We all get anxious or down sometimes – it’s human nature. But for many people, their mood rules everything they do. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) works by helping us understand how our mood, subconscious thoughts and behaviours are linked. It gives us the tools we need to break our concerns down into more manageable chunks that we can deal with.
If I had a pound for every patient who claimed they didn’t have time to exercise, but was healthy because they were ‘always on the go’, I could probably retire on the proceeds. But nipping out to make a cup of tea every half hour really doesn’t do it.
The expression ‘you are what you eat’ is most true of all where your heart is concerned. What you put into your body has a huge impact on your liver, your bowel, your kidneys, your brain – but also your arteries, which supply all your organs with vital oxygen.
This week on Patient Talk I answered questions put to me by our Facebook followers . I offered tips on how to deal with recurrent cystitis and when to worry about neck pain. But my heart went out to one of our followers, who had gone through huge life stress and ended up with a broken heart – which could, quite literally, have killed her.