The Connection Between Mind and Body

There is a deep connection between your emotional health and your physical health. When your emotions are high, your body feels the stress and reacts to it.

For example, think of a particularly stressful day at work. You may have spent the entire day dealing with issues and problems. Then, when you leave work, you felt exhausted, almost as if you had run a marathon. This is your body's reaction to stress.

This response can also occur when other stressful situations arise, such as:

  • Being retrenched at work
  • Starting a new job
  • The birth of a child
  • Death in the family
  • Divorce and separation
  • Caring for an elderly father
  • Boredom
  • Financial stress
  • And the list goes on ...

Physical activity is the key to wellbeing

Studies show a strong relationship between emotional and physical health. Chronic stress accounts for up to 80% of all illnesses. This has led to the rise of complementary and alternative therapies. These activities aim to relieve stress and chronic diseases. The most common types are:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Tai Chi
  • Hypnosis

Additionally, we can add traditional exercise to help nurture our mind-body health. I believe that, together with alternative therapies, we can use exercise to enhance our wellbeing. For example, some people - myself included - enjoy to run. It is therapeutic for them. Running helps some people clear their minds after a busy day and relieve stress. This ties in with what other forms of alternative medicine do for you.

It doesn't matter what form of body movement you choose. What is important is that you find a type of exercise that you enjoy. This could be Zumba, weight lifting, running or martial arts. When you find an activity you like, it is more likely to become routine. This new routine will have a strong impact on your body and mind. It may be difficult at first, but I have never met anyone who completed a workout and said, "I wish I had not worked out today".

Current body condition of people

Today the world is losing the battle against fat and obesity. Approximately 35% of adults are obese. Obesity can lead to depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, some cancers and other chronic diseases. People prefer passive solutions and prescribed medications to "fix" their illnesses. Instead, what they should be doing is changing their mind-body connections.

What do I mean by this?

What I'm talking about is a lifestyle change. First, take care of your body. The "solution" should not have to be prescription medication. A real solution would be to start exercising again. This could be as simple as walking every night with your partner, children, or pets. Or it could be joining a gym and starting an exercise program.

Why?

The endorphin effect

Exercise has both short-term and long-term benefits. The relationship between exercise and mood is quite powerful. In general, within five minutes after moderate exercise, you get a mood-enhancing effect. This is because when we exercise, our brain releases endorphins that improve our mood. These interact with endorphin receptors in the brain, which reduce our perception of pain. Endorphins also cause a feeling of happiness like that caused by morphine. This demonstrates an integral and powerful connection between our bodies and minds.

Your mind-body connection is the strongest relationship you have under control

When you feel stressed, depressed, and life's problems pile up, remember that stress will have a negative impact on your body and your health. Instead of becoming a victim of stress, turn towards a daily relief into the form of exercise. Finding and practising an exercise that you like - whether it be yoga or cycling or running - will inspire you. It will calm your mind. It will calm your body. And, it will restore your health.

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