Understand your well-being and be well: Six sickness signs we should never ignore!
Our well-being is something more and more people are talking about, with great focus on being healthy inside and out. This is good news, as it’s raising a lot of awareness on how important it is to look after yourself, not just physically but mentally too. But do we really understand what it means?
One simple way to really understand what ‘well-being’ means to you, is to turn it around and think of it simply as ‘being well’. We know it feels like to be unwell, therefore we know what it feels to be well, so looking after our well-being simply means doing everything we can to be well!
How do we know when we are not well?
You may think that of course you would know if you are unwell, but unfortunately we are very good at ignoring those warning signs our body tries to send us to let us know we are unwell either physically or mentally. Due to vast amounts of pressure we all experience in this fast paced life, we don’t have time to listen to those signs and notice when we are in fact suffering either physically or emotionally which, if left unchecked can lead to serious problems.
Here are six sickness signals we should never ignore!
At one stage or another we will all have experienced some form of pain. Pain can of course be the result of a physical injury which generally we will seek attention for from a doctor or treat with pain killers. However, the kind of pain we are concerned with here is the low level aches we experience in our backs, necks and heads which are tell-tale signs of constant, continuous stress. We will try to ignore these signals and explain them away but what our body is really trying to tell us, is that it’s time to slow down, relax and allow those muscles to unwind. They are aching due to the way we tense our bodies when under stress or when anxious, so a great way to deal with this is to work on reducing your stress levels and eliminating as many stress stimuli as possible.
Fatigue can be very debilitating, impacting on our performance at work, our ability to focus on tasks and interact with others. Not being able to sleep well, or sleeping but still feeling exhausted should be ringing very loud alarm bells! If you are experiencing this, it’s always best to visit your GP to check there is no underlining medical reason for your fatigue, but there are also lots of other things you can do to help this symptom of being unwell. For example, altering your evening routines, trying meditation and introducing gentle exercise can all help improve sleep quality and patterns.
If anything can let us know when we are unwell, it’s our gut! If we are digesting food at a normal rate on a regular basis it’s a good sign that things are balanced and our body is working efficiently. However, if you begin to notice you are digesting food too quickly or too infrequently, something may be a drift. Digesting food too quickly can mean we are not able to absorb enough of the nutrients from our food and if we are not digesting quickly enough, we may experience a build-up of toxins that can cause problems such as acne, as well as experience bloating and weight gain. Our diet and our stress levels have a huge part to play here and we should listen to what our gut is trying to tell us. Understanding the right foods for healthy digestion as well as eating a balanced diet is important to being well.
- Stress overload
Experiencing stress overload can be our bodies way of letting us know it’s time to stop. Stress overload means you have too many stress stimuli in your life and you are not reacting well to this stress, which can make us very unwell. There are lots of different signs of stress overload but typically if you are losing your temper easily, unable to focus, feeling overly emotional and unable to sleep or switch off, it is likely you are experiencing stress overload. Physical symptoms can include chest pains, weight loss or gain and skin irritations. When this happens, it is important we take notice and make changes to our life which will reduce the level of stress we experience. This can range from bringing calming activities into to our day, through to seeking professional advice. Whatever you decide to do, it’s important to act upon stress overload before it becomes too serious.
If you are experiencing lots of anxiety, you should consider the possibility that something is not quite right. Anxiety is a reaction we have, based upon our biological fight or flight response, designed to protect us from threat or danger. The problem arises when you are perceiving threat or danger in too many situations throughout your day, leaving you in a frequent or constant state of anxiety. Symptoms of anxiety can be shortness of breath, shaking, waves of emotion, feeling dizzy, increased heart rate and a sense of fear or extreme nerves. If this is how you are reacting to situations that you know logically shouldn’t make you feel this way, then it’s a good idea to address this anxiety as it can be very damaging in terms of you being well. Changing your belief patterns and learning relaxation techniques are examples of very helpful ways to address anxiety and there of lots of professionals who can help.
Depression is different for different people and can range from short bursts of feeling deeply unhappy to prolonged periods of not being able to work or leave the house right through to suicidal thoughts and feelings. The reason for depression can be reactive to difficult situations typically a traumatic experience or a loss, and it can be due to biological reasons too. If you believe you may be suffering from depression, this is a very strong and important emotional sign that your well-being needs some attention. If you are unsure whether you have depression a trip to your GP is advisable however there are lots of other things you can do to help with your symptoms. Whichever route you decide to go down, noticing these signs and addressing them is very important.
Hypnotherapy is very effective in helping you address your well-being by enabling you to work on emotional symptoms such as anxiety, depression and stress overload. This in turn can have a positive impact on some of the physical symptoms you may experience as well. To begin taking good care of your emotional well-being, addressing any stress, anxiety or depression, try hypnotherapy today!
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About Emily Hughes
My name is Emily and I am a qualified hypnotherapist and counsellor working out of London, Canary Wharf and Essex. I specialise in taking a holistic approach to physical and mental wellness and my main areas of focus are diet and weight control, anxiety, stress and low self-esteem.