What is Health Psychology?
is the study of how mental processes affect physical health, and
vice versa. Many health psychologists now use a Bio-psychosocial
Model to explain this relationship - which takes into account
and physical factors when considering health.
One of the main goals of health
psychologists is to promote good health and
behaviours related to good health. They assume that people do
have some control in influencing their health through psychologically
regulating their behaviour. Health related behaviours
can be controlled through our conscious thoughts. People can decrease
their risk of death with certain health-related practices:
1. Sleep 7 - 8 hours per day
2. Eating breakfast almost every day
3. Rarely snacking between meals
4. Being at approximately the correct weight
for body height
5. Not smoking
6. Drinking alcohol in moderation or not at all
7. Exercising or engaging in physical activity.
The more that are practiced the
more the risk is reduced. It is important to note that we control
lots of our health through choosing to NOT engage in certain things.
Positive steps can be taken to enhance or health through nutrition
Healing & Pain
& Interpreting Symptoms