It is not surprising that our thoughts and attitude affect our physical health. Scientists have established that the mind-body connection is an important component of holistic medicine. The simple philosophy behind this is to treat a whole person and not just the symptoms. The comprehensive approach to ailments thus includes mind, body, and spirit.
The Science Behind The Connect
We all know the human brain is better than any supercomputer made so far. It is a complex organ. It is basically the command center of the system. But it has now been understood well that it is not separable from the rest of the body. We have proof that hormones and neurotransmitters which are released during several emotional or mental states affect our blood pressure, heart rate, appetite, energy levels, weight, and much more. Surprisingly one of the research on a group of women suffering from breast cancer concluded that mindfulness therapy improved quality of life reduced treatment pain and also increased life span. There have been numerous scientific studies establishing the link between emotional and physical wellbeing.
Thoughts And Emotions Affecting Health
Adrenaline and cortisol are two hormones released when we are under stress. These are defense mechanism of our body that gives us a short burst of energy to get out of danger. However, we still feel stressed even when we are not in danger. Thus releasing these hormones too frequently can have long-term effects on our body such as weak immune system, gastrointestinal issues, and slow healing of wounds.
It is easy to establish these hormones and their effect both short-term and long-term. However, it is harder to imagine that almost all our reactions to external stimuli leading to a thought process can affect our health.
There are various negative thinking patterns such as assuming the worst, jumping to conclusions, self-criticism, thinking defeated, etc. which can make certain health issues difficult to handle. These negative inner voices can have serious health consequences. That is where mind-body therapy steps in.
We need to teach ourselves to relax and avoid anxiety. Encouraging mindfulness can lead to solutions to various medical conditions. Some mind therapy includes:
- Art therapy
- Cognitive Behaviors Therapy (CBT)
- Group therapy
- Meditation and Yoga
- Tai chi or similar mind-body workouts
- Music or hobby therapy
A holistic doctor tries to not only treat the symptom but ascertain the root cause. These therapies can help improve quality of life and happiness.
We all know that we can address certain chronic diseases which have modifiable factors, by making certain lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, exercising, sleeping, etc. However, acceptance and adaptation of the changes are driven by our minds (attitude and behaviors). It is important to accept that fighting a disease is as much a mental battle as is a physical one. It is our mind which enables us to understand and implement what is good for our body.
Everything may not have been completely understood when it comes to the mind-body connection, but it is clear that mental health is a good start to having good physical health and quality of life.
A Word From H2FCare
Although in our ancient scripts it was already established but now Mind-Body connect is well established in science too. Like any other organ, we can train our brain. All we need to do is identify a physical factor that requires the correct mental approach. Once you establish the connection, you will see how it increases performance, quality, peace, and happiness. To have a healthy, happy, and fit life – work on the ‘Mind-Body’ connection.