Motivational

The Mind Body Connection

What is the mind-body connection?
How does one harness the power of the mind and enjoy a happy, healthy lifestyle? “What you think,
you become” as the saying goes…
“The beliefs you hold about yourself and the world, your emotions, your memories, and your habits
all can influence mental and physical health. These connections between what is going on in your
mind and heart, and what is happening in your body, form the psycho-emotional roots of health and
disease”.
What are the ways you can achieve good mental health and nourish your body at the same time? A
healthy diet, meditation and exercise would be a good place to start this journey. A healthy diet will
feed the body the nutrients it requires in order to function efficiently; it is the fuel for the engine.
Meditation for a focused mind set and exercise for getting those endorphins activated which in turn
will boost your mood.
“Endorphins are chemicals produced naturally by the nervous system to cope with pain or stress.
They are often called “feel-good” chemicals because they can act as a pain reliever and happiness
booster”.
At least one hour of exercise a week can assist with a heightened mood, so why not try starting with
something you enjoy? Exercise does not have to be a bad word, it doesn’t have to be tedious or
boring – make it fun! Why not try some dance lessons? There is a kaleidoscopic selection of dance

What is the mind-body connection?
How does one harness the power of the mind and enjoy a happy, healthy lifestyle? “What you think,
you become” as the saying goes…
“The beliefs you hold about yourself and the world, your emotions, your memories, and your habits
all can influence mental and physical health. These connections between what is going on in your
mind and heart, and what is happening in your body, form the psycho-emotional roots of health and
disease”.
What are the ways you can achieve good mental health and nourish your body at the same time? A
healthy diet, meditation and exercise would be a good place to start this journey. A healthy diet will
feed the body the nutrients it requires in order to function efficiently; it is the fuel for the engine.
Meditation for a focused mind set and exercise for getting those endorphins activated which in turn
will boost your mood.
“Endorphins are chemicals produced naturally by the nervous system to cope with pain or stress.
They are often called “feel-good” chemicals because they can act as a pain reliever and happiness
booster”.
At least one hour of exercise a week can assist with a heightened mood, so why not try starting with
something you enjoy? Exercise does not have to be a bad word, it doesn’t have to be tedious or
boring – make it fun! Why not try some dance lessons? There is a kaleidoscopic selection of dance

classes out there, from the exotic styles of Salsa & Merengue to the Waltz & Tango or Swing & Cha-
Cha. Likewise, you can grab a group of friends and go for a nature walk (or run!), take in the beauty

of your surroundings while increasing your heart rate. Then there are boxing or spin lessons that will
get you in a sweat. So, what are you waiting for? Get those endorphins moving!
Meditation is about sharpening your mind, it is mindfulness practise, it is watching your breath while
motionless. There are many ways to meditate and through practise the ability to sit for a while can
be mastered; it is not easy and shouldn’t be rushed. Instead take the time to sit first, if only for 5-10
minutes, then with eyes closed start focusing on your breath..in and out, in and out, as your chest

heaves. Your mind will wander, that is normal. Be aware when it wanders and bring it back gently to
focus on your breathing.
Try practising for one day at a time and then increase your sitting time with the number of times you
sit during the week – you will get there. The result? Sharper focus and thought processes which will
lead to a healthy mindset.
What is a healthy diet? A well-balanced diet of vegetables, fruit and protein (not necessarily
meat/fish protein). The less sugar and processed foods you consume, the better. There are also a lot
of meat-free options available now from Tempeh (fermented soya) to gluten & mushroom based
vegetarian/vegan products. It is up to the individual how they obtain their protein as it is an
important part of one’s diet. A healthy diet will feed your body the necessary nutrients, so try to be
mindful of this when next at the supermarket.
In today’s modern world there are additionally a lot of apps out there to aid with maintaining a
healthy mind set. The two most popular apps are ‘Calm’ and ‘Headspace’ which are free for both
Android and iPhone.
Check out the Top 10 Mental Health apps @
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320557.php

References
The Chopra Center

https://chopra.com/articles/mind-body-connection-understanding-the-psycho-emotional-roots-of-disease

Taking charge of your health & wellbeing – University of Minnesota
https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/what-is-the-mind-body-connection

The Mind Body Connection
By Neeli Goonetilleka

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