For a long time, any mention of the “body-mind connection” has been written off as a “crazy woo woo” conspiracy.
However, neuroscientists have begun to discover more about this connection between our physical selves and our mental selves.
As a result, more people are starting to understand and show interest in strengthening the mind-body connection within themselves. There has been a shift in placing mental health in the same respect as our physical well being. But, how exactly does it all relate to each other?
How the Brain Relates to the Mind
The body-mind (or mind-body) connection refers to the belief that the causes, development, and outcomes of a physical illness are determined from a number of factors. These factors consist mainly of psychological, social, and biological factors.
The most common example of an issue with mind-body connection is how stress can impact your physical health if it gets severe enough. Have you ever felt so stressed that your body gets tired and you develop a headache or nausea? That’s a result of the connection between your mind and body being in sync.
Enhancing the Body-Mind Connection
There are several ways you can work to improve the connection between your body and your mind. Among the most important ways is to learn how to reduce and maintain your levels of stress. Stress management can go a long way in keeping your mental and physical health intact. Here are some effective stress management techniques to try:
- Journaling: This technique is helpful in that you can get all of your thoughts, positive and negative, out of your brain and onto paper. If you want to take it one step further, you can burn what you write immediately afterward.
- Exercising: Regular exercise releases endorphins like dopamine and serotonin. These brain chemicals are responsible for reducing stress and boosting your mood.
- Practicing Yoga or Meditation: Not only is yoga good for stretching, but it can also help you learn to stay grounded in the moment.
- Taking Yourself on a Date: Going out on your own can be a great stress reliever because you don’t have to worry about making anyone else happy while you’re out except for yourself.
- Doing Something You Love: Practicing a hobby like crocheting or skipping rocks can help put your mind at ease and focus on something else besides your stressor.
Along with stress management, you can also practice strengthening your body-mind connection by practicing calming techniques, investing in yourself in some way, and developing resilience to cope with stress.