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Your body is your temple, and you only get one in this lifetime. You should wake up each day knowing that you are going to take care it through exercise and proper fuel (most of the time). When you do, you will also realize that your mind is clear, creative, and positive and that you are happy. This medical phenomenon is the mind + body connection. Your feelings, emotions, stress-levels, and events in your daily life do impact your health.
A Parent’s Typical Day:
5:30 am – alarm goes off, eat, shower, get dressed
6:30 am– get the kids up, get them fed and dressed
7:30 am– out the door, drop the kids off at school
8:30 am– you get to the office bombarded with questions, phone calls, e-mail
You work your butt off all day and eat lunch at your desk.
4:40 pm– leave work and maybe squeeze in that workout
5:30 pm– pick the kids up
6:30 pm – dinner is cooked and served, or you are at some type of kids sports practice
Next 2 hours: Do the dishes, bathe and prepare kids for bed, break up kid fights, get kids to bed
10:30 pm – Rush yourself to bed because you only get 7 hours of sleep if you fall asleep RIGHT NOW!!
It was only Monday…You will do this all over again every day for the rest of the week, and it’s exhausting and stressful.
Does this sound all too familiar? It does to me too.
Stressful daily routines coupled with not taking care of your body can lead to serious health consequences.
The Mind + Body Connection
There is a profound connection between your emotional health and your physical health. When your emotions are running on high, your body feels the stress and reacts.
For example, think of a particularly stressful day on the job. You may have sat in your chair all day dealing with issues and problems, but when you left work you felt physically drained, almost as if you had run a marathon. This is your body’s reaction to stress.
This can also happen when other situations arise such as:
- Job loss
- Starting a new job
- Birth of a child
- Death in the family
- Caring for an elderly parent
- Financial strain
- And the list goes on…
History of Mind + Body Connection
NIH Medicine Plus states that until the 1800s doctors believed that emotions were linked to disease. They would prescribe “vacations” to sea-side resorts and other relaxing places.
Don’t you wish those were still prescribed today?
The theory was that by controlling the emotions and keeping them in a sound state that the body would follow in health. As medicine became more advanced and scientific discoveries were unfolding at a rapid pace, the mind- body connection was abandon, until recently.
Within the past two decades or so the mind-body connection has been revisited. Studies have shown connections between emotional and physical health. The Center for Mind Body Medicine states that up to 80% of all illnesses are related to chronic stress.