August 30, 2022

The Mind and Body Connection

Korie Handa

Although the mind and body are treated like separate entities, it is essential that we recognize the relationship between the two. The mind-body connection demonstrates the physical and emotional health from the intimately intertwined link. Chemistry and biology impact our moods as well as our thoughts and beliefs. These factors play a major role in influencing our stress and physical health. For example, if you have ever felt butterflies in your stomach, you may be experiencing anxiousness or nervousness. This is the experience of the mind-body connection.

Scientists have demonstrated that our emotions can affect our bodies and how our bodies well-being can affect our mind. The connection between the mind and body displays the link between a person's thoughts, attitudes, behaviors and their physical health. Thinking good thoughts could be the result of having positive environmental factors as well as healthy bodily well-being. Similarly, having bad thoughts and a negative mindset could be the result of a bad environment paired with unhealthy bodily chemistry.

Even though the mind and body are popularly seen as separate entities, this mentality can cause many problems to a person's overall health. A person may be happy with the external factors in their life such as a good home, nice friends, and a loving family but if they were not treating their bodies right such as drinking large sums of alcohol frequently, eating junk food, and having bad hygiene, this would affect their self-esteem and create a lack of the good chemicals that make a person feel happy that they could get from having a good diet and exercise. It is extremely important to see that there is a connection between the mind and body because if you focus on just one, you neglect the other.

There are many ways to foster an understanding between the mind and body such as practicing techniques that strengthen the bond between the two. An important aspect in prioritizing this link is by treating the body in a way where one can see improvement. This can be done by eating healthy, exercising, sleeping well and staying hydrated. By treating the body right, we also affect the mind by increasing good chemicals in our brain that come from exercising and good food. In this cyclical relationship, keeping a healthy mind also affects the body. One can practice fostering a healthy mindset by meditating, connecting with loved ones, creating goals, and practicing gratitude.

Doing these tips could help increase physical well-being, mental health, and overall health as well. It is essential that we recognize how our mind and body need each other to flourish to be healthy and happy. With the many ways one can form and strengthen a relationship between the mind and body, we hope that what was outlined in this work can touch upon readers’ lives.

 

Thanks for tuning in and we hope to provide more info next week!

 

-Korie Handa

 

References:

https://www.newportacademy.com/resources/mental-health/understanding-the-mind-body-connection/

https://www.floridamedicalclinic.com/blog/what-is-the-mind-body-connection/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Korie is a third Sociology Major at University of California, Irvine. She hopes to work in a field where she can help people and improve their livelihoods.