As a nurse my experience with clients is very interesting. I am surprised just how many folks have no idea about how they can improve their stress level and how their emotions and body are intricately connected. Our monkey mind is basically running the show. Part of my deep passion and mission as a nurse coach is to empower my clients in understanding and practicing self-care. So it becomes a daily part of their lives just like brushing your teeth.
What is Mind Body Medicine?
According to “Integrative Medicine Principles for Practice” by Dr. Benjamin Kliger and Dr. Roberta Lee, Mind Body Medicine (MBM) is the interplay of mind, emotions, and physical processes in health and illness, and encompasses a philosophy of care, a body of research, and an approach to therapy.
MBM is an evolving field. Studies by Dr. Herbert Benson, dating back to the 1970’s, focused on the relaxation response. Dr. Benson reported that patients trained in meditation could reduce their impact of stress on blood pressure and other autonomic responses. The 1980’s saw the beginnings of the self-help movement with millions exploring the use of complementary and alternative therapies.
The origins of MBM are found in holistic and ancient healing traditions which focus on unity of mind, body, and spirit.
Let’s Talk About Stress
Stress can be defined as the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. This reaction can be physical, mental, or emotional or a combination of all three.
So, how do we accomplish this? Answering the following questions that helps to assess our stress level is a great place to start.
What are the triggers in my life that create stress?
How do I experience stress on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level?
What behaviors have I incorporated into my life that helps me manage stress?
I find most clients aren’t aware of how much stress is running through their nervous system.
The following well researched tools may also be helpful in lowering stress levels: meditation, guided imagery, emotional freedom technique and a breath practice. There are many more tools just pick one that resonates with you or you are curious about.
We all know these tools and have heard of them but have you really tried one on for size?
I invite you to make a commitment to choose one tool for 30 days and see if it makes a difference in your stress level, perceptions and attitude. Ask a friend to join you – Do a Stress Resiliency Challenge.
Please let me know if there are any questions or comments
In Deep Health and Balance,