Connecting to your body, with Dr Sula Windgassen

How connected are you to your body?

This week, I’m excited to welcome Dr Sula Windgassen, who is not only my guest, but also the newest member of The Thomas Connection.

Dr Sula Windgassen works in the NHS as a health psychologist, providing psychological interventions for a range of physical health conditions including IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis and painful bladder syndromes. Sula has experienced the impact of persistent bladder and pelvic symptoms herself, and is a passionate advocate for women’s health. 


We talk about

4:10 Sula’s own health challenges

6:21 The vicious cycle of ill health and mental distress

6:42 Mindfulness

9:14 What is health psychology?

11:29 The bio-psycho-social perspective

14:36 Stress

15:47 Health conditions without ‘physical proof’

18:15 IBS and perfectionism

20:30 The brain-gut axis

22:31 Gut intuition

25:59 Boom and bust patterns

29:37 Acute and chronic stress

32:24 Anxiety and mindfulness

24:16 Dealing with discomfort in mindfulness practice

36:24 How Sula pauses

38:00 Shoulds and musts

40:32 Being over doing


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This episode was edited by Emily Crosby Media