We have certainly all heard of the mind-body connection. Basically when we talk about this dynamic relationship we are talking about the effect of the mind on the body and the effect of the body on the mind. It is reciprocal. Some links are easy to understand, such as the effect of stress on the digestive system. Unbridled stress can lead to digestive problems such as nausea, ulcers, and even gastric esophageal reflux.
Migraine headaches can be another area where the mind-body connection is easily observed. In these examples, for many people, untreated stress can easily be understood as a cause of physical discomfort, a medically treatable condition. To be able to live in a balanced state of well-being, we need to be aware of the inner workings of our body, mind, and spirit, and how truly connected they are all. This is something I call, the “mind-body-faith phenomenon,” and I will discuss this concept in future articles as we see how hope, the precursor of faith, affects the mind-connection. body.
On the other side of the mind-body coin, where physical manifestations may occur first, followed by mental health issues, we see the reverse. Physical conditions such as thyroid dysfunction, heart and respiratory conditions, brain tumors, and certain neurological and autoimmune conditions, such as MS and fibromyalgia, may simply be the catalysts to send a person into a state of clinical depression. acute, or chronic depression, anxiety, insomnia, other medical conditions or disability.
To prevent this from happening, we must first try to understand what helps and what hinders our personal mind-body-spirit processes to achieve and maintain a state of homeostasis or well-being. We need to carefully monitor our own stress levels, recognize when stress reduction is needed and when we are able to live fully.
When there is a disturbance in the spirit sector of the body-spirit connection, it is not difficult to see how easy it is to recognize the symptoms of depression, nervousness, anxiety, physical pain, discomfort and sleeplessness. The emotions of stress can be so powerful, in fact, that they can disrupt every part of a person’s life, leaving them in physical pain, unable to work, to become parents, to engage in fruitful relationships. or even sleep at night.
Until we begin to recognize the signs and symptoms of body-mind stress in our thinking, behavior, and physical being, we are unable to correct them. The best possible scenario is to experience the symptoms of stress as soon as they appear and make the necessary adjustments to alleviate the unnecessary stress. In doing so, we may be able to dramatically reduce the risk of mind-body dysfunction and, subsequently, depression, illness, and continued disability.
Adele M. Gill | Copyright 2016