Who is making you unhappy?

July 25th, 2017 by tracey

When you are unhappy with life, it is easy to blame others for your circumstances and make excuses for why you cannot change. It is much easier to look at the world through victim’s eyes than it is to wake up, step up and own the part you are playing in your unhappiness.

A person who looks at the world through victim’s eyes will always believe that someone else is responsible for the situation they are in. They blame their partners, work colleagues, children, parents, friends or even the place they live for a life they are not happy with.

If you have someone like this in your life, it is very important to protect yourself emotionally. Set firm boundaries with this person to avoid getting sucked into their vortex of doom and gloom. In fact, my dear old Dad refers to them as ‘the ministers for doom and gloom’.

Seriously, they are absolute mood hoovers who, given the opportunity, will suck the life out of you. You can’t help these people until they make a new decision to help themselves and get some professional help.

“Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.” Dr Wayne Dyer

Choosing to blame others for your situation leaves you stuck, and you will stay stuck until you take ownership of the part that you have played in creating your problem. Yes! You are creating your reality by the way you view the world, your thoughts, your actions and the decisions you make, your pattern of physiology, focus, language and meaning.

Looking at the world through victim’s eyes strips you of your personal power. You make yourself redundant in your own life—stuck, miserable and depressed in your vortex of misery. The only way to move from this place is to live by the philosophy ‘When I change, everything changes’.

Being a victim is a choice; it is not something you were born with. It is learned behaviour, which means you can make a new decision to unlearn this soul-destroying behaviour in any given moment. If you are in the habit of blaming others for your unhappiness and your situation in life, it can help to examine from where the victim mentality originated.

Were your parents always blaming other people and situations for their unhappiness or circumstances in life? Have you learned the same behaviour? Is the environment where you work negative? Have you picked up your work mates’ negative habits? Are you socialising with people who complain and moan about how miserable their lives are? Are you mixing with people who gossip and judge others? Are you spending time with people who have bad habits such as drinking excessive alcohol or taking drugs? Have you fallen into the same bad habits?

The key to changing your circumstances is to make a new decision. You do not have the power to change the people in your life, but you do have the power to change the way you react to them and how much time you spend with them. Your life will change the minute that you choose to step up and make new choices about how, where and with whom you spend your time.

Simply having the awareness that you are part of the problem in creating your unhappiness instantly gives you the power to move forward and take action. Action means doing; it means making an effort and making changes. Action means work, discipline and commitment. It means owning your crap and doing something about it instead of dumping it on everyone else.

“Continuing the same behaviour and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.” Albert Einstein

The possibilities of having an amazing life are endless with an attitude adjustment and some serious personal development work.

Join me on our Facebook live chat this Thursday at 1pm EST to find out how to move forward from this soul destroying place


Stop creating your pain NOW

July 18th, 2017 by tracey

Many of us have been in situations in our lives which have been less than desirable. You may have experienced a violent or neglectful childhood, bullying at school, a violent adult relationship, a marriage breakup, an accident, loss of a loved one or loss of financial security.

As you would expect, all of these situations and many more can dramatically affect the direction your life takes. They can cause trauma, stress and low self-esteem, and can completely derail you and your life.

Over the years, it has fascinated me to see people who have endured the toughest of times get up, dust themselves off, learn from their experiences and create a new life—and others who completely derail and fall into the depths of despair and depression.

I have discovered that there is one major difference between these two types of people. The difference is that some people choose to stay stuck in and be defined by their stories and others choose to create new stories. It is not the events in our lives that affect us, it is the decisions we make about the events in our lives that do.

Those who choose to stay stuck in their stories greatly limit their capacity to live a healthy and happy life, and those who create new stories grow beyond their wildest dreams.

In any given moment, if you are replaying a story from the past that is no longer happening in the present, you are giving it new life, energising it and keeping it alive.

You are creating your pain by staying stuck in your story.

We have all blamed someone in our life for the things that have happened to us – but when you blame someone else, you make them responsible for what is going on in your life. If things had gone the way you wanted them to, would life have really been better? Would you be the person you are today?

Life is a balance – when you are in pain it’s because you are overvaluing the impact an event had on the negative side of your life and undervaluing the impact on the positive side. The truth is that life doesn’t happen to us – it happens for us so it’s only fair to blame effectively. If you are going to blame someone you need to blame them for the bad and the good that came as a result of the situation – blame consciously instead of unconsciously.

Join me on our Facebook Live chat this Thursday at 1pm EST to find out more




How NOT to do Depression

July 12th, 2017 by tracey

The meanings we associate with the things in our lives, which are shaped by our own personal psychology, our world view and the beliefs and values we’ve created due to our experiences shape and direct our lives.

As an example, two people may experience the same event. After the event one person thinks, “I am being punished; I might as well die”, and someone else thinks, “I am being challenged. This is the greatest gift I’ve ever received”. The perceptual difference not only affects the quality of each person’s life, but what action they will take next.

Once a meaning is established, each individual will have a pattern of emotions that they associate with this meaning as their natural way of coping, otherwise known as their state.

The variance in meanings and emotions people can generate is unlimited. These emotions are driven by three forces that mould the meanings we take from those emotions. The three primary patterns that drive emotion are:

Patterns of Physiology – how you use your physical body, such as breath, posture, movement and exercise.

Patterns of Focus – whatever you focus on, you will feel. What you focus on depends on your values, your rules for fulfilling those values and your global beliefs.

Patterns of Language/Meaning – as soon as we put words to an experience, it changes the meaning we give it. The words we put to an experience have to do with the questions we habitually ask ourselves, the metaphors we habitually use, and the incantations we use on ourselves, such as “I am fearful” or “I am courageous”.

When a person is in a state of anxiety or depression, they invariably have a posture that is slumped, shoulders rolled forward, head tilted forward and down, eyes looking down and shallow breathing. They are focused on the problem, and their language is such that it exacerbates and energises the problem. With this physiology, focus, language and meaning, the person is in a very unresourceful state.

A happy, confident person, on the other hand, stands tall, chest open, shoulders back, head up, eyes looking forward and deep breathing. They are focused on the solution, and their language is such that it gives energy and momentum to solution based thinking. A much more resourceful state, don’t you think?

As a coach, understanding these patterns of physiology, focus, language and meaning and how to implement them means I can change a client’s STATE in a very short space of time. I am talking seconds and minutes here, not days, weeks and months. Changing these patterns is so simple, yet so powerful.

Most people don’t realise that emotions are not things that happen to us; emotions are things we do. When we engage in patterns of physiology, focus and language resulting in a meaning to create certain emotions, we are in essence following a formula for feeling that way.

The aim is to not only be aware of your current pattern, but to have the knowledge and skills to shift from a dis-empowered to empowered state in any given moment by changing the pattern you are experiencing in that moment.

Patterns of physiology, focus and language fire off emotions, which in turn create meanings which determines the decisions we make and the quality of our lives. Emotions do not come from outside of us. We create our emotions through our physiology, focus, language and meaning.

To change this dynamic and respond to situations in a more empowering way we need to interrupt our current limiting patterns and create new empowering patterns.

We will do this by defining the patterns you engage in to create specific emotions and then start to condition yourself to only ‘do’ the emotions that empower you.

Find our how on our Facebook Live chat this Thursday 1pm EST



The Benefits of Staying in a State of Despression

July 3rd, 2017 by tracey

Human beings stay in toxic relationships, jobs they hate and emotional states that destroy them because they receive many benefits at an unconscious level from hanging onto their problems.

Human Needs Psychology was founded by Anthony Robbins and Cloe Madanes and together they formed the Robbins Madanes Training Centre. Through their work with millions of people over three decades they discovered that all humans have six basic human needs. Human Needs Psychology focuses on these six basic human needs and how to fulfill these needs at a high level to find happiness and fulfillment. The six human needs they discovered are 







The first four needs, Certainty, Uncertainty/Variety, Connection/Love and Significance, are essential for human survival.  They are the fundamental needs of the personality – everyone must feel that they have met these needs on some level.  The last two needs, Growth and Contribution, are essential to human fulfilment.  They are the needs of the spirit. Not everyone finds a way to satisfy these needs; however those that do will find lasting happiness and fulfilment.

The six Human Needs are the most effective way to find personal fulfilment and track the level of happiness and fulfilment in any human relationship. When you understand how a person satisfies their most important needs, you understand what brings them pleasure and what brings them pain.

The Six Human Needs Explained

CERTAINTY – We need certainty that we can be comfortable – to have pleasure and avoid pain. We want to feel safe in our environment and our relationships and feel secure and certain about the future. What constitutes certainty varies for each individual. One person may feel certain living in a shelter and collecting social security, and another person may only feel certain if they are earning a six figure salary.

UNCERTAINTY/VARIETY – We need variety and challenges that exercise our emotional and physical range.  Our bodies, our minds, our emotional well-being all require uncertainty, exercise, suspense, variety and surprise. The excitement that comes from uncertainty and variety is necessary to feel alive. For some, variety may be satisfied by watching TV or a movie and someone else may need to jump out of a plane to have this need fulfilled.

SIGNIFICANCE – We all need to feel special, important, needed and wanted. Significance comes from comparing ourselves to others. In our quest for significance we are always involved in hierarchical pecking orders, checking out who is superior or inferior to us. Someone who is significance driven will need to feel they are number one and respected at all times, which can make it difficult for them to have healthy relationships. We can feel significant by achieving great things or destroying ourselves and others.

CONNECTION/LOVE – We all need to feel connected and loved by other human beings.  At some level everyone strives for and hopes for love.  This connection can be with a romantic partner, friends, family, the community or the workplace. We can connect in a positive, loving friendly manner, or we can also connect at a very high level through conflict.

The final two needs are growth and contribution, the needs of the spirit, and are essential for human fulfilment. When our needs for love, growth and contribution are satisfied, they tend to encompass all of our needs.

GROWTH – Everything is either growing or dying.  We need to constantly develop emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.

CONTRIBUTION – We all desire to go beyond our own needs and give to others. Everything in the universe contributes beyond itself or is eliminated

Although everyone experiences the same six Human Needs we all find different ways of satisfying those needs and these needs can be met in ways that are positive or negative. We often hang onto or stay stuck in our problems simply because they fulfil our human needs at a high level in a negative way.

A person who is stuck in a depressed state will be fulfilling at least 3 of their human needs at high level in a negative way.

Their need for connection/love is fulfilled at a 10 (1 being low and 10 being high) when they connect to anyone and everyone that will listen to their problems and how hard life is for them. They also connect back to themselves at a very high level when they choose to withdraw and hide from the world. If they are in a mental health plan they connect with a mental health professional at least once a week to focus more on the “problem” rather than a solution, energising the problem until it becomes bigger than Ben-Hur and consumes their whole life.

Labelled by the medical profession with an “illness” that gives them permission to be exempt from life, behave badly and not pull their weight meets their need for significance at a 10. They become front and centre in the lives of friends, family, work colleagues and loved ones. Those closest to them walk on egg shells trying to protect them by being supportive and helpful, when in reality they are providing a platform for these people to feel even more significant in their identity as “the person with depression”.

Mood swings, bad behaviour, drinking alcohol, angry out bursts, withdrawing and melt downs fulfil a depressed person’s need for uncertainty/variety at a 10, as in these states they are on a self- induced emotional roller coaster ride. They also fulfil their need for certainty at a 10, because they can be certain at an unconscious level that by staying in this state, they will feel connected and loved, significant and have lots of uncertainty and variety in their world.

Human needs psychology also states that when we fulfil three or more of our human needs at a high level in a negative way, we are stuck in an addictive and destructive behavioural pattern.

Why on earth would a person in this state want to wake up, step up and own it when four of their human needs are being met at a 10?

Join us on the Happy Mind Movement FB Live chat this Thursday at 1pm to find out how this destructive pattern can be reversed










How to Balance Serotonin Levels Naturally

June 17th, 2017 by tracey

I have witnessed many times over through my personal experience and my work as a coach that the symptoms of anxiety and depression are a result of an unhealthy lifestyle, past experiences, beliefs, values, the way we view the world and our thinking.

I believe an unhealthy lifestyle is the cause of the chemical imbalance in the brain that leads to depression, and can be easily rectified with a change in diet, eliminating alcohol and drugs, incorporating daily movement and quieting the mind through meditation.

A personal development journey is also required to find out who you really are and what makes you tick. On this journey you get to eliminate limiting and sabotaging beliefs, change the way you view the world and the way you think, and find out who you are and what you truly value to create a new story and lead an amazing life. When you know what your truth is and have the courage to stand in it, there is no fear or darkness in your world.http://www.dreamstime.com/-image21587109

On the live Facebook chat we will be addressing the chemical imbalance in the brain by discovering and unpacking the link between food and mood and how you can utilise it to achieve mental and physical wellbeing.

The link between food and mood is so profound that in recent years many in the medical and health professions have nicknamed the “gut” the second brain.

Research shows a strong link between Hypoglycaemia and mood disorders. Hypoglycaemia is a physical state where blood sugar levels rise very quickly due to overconsumption of simple carbohydrates which are generally made up of gluten, wheat and sugar. When blood sugar levels rise, so do serotonin levels.

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image5446752Serotonin is our happy hormone and the increase of this hormone is why we feel good after eating simple carbohydrates. The down side of this is that the body metabolises simple carbohydrates very quickly resulting in a fast drop in blood sugar levels and serotonin resulting in low mood, sugar cravings and possibly even the shakes and sweats resembling a panic attack in extreme cases. The rise and fall of blood sugar levels generally results in an addictive and destructive cycle of craving junk food resulting in weight gain, anxiety and depression.

This cycle, however can easily be broken by replacing simple carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates, protein and good fats to stabilise blood sugar levels and mood. Complex carbohydrates break down slowly, releasing glucose gradually into the blood stream and protein helps the body build more muscle and activates the liver to use fatty acids for fuel Good fats and oils are essential in maintaining good health, both mentally and physically. Omega 3 and Omega 6 can have a significant impact on mood disorders, as both help with brain development.  Vitamins B6, B12, niacin(B3) and folate, vitamin D, iron, magnesium and zinc also play an important role in stabilising the mood and raising serotonin levels.

Simple carbohydrates include foods such as bread, biscuits, cakes, white rice and pasta.


Complex carbohydrates are those foods which have had no human interference, such as brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa, polenta, unprocessed grains and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Animal proteins such as eggs, cheese, milk, meat and fish are considered complete proteins because they provide sufficient amounts of all essential amino acids.

Plant proteins such as lentils, chick peas, soy beans and beans are classified as incomplete proteins and need to be combined with nuts and seeds to make complete proteins.

Mono-saturated fats include olive oil, nut oils, avocados and most nuts.

Polyunsaturated fats can be found in sunflower, corn and walnut oils, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, brazil nuts and pine nuts.

Omega 3 is found in salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, soybeans, kidney beans, walnuts, flaxseeds, flaxseed oil and, to a lesser degree, in dark green vegetables.

Omega 6 comes from the plants sesame, sunflower, safflower and corn. It can also be found in smaller amounts in chicken, turkey, olive oil and almonds.

Folate can be found in strawberries, spinach, broccoli, oranges, whole grains, legumes, brown rice, chickpeas, black eyed peas, pinto beans, soy beans, parsley and beetroot.

Vitamins B6, B12 and niacin are found in iron rich foods such as meat, chicken, fish, eggs and legumes, and some calcium rich proteins such as milk, yoghurt, cheese, almonds and sunflower seeds.

Vitamin D can be found in fish with bones such as sardines and salmon, shiitake mushrooms, fat free and low fat milk, fortified soy milk and egg yolks.

Iron rich foods include red meat, sea vegetables, oats, chick peas, lentils, parsley, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Magnesium rich foods include sea vegetables, lima beans, millet, brown rice, almonds and spinach.

Zinc rich foods include oysters, mussels, corn, brown rice, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and cashews.

I am looking forward to connecting with you on the live chat this Thursday at 1pm EST time.

If you can’t make the call and have some questions you would like to ask, please email tracey@happymindformula.com

If you missed the Facebook Live Chat watch the replay HERE




Resolve Your Internal Conflict Now

October 24th, 2013 by tracey

Anxious AbeHave you ever started a new job, relationship or activity and found yourself with an internal push pull going on? It feels as though there is a big tug of war going on inside of you and each time you try to move forward you feel blocked or sometimes even paralysed by anxiety.

This feeling is generally related to incongruency with the path you are taking and your values system. Values are like filters. They are how we decide whether our actions are good or bad, or right or wrong and they are how we decide how we feel about our actions.            

Identifying and understanding your values is a challenging and important exercise. Your values are a central part of who you are – and who you want to be. By becoming more aware of these important factors in your life, you can use them as a guide to make the best choice in any situation

When you consider your values in decision making, you can be sure to keep your sense of integrity and what you know is right, and approach decisions with confidence and clarity. You’ll also know that what you’re doing is best for your current and future happiness and satisfaction. 

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Module 5 “Values Elicitation” will be released on Friday 1st November 2013

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How to Improve Low Self Esteem in Teenagers

November 30th, 2012 by tracey

New Australian Book Fights Teenage Anxiety and Depression Showing How to Improve Teenager’s Low Self Esteem

 QUEENSLAND, Australia November, 2012 

 According to a study conducted by PMC of the United States National Institute of Health, there is a link between self esteem and body image. The study focused on adolescents aged 11-18 years and found “a strong and significant association” between teenagers with low self esteem and body dissatisfaction, and suggests the “importance of addressing body image concerns”. A scary thought, when young people are consistently subjected to images in all forms of media of actors and models who have been photoshopped or are dieting and exercising to an unhealthy level.

The reality is, teenage body dissatisfaction is out there – and more effective ways to improve teenager’s self esteem need to be considered to prevent a generation of adolescents from low self esteem and depression. Happy Mind Formula is a book written by Australian author and NLP and Time Line Therapy Practitioner to help Aussies of all ages understand anxiety and depression.

It’s a book that educates and inspires people to beat their anxiety and depression through personal development and managing their health through food and movement. The book states that by managing their health, self esteem and confidence improves relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression, which makes this book an ideal resource to help combat the body issue pressures adolescents face today.

The Happy Mind Formula book focusses on non-prescription treatments for anxiety and depression, and this focus is what drew Bridget T. to grab a copy of the insightful book. Bridget is a nutritionist and a Food Body Lifestyle Guru. Bridget knows first hand the pain of being overweight and bullied as a child, but she says low self esteem, excess weight, anxiety and depression are problems with solutions. Early on, she decided she didn’t want to be classified as an overweight teenager and adult and she “set about finding a sensible way to enjoy food, never be hungry and lose weight”.

Bridget labels Happy Mind Formula a “God send”. “Depression and anxiety are incredibly debilitating conditions and when you are in them you just ‘don’t know what is wrong with you’,” Bridget says. “It can keep you stuck and trapped and spiralling down. Books like yours [Happy Mind Formula] give insight into the WHYs and HOWs and in doing so empower people to find their way out of the darkness. Thank you for such holistically brilliant work.”

 Author Tracey Carmichael describes the Happy Mind Formula book as jam packed with sensible, practical strategies making it easy for the reader to implement changes into their lives. It is no wonder, then, that despite her being an accredited dietician and a professional nutritionist, Bridget still found Happy Mind Formula extremely valuable as an alternative solution to anxiety, depression and low self-esteem that began in her childhood due to body dissatisfaction. For more information on improving low self esteem of teenagers, visit www.happymindformula.com/

 Sources: * http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2923488/

More Effective Ways to Manage Anxiety and Depression

November 7th, 2012 by tracey

Mooloolaba Life Coach Reveals More Effective Ways to Manage Anxiety and Depression QUEENSLAND, Australia November, 2012 –Beyond Blue Australia has revealed some very alarming statistics about mental health. According to a report by the well-known mental health organisation, the most common mental illnesses in Australia are anxiety and depression, which are predicted to be the world’s largest health problem by the year 2020.  It is expected that within the next 8 years 100,000 young Australians and 1,000,000 adults are expected to be seriously anxious and depressed(1).

The statistics are alarming.  But even more alarming is the reality that, despite the availability of such information, cases of anxiety and depression continue to rise. According to Holistic Health Library, 15% of depressed people will commit suicide.  And yet, the same article revealed that 80% of depressed people are not getting appropriate treatment(2).

Appropriate treatment is crucial, yet experts cannot agree on the most appropriate form of treatment.  There is extensive debate over the suitability and effectiveness of prescription drugs for anxiety and depression, with around 85 million sedative hypnotics prescribed in 2008.   People who take this type of medication for anxiety and depression often experience debilitating effects such as addiction, suicidal and homicidal tendencies, and explosive and dangerous actions, among others(3).

The rate that anxiety and depression cases are increasing, and the way drugs are being heralded as the most common, and often the only option – these are the realities that prompted Mooloolaba life coach and natural therapist Tracey Carmichael to start Happy Mind Formula.

Tracey Carmichael is an NLP Practitioner and a Time Line Therapy Practitioner.  Tracey has herself experienced bouts of anxiety and depression which she has successfully overcome.  In January 2012, Tracey wrote the book ‘Happy Mind Formula’ and built a resource website at www.happymindformula.com/  in an attempt to provide alternative ways to manage anxiety and depression.

Tracey believes that medication is not the “first and only option” for people suffering from anxiety and depression. In fact, her 20 years researching experience in the field of mental illness hasve led her to affirm that there are many factors which contribute to mental health such as “learned behaviour, traumatic experiences, food intolerances, alcohol and drug abuse, overconsumption of energy drinks and low self-worth”, which are not solved by resorting to drugs.

Through the Happy Mind Formula, available in Tracey’s book, website and life coaching sessions, Tracey aims to inspire and educate people on how crucial it is for them to be responsible for their own mental health.  She encourages her readers and her clients to think about making appropriate changes to the way they live their life and helps them to create action plans to effect the changes.

Tracey’s solution to the disturbingly serious issue of how to manage anxiety and depression is simple – the Happy Mind Formula of “when we change, everything changes.”

To learn more about managing depression and anxiety, visit Happy Mind Formula’s website at www.happymindformula.com/.

Sources: (1) http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=7.980&tmp=FileDownload&fid=2415

(2) http://www.holistichealthlibrary.com/depression-and-anxiety-on-the-rise/

(3) http://www.cchr.org/sites/default/files/education/anti-anxiety-booklet.pdf



Harness a Happy Mind Naturally

October 19th, 2012 by tracey

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 By 2020, depression is predicted to be one of the world’s largest health problems. Depression is described as a mental illness that changes a person’s thinking, feeling or behaviour and causes distress and difficulty in functioning. Some of the symptoms are low energy levels, low self esteem, erratic emotional states; changes in appetite and sleep patterns, reduced pain tolerance, reduced sex drive, poor concentration and memory, reduced motivation and capacity to experience pleasure.

Symptoms of Depression can appear as a response to learned behaviour, traumatic experiences, food intolerances, extended periods of stress, abuse of alcohol and drugs and low self esteem. “Depression is not a Prozac deficiency!” say Tracey “It is an SOS signal from within, an alert to listen your body and re-evaluate your life. Your mind and body is giving you clear feedback about your lifestyle and environment and alerting you that is time to make some real changes”                        

                                                      Top Ten Tips to Relieve Depression Naturally

1. Take 100% responsibility for your life – and take action to improve your mental and physical well being

2. Get Moving – Research shows that exercise can be just as effective as medication in treating depression – commit to 30 minutes per day.

3. Seek Help – with a Mental Health professional, Psychologist or NLP Practitioner to help you work through limiting beliefs and negative emotions.

4.  Meditate daily – Medical professionals all over the world are using meditation to treat depression. Meditate for 15 minutes twice per day

 5. Take up Yoga – Yoga unlocks trapped emotions in the body having a direct effect on the consciousness and has been shown to be just as effective in treating depression as Prozac

6. Eliminate Alcohol and Drugs– Alcohol is a depressant in itself and recreational drugs are designed to alter the mind, but when your mind is already confused and chaotic these drugs will exacerbate an already delicate mental state.

7. Re-evaluate Your Life– and find out what is important in your life. Are relying on material possessions, external events, and money to bring you happiness?

8. Clean up your Diet – Wheat, gluten and sugar affect the brain chemistry and blood sugar levels causing mood swings. Eat lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds to stabilise moods.

9. Set boundaries – lay down limits with people or commitments that are holding you back from achieving optimum mental and physical wellbeing.

10. Learn – swap your fictional books, gossip magazines and time in front of the TV for personal development reading, DVDs or audios.

If you would like more information contact tracey@happymindformula.com or 07 5444 1044 

Alternative Ways to Manage Depression and Improve Mental Health

October 12th, 2012 by tracey

For Immediate Release

 Sunshine Coast 11th October 2012

Life Coach Introduces Alternative Ways to Manage Depression and Improve Mental Health

QUEENSLAND, Australia October, 2012 – With BeyondBlue reporting 1 million Australian adults and 100,000 young people are living with depression, it’s no wonder Australians are seeking alternatives to the ‘prescription’ method of dealing with the mental illness and are looking for natural and importantly, sustainable ways to manage depression, increase happiness and secure a greater sense of mental wellbeing.

Tracey Carmichael thought that there was something missing in the Mental Health System. With over 15 years experience as a natural therapist, Tracey decided to share her clinical experience of conquering mental illness in a book titled Happy Mind Formula and to offer support through her life coaching business to those who wanted to live a happier life once and for all. The unique and well-respected book details different techniques and strategies for how to manage anxiety disorders, depression, other emotional problems and finally put an end to the mood swings that so many people experience.

 As the founder and director of Happy Mind Formula, Tracey cringes at the thought of so many Aussies resorting to medication immediately upon being diagnosed with an emotional disorder. “There are so many elements that can contribute to our mental health such as learned behavior, traumatic experiences, food intolerances, alcohol or drug abuse, overconsumption of energy drinks or simply low self-worth. Perhaps GPs and mental health professionals do not have the time to go through all these areas with the patient but I don’t think it’s right that many people are unaware of the other factors that can contribute to emotional disorders,” says Tracey. Tracey’s book, Happy Mind Formula, is helping many Aussies manage their mental health through more natural ways such as food, exercise, and personal development.

It provides an action plan for each person to be in control of their life and how they live it. Tracey says, “I am motivated and inspired each time I see an article or program on the alarming rates of depression and how it is increasing in our society.   The facts and figures on anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications being prescribed is nothing short of alarming.” Tracey believes that people go through a depressive state in their lives due to a variety of problems or stressors, but believes people can learn to conquer it without prescription medication and reorient their lives towards reaching happiness. Tracey’s motto is: Responsibility + Actions = Results to enrich all aspects of life. For more information contact Tracey on  07 5444 1044