Wellbeing – the intrinsic link between mind and body
Wellbeing can be defined as a combination of both physical and mental health; the mind and body are intrinsically linked, and the way that we think can affect the way that we feel and behave. The same is true in reverse.
Mindset – that is, how and what we think – influences the way we view the world and in turn drives our behaviours. Our life experiences also play an influential part in our thought processes and the way we deal with the stresses of life.
In today’s fast-moving, uncertain society, where personal demands are high, we are expected to juggle life. Obviously there are highs and lows, but whilst the highs are great the lows can be very stressful, and if the situation is perceived too much for the mind to manage, then we have a physiological adaptation as our body responds to stress.
The physiological adaptations include rapid heart rate and breathing, peripheral vision, increased blood sugar, increased cortisol, blood-flow is redirected to the larger muscle groups of the body, in preparation of a fight, flight, freeze response to danger. This response is part of our innate being and keeps us alive; the way we anticipate what danger is has changed, but the response hasn’t. Historically we would get this response in battle or to stay alive – today we get the same release but for non life-threatening issues.
Our body can’t cope with high levels of cortisol and adrenaline for very long before it starts to have a detrimental affect on our health. Historically, as soon as the danger had passed, the stress hormones reduced until the body became physically normal.
In today’s society, some of the most common causes of stress are:
- Death of a loved one
- Loss of a job
- Increased financial obligations
- Chronic illness or injury
- Moving home
- Family issues
- Work place demands
It is important to be able to manage our thoughts to reduce the stress response. If we don’t or can’t then it can be detrimental to both our physical and mental wellbeing. Some of the signs of stress include: fatigue, forgetfulness, becoming withdrawn, insomnia, digestive problems, pain of any kind, weight problems, anxiety and depression.
Reducing the impact of stress can be helped by creating healthy lifestyle habits, eating a balanced diet, exercising, sleeping well, staying hydrated, interacting with others socially and being as active as possible. This helps to counteract adrenaline and cortisol, which in turn reduces stress.
However if the issue is too much to manage then counselling maybe a good option. Here you can openly discuss your issues in a safe environment, without being judged. The answers to your problems may not be easy to find but eventually you will be able to move forward and get your health and life back on track.
We also offer coaching which is very different from counselling. If you are wondering which might suit you best then you can compare the two different therapies here: http://www.activeaims.co.uk/personal-health/coaching-and-counselling/
If you would like to know more about how we may be able to help you manage stress, reduce or eliminate anxiety and improve confidence then please call (mob) 07973 782 647 or alternatively 07584 247 099. Or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.