The connection between our mind and the way our bodies respond to the input we provide is an integral part to health and happiness. And, often, an overlooked or ignored resource of total well-being.  We exercise, we try to eat right, we do all of the things we believe to be the “standard” for health and well-being, but yet there seems to be a missing link. Some part inside, that is sending conflicting signals that keep you from reaching a state of wholeness and contentment. This causes conflict within the body and our bodies are made to respond to that conflict. Understanding how the mind-body cycle works, and how you can use it, is the piece of the puzzle needed in order to reach that state of well-being that has been missing.

How the Mind-Body Connection Works

Our bodies respond by both chemical and physical responses.  Our mind is essentially the controller of those responses.  When input enters the mind (for example, thoughts, feelings, memories) a response is stimulated.  That response is determined by how we, individually, perceive the specific input and our body systems respond appropriately.  Whether the input is perceived as positive or negative determines what signals, hormones, and instructions are sent to the body for that situation.

Our interpretation of the information received is based on our beliefs, learnings, judgments, instincts, and emotions which we then assign meaning to.  The meaning we assign is a major factor in the signals that get sent through our body systems.  If the interpretation given is positive, positive hormones are released into the body and we feel good.  If the interpretation is negative, then the body systems needed to respond to a negative situation are immediately activated.  In the case of stress, our bodies go into the ‘flight or fight’ status, which is our natural defense.  Stress hormones are released into the body preparing you for survival.  When these negative associations are abundant, and resolution does not happen, body systems can be weakened and not respond as they normally should.  Signs and symptoms of these negative build-ups range from physical symptoms, like fatigue and body aches, too far more nefarious symptoms such as suppression of the immune system which can lead to a serious decline in health and well-being.

Mind-Body Cycle

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.”

Recognizing the Need for Change

The first thing to do to take advantage of the mind-body connection is to recognize the need for change and allow yourself the opportunity to improve your life.  By becoming mind-body aware you can begin to recognize the things that are having an adverse effect on your life.  While there are many ways to recognize areas that need improvement, the easiest and most effective way is to pay attention to your:

  • thoughts
  • feelings
  • emotions
  • behaviors
  • beliefs
  • judgements
  • habits

and how your body responds to them. Awareness of how these affect your mind, your body and your behavior will allow you to find the ones that are not serving a worthwhile purpose or promoting you toward a healthy, happy life.

Hypnosis for Change

If you are having trouble recognizing specific relational causes, are overwhelmed by the process, or simply want help to make the changes you want -or need to make in your life- hypnosis can help. Hypnosis works in both a present-focused and a future-focused state allowing you to find the balance needed. During a hypnosis session, your body is in a state of profound relaxation and focus that enables you to recognize, reframe and locate the tools needed to make the desired changes. Hypnosis can be used in conjunction with other wellness programs and is complimentary to medical care allowing you to have a complete approach to your well-being.

Mind-Body Connection – A Complete Approach

The mind-body connection is an integral component to our health and wellness. You are in charge of what input you allow in, and how you respond to that input.  By increasing the positive messages you put in your body and decreasing the negative messages, and how you respond to negativity, your life will change.  By allowing yourself to connect and improve physically, mentally and emotionally you will lead a better, brighter more balanced life.

It’s your life. Take the necessary steps to live it the way you want.