Physiotherapy as a catalyst to improve general wellness and peace of mind

Without a doubt, the mind is the most powerful, influential force in your body; but with that said, it is also the most easily influenced.

Now more than ever, we’re bombarded with information from a vast amount of sources — be they external or internal — and our brains have to process these stimuli just as quickly.

Work stresses infiltrate our personal time, irritating aches and pains weigh heavily on us, and a healthy diet and exercise is put on the backburner in favour of juggling life’s many curve balls.

Thankfully, where there’s a problem, there’s a solution.

General wellness is not the pipedream some would have you believe and with an honest audit of your lifestyle, followed by a concentrated effort to recalibrate your body and mind, you can definitely achieve it. All you need is a little help, and that’s where Life Ready Physio comes in.

 

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness means being fully present in the moment and acutely aware of what you’re feeling physically and emotionally. When you bring awareness to your experiences through your senses, thoughts or emotions, you are being mindful.

Daily practice, even if it’s just for five minutes, will activate a plethora of positive health benefits, such as:

  • Decreasing stress and anxiety
  • Boosting memory and focus
  • Reducing emotional reactivity
  • Promoting empathy
  • Enhancing compassion
  • Improving coping skills
  • Bettering quality of life
  • Remodelling the physical structure of your brain

You can find out more about the practice of mindfulness here.

 

Exercise as a mental health booster

The benefits of exercise are not limited to your physicality. In fact, it could be argued that the most important benefits of breaking a sweat are for your mind. The rush of endorphins generated by a surge of activity help with stress relief, produce feelings of joy or even euphoria and increase our motivation, alertness and focus. What’s more, sustained exercise greatly enhances self-confidence and fosters a general feeling of wellbeing. Should you not be feeling up to a heavy session at the gym or a pound on the pavement, Pilates offers a great alternative because of its low-impact exercises and stretches.

For more on the mental health benefits of exercise, head over here.

 

Eat a balanced diet

You knew this one was coming! The demands of modern life often mean we’re eating and drinking on the move — which itself is not good for digestion. This results in ill-advised dietary decisions to cram nourishment (or lack thereof) into our busy schedules. So when work takes up most of your time, how do you make sure you’re making the healthy choices during the 9–5?

  • Plan ahead: Stock up the fridge and pantry with ingredients to pack a sandwich or quick salad for lunch.
  • Stay hydrated: Take a bottle for easy access to water and should you find that you forget to drink it, set reminders on your phone or desktop calendar. Another tip is to limit your caffeine intake. Coffee is a diuretic and can dehydrate you if consumed excessively.
  • Emergency snacks are hunger hacks: Stomach rumbling? Well, luckily you’ve stowed away some healthy snacks in your desk drawer for just such an emergency. Pick-me-uppers include crackers, canned tuna, cereals, peanut butter, nuts or dried fruit.

Prioritise sleep

Sleep is crucial for the repair and rejuvenation of body and mind, so why is it so difficult to get enough of it? There are many, many factors that play into sleep deprivation. For instance:

  • The demands of daily life don’t end after we leave the office. Often, we carry the stresses home with us, having to deal with a night of tossing and turning as our brain processes the work problems of past, present and future.
  • We feel cheated of time, so we push our sleep curfew to the limits to get more out of our short evenings before having to go back to work.
  • Aches and pains keep us from getting a deep, restful sleep.

That last point leads us to…

 

Actively treat irritating niggles with physiotherapy and massage therapy

An injury can weigh heavily on a person’s mind. Whether it is an ache in the lower back or discomfort in the neck, knowing that your body is not in top shape can be disheartening and even depressing.

But these ailments should not be given the power to ruin your quality of life. At Life Ready Physio, we dedicate our skills and experience to ensuring every person seeking help receives the personalised treatment they deserve.

To begin your journey to wellness and peace of mind, make a booking today. Or, if you’d like some more information on the services we provide, please get in touch.

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