Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 12 May 2014
I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to another episode of Health Matters.
Today I like to talk postponing health promoting behaviour.
I often see it in people who have to much on their mind – with deadlines at work, family obligations, kids to take care of – and are hoping and waiting till it gets a bit calmer to then take time to take care of their health.
However that calmer day never seems to come, the day that there is less to do, that all troubles are solved and that we have more time… and so the inevitable happens.
We’re living in a society where the current challenge isn’t over yet or the next is already there and thus time for health, well never presents itself.
Think about it when you recognise this behaviour in yourself. Think about it for just a second. What will the outcome be eventually?
Yes you’ll probably fall ill or create a ground for chronic disease or cancer that manifest themselves years later.
Taking care of your health can’t be postponed as everything else depends on it and I don’t know anybody that doesn’t see good health as one of there top wants in life. However few will act accordingly and really take care of their health.
The reason for our ignorance is probably that we don’t feel it that we’ve upset our health until it is too late. Our mind usually knows and tells us in the form of an internal twitter message ‘hey ho you know if you continue like this you’re going to get ill’ but there is no physical sensation backing it up and that tells us that something is not ok and thus we continue and override the twitter message.
My view however is that we probably do get a physical sign with that twitter message but we are so astrayed from our physical sensations that we aren’t aware of it.
The bottom line is that we’re forgetting that we are biological beings with a body that has very different needs and limits than our mind.
The very down to earth observation I usually bring up is I can’t see my thoughts but I can see my body that means they are two very different frequencies with their own spectrum of possibilities. Or in other words in my mind I can run several marathons one after the other and win them all in an instant but my body can’t it can’t even complete 1 marathon.
Being more mindful of the body can it be learned? Yes… Mindfulness and yoga are typical practices that are training you to do just that. However these aren’t always the best to start with as they take time and aren’t they also a form of postponing behaviour? Haven’t got time to do my exercises now but this evening I’ll rush off to my yoga lesson.
Breathing exercises on the other hand are always to your disposition and are the most effective way to calm body and mind.
Go to my website and download the FREE eBook ‘Reaset: The return to ease’ which has all the info you need to make breathing for health a ongoing dynamic process in your life.
Take time before time passes you by.
I’m Tom Meyers Osteopath and Stress Coach for Body and Mind and contributor of thought to your health and wellbeing.
For more information about my work and presentations on understanding and managing stress, visit the website tommeyers.be