Cleansing your mind with a mental detox at Park Igls means shedding emotional baggage and clearing the mind of thoughts and worries that prevent you from being who you really are and living the life you want to lead. Stress and anxiety are often accompanied by physical warning signs ranging from muscle tension and depleted energy levels to chronic pain. The best medicine? Simply letting go…
Many guests at Park Igls feel the need to get rid of old emotional baggage and find a new sense of balance. The Mayr clinic therefore offers mental coaching modules that explore entrenched, obstructive patterns of behaviour. Therapists and guests work together to approach difficult issues and develop effective methods for improving how certain situations or stimuli are dealt with. Essential steps towards mental detox include ‘decluttering’ life and learning personal strategies for structuring the way you live, rather than having structure dictated by others.
Burnout is one of the most common symptoms of psychological stress and overload. According to Thomas Blasbichler, health psychologist and coach at Park Igls, it has long been medically proven that burnout – which has become something of a pandemic – is linked to external stress factors as well as genetic disposition. ‘Stress facilitates psychological disorders. It is therefore essential that we tackle the root of the problem at an early stage – because if the condition continues, the healing process tends to be long and arduous. However, it’s easy to apply the emergency brakes, especially with professional help’, says the mental health specialist.
External stimuli are the key problem, but they can easily be contained. As Dr Melanie Robertson, clinical, neuro and health psychologist at Park Igls, confirms: psychological stress ‘is due as much to internal sensory overload as to the drawbacks of our stressful digital era. Having a hundred different thoughts in your head, feeling overwhelmed, unable to properly follow through with anything and setting the wrong priorities causes stress. At some point, you disconnect from yourself, lose sight of what you want, where your passions lie and the meaning behind your own existence. A vicious circle, which some try to escape through substitute gratifications. But they don’t work – a painful learning experience for most.’
Before pathological exhaustion or burnout take hold, there is a lot that we can do to help ourselves. The first step is to pay attention to our body and determine whether we are suffering from any physical symptoms such as migraines, tension headaches, sleep disorders, palpitations, stabbing pains in the chest, complaints of the gastrointestinal tract, increased perspiration, anxiety or depressive moods. Then we need to reduce physical and emotional stimulation: switch off the mobile phone, slow down and restore energy flow. Your journey can be greatly facilitated by means of dialogue, deep relaxation, autogenic training, mental coaching, exercise and a deeper understanding of your own personality. As part of the Mayr De-Stress module, Park Igls also offers craniosacral therapy to release blockages, restore mobility and support the general process of renewal. The aim is to achieve (or regain) wellbeing, exploit your full potential, become productive once more, and be ready to deal with whatever life throws at you.