What is the Relationship between Mind and Body
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One of the strangest habits of human beings is to separate the physical from the psychological. We’ll focus on either one or the other, and fill our lives with stress and tension as we wonder why we always feel so tired and achy.
Most of us do understand that some sort of balance needs to be reached, but few know how to go about it – usually because we don’t quite understand how closely our mind and body are connected.
They are not two separate systems that function independently, and in order to bring them in balance, it’s important to care for and nurture both.
The mind and body are entwined, and to keep them both healthy you need to know how they influence each other. Today we’ll shed some light on how these two are related, and what you can do to bring them in balance.
The Danger of Stress
All the tension in your shoulders and the worried thoughts in your head can weigh down on you heavily. Sometimes it feels like you’re slowly disintegrating, being eaten away by troubles, bit by tiny bit. And, it’s no wonder, given the fact that it has been scientifically proven that stress can cause numerous health issues such as hypertension, headaches, weight gain, insomnia, muscle aches, frequent colds, and a whole range of other things.
While being occasionally nervous, stressed or in a bad mood are perfectly normal, the problem arises when this becomes your everyday reality. A bad mental state will inevitably lead to a bad physical state, and ignoring the mounting fear and tension is simply no way to live.
You deserve some time to deal with what’s in your head, and you deserve to have support while you do it.
Body Image and Self-Esteem
Of course, just like mind influences the body, the opposite is quite true as well. This is mostly reflected in today’s endless quest for beauty and our declining confidence.
In a world where 90% of teenage girls think their body to be inadequate in some way, is it any wonder we’re raising unhappy children who obsess over their appearance?
The way we look can significantly impact what we think about ourselves, but our low confidence can, in turn, make us look worse – and this confusing, vicious circle can go on, and on. But what can be done about it?
How to Start Working on Yourself
Putting effort into your own well-being should be mandatory, and yet we often disregard it out of guilt or feelings of helplessness. But, self-acceptance is really the best road to health, and it begins by releasing negativity and doing things that will contribute to our long-term happiness.
It doesn’t even have to be anything complicated – a good diet filled with veggies and some fun physical exercise can be downright transformative, and so can things like proper skincare.
Create mindful rituals for yourself and be regular with your routine. Do everything you can to make your body healthy, and learn to love it step by step.
Why You Should Meditate
Of course, working on your mind is also essential, and the best way to do this is through meditation. Learning how to hold your focus and slowly let toxic worries go will relieve the aching tension that’s making your muscles clench, so why not go on a relaxing little retreat to help you get your mojo back?
The breathing techniques and mantras you use are a great comfort to turn to in times of trouble, and they can help you step back, examine the situation, and finally approach it with objectivity.
Another thing that you can do to improve your mental strength is simply to read books. Books are the ticket to see new worlds, experience new people, and learn about different cultures – they will expand your horizons and, similarly to meditation, teach you about peace and quiet self-reflection. Expanding your intellectual skills can also help you become a more confident, interesting person.
The Power of Choice
The biggest lie you can say to yourself is that you’ve got no say in what happens to you. The power of choice is in your hands, and you’re the one who gets to shape your life. If you don’t want to spend the rest of your life worrying over little things while big opportunities pass you by, learn how to embrace the present moment, how to be kind, and how to stop judging – both yourself and others.
Be aware of your flaws and work to fix them, but do accept that they’re a part of you and that simply being flawed doesn’t make you a bad person.
It’s time to look at the whole picture and really assess every aspect of your life – which parts are lacking and where do you need to invest more effort? Work on both your mind and body and you’re bound to bring them in balance.
Need a jump start to a more healthy life? Go on a Meditation and Life Coaching retreat to kick-start a happy and healthy lifestyle.