Psychology and Mental Health

Therapy is a part of the journey of life. We all, whether in therapy or not, learn and grow through it’s challenges.

Life seems to be more in the fast lane.  There are more demands on our time, on our performance in our work, our family life and in our relationships. These demands and or stressors lead to many things you may relate to some of them.

  • deadlines in the working environment
  • longer hours at work
  • stress and worry leading to sleepless nights
  • too many pick me up coffee or energy drinks
  • higher expectations within relationships
  • poor diet, grabbing on the go leading to poor digestive function
  • financial stress
  • family stress
  • not much down time to reset the clock

We could go on and on and the list would get boring and long but most of you  will have had some experience of this and can relate to some of it.

Let’s just throw into the melting pot a Pandemic, fear and self-isolations to top it all off.

Resetting the Clock!

So how do we reset the clock?

Let’s start with how we wound it up in the first place!

From a biochemical perspective, when the brain encounters trauma, it will activate the ‘fight or flight’ response (the sympathetic nervous system) as a way to try and process the event. This response is totally focused on resourcing the body to fight or flee from the threat, shuttling blood and energy to the heart, limbs and lungs, and taking it away from the brain, digestive and reproductive organs. Therefore, our capacity in fight or flight mode to interpret complex emotions, language, thoughts and concepts is actually diminished.

So if you’ve had any moments this year of feeling stressed, anxious, unmotivated, overwhelmed, confused, scattered or forgetful, know this has all been perfectly normal and expected under the circumstances.

Beyond this, our nervous system may enter another stage, called the ‘freeze’ response, where it stops trying to fight or flee and instead tries to trick or confuse a threat by freezing in place. Emotionally, this can present as feeling detached, numb, exhausted and/or disassociated. So if you have felt any of these, this is also normal, and is the result of your brain looking for a coping mechanism.

Returning to Baseline

It’s our aim as Natural Therapists to help the body return to its baseline we call this ‘homeostasis’ it is what we are trained and qualified to do.  It’s no good trying to put out fires with band aid solutions.

The body works in harmony with itself so treating the whole is where we need to begin.

Solidify the basics. Foundational wellness principles are of enormous benefit during these times, as they help keep the body energised and balanced. Focus on eating plenty of protein and good fats to stabilise your blood sugar, ensure you’re getting at least seven hours of rejuvenating sleep per night, move your body daily (in nature if possible) and avoid excessive consumption of nutrient-depleting sugar, caffeine or alcohol.

Feel your emotions. Allocate yourself time to be purely present with whatever emotions you’re feeling, which can help enormously to process and let them go. Simply describe the feeling, texture or sensation of the emotion, without the mind having to interpret it.

Create stillness. Quieting your mind and taking deep breathes during meditation calms an overwhelmed nervous system, helping you return to baseline. Completing this outside in nature can also offer additional stress-reducing benefits.

Make an appointment to see one of our Practitioners to help and guide you on your path to wellness.  We have a range of skilled Practitioners ready to assist you.

Meditation in Nature…

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