What’s going on in your head?

What’s going on in your head?

What’s going through your mind when you think about your Practice? What are you saying to yourself about your products and services, your capabilities, your knowledge and your credibility?

How do you feel about rejection, about the customer complaint you received, the consult or team meeting that didn’t go too well? Are your thoughts positive and supportive or are they negative and destructive?

What we think has a direct impact on how we feel and, ultimately, how we behave.  More than 100,000 chemical reactions go on in our brain every second. One of the brain’s many jobs is to be it’s very own chemist. It produces more than 50 identified active drugs. Some are related with memory, others with intelligence, and some with mood.

So does how we act, think and behave have a direct link to whether we deal with situations in a positive or negative way? In other words, do our brain’s chemical reactions determine our outlook?

Scientific research has led to the discovery of opiate- like chemicals in the body that interact with opiate specific receptors in the brain and spinal cord, including SEROTONIN, a hormone manufactured by your brain.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, involved in the transmission of nerve impulse(s). The release of Serotonin causes the nerve to fire and continue the message along the nerve ‘cable’.

Neurotransmitters are extremely important, since they carry the impulse between nerve cells. The substance that produces the neurotransmitter Serotonin is the amino acid Tryptophan. Tryptophan increases the amount of Serotonin made in the brain.

Certain aminos cause you to have increased feelings of well-being. Serotonin helps maintain a ‘happy feeling’ and seems to help keep our moods under control by helping with sleep, calming anxiety and relieving depression.

Our thoughts, our emotions and our behaviour all affect our body chemistry. For instance, relaxation produces Norepinephrine, a chemical which in low levels is linked to depression. Whilst exercise has been shown to produce Endorphins, which helps with depression, anxiety, sleep and sexual activity.

Relaxation, exercise and eating certain foods are things that we can do that effect the level and activity of these chemicals. Thomas Jefferson wrote that most people feel happy as soon as they make up their mind to be so. And indeed, positive attitude is invaluable.

Most people have never heard of Serotonin management, or even considered it apart from medication. Serotonin management amounts to paying attention to the little things that make you feel good and systematically including them in your daily routine. Instinctively, we know that pampering ourselves is a door to a sense of well being, but we may not take time to schedule pleasant surroundings, favourite music or food or even quality time with loved ones into our daily agenda.

Just getting out of bed and into a warm shower elevates Serotonin levels, making it easier to get into a positive, constructive frame of mind. Aerobic exercise, watching your carb and alcohol intake, getting up early and moving, even if you don’t feel like it, forcing structure in your life, using meditation and visualisation have all proved helpful.

Taking time to ‘smell the roses’ implies a willingness to be spontaneous. A talent like this is something that some have and others have to learn. Make a detailed list of the little things you enjoy and include them in your activities. Actually schedule a time to go for a walk, create or listen to your favorite music, read a poem, meditate, spend quality time with your family and friends, paint, exercise or just play.

Make a pact with yourself to try it, just for a few weeks and see if your overall well-being and business success improves!

By Debbie Robinson

  • Madison
    Posted at 05:09h, 25 July Reply

    Great blog, it is always an important reminder to be aware of your mental health and the types of thoughts that go through your head every day. Often just by being aware of them you are more thoughtful and attune to your feelings. Many people don’t realise how much your mental health is directly linked to your physical and overall well-being, as a result it is so important, a necessity even, to make sure to make time in your busy day for space and activity that makes you happy and that calms you. Not only is it good for yourself but it means you will be more effective at work and be able to help your patients more. Everyone wins!

    • Debbie
      Posted at 15:32h, 25 July Reply

      Hi Madison,
      Glad you found it interesting!

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