With Mental Health Month coming up, it is a timely reminder for everyone to embrace a holistic health approach to assist in calming anxiety and maintaining a healthy central nervous system.
It is equally essential that we open up a conversation with our health professionals, friends, and family about how we might be feeling- physically and emotionally to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
Long-term anxiety affects our physiology and the outcomes when we are out of balance can be very serious. When we do not communicate we also create a separation from those that care- which can add to feelings of alienation and loneliness- both of which can be triggers of further anxiety.
An imbalance in our system can have a systematic negative impact on us.
For example, anxiety can cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure which then exposes the body to increased levels of cortisol which can lead to cardiovascular disease.
Likewise, our brain can be severely impacted with sleep issues, as well as long and short-term memory problems. In an already busy world, it is essential we get plenty of good quality sleep to maintain optimal health.
Our sympathetic nervous system can also be impacted negatively.
What does our sympathetic nervous system do? Well, it all has to do with Fight or Flight response. The feeling is thought to arise in the amygdala, a brain region that governs many intense emotional reactions. Its biological source is to get us going!
When attacked by a predator, the fight-or-flight response revs up the metabolism and prepares the body for vigorous activity, and most or all mammals share it.
This is well and good if we are being chased by a predator, but if you are are carrying stress unnecessarily it can cause havoc for your body holistically.
Are you suffering from digestive issues and wondering how you can deal with problems like bloating, reflux and energy? It could be anxiety playing havoc with your system!
According to Harvard Health anxiety is a reaction to stress that has both psychological and physical features.
Our emotional state right through to muscular tension, headaches, and chronic pain- it is all connected. As many of you may know, at Holistic Osteopathy we take an all-encompassing approach to health. Holistic means the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. It means we are addressing the physiological being as a whole- mind, and body.
According to Beyond Blue, anxiety conditions may develop because of one or more stressful life events. Common triggers include:
- work stress or job change
- change in living arrangements
- pregnancy and giving birth
- family and relationship problems
- major emotional shock following a stressful or traumatic event
- verbal, sexual, physical or emotional abuse or trauma
- death or loss of a loved one.
The most important thing to remember is we all have a brain, we all have a body.
Therefore, anyone at any time in life can find themselves with a mental health issue. Mental Health is non-discriminatory and while the long-term impacts of anxiety can be very harmful- it is not all doom and gloom. Health restoration is possible, and resources and people care, so please get talking and help reduce the stigma!
If you or someone you know needs some help with anxiety or depression, please see the following https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/national-help-lines-and-websites.
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