“When the mind, body, and spirit work as one, anything is possible.”
We see quotes about the connection between our minds and bodies all the time, but what does this connection really mean?
Understanding Mind-body Connection
When we are sick or stressed we don’t realize how strongly this interrelation between body and mind is affecting us. If we did, we would take more care of our bodies in order to have healthier minds and we would pay more attention to our minds, so our bodies could heal.
For example, a few years ago, I used to cough everyday, all the time, for one year. It was tiring and painful. I went to many different doctors and they couldn’t find an answer for it. I wasn’t allergic to anything, my exams results were all normal. Nobody found the cause of my cough up until now. What happened was that I was living such a stressful moment in my life that I ended up having a very weird body reaction. Only when I calmed down and stopped worrying, I immediately stopped coughing. That made me reflect a lot about the body-mind connection. I began to notice a lot of positive changes of my overall health when I started to be aware of the power of that connection.
Our mind consists of mental states such as thoughts and emotions. Every mental state has a physiology related to it. For instance, the mental state of anxiety can cause you stress hormones. Our bodies affects our minds and our minds definitely impacts our bodies.
What can I do to improve it?
My husband always finds me listening to motivational or meditation podcasts and he asks me why I always listen to it. He doesn’t understand how powerful those podcasts can be for my mental and consequently for my physical wellbeing. Also, when I go to the gym in the morning, specially when I’m stressed, it reduces my stress and energizes me for the day. Listening to positive podcasts and exercising are some of the things I do to try to have a healthier mind and body. Another very important thing is to eat well. Our nutritional intake can have a huge impact on how we feel. I have a friend that when she doesn’t eat well she’s always in a bad mood. I understand that we are always in a hurry and we never have enough time to take care of ourselves. Simple changes can make a difference. For example, taking a pre-made meal to eat for lunch at work can be a good way to nurture your body with nutritious food instead of eating fast food.
Let’s become more conscious about our mental states and our physical health? What do you do to have a healthier body and mind? I would love to hear from you!