In starting a new website and a new online business, I would be foolish to think that it’s all going to go smooth and easy. Like many of you who have backgrounds in athletics, I often find myself hearing the voices in my head of coaches, former teammates, and inspirational characters from the history of sports. In my counseling practice I find myself quoting many personalities that have been a part of my life through sports, fitness, motivational speaking, and from the various mentors that one picks up along the road of life.
One of my favorite memories of high school sports was the pregame speech. I had the good fortune to play high school football for a phenomenal motivational speaker, named Hugo “Scooch” Giargiari, and even today, over 40 years later, I swear I hear his voice at times when I drive to work, do things I don’t want to do, or find myself reminiscing about the glory days. The guy was so good that we didn’t have to even open the locker room door after his pregame speech to get on the field.
Here’s an example of Ray Lewis, NFL great and future hall of famer explaining to a wide-eyed group of college athletes the meaning of “EFFORT.”
Gotta love the look on those college kids faces, and hope they heard the message, and maybe not the messenger. Love or hate Ray, good advice for all of us, especially going out to work on Monday. Like Ray says “EFFORT” not F-It!
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Doctors have pondered the connection between mental and physical health thousands of years. Until the 19th century most believe that emotions were linked to disease and advised patients to visit spas and seaside resorts when they were ill. The Greek physician Hippocrates, for example, prescribed rest and sunshine for patients suffering from depression as early as the fifth century BC. This enlightened approach however, was rare as most of the scientific world believed that there was a pure distinction between the mind in the body. Today we know that the mind and body are one in the same. In other words your mind and your brain are part of your body. We now know that if you change your brain you do indeed change the quality of your life.
In the latter part of the 20th century the medical and psychological communities began to believe that physical illnesses played a role in psychological maladies. By the end of the 20th century the majority of reasons that a person went to their primary care physician was due to medical issues that were psychological in nature. Stress reduction, a balanced lifestyle, and attention to the combination of physical and emotional health are keys to what currently is referred to as “wellness”. Good mental health is a product of careful attention to both physical as well as emotional well-being.
Studies show that primary care physicians currently spent approximately 70% of their contact time with patients addressing issues that relate to the mind-body connection. Primary care physicians are seeing more and more patients who, in a perfect world, would be seeing a counselor, psychotherapist, dietitian, or personal trainer. Most people do not have the time to free up their schedule to learn the skills necessary and vital to their physical and emotional health. Primary care physicians are more likely to prescribe medication rather than take the time to dig in, listen to their patients needs, and teach their patients the skills required to lead a balanced life.
This website, mind-body coach.org, is devoted to exploring the connection between mind and body to increase our standards of living, emotional ,and physical well-being, and the connection between the two. Mind body medicine shows exciting promise in the reduction of a host of stress related diseases such as heart attacks, hypertension, depression, anxiety, and addiction. There is growing evidence that attention to mind and body can decrease instances of stress related illness, many mental health issues, and decrease symptoms in cases where health problems are present.
My intention at mindbodycoach.org is to create a place where people can learn the skills needed to cope with living in the 21st century from the comfort of their own homes through their computer or cell phone, at their own convenience, with step-by-step feedback from mindbody coach.org. Please feel free to email me with questions, or requests of how I could help you bring your life more into balance. Please refer to the “About” section, or the “Contact” section for more information about me, my services, and how to get started on getting your emotional and physical life in balance.