The mind and body are inextricably linked. Just think about the last time you were nervous – did you feel butterflies in your stomach? Did your palms sweat or your pulse race? The body reacts to mental processes, and science is proving that the connections are far deeper than previously imagined.
As many as 60 to 90 percent of doctor visits are for conditions related to stress.* As those numbers indicate, stress is a major public health issue and addressing it is an essential part of overall health and well-being.
After recognizing the harmful effects of stress on his patients, Dr. Srinivasan trained at the renowned Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital). He is the first physician in Texas to be certified by the Institute in Stress Management and Resilience Training (SMART), based on the relaxation response discovered by Harvard-based physician Dr. Herbert Benson. Dr. Srinivasan has written a textbook on the subject, Principles of Mind Body Medicine, and also conducts workshops on stress management and burnout.
Learning how to manage stress in multiple ways – through sleep, diet, exercise, meditation skills, humor and more – is a critical skill in improving total health and well-being. It’s one more tool in the toolbox for creating optimal health.