THE MIND BODY CONNECTION
The mind and body are often treated as separate entities, especially so in the current
western world and it's methodology of healing and recovery. When questioned once as to whether the Mind and Body are connected, Deepak Chopra simply replied "If you can separate your body from your mind then please show me how."
The human body is an amazing chemical system which is in a state of constant
fluctuation. Our state of mind is never 100% static whilst living, and change is
inevitable throughout our lives. Our body produces chemicals, which are a reaction to
our emotions and the effects these have on the body can be varied. There have been
many studies to show that ill health can be related back to highly stressful situations.
People with good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. They have learned healthy ways to cope with the stress and problems that are a normal part of life. They feel good about themselves and have healthy relationships.
However, many things that happen in your life can disrupt your emotional health and lead to strong feelings of sadness, stress or anxiety. These things include:
Being laid off from your job
Having a child leave or return home
Dealing with the death of a loved one
Getting divorced or married
Suffering an illness or an injury
Getting a job promotion
Experiencing money problems
Moving to a new home or having a baby.
"Good" changes can be just as stressful as "bad" changes
Your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. This is often called the
"mind/body connection." When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to
tell you that something isn't right. For example, high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer might develop after a particularly stressful event, such as the death of a loved one.
The following may be physical signs that your emotional health is out of balance:
Change in appetite
Constipalion or diarrhoea
General aches and pains
High blood pressure
Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
Palpitations (the feeling that your heart is racing)
Shortness of breath
Weight gain or loss
How can I help you?
Talking can provide stress relief, and can lighten the load of a concern you might be having. Talking about a problem can help to start breaking it into smaller parts, which can stop you from feeling so overwhelmed.
Physical exercise can help relieve stress and tension felt throughout the body, increase energy levels, and improve mood. Stress-reducing relaxation exercises, such as yoga and meditation can help you learn how to control your body sensations and remain calm in the face of anxiety.
Sometimes, we all need help to break through old behavioural patterns to try something new, to create a change in how we think and feel. Working together we can hone in on the areas of your life you want to change. Do please reach out to me for help by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or text/phone 07737053772