- August 10, 2017
- Posted by: Stephen Coleclough
- Category: Mental Health
The Mind-Body Connection is a kind of medical path that believes that the mind can affect our physical health; for example, that someone experiencing extended pressure at school or work will suffer a physical complaint like horrible headaches or hairloss until the pressure eases, or that whenever someone encounters an abusive ex-partner, they will feel intensely sick and dizzy for the rest of the day.
The mind is a powerful organ, and it’s a mistake to think of it as separate from the body.
Unfortunately, our feelings don’t just happen in our brain.
They spark different chemicals that trickle into our bloodstreams, and emotions like anger or disgust are equally as powerful as happiness.
When we’re happy, a chemical called dopamine lights our brains up, helping us feel rewarded, improving our executive function and even motor control.
However, negative emotions like anger or fear release adrenaline—a chemical which keeps the body is a stressed state, primed to flee or fight.
When it finally dissipates, this chemical can leave someone feeling incredibly tired and weak.
The Mind-Body connection cannot and should not be ignored.
We have seen time and time again that emotional situations inspire physical responses in the body.
What does this mean for me?
It means that next time you are feeling ill but suspect there is no physical cause, ask yourself what emotional event might have triggered your headache, or stomach ache.
It could be that you’re worried about something at work, or there is a difficult family situation going on.
Once you know what’s causing it, some of your physical symptoms might disappear.
And if you can do something—such as reaching out to a friend to talk through the work problem or you’ve helped to find a solution to the family situation—you might find that the symptoms are completely gone.
If you’re already run down, with something minor like a cold, you could find that overwhelming situations make you feel worse physically.
In cases like that, it’s worth stepping back from the issue—for a full day if you can, examining it objectively, and discovering what you can do to help it.
That might help your physical symptoms.
However, one thing you should absolutely not do is ignore it and hope it will get better on its own.
It won’t until the situation resolves itself, and you could be feeling ill for a long time.