My "brain-body" focus
Do you feel sleep deprived, frustrated, depleted, chronically stressed, lonely, disconnected, uncomfortable, unhappy, and anxious? Obsessed with finding the source of your “problem” while being completely distracted from what matters most? And even though many of us put endless effort and finances into therapists, doctor’s visits, labs, and supplements—we still don't seem to feel any better. I believe that anxiety, depression, and overwhelm are symptoms of imbalance in the body and there are many ways that we can guide the body into better balance, thus shift mental wellbeing at a root level.
We need to change how we approach mental health.
Know Your Power
Many people with chronic anxiety, depression, and general overwhelm think that there is something inherently wrong with them. They have a bad gene pool, or worse, they were just born flawed—unhappy, anxious, and incapable. When we believe that there is something inherently wrong with us, we don’t see the power we have to change howe we feel physically AND mentally. Our body and mind want to be well, they want to be balanced. When we thoughtfully provide our body with what it needs, our body (and mind) responds favorably. Unfortunately, we often miss the boat unintentionally, introducing stressors, toxins, and sabotaging thoughts that guide the body into dis-ease, imbalance, illness. Part of reclaiming our mental and physical health is looking at all the factors that support balance in BOTH the brain and body. When the body has what it needs, it naturally wants to support healing and wellbeing at all levels.
Where is your power? Understand the primary and secondary foods that affect your mental and physical health.
PRIMARY FOODS include healthy relationships, effective stress management, adequate sleep, appropriate physical movement, meaning and purpose in work/hobbies, and connection with self. All of these factors affect mental and physical health in key ways. They are all interconnected and we can’t shift one without another being impacted, they are inseparable and all deserve close attention.
SECONDARY FOODS include the nutrients we consume. The food that we eat 100% (ALWAYS) affects our physical and mental health—either positively or negatively. We can’t talk about mental health without talking about food and nutrition. We have missed this gravely in the management of mental health in the conventional medical model and it has cost us greatly. I believe that each person has a unique relationship with food and requires bioindividual attention regarding what foods serve and what foods harm the individual. A critical factor in shifting how we feel and think come from how we view food and what we choose to fuel our bodies with. Choosing whole, real foods is a great place to start.
We cannot ignore the impact of stress.
While there are many contributing factors to the onset and exacerbation of anxiety, depression and overwhelm, the impact of stress is often overlooked and under appreciated.
Stress is the nemesis of the entire body, yet it is the solution we give the least attention to. Not only does stress trigger unwanted symptoms and conditions but it also literally sabotages healing. I find most people know they experience too much stress—and can even see the connection between stress and their mental health symptoms—but they feel helpless in changing their responses or skeptical that reducing stress will have a big enough benefit.
My practice focuses on the science of psychoneuroimmunology: the intricate relationship among psychology, the nervous system, and immune system. We can’t compartmentalize these areas from one another if we truly want to feel great mentally and physically.
The body cannot heal in a stressed state.
No matter the effort that you put into your healing, if your body is experiencing chronic stress, it’s not going to take hold.
It isn’t enough to do yoga, take a bath, get a massage, journal, or take a walk once every couple days. The opportunity for deep healing lies in completely changing how we respond to life.
I spend a great deal of time with my clients focusing on stress management at a core level—changing how we react to the world, looking at our belief systems and stories and recognizing how limiting beliefs have kept us small, insecure, unhappy, and even sick. I help people recognize what the nervous system is doing at any given time and how they can leverage their reactions to shift and support immune functioning.
I also help people live into their life’s legacy: I help clients feel inspired, and get clear about what brings them meaning and purpose.
Meaning and purpose, direction, and inspiration ignite the nervous system to support and repair.
If you found yourself on your deathbed tomorrow, would you be proud of what you have created in your life? What's inside you that is yearning to be expressed? And, what would happen to your physical body if you started living into that NOW? Stop putting off your life’s legacy until you “feel better” or for the day you get your terminal diagnosis. Life is NOW!
My clients start living their lives and responding to life from a place of peace, calm, love, connection, and patience—and guess what? The body responds! feeling energized, light, healthy, and vital.