How Your Mind and Body are Connected

How Your Mind and Body are Connected

The mind-body connection defined 

Well, your mind and body are powerful allies. How you think can affect how you feel. And how you feel can affect your thinking.

An example of this mind-body connection is how your body responds to stress. Constant worry and stress over career, finances, or other problems can cause you to have tense muscles, pain, headaches and stomach problems. It may also lead to high blood pressure or other serious problems.  On the other hand, constant pain or a health problem such as heart disease can affect your emotions. You nay become depressed, anxious and stressed out, all of which could affect how well you treat, manage or cope with your illness.

Your mind can have a positive effect on your health however.  Having a positive outlook on life may help you better handle pain or stress and stay healthier than someone who is less hopeful.

How your thoughts and feelings affect your health 

Your brain produces substances that can improve your health. These substances include endorphins (which are natural painkillers) and gamma globulin (which strengthens your immune system).  Research shows that what your brain produces depends in part on your thoughts, feelings, and expectations. If you are ill but you have hope and a positive attitude and you believe that your health will improve, your brain is likely to produce chemicals that will boost your body's healing power.

Negative thoughts and emotions can keep your brain from producing some of the chemicals that help your body heal. This does not mean you should blame yourself for getting ill or feeling down about a health problem. Some illnesses are beyond your control. Your thoughts and state of mind are resources you can use to get better.

How does stress affect you?

How you handle stress has an effect on your health.  When you are stressed or anxious, your body reacts as if it is under attack. Your body releases hormones that speed up your heart rate and breathing, increase blood pressure and make your muscles tense. This physical reaction is called the fight-or-flight stress response.  This stress reaction is good if you need to avoid an accident or other danger. If, however, you constantly feel stressed, your body's natural fight-or-flight response lasts too long and your blood pressure may stay high. This is bad for your heart. Stress can also affect your emotions. It can make you feel moody, tense, upset, or depressed. When you are able to relax your mind and body, your body stops producing the hormones that create stress. The feelings of stress ease and you return to a state of calm, both physically and mentally.

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About Online Biz Boomer Babe

Rachel Lavern is a Certified Business Coach and founder of My Booming Online Business--a blog for middle-age, global, uptown women. She is on a mission to transform entrepreneurs' finances by teaching the action set, mindset and skill set needed to get launched + make money.

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