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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
and Behavioral Health
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.
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
our brain provides the key to power boost our
immune system to stay well for life.
The Good News
-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
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 /
With adaptation, the brain can change its architecture and alter
systemic function via regulation of neuroendocrine, autonomic,
immune, and metabolic systems.
COVID-19 and mental / behavioral health
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
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.
(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
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
mental health care needs to be developed
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.
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 state 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
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other
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 alliance” between neuro-behavioral sciences and coaching that is
now taking place.
The Behavioral Coaching Institute's invitational
program (fast-track, E-Learning
format) is a global leader in the
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
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 /
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,
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
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
“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
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
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 mindset controls our biology.
To change our body, we need to change our thoughts about what is
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.
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
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)
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
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
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.
Approach to providing Total Personal Care and
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)
Occupational (relating to a job or
Coaching as taught in the Behavioral Health Coach
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
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.
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
those whenever they require it.
Coaching -Health Behavior Coach Coach Course
Fast-tracked E-Learning with Full
Behavioral Coaching Institute
has delivered behavioral
change coach training courses to:
McKinsey & Co
Hughes Medical Institute
Kong University of Science & Technology
Health Polyclinics Toyota
India Alcatel Pfizer
Saatchi & Saatchi NY
Aramco Ras Gas
University Hospital Birmingham Rockwell
Royal University Petroleo
Woolworths Canada Customs
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