7 reasons why we do not put the same amount of time, energy and money into our emotional health as we do into our physical health?
When it comes to our physical health we seem to have no problem understanding the concept of looking after our bodies to remain healthy. We understand the relationship between the foods that we eat and how that will affect our weight, out heart health and even the strength of our bones and the efficiency of our immune system.
We as a nation are more than happy to pay large amounts of money to gyms, exercise classes, slimming clubs and even purchase millions of books and DVD’s to help us achieve our health and weight goals, even though many do no more than purchase these products or occasionally use them.
So why when it comes to our emotional health do we not give it the same level of respect or nurturing? Why is it commonplace to not do anything to address our stress levels until we reach a point where we can no longer function as we would like in our day to day lives? When we do reach a point of meltdown, of insomnia of overwhelm the first point of call is often the doctors for a prescription of anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication or sleeping pills so we can carry on doing all the things we were doing before that made us sick.
When you read this it may seem obvious that this is not a logical way to behave as Einstein said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different result.”
The impact of stress or mental illness on the quality of lives, relationships, careers, finances and some of you may find this surprising; our physical health is greater than being overweight or unfit. Yes being stressed and anxious is a significant contributor to many of the same health conditions as being physically unfit, and more. Auto immune disease, cancer, diabetes, heart health and pain are just a few of the delights that come with chronic stress and emotional illness.
So here is the big question, why do we not rate looking after our emotional health as high if not higher on our priorities as our physical health?
I could write many pages on this but in my opinion these are the key areas;
1. There are no Government campaigns that publicise to the masses how and why they can ensure they stay emotionally well.
2. The NHS does not have the resources to educate people on this and if the Government had a campaign to ask your GP for stress reduction techniques the GPs would be overwhelmed and the first in the very long queue.
3. It is not visually obvious so if we are suffering we can suffer in relative silence.
4. The seeping it under the carpet tactic; It is still a taboo subject despite the more recent attention from the like of The Royal Family and others in the public eye we are a long way from the American culture of discussing who our therapist is.
5. There are no national advertising campaigns from private providers of mental health care as we are mostly independent therapists who are financially strapped! Can you imagine how well I’d do if I could advertise like slimming world….hmmm maybe I have missed a trick here? But again this would only work if people saw the purpose of learning and practicing emotional wellness.
6. We think things will get better and we will be able to cope if we just keep going.
7. There is another article to be written here, but simply when we are emotionally well especially if we have always been this way, it doesn’t enter our heads to do something to keep it this way. When we are struggling the nature of the way the brain works means that we are not in a resourceful state to say early on, time to join a brain gym…again there aren’t any…another fabulous business idea I better go and create!
If you would like more details on how you can look after your emotional health and well-being then contact me to book a free no obligation consultation