Kinesiology for Good Mental Health

Kinesiology and Good Mental Health

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Kinesiology is a terrific tool to help define what is out of balance in your life.  This could be in relation to what you are eating (or not), vitamins and minerals; the environment you live and work in;  the relationships in your life; how you feel about and see yourself; the work you do (or don’t do), and how you manage all of these.

Life only becomes out of balance when our body and mind is unable to return to its natural homeostasis state.  This is our ideal state of function and more commonly felt as relaxation.  Failure to return to this ideal, middle ground causes us to be working at higher levels constantly, using lots of energy, and never properly resting, which would normally re-set the button.

Stress is a natural part of life and is required to give us vital clues on our life journey.  It keeps us from danger, prepares us for battle, gives us courage to pursue our dreams, and tells us when something isn’t quite right.  When our body and mind is working in its ideal state, these clues and signals are plain, clear and unquestionable.  Our body is able to respond correctly; our mind is able to compute the situation in real terms; and the real stress is conquered quickly and efficiently, returning the body and mind back to its ideal state once again.

When we are unable to return to this ideal state of relaxation, everything works harder, including our organs, and our mind.  We soon adapt to this new way of being and feeling, and after a while, begin to believe this is our normal state.  We forget what our ideal state feels like, and find ourselves constantly feeling tired, sleeping loads but never feeling rested, and seeing ourselves ‘doing’ all the right things (exercise, eating), yet still feel unhealthy.

Improving Mental Health

In this daily hard working state, our mind becomes stronger, more resilient and stubborn.  It becomes immune to smaller stresses, as it has learnt to cope with much bigger ones.  It laughs at smaller stressors, and requires higher levels to live.  This can be useful when we are consciously building these mind muscles, but detrimental when we cannot re-balance back to our natural state.

An example may show in ways of dealing with pain.  In an ideal state, a certain level of pain has been a red-flag.  Now, since living with higher levels, we push through this pain and ignore its important signs.  This then leads to further injury, more stress on associated muscles/systems, and a much longer recovery.  It also messes with our mind, as we feel like a failure and tell ourselves ‘we need to be stronger’ – a tell tale sign of our natural way being to ‘push’.

If any of this resonates with you then my advice is to – (a) see me as a Kinesiologist;  (b) see another Kinesiologist; or (c) try to recall your natural relaxed state and work on returning there.

To help you retrieve those ‘relaxed’ memories, how they felt, and what your mind was doing at the time, think of your last holiday.  Not just a two or 3 day mini-break.  A proper 10 days to 2 week holiday.  (10 days is the minimum, as it generally takes a person at least 7 days to properly unwind.) Take yourself back there, engage all your senses – what it looked like, smelt like, what you heard, how you felt and what it felt like.  If this feels like your body has completely melted, then you have reached the right place.  This is the place of homeostasis and relaxation, where your body naturally wants to return to, and where your body and mind can re-set from.  If this is difficult, I would highly recommend (a) or (b).  Alternatively, seeing someone to help you and your body to remember to relax and re-set, and where you can receive tools and strategies to teach your body and mind a different way of thinking and being.  

The mind is very powerful.  Lets learn how to use it for good, and improve our overall health and wellbeing.