Five physiological systems of the body and their relationship with your mental, emotional and physical self.

The nervous system:( brain, spinal cord, nerves and ganglia)

Keeps all your organs in balance and can trigger other organs to initiate one or more physical problems.

Cognition (what you think about things, how you interpret situations) and emotions (the feelings you’re having) sit as co-pilots at the controls of your nervous system and tell your body how to respond.

Self- efficacy is the belief that you’ll be equal to the tasks you set for yourself/ learned helplessness, limits effectiveness and predisposes you to depression, recurrent infections and worsening of chronic conditions and is exacerbated by workplace stressors.

The immune system: watches for invaders/ detects incoming danger and destroys them, (common cold and flu etc) and fatigue and chronic or acute career distress increases the likelihood.

NOTE: T cell decrease/ grieving etc.

When you are unhappy, distraught, feeling under siege, worrying about what will happen next at work you are undercutting the fighting force of your immune system. BUT you have choices about how to can respond/ can’t control external events but can control your attitude or behaviours.

The endocrine system: secretes behaviour- regulating hormones directly into bloodstream and is sensitive to everything you think and feel and pours out immune- repressing stress hormones like cortisol when you are depressed/ angry/ or feel out of control thus keeping high hormone levels impairing your ability to heal.

Maintain a predictable routine of rest, exercise, affection and feelings of control to stabilize….hard to do in a stress-filled work setting.

The cardiovascular system: follows orders from your nervous system. Heart functions are easily affected by physical factors such as diet and exercise and by emotions such as fear and anger.

Feeling angry in stressful (work) conditions can elevate blood pressure and induce sudden constriction of the coronary arteries.

Your cardiovascular system is very receptive to body-mind interventions like relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga, visualizations and therapy. Managing your interpretations of events can help you cope more effectively with stressful work conditions.

The musculoskeletal system: of bones and muscles can act as a great “first alert” system, sending out warning signals through tensing up and causing pain to get your attention. A regular exercise program helps to maintain muscle mass and strength, keeping you feeling strong and has a lot to do with how much energy and optimism you can bring to a demanding/ stressful work.

Louise Hay, a pioneer in the body mind movement, has linked probable emotional causes to various physical conditions like:

Neck problems/ difficulties in seeing other sides of an issue, inflexibility. Earaches/ anger. Not wanting to hear/ too much turmoil. Joint problems represent changes in direction in life and the ease of these movements etc.

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