Body and Mind. Two sides of the same coin.
Body and mind. Two sides of the same coin.
There’s lots of talk out there at the moment about the power of positive thinking. There’s books on how the mind can heal the body and as a Laughter Yoga Leader I know inherently that the brain responds immensely to what’s going on in the body and vice-versa. In Laughter Yoga we start off by simulating laughter initially. This fake laughter sends signals to our brain and our body then responds! When we fake laugh our body can’t tell the difference between fake and real laughter so we can get all the awesome benefits without even laughing for real!
Did you see the blog on The Huffington Post recently about the way an apple responds to negative comments? – yes, you read that right, an apple. Here’s the gist: one apple, cut in half. One half gets told negative things every day and one half gets told positive things every day. Guess which one goes rotten first? The difference is AMAZING!
The connection between the body and mind
We’ve known for a while now that exercise can release endorphins, our feel good hormones. We know that hugging releases oxytocin, the hormone responsible for the warm fuzzy feeling that relaxes us and helps us feel safe. Studies now show that being around trees can reduce our cortisol (stress hormone) levels too. What I’m describing is actually different ways that the mind can affect the body and the body can affect the mind. Sounds kind of obvious, but did you know that there is a literal translation that happens between the brain and the body and body and the brain?
To illustrate what I mean I need to share my favourite quote of all time (this quote is my phone wallpaper!). Roald Dahl said:
“When you think good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”.
And he’s absolutely right.
Good thoughts = more positivity = things like improved posture, lighter facial expressions, more outward confidence, more physical energy.
Bad thoughts = more negativity = slumped shoulders, feet dragging, moaning and generally feeling lacking in physical motivation.
Quick Relaxation Tips
What this means is that if we swap around what our body is doing we can affect our mind too! If you feel stressed you can really easily spend just a few seconds changing your body and you will absolutely alter your mindset too. I did a video recently on how to relax in 1 second which covers this.
This talk given by a mentor of mine, Dr David Hamilton, illustrates what I’m saying from a scientific perspective. Have a watch here.
I love little snippets of information like this, especially from a scientific perspective as it helps me to understand how my work as an Ecotherapist can help. I’m going to be doing a lot more training in science-based coaching soon so watch out for more blogs like this!
Mindset is key to self-development, to moving things forward and achieving the things you want to achieve. Looking after your mind is essential and if you loved this blog and want to work on your mindset more you’d love my online membership club The Retreat. Monthly themes to help you on your wellbeing journey, guest experts, live coaching and a wonderfully supportive private facebook group.
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