The Body-Mind Connection

Senior man practicing yoga trikonasana pose at the living room

The body-mind connection is powerful. How you think can affect how feel physically. And how your body feels can impact your thoughts and emotions.

Do you have thoughts that are making you feel bad about yourself? Both physically and emotionally? Leave your negative thoughts and concerns with personal counselor Kendall and get on with a happier and healthier life.

Thoughts Impact Overall Health

There are ways for your brain to boost your overall health. One of these is natural pain reducers, endorphins, which can help to trigger positive feelings. Endorphins are a powerful part of the brain’s reward system. They are part of the body-mind connection. Hope and positivity can truly help with your body’s own ability to heal and thrive.

Conversely, negative thoughts can hold an individual back. Talking about this is not to say that anyone is to blame for health problems or dark thoughts, but bringing it up can shine a light on how improvements can be made. Talking through your issues can help you to feel better and promote positivity in your life.

Stress Reactions and Hormonal Shifts

When you are anxious, stressed, or depressed, there is an impact on your health and throughout your body. This is because these emotions, thoughts, and ideas can tense your muscles and increase your blood pressure. You may find your breath increasing, your heart rate speeding up. This stress reaction is also sometimes referred to as the fight-or-flight response.

These hormonal changes and physical shifts are part of your body’s natural safety response. It is a way for us to get out of a dangerous situation. This is extremely important in situations where our lives are endangered. But it can create harm when these stresses are put on the body for reasons that are not life-threatening. This could happen due to family problems, work pressure, or anger with strangers on the road, for example.

To improve your life, you need to learn to relax both your body and mind. Then, you will have tools to assist your body in reducing the stress hormones. Easing stress through your own actions means you can return to a calm state, a process that can be good for your mental and physical health.

Improve Your Body-Mind Connection

If you believe you are not living your life to its full potential, there are ways to make improvements.

  • Be kind to yourself. Give yourself a break from problems that are troubling you repeatedly. Talk through them with a professional and practice mindfulness.
  • Stand tall. Confidence can be boosted by improving your posture and facial expressions. You may feel physically better when you allow yourself to smile more.
  • Write about your problems. Journaling can be a powerful way to cope with worries. When you write through issues, it can help reduce stress.
  • Clear your mind. Meditation can help to alleviate pain, physical, and mental. Exercise and time spent in nature can help, too.

About the Author

Kendall VanBlarcom

I’m Kendall Van Blarcom, the founder of Van Blarcom Consulting. For over 25 years, I have provided personal consulting and counseling to over 1,000 clients around the world.

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT) based in California. I have decades of consulting experience and a genuine desire to help my clients.

 

 

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