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Health and wellness is based on a delicate balance, a free-flowing chemical connection between the brain and the body. This connection links the brain with the health of the body, and the reverse, through fluctuations in uplifting endorphins, and cortisol, a notorious stress hormone.
There is much variation within the realm of the mind-body connection. For some, the mind-body connection may be easily recognized as a simple allergic response, or a cold causing congestion, slight malaise and a subtle ‘down’ feeling occurring after a stress-filled experience. For others, however, it can be more severe such as unrelenting sadness, pounding heartbeat, panic attacks, headaches, uncomfortable digestive issues, auto-immune conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), or even be as life threatening as some forms of cancer.
Regardless of your own personal pattern, it is vitally important to understand just how your own mind and body processes stress to promote overall vigor and wellness in daily life, as well as, for quality of life and longevity. Unattended, unbridled stress can rob the mind and body of vitality, causing unnecessary, untimely, unwarranted health conditions in people of all ages.
There is reciprocity within the mind and body connection. Learning to look for and understand your own personal signs and symptoms of both physical and emotional stress can be the first line of defense in preventing against what some call, “the mind-body dysfunction,” thereby producing a chemical imbalance within both the mind and body.
Here are 7 easy steps to prevent experiencing mind-body dysfunction:
1) Understand that everyone is affected by their own mind-body connection.
2) Identify the stress triggers that hinder your own mind and body well-being.
3) Carefully monitor your own physical and emotional stress levels daily.
4) Observe for personal signs of stress including symptoms of depression, nervousness, anxiety, sluggishness, malaise, physical pain, discomfort, and insomnia.
5) Implement basic daily exercise to relieve your stress such as walking, or even yoga.
6) Develop and engage in diversional activities to distract yourself from stress.
7) In the event that symptoms of depression last longer than three weeks, consult your physician as it may be clinical depression requiring treatment.
The ability to recognize, harness, and derail stress as it arises in your life is a basic life skill that promotes homeostasis, well-being in people of all ages. Through stress reduction, the mind-body connection can become a synergistic one, one that enables good health and life-long wellness.