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ARTICLES, 2020
 

- COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
and Behavioral Health
Coaching


 
The urgent need to learn how to change behavior: 1) in how we react to a pandemic / health crisis and, 2) how we can prevent an explosion of cases.

 
 

COVID-19 affects people with a poor immune system
Our immune systems can no longer be taken for granted. Current trends in public healthcare are disturbing: our increased air travel allows newly mutated bacteria and viruses ( such as the coronavirus ) to spread across the globe, antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria outstrip the new drugs that are meant to fight them, deaths due to hospital-acquired infections are increasing, and the childhood vaccinations of our aging population are losing their effectiveness. Now more than ever, our well-being is at a dangerous crossroad.

Many of us will be exposed to the COVID-19 virus in the coming weeks and months.
How we respond to the virus will depend on the ability of our immune system to ward off or minimize the severity of the infection, so it makes sense to do everything we can to strengthen that system.

The immune system determines the body’s response to an infective agent such as coronavirus and the strength of our immune system can be influenced by a number of factors, most of which we have some control over.

A healthy diet, exercise and a good nights sleep can help strengthen your immune system. But, our brain provides the key to power boost our immune system to stay well for life.

The Good News
PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE
-The BRAIN-MIND-BODY Union

Recent research has found that the brain possesses its own lymphatic system, meaning it is also tied into the body's general immune system. A 2018 NINDS Study found that the brain appears to flush out waste products through the lymphatic system during sleep.

Dr. Daniel Reich, author of the study and a senior investigator at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, says; . "..For centuries, most scientists believed that the body's lymphatic system didn't connect to the brain. The brain was thought to be what is called immune-privileged."

Maintaining a Healthy Brain to enhance the body’s immune system
Based on this new science, brain-mind-body therapy stimulates the brain (and our genes) for positive change / re-growth and helps increase the body's immune system fight off illness and disease and even increase our longevity.

The Behavioral Coaching Institute's Behavioral Health Coach Course includes learning modules on the limbic section of the brain that provides the critical link to the brain-mind-body union and how we can affect neural / physiological changes.

With adaptation, the brain can change its architecture and alter systemic function via regulation of neuroendocrine, autonomic, immune, and metabolic systems.
 

UPDATE
COVID-19 and mental / behavioral health

The current COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) crisis is spreading quickly and is causing many workplaces and learning institutions to be put on lockdown.

Given that a serious viral epidemic can be unpredictable, life-threatening and difficult to control, many people fall into a state of stress.

The current COVID-19 outbreak is spurring fear on a societal level. On an individual level, it can exacerbate anxiety and psychosis-like symptoms as well as lead to non-specific mental health issues such as; mood problems, sleep issues, phobia-like behaviors, panic-like symptoms etc.

Organizations (large and small) are urged to spread sound infection control practices within their environment and help their people maintain civil, courteous, and rational communication. A low index of mental distress also helps in early detection and treatment and can spare people much discomfort.

Many people are scared, their lives are being interrupted, they need a a voice that helps to reassure them, calm them and guide them through a difficult, challenging time.

The fear of the unknown, especially in the initial stages of an outbreak when little is known and no vaccine is available, leads to generalized anxiety. Meantime, COVID-19 Government Hotlines around the world are failing to cope with overwhelming call volumes and social media and many of the press just heighten the frenzy and fear of people.

Timely mental health care needs to be developed urgently.

It is normal to feel vulnerable and overwhelmed as we read news about the pandemic. It’s important to acknowledge these feelings and remind each other to look after not just our physical but also our mental health.

We all need to better look after ourself by engaging in health promoting behaviors. Not only just getting a good nights sleep, exercise and eating a balanced diet -but also looking after our s
tate of mind.

Reactions during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health status and that of your loved ones who may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
     
   


Many people are simply
afraid to ask for help
It is understandable that some people may feel overwhelmed by their fears and struggle to control them; it is likely that this is affecting both their home and work life; and that they would benefit from some professional support. Rather than trying to deal with this alone, they need the support of a readily accessible Health Professional.

Behavioral Health Coaching
There is a “new allianc
e” between neuro-behavioral sciences and coaching that is now taking place.

The Behavioral Coaching Institute's invitational
Behavioral Health program (fast-track, E-Learning format) is a global leader in the Behavioral Health training field. We provide our students with world-best-class, cutting-edge, evidence-based, intervention models and tools that take a holistic (brain-mind-body) approach.


Students in the Behavioral Health Coach Course are taught how to use evidence-based Neuro Metacognition X-ercises ™ designed to open “windows of plasticity” and target specific domains of the brain’s structure and reset them to form greater connectivity, oversight and direct their function towards better health. The objective is to have clients learn powerful, self-empowering, brain-mind-body change techniques for physiological "protection" and rejuvenation, happiness and well-being.

Physiological health rests upon the foundation of counteracting mind-body connection disruptions from multiple etiologies. The brain and body are powerful electrical systems that can “short circuit” and need to be “re-set.”


MIND-BODY Union = A Key for Longevity
-A Healthy Mindset Gives You Greater Life Expectancy

A host of studies clearly show how the mind can impact on health, well-being, and even looks. Researchers in the Netherlands (Psychiatric Center GGZ Delfland, Delft ) found older men and women with optimistic personalities were less likely to die over a nine-year period than pessimists.

The mind has also been proven to have the power to make you fitter and trimmer. In a Harvard study, housekeeping staff in a major hotel were told the work they did on a daily basis equaled the amount of exercise needed to be fit and healthy. They made no changes in behavior; they just kept on doing their jobs with this new belief in place. Four weeks later, they'd lost weight, lowered blood pressure and improved body-fat percentage, had a healthier waist–hip ratio and a better BMI. A group of housekeepers who had not been led to believe their job qualified as exercise saw none of the changes.

Today, an Increasing number of doctors and health practitioners are starting to embrace what is called a ‘Lifestyle Medicine’ approach. This advocates that humans benefit from a holistic attitude — what we think, how we exercise and eat, our relationships and connection to the world are all deemed to have an impact on our health and wellbeing.

Using a Lifestyle Medicine approach, Health professionals work towards improved prevention, management, and treatment of complex life related conditions. ‘Lifestyle-related’ includes behavioral (our emotions, mindset, beliefs, attitude etc), environmental, societal and other factors.

Lifestyle Medicine is both a scientific discipline, and a movement for change.


RELATED RESEARCH FINDINGS
Some researchers are now concluding that how healthy and well many people are directly relates to their mindset and beliefs. Researchers at Yale University studied a group of more than 4,000 adults aged 60 and above and found those who held positive beliefs about ageing had a 44 per cent lower risk of developing dementia than those who held negative beliefs.

While our culture fosters expectations of an inevitable decline into illness and infirmity, Ellen Langer, a professor of psychology from Harvard Medical School, carried out research that shows how, given the right circumstances, we can reverse our physiological / biological state.

In one of her most influential studies, a group of men went on a retreat where they spent a week reminiscing about the past. Another group spent a week in an environment where all surrounding sensory clues, such as decor, music and food, pointed to a time when the men were younger and felt at their best. In ONE WEEK, the group that acted like it was the year when they felt their best felt, significantly improved their physiological state! Langer took biochemical measurements in each participant and recorded that their eyesight got better, their memory improved, their posture changed, in fact in some participants their arthritis was reduced so much that their fingers got longer! And, there was no change in the control group.

The study clearly proved that our minds are incredibly more powerful than we can imagine, and what we think about ourselves, matters.

The direct evidence of the impact of mindset on health reaches down to the molecular level. People with optimistic attitude have lower levels of Interleukin 6 (IL6), a peptide hormone that is responsible for much of the damage caused by inflammation. For example, it is the underlying mechanism of vascular plaque formation, atherosclerosis, and cardiac disease.

Edna Maria Vissoci Reiche and colleagues at the Universidade Estadual de Londrina have found that persons with negative mindset are prone to higher levels of stress hormones, lowered immune response, and increased levels of cancer.

Where You See Yourself
In a surprise finding, the researchers in a Stanford study found that people who believed they were more active than other people lived longer than those who believed they didn’t exercise much – even when the exercise levels were, in both groups, identical. This startling discovery again clearly demonstrates that your thoughts and beliefs are a big influence on your health.

“Our findings fall in line with a growing body of research suggesting that our mindsets – in this case, beliefs about how much exercise we are getting relative to others – can play a crucial role in our health,” says researcher Alia Crum, an assistant professor of psychology.

The Mindset Effect
Numerous other studies have similarly concluded that a change in mindset (beliefs/attitude) can affect the body and brain to produce a beneficial physical outcome.

“It’s time that we start taking the role of mindsets in health more seriously,” Dr. Crum adds. “In the pursuit of health and longevity, it is important to adopt not only healthy behaviors, but also healthy thoughts.”

Negative attitudes induce a sort of despair among people whose habits aren’t really all that bad. And maybe some of these folks are just worrying themselves to death. . .

The key to becoming Healthier, Younger and Stronger
New studies each year in neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics are showing how our mind controls our brain and our brain controls our body. These areas of science also show us that we have control over our genes based on the environment we give them through what we think.

The biggest obstacle for people is to get rid of false beliefs, negative attitudes and behaviors and create new ones.

Our mind
set controls our biology.
To change our body, we need to change our thoughts about what is actually possible.

Role Playing, Priming and the Power of our Mind
Numerous other studies are now proving how priming ourselves with words even effects the results of what we do.

For example, one Harvard study took a group of Asian American Woman. They told half of the woman stereotypical words around women not being good at math, and the told the other group stereotypical words about Asians being good at math.

The group that was told that Asians were good at Math scored significantly higher than the group that were told that women are not good at math.


B
OTTOM LINE
The underlying factors that affect our health are not merely cheerfulness versus moroseness, they are positive versus the negative attitudes and emotions attached to beliefs, contained in our mind-set.

What are we telling ourselves?
Are your clients telling themselves that they are healthy, smart and full of energy?
Or do they find most of their self-talk is about how awful they feel, how they are losing their mental sharpness, and how their body is not like it used to be.


 
 

 

BCI's Behavioral Health Coaching Course
The Behavioral Coaching Institute's (BCI) Course uniquely provides its students the knowledge and tools how to help their clients repair, prevent and even reverse unhealthy physiological states through harnessing the power of their mindset.

The Brain-Mind-Body Formula
Bottom Line:

1. The Brain has the power to regenerate itself and affect change in our body! Research findings provide the scientific basis of why the Behavior Health Coach Course focuses on how to boost the brain to stimulate and balance their Immune system and promote the repair of cells and tissues to build a healthier, stronger version of their body and brain.

2. The second part of the Brain-Mind-Body Formula.
-The Mind-Body interface and Resetting its Operational Code!.
We now also have scientific proof from many randomized trials that our state of mind (as confirmed by the above cited research findings) affects our health and well-being.

Today, the key to success in any organization's health management initiative is the selection of the appropriate brain-mind-body Change Model to fit the client's specific behavioral needs. The Behavioral Coaching Institute's proven Behavioral Health Coach Course meets the critical needs for practitioners to be trained in the use of a range of validated, reliable neuro-behavioral coaching models, tools and techniques.

Conclusions
Organizational Holistic Approach to providing Total Personal Care and Support.
Yesterday's dated definition of health in the workplace or school was primarily focused on physical health and safety. The missing key for success was ensuring people were provided the brain-mind-body care and support they required to be their healthy (mentally / emotionally and physically) best.

Occupational (relating to a job or vocation) Health Coaching as taught in the Behavioral Health Coach Course:
Modern Occupational Health Coaching teaches employees and school students alike skills that prepare them to weather challenging stressful days and environment changes. It stress-proofs them. Skills learned via a user-friendly, coaching model protect people from anxiety, stress, fatigue, emotional unbalance and other attacks to their health status. It also helps those who are affected and down to quickly and effectively recover. The cost savings to sponsoring organizations are huge plus it builds incredible trust and loyalty.

The growing message to employees and students today is; “We know that dangers to our health can be anywhere, so we will help protect you and  if you need support, we will also assist you by providing the latest, scientific coaching as a prevention, diagnostic and self-management tool.”

Frontline Behavior Health Coaches provide; a critical first point of contact, information source, care and prevention management. Importantly, they also maintain a professional peer network and refer clients who require medical or psychological care.

Behavioral Health Coaching is preventive care.
We go to the gym and/or eat well to keep our body healthy. We see our G.P. to get our annual physical check up or a referral to a specialist. So it makes sense to take a holistic approach and offer care and support for fitness and development of the brain-mind-body connection.

Behavioral Health Coaching is not about working with a workplace or health coach who isn't trained in the use of modern, intervention tools that have a basis in the neuro-behavioral sciences. Today’s organizational coaching specialist is both a social scientist and specialist organizational change and prevention agent employing advance, scientifically proven methodology for healthy change.

CONCLUSION
To survive and thrive in today's ever-changing, challenging world it is imperative that Behavioral Health Coaching be provided as: "brain-mind-body fitness programs" -an open resource available to all; regular check-ups each year to confirm all is ok; sessional boosts to help people rebalance their brain and mind during particularly stressful, sleepless times in their work, school or personal life and; individual case support and a referral service for those whenever they require it.

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- The immediate psychological and occupational impact of the 2003 SARS outbreak in a teaching hospital. CMAJ. 2003; 168: 1245-1251. Maunder R Hunter J Vincent L et al.
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