Can the mind truly affect the body? If yes, to what extend?
“When the mind, body and spirit work as one, anything is possible”- Criss Angel.
Criss Angel, the illustrious magician and illusionist made this statement in connection to his craft of magic. But what he said has a scope beyond magic, and can be seen as a tip towards wholesome well-being, and health in general.
These days, owing to heightening stress levels and the demands of a fast-paced life, we hear a lot about ‘psychosomatic disorders,’ or disorders where the symptoms of the disease are rooted in the patient’s mind. It is common to see people complain of ailments — as simple as headaches or stomach aches or even indigestion — yet not finding a medical cure.
One commonplace instance is where a patient complains of a stiff neck, or stomach cramps when there is tension at home or work. Some of us feel quickening heartbeats, and in some extreme cases, Syncope (temporary loss of consciousness) when we undergo sudden or extreme stress. Illnesses can also arise from being subject to emotional abuse, or from a toxic environment at work.
Experts of medicine, physical fitness, meditation, and proponents of traditional and modern wisdom concede that physical fitness is inextricably linked to mental health. The key to staying fit, therefore, is to nurture a healthy body, a sound mind and maintain inner peace.
If you are looking for ways to do it, read on:
Say ‘No’ when you want to. One of the main reasons of an illness rooted in the mind is a difficult situation that you linger in, or being a people-pleaser at the cost of your happiness. Learn to stop an uncomfortable situation from prevailing, and say No when you are asked to do something you want to refuse.
Exercise. Physical and mental health are linked in many complex ways. Even as it lends to physical fitness, exercise also releases feel-good brain chemicals called endorphins. Physical activity also plays a key role in emotional wellness and reduces instances of depression in patients.
Sleep sound. Lack of good sleep can lead to many ailments related to the heart. Having a sound sleep helps you approach a difficult situation with calm and poise. Without sleep, you may be disoriented, and this will only worsen any physical ailment you may suffer from.
Have a healthy diet. Skipping your meals and being on inadequate nutrition can cause fatigue and an unclear mind. Be mindful of the food you eat, and consume nutrients that have known to have a positive effect on your body.
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can lead to low pressure, which in turn leads to depression.
Meditate. Meditation helps to detoxify the mind and is an exercise for the mind. It helps improve one’s mood, memory, immunity and even creativity.
Explore the outdoors. Go for a good hike or a picnic. Breathing fresh air is a good distraction from negative thoughts and can be refreshing.
Spend time with your loved ones. Feeling belonged and loved has a way of rejuvenating your health and making you robust.
Be thankful. Gratitude for the small and big joys of life help you focus on the positive side of life. Counting your blessings often can also change your persona, make you more generous, and more optimistic.
Follow your passion. Say ‘Yes’ to what you love to do, and make time for such things, even if it means taking up a new hobby.
This list is not exhaustive. The key to body-mind balance is to understand that physical and mental wellness are linked intricately. When you uplift one, the other will be on an upswing too.
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