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The Two-Way Street between Physical and Mental Health

We all know that our mental well-being is closely linked to our physical health. But did you know that the connection between the two is actually a two-way street?

Let's take the example of someone who has experienced depression. They may have felt incredibly low, suffered from insomnia, and experienced a crushing lack of self-worth. They may also have developed physical symptoms such as migraines, dizziness, and inner ear infections. These physical symptoms may have been caused by the depression, or they may have contributed to the person's mental health issues.

In fact, research suggests that poor mental health can lead to a range of physical symptoms such as stomach problems, migraines, insomnia, and a racing heart. On the other hand, physical illnesses can also have a negative impact on our mental health.

For example, someone who has bipolar disorder and experiences manic episodes may be "on the go" for months on end, but then crash and become depressed. They may also notice a pattern of developing inner ear infections during their depressive episodes.

It's important to understand the connection between our mental and physical health, not just for our own well-being, but also for the cost of treatment. Poor mental health is estimated to cost the NHS at least £8 billion a year due to its impact on physical illnesses.

But what can we do about it? The first step is to recognize the warning signs and triggers of mental health issues. This can help us to seek help and make lifestyle changes before our mental health issues impact our physical health.

We can also take steps to look after our overall health, such as developing a sleep routine, eating healthily, and taking regular exercise. And if we do experience physical symptoms such as chest pains or migraines, it's important to seek medical help.

At our hypnotherapy service, we believe that hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool for improving both our mental and physical health. Hypnotherapy can help us to manage stress and anxiety, improve our sleep, and even reduce physical symptoms such as migraines and digestive issues.

If you're interested in learning more about how hypnotherapy can help you to improve your mental and physical health, please get in touch with us to schedule a consultation.

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