"I feel quite proud [having achieved my goals]. When I first started I didn't think I'd be able to do it, but it gives you the confidence and ability to work through it. It's like having a personal trainer to help you through, someone to talk to and get it done.”
This month we are delighted to announce Richard Parkes as our client of the month for September.
We are delighted to announce Richard Parkes as our client of the month for September! Richard like so many was recommended to us by a friend who had used our services in the past and was sceptical at first as to if we could help him at all. At the time Richard was in a bad place, he had been signed off work with depression for the previous 12 months and had seen various doctors/therapists and counsellors who had been unable to get him out of his slump. After an initial consultation Richard became intrigued by our 4 doctors approach to health, and decided to come and work with us for an initial 6 months.
Depression is a sensitive area which, to this day, is still treated incorrectly in our opinion. Studies have found that exercise is actually more effective at counteracting depression than prescribed anti-depressants. Without any of the nasty side effects either. There are numerous reasons for this including;
Exercise releases endorphins which directly improve a person’s mood.
Aesthetically, exercise will make the person look better, thus boosting self-esteem.
Exercise is generally done either outdoors or around other people which increases interaction with others.
Because of this, we introduced Richard to Dr Movement and Dr Diet early on. Like so many of our clients we introduced a trial month of gluten and dairy free meal plans to eliminate any toxins and inflammation surrounding the gut. Richard took it all on board and has never looked back. So far, he has lost over a stone and feels great. Again boosting his self-esteem and working against the depression.
We also spent a lot of time working with Richard and Dr Happiness. We discussed his dream/true win in life. We created vision boards that would remind him of this every day and we asked him to display it in a place where he will see it every day. We then set smaller goals that would act as stepping stones to achieve his true win. Richard’s true win was to get better and get back to living life. Therefore, a few of his smaller targets where;
To go back to work part time within the next 6 months.
To spend more time with the people that matter to him. At least once a month.
To utilise our stretch and exercise guide at least 4 times a week.
With goals and goal setting it is very important that you set a target date. Otherwise you can spend all your life trying to reach it.
Richard achieved every goal we set along the way and 8 months down the line he is back to work full time. He has lost over a stone and feels great. The man that walked through our door 8 months ago is a shadow of who he is today. He is confident, always smiling (unfortunately he is a season ticket holder at Derby County so doesn’t smile most Saturdays). He has listened to every piece of guidance we have given him and ran with it.
His future goals are to not drift back to the person he was before. He feels however that he now has the tools and the knowledge to stop that from happening.
Richard had the courage to approach his mental health in a very different way and it has been a pleasure to see his personbality and happiness grow throughout our time together.
Well done Richard.