The Mind Body Connection
The mind body connection is one that is weaved together so tightly that one always affects the other. It is not uncommon for people who struggle with anxiety or depression to also struggle with chronic illness.
In some cases, the emotional problems came first and in other cases, the physical problems came first. The body and mind are so connected that one will often affect the other or in some cases be the cause of the other.
Either way, suffering with chronic stress, anxiety or depression for any amount of time, can present real problems with physical illnesses that are undeniably real.
Some stress related illnesses are:
- Headaches - Migraines
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Ulcerative Colitis - Colitis
- Candida (yeast overgrowth)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Epstein - Barr Virus)
- GERD (Acid Reflux Disease)
- TMJ ( Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
- Hormone Imbalance
- Stress Induced Anorexia
People who suffer with stress related illnesses like this usually try to remedy their symptoms but never deal with the original cause....chronic stress!
It's absolutely necessary to do what you need to do for your physical illness, but at the same time, it is vital to deal with the stress in your life.
Just as emotional stress can cause physical illness, using stress management methods can greatly increase the positive effects on your physically ill body.
Remember, it is always important to discuss all emotional or physical problems with your doctor. Sometimes there are underlying reasons for illness that should be ruled out by your physician prior to use self-help treatments.
For many, being diagnosed with a serious illness can be the main contributor to an anxiety or depressive disorder. It is vital for people in this situation to find a good support system made up of good doctors, friends, and family.
Keeping a positive outlook on life and managing stress is most important. Believe it or not, our attitudes effect how we see ourselves and others, as well as everything else around us. More than anything, we feel those effects in our physical bodies.
Natural Hormonal Changes
Once you hit your 40's and 50's, things like menopause are a real factor. Although it is not stress related, it is a naturally occurring change in the body that can contribute enormously to the anxiety you are feeling. Anxiety is a very common symptom of menopause.
It's important to recognize that menopause effects both men and women. That's right, menopause effects men too and it's called male menopause.
If you think you may be experiencing the symptoms of menopause, be sure to visit your doctor!
Find A Support Group
There are many different things we can do that will have a positive impact on our bodies. Things like stress management, thought replacement techniques are most helpful in keeping a healthy, balanced mind.
However, finding support is very important and highly encouraged, especially if you are suffering with a chronic condition. With a little research, you can find a group in your local area or you can find one online.
You can easily find an online support community by doing an online search using keywords that match the illness you are suffering with and the word "forum". You can also create your own support system by starting a personal blog of your own.
Even if you are not computer savvy, there are easy-to-use, free, online blogging tools such as Blogger. Blogger is user friendly and it allows you to search for other blogs that share your ideas, views, struggles, etc. Blogging is very much like journaling and it is a very healthy exercise for your mental health. It gives you the opportunity to be as private and anonymous as you like, while reaching out to others that may also be suffering. It is true when they say that while helping others, you help yourself.