating calmly being sick less than a week ago for the first time in over ten years. This may seem odd to some, but having been terrified of being sick for years – a phobia …

Seiling away from Emetophobia!

Former emetophobia sufferer Katie Gow decided to really challenge herself and overcome a lifelong fear…full video at the end of the article When I was 11 years old, at school camp, we were made to climb a very tall totem pole which had a platform at the top with the intension to leap off with a harness on and hit a ball …

A Thriving Twelve Days of Christmas

How to have a Thriving Christmas and new year!

A Thriving Twelve Days of Christmas! You’ve heard of the 12 days of Christmas…well here’s the Thrive version! On the first day of Christmas, my Thrive Consultant gave to me…strong foundations. Foundations are the starting point to learning to thrive. Confidential questionnaires (evidence-based) mean you to can make an objective assessment of ‘how you tick’ and then track your progress. …

WHY LANGUAGE MATTERS WHEN IT COMES MENTAL HEALTH

Language and the words we choose to use really matter when it comes to mental health

WHY LANGUAGE MATTERS WHEN IT COMES MENTAL HEALTH… “This is a CATASTROPHE / DISASTER / NIGHTMARE!” “That makes me so DEPRESSED / ANXIOUS / SAD…” “I can’t COPE!” “This is IMPOSSIBLE / I CAN’T do this…” “I’m so ILL / SICK / KNACKERED / TIRED…” “This is RIDICULOUS / OUTRAGEOUS!” “I don’t BELIEVE it…” “I SHOULD be able to do …

Tim’s teenage son overcame his eating disorder and boosted his self-esteem!

Proud dad Tim was worried about his son’s eating disorder, as would any parent. A talented sportsman, his son had a tour coming up and that bought the issue to the fore. It would’ve been really tough for his son to go on the tour and deal with this eating disorder. He was distraught. So, Tim decided to find help …

Mark overcame low self-esteem and is now loving his work again!

Mark, an evangelical Christian, works as an electrical engineer but had found that he’d become increasingly low at work, suffering from very low self-esteem. Working in a busy factory environment meant that Mark often felt under pressure to get things done quickly and he was often questioning his own ability, despite being good at his job. He was overthinking and …

Joan beats a lifetime of severe depression and she’s back to work! CBT, medication & therapy failed – this was the only thing that REALLY worked…

Joan is a warm, intelligent lady but had suffered from severe depression for many years and was off work. Like many others in her position, she’d tried a number of treatments including CBT, therapy and medication, but these just put a sticking plaster on the issue and didn’t address the problem. This meant she continued to suffer and was off …

Thomas overcame a severe panic and anxiety disorder after suffering for 20 years!

Thomas has a sadly familiar story – he suffered from a severe panic and anxiety disorder, sometimes known as General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), for two decades. That’s a huge chunk of this young man’s life. He tried everything from breathing exercises to herbal remedies – but they were just short term fixes, like putting a sticking plaster on an injury …

S.A.D. about the days getting shorter? Here’s why you shouldn’t be

Around this time of year, the nights start to get darker and at the end of October the clocks go back, meaning that because of the shorter days we see less daylight – this can often be a trigger for sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder… The theory goes that fewer daylight hours can cause us to have low mood and even suffer …

Challenging limiting beliefs, one ghost story at a time

Many people have beliefs and superstitions that seem harmless enough. Katie Gow was one such person but, after going through The Thrive Programme, she realised that some of her beliefs weren’t that harmless after all, so she set about challenging them. Here’s what happened when Katie decided to face up to a deeply held, limiting belief that many of us …

Fear of flying, anxiety and panic attacks – how I beat them all (and got my life back!)

After beating panic attacks and anxiety, including a fear of flying, Amy booked a round-the-world holiday and quit her job! “I spent a number of years in my late teens and early 20s battling anxiety and panic attacks. I felt locked in an endless cycle of struggling to sleep and then fighting off feeling anxious or depressed and wondering when …

BEE-LIEVE IN YOURSELF!

Former phobia and anxiety sufferer Kate Gow recounts an event that was pivotal in her recovery – and indicative of how far she’d progressed in her battle with self-confidence.  As a bee keepers daughter, it was about time I went to visit my dad’s bees. It’s taken 30 years, but having gone through The Thrive Programme I felt confident enough …

Five Ways I Changed After Thrive

After going through The Thrive Programme for emetophobia, Edinburgh-based Katie Gow has made some massive changes in her life, and all for the better. Here are her top five ways she’s made a difference. 1) AWESOME COPING SKILLS The biggest impact that The Thrive Programme has had on my life has been the reason I came across it – to overcome …

Stuck in a parenting rut? Here’s how to break free and Thrive

A subject that all parents can relate to, and one that seems to keep cropping up during early stages of The Thrive Programme, is how hard many mums and dads are on themselves when the kids are challenging and parenting is becoming a bit of a struggle. And of those clients who are mums, it seems to be a common …

Friends and family: helpful or unhelpful influence on your mental health?

One of the most significant elements of recovering from depression or poor mental health is the impact that friends and family have on this stage of someone’s life. Specifically, family members can (without knowing) often be part of the problem, especially when it comes to maintaining negative belief systems that underpin many cases of depression, anxiety and phobia. This can …

Most popular party’s mental health policies revealed

With the General Election looming, we conducted a poll at Thrive HQ asking nearly 90 people which way they’d vote based on the three main party’s manifesto pledges on mental health. Obviously this is something we’re passionate about at Thrive – we want everyone to enjoy a better standard of mental health care and we fully support the progressive policies …

WHY HISTORY TELLS US MANCHESTER WILL EMERGE STRONGER AFTER THE BOMBING

Forgive the mildly indulgent personal story to start this piece, but it’s relevant to the tragic events that unfolded in Manchester this week and this article. I lived in London for the best part of a decade and this covered the infamous 7/7 bombings in 2005 – the most serious ground-based terrorist attack ever to have taken place on British …

IF YOU SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION, YOU MUST SEE THIS

Most people suffering from depression and related conditions believe exactly as I did for many years; that there’s something fundamentally wrong with them. Some sort of misplaced connection that’s different to everyone else, like a badly-wired plug or a car with an intermittent fault that nobody else can experience or see but you. BUT, I can tell you now with …

HOW I HELPED MYSELF THRIVE

I suspect my story is a familiar one, sadly. I say sadly only in retrospect, because right now I’m feeling great and living something approaching the life I’ve always aimed for, but never quite managed to grasp in my previous two decades of adult life. This was mainly due to my poor mental health, lack of coping skills and wholly …

ONE SIMPLE (BUT EFFECTIVE) TIP TO BREAK THAT LOW-SELF-ESTEEM-CYCLE

Self-esteem is perhaps the most under-valued part of what makes up our mental health. At worst, it can lead you to do things you’d never normally consider doing – poor relationship choice, drinking heavily and substance abuse are classic symptoms of low self-esteem – but at best it can propel you to achievements and courses of action that are immeasurably …

The cause of my depression completely shocked me…

The recent coverage of mental health issues in the media has been brilliant – so refreshing to see and be a part of – but one thing they’ve all completely failed to address is the root cause of many mental health issues and the reasons for the increasing incidence of such problems. It’s all very well setting out to ‘cure’ …

If you suffer from depression, you MUST see this

Most people suffering from depression and related conditions believe exactly as I did for many years; that there’s something fundamentally wrong with them. Some sort of misplaced connection that’s different to everyone else, like a badly-wired plug or a car with an intermittent fault that nobody else can experience or see but you. BUT, I can tell you now with …

How I helped myself Thrive

I suspect my story is a familiar one, sadly. I say sadly only in retrospect, because right now I’m feeling great and living something approaching the life I’ve always aimed for, but never quite managed to grasp in my previous two decades of adult life. This was mainly due to my poor mental health, lack of coping skills and wholly …

One simple (but effective) tip to break that low-self-esteem-cycle

Self-esteem is perhaps the most under-valued part of what makes up our mental health. At worst, it can lead you to do things you’d never normally consider doing – poor relationship choice, drinking heavily and substance abuse are classic symptoms of low self-esteem – but at best it can propel you to achievements and courses of action that are immeasurably …

Five ways to help your week THRIVE!

Thrive Programme founder Rob Kelly shares his tips for an amazing week! Unsocial media… How many hours do you burn every single week scrolling down social media timelines, and how does this actually make you feel? A recent study highlighted how comparing yourself to others on Facebook can trigger or exasperate depression and associated mental health issues. Envy, unhealthy comparisons, …

5 Million preventable deaths each year from smoking – it’s a question of how powerful you feel and what you believe…

Q. What’s been the biggest cover-up/cock-up/abuse of power/conspiracy of the twentieth century? (a) How did Trump get in? (b) Who shot JFK? (c) No WMD in Iraq? A. None of them. The biggest abuse of power, indirectly responsible for 5 MILLION deaths worldwide each and every year (rising to 8 million by 2030), was orchestrated by the medical professions (through …

IT’S ALL ABOUT CONTROL

If you’re working through The Thrive Programme® you’ll know that it’s all about taking back power and control in your life. This is crucial in learning to thrive. Power, control, desire for control, secondary control – feeling confused? This should help. In order to thrive you’ll learn to develop strong psychological foundations. An ‘internal locus of control’ is a really important …

ARE PHOBIA’S REAL?

Only if you believe that they are…It’s fair to say that no one comes into the world with a phobia. How can we, when we don’t know what anything is? If we aren’t born with it, it means we must have (inadvertently) learnt how to create or have the phobia. Underlying any phobia are unhelpful belief systems and unhelpful and …

BETTER THAN THERAPY? – WHY THRIVE WORKS.

You can work through The Thrive Programme at home, with a friendly consultant of over Skype from the comfort of your own home No referrals, waiting lists or enormous bills (even a full course of the Thrive Programme with a Consultant is cheaper than learning to drive) You’ll understand how and why you are feeling better: you become the expert in …

A better way to spend Valentines? Cambridge Thrive Weekend Bootcamp

Big News! In less than 3 weeks we will be running an intensive two day Thrive Bootcamp hosted by Rob Kelly, in Cambridge. We have been promising it for months, and we’re very excited to announce that we have now booked a two-day event in Cambridge, for Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February 2016.  If you want to kick-start a …

DO YOU PAY ATTENTION TO EVERYTHING YOUR MIND TELLS YOU? by Fiona Brown

Do you pay attention to everything your mind tells you? Our minds can take us on a wild goose ride with all the “What if’s” and “I should have’s.” The mind is the main cause of the “Worrier” in us and is the culprit for our automatic tendency to “beat ourselves up” at the first sign of problems. Psychologists believe …

Power on the Hour by James Woodworth

Whatever you do don’t think of a big piece of chocolate cake – a lovely big piece of chocolate cake with a nice blob of vanilla ice cream melting over the top .  What happened? You found yourself thinking of a big piece of chocolate cake didn’t you? The fact of the matter is we can’t stop ourselves thinking – …

Thinking about Feeling by James Woodworth

Stress, anxiety and low self-esteem are massive barriers to learning.  Lacking in self-belief, optimism and hope seriously hamper the development of those skills and abilities needed to live a healthy, happy and successful life.  The ability to bounce back from adversity, the determination to keep going in times of hardship, having a realistic, optimistic and hopeful view of oneself, others …

The Agony of Choice: Can We have Too Much of Good Thing?

The Agony of Choice: Can We have Too Much of Good Thing? James Woodworth  – Thrive Consultant Research shows that the amount of positive emotion we create and maintain is related to how much choice we believe we have in our lives.  Of equal importance with regards our happiness is how we manage our thinking in relation to the decisions …

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Sometimes our Thrive Trainees deserve a special mention…

Just received another lovely email from a stranger. I have permission to share her email and some of her diary maps.. You can clearly see the amount of effort and determination this lady has put in to changing her life. She deserves the freedom she has created. Dear Rob,I am a 55 year old wife and mother. For years I …

Parenting right for a brighter future: caring not controlling

Parenting right for brighter futures: Caring not controlling We all know that parenting is the toughest job out there ; now new research supports the Thrive Programme and helps us to do it right. Caring and sensitivity. As far back as the Bowlby research in the 1960s a link was established between maternal repsponisvenss, sensitivity, and secure attachment resulting in …

Flying High with the Thrive Programme

Have you ever watched, jaw-dropping, a light aircraft performing aerobatics? Death-defying dives; stomach-lurching twists and turns? There’s something awe-inspiring and captivating – if not perilously nerve-wracking – that keeps your eyes fixed on the sky. Driving past a local airfield recently I spent a while watching planes, which brought to mind an obvious analogy with The Thrive Programme. People do …

Mary get local with the journalists

Again Mary is picked up by her local paper as an amazing story of achievement for overcoming her debilitating fear of being sick. It is not surprising that Mary won Thrive Trainee of the Year considering her remarkable journey. And in case it is not clear, that’s her trophy she’s holding in the photograph! Well done Mary!

Mary overcomes her fear of being sick and makes it national news!

Mary is notably one of our biggest supporters having dedicatedly overcome her fear of being sick last year. After 75 years, Mary decided enough was enough and that it was time to do something about it. After researching about her fear of being sick and discovering Cure Your Emetophobia & Thrive, Mary decided to put all her energies into taking …

Are you positive about cancer?

In the United Kingdom, around 900 people every day are diagnosed with cancer, meaning that on average 75 people experience a life changing medical diagnosis each hour. This can be extremely difficult and can have a huge emotional impact, resulting in shock, fear and disbelief. Equally, there may be a sense of resentment and anger at the diagnosis, and a …

Feeling Fuzzy

The beginning of the week always feels like a brand new start. The best time to turn over a new leaf. Time to get going with gusto!   But good intentions do not always make it through to Tuesday morning, and if they do, by Wednesday we’ve usually lost our focus. Perhaps you’ve been feeling like this for a while? …

Self-esteem as key to weight management

Self-esteem as a key to weight-management Are you on first name terms with your muffin-top? Bingo wings in a flap? Or on a mission to put on a few pounds and get back into the ‘healthy’ range? Research shows that high self-esteem is significant in helping you to achieve weight-related goals. Psychologists believe it’s our reaction to setbacks that will …

Say what you mean… Mean what you say…

Mean what you say… say what you mean… Oi! You! Mind your language! Wash your mouth out! No, not that sort of language… Learning to ‘mind your language’ is an important part of The Thrive Programme as it has a big impact on your mental wellbeing. When we change our words we can change our minds. Even a friendly chat …

Madonna takes a tumble – and THRIVES

So, Madonna took a tumble. What’s that got to do with The Thrive Programme? Megastar Madonna had costume-failure (well, costume-removal failure) at last night’s Brit Awards. She fell over in front of a global audience of millions, got up and got back on with the show. This exemplifies many skills taught through The Thrive Programme. Firstly, Madonna has a competitive …

Emetophobia training day in London – It’s time to Thrive!

C’mon. What are you waiting for? Overcome your fear of being sick. If you are considering coming to our Emetophobia Training Day at the Royal Society of Medicine in April, read on… If you have emetophobia, this course is for you! If you’ve tried numerous other therapies and nothing’s worked, this course is for you. If you are sceptical, nervous …

Sugar and Spice and all things nice… what of ‘disgust propensity’?

By Rob Kelly Sugar and Spice and all things nice… SO, just what is the connection between muddy wellies and The Thrive Programme? Modern life is all too trigger-happy on the germ-bashing front –  we all have an arsenal of antibacterial sprays, wipes and gels in our cupboards (and even our handbags) and some people are intent on living a …

Hearts, flowers, chocolates & Champagne

It’s that lovey-dovey time of year! Romance is in the air for some of us. For others it’s ‘just another day’ that highlights a difficult relationship status or relationship history. Developing a strong internal locus (perhaps by completing The Thrive Programme) makes the difficult process of forgiveness much easier. The Thrive Programme advocates understanding, forgiveness, communication & humility: the wheels …

SAD this February? 5 Tips from the Thrive Programme

SAD this February? 5 Tips from the Thrive Programme Poor old February. It gets such a bad rap. Month of dark evenings, dank mornings and dreadful colds. Perhaps it’s not surprising people feel ‘seasonally affected’ this month. If you’re one of the half a million sufferers  of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in the UK (or any other part of the …

Create inner strength and resilience – with The Thrive Programme

We are born with a natural resilience. That, for example, is how we learn to walk. None of us stood up for the first time and started walking and running around. We got up, Wobbled for a bit, fell down and then got up again. This happened time and time again. We never once doubted ourselves. We couldn’t we didn’t …

Emetophobia Training Day in London

‘Cure your Emetophobia and Thrive’ seminar in London with Rob Kelly Saturday 25th April 2015 BOOK NOW! Royal Society of Medicine An exciting opportunity to hear Rob Kelly explaining the programme in full detail, including: Overcoming your emetophobia with the Thrive Programme The Thrive Formula – how to effectively apply it to yourself Understanding your psychological foundations – and why …

5 Ways Thrive™ can help with Stress & Anxiety by Rob Kelly

Be more mindful.
 Humans beings are the only species to suffer with anxiety. Although animals experience fear, they don’t get anxious because they spend their lives in the present moment. A dog doesn’t ruminate over the mistakes it made in the past, or get worried about how things will be in the future. Being more mindful and present is a …

Craving a CALM Christmas? Stress-free tips from the Thrive Programme

Craving a CALM Christmas? Stress-free tips from the Thrive Programme So, 16 days until Christmas. How are you feeling? Festive? Or frenzied? Excited? Or overwhelmed? Whether you’re looking forward to festive frivolity, decorating your house to Instagram-worthy perfection and catching up with your nearest and dearest, or worrying that you’ll never meet those end of year deadlines and get to …

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My own experience of Thrive

I use thrive with many of my clients because I believe in it. I have recently had to become a thrive trainee again and apply the principles to myself all over again. Just a few days ago I was driving along the m25 200 miles from home heading back to our holiday apartment when I heard a bang and then …

The Thrive Programme – A beginner’s guide.

Healthy magazine’s deputy editor, Jo Wheatley writes in this months edition about her experience of working through the Thrive Programme. Jo, met with Rob Kelly to discuss the programme, what it’s about and how it works. Rob explained that, “Although cognitive behavioural thinking plays a small part, Thrive is more in depth. It’s not just about thinking positively, it also …

Thrive as a non smoker this National Non Smoking Day!

In modern society, the addictiveness of smoking has been established as a ‘fact’; people talk of nicotine as a vastly addictive substance, placing the control onto the cigarettes rather than the smokers. Indeed, the word ‘addiction’ is thrown around readily in daily life. People declare that they are addicted to chocolate, or Facebook, or the latest show on Netflix, and …

Cure Your Emetophobia and Thrive

Despite emetophobia affecting up to an estimated 5 to 6 % of the population (over 3.5 million people in the UK alone) it is a largely unheard of phobia even among those in medical or therapeutic professions. Most sufferers do not talk about their phobia, keeping it a secret even from family and close friends. It is not uncommon for …

National Emetophobia Awareness Day

The UK’s first National Emetophobia Awareness Day has been designed to educate and support those that suffer from the phobia to understand and overcome their fear. Rob Kelly will be launching his new paperback book in person at No 1 Wimpole Street and will be revealing the latest research on Emetophobia to help UK sufferers with the condition. Alongside him …

The Thrive Programme in The Sun’s List of Best Self Help Books for 2014

In case you missed it yesterday, The Sun newspaper has included The Thrive Programme in their list of the best self help books for 2014. “If you are struggling with anxiety, depression or obsessive disorders, this book could show you the light at the end of the tunnel. It details ways to tackle negative thinking, motivational problems and confidence issues.”

Esquire Magazine – Thrive as a Non-Smoker ‘Reset’ Tip

In this week’s (9th January 2014 Issue 17) Esquire Magazine,  The Thrive Programme’s creator Rob Kelly shares one of his top tips for stopping smoking. A 2011 survey found that The Rob Kelly Method had a 92.5% success rate. You can see the survey here

Healthy Magazine – 5 Ways to Thrive in 2014

Thrive is in Healthy magazine this month with 5 tips to help you Thrive in 2014. Here are the first two 1. Start accepting yourself It’s beneficial to think of ways in which you can make positive changes in your life, but some people become very caught up in thinking about their perceived imperfections and problems. This is unhelpful because …

Daily Mirror Lifestyle: The 20 New Year’s resolutions the experts are trying…

Resolution Tips from the experts

Daily Mirror Lifestyle: The 20 New Year’s resolutions the experts are trying…   6) Use positive words Rob Kelly, therapist and creator of The Thrive Programme “This New Year, I’m going to ‘mind my language’ – that is be more thoughtful about how I say things by trying to be positive in my wording. Our language is hugely powerful. The …

Yahoo Lifestyle top tip from Rob Kelly’s Thrive Programme..

tips for success with new year's resolutions

5. Recognise your achievements Make sure you say well done to yourself for the efforts you are putting into achieving your goals and realise that it is this hard work that will lead to success. Whenever you achieve a goal (or a step along the way), praise yourself for your accomplishment. Additionally, rather than just thinking about what you have …

Superstitions – What are they and are they helpful?

There are many superstitions in everyday life, but what are they, where did they come from and why are they still around? First of all let’s look at the definition of a superstition. Essentially it is a belief that one event, object, thought or circumstance can lead to, or be related to, another outcome with no logical, natural or scientific …

The Thrive Programme for Post Natal Depression

Post natal depression (PND) is experienced by many mothers following childbirth. It typically arises from a combination of hormone changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood and of course tiredness. When a woman becomes a mother her whole life changes in the blink of an eye. All of a sudden there is a total responsibility for another (little) person. A mother is …

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: how to beat xmas stress – HuffPost blog

 It’s ‘the most wonderful time of the year!’ Yet, for some people, the Christmas season is filled with stress and anxiety. They feel panicked by the heaving crowds and queues they have to battle through to buy gifts. Their minds race at night with thoughts of the complicated parties and meals they ‘need’ to plan. They feel anxious about making …