03 Mar Mindfulness and your physical self
Mindfulness improves endurance, reduces physical pain, reduces blood pressure, improves sleep, and improves other physical conditions like psoriasis and fibromyalgia.(Wondering what those are? Say them ten times fast and then google them – bottom line, you don’t want them.)
The mind body connection
When you work on your mind – your thoughts, that constant chatter! – you improve the body.
Your conscious mind is approximately 5% of your brain activity. These are your thoughts about the past, present and future of which you are AWARE. When you think, I’m going to miss this penalty kick, your conscious mind is driving that thought.
Your subconscious mind is 95% of your brain activity and includes all the activity outside of your awareness, like the beating or your heart, your response to a smell and the steps you take to walk to the bathroom. They all happen without much conscious thought. However, your conscious mind does impact and direct your subconscious. You think you might miss the penalty kick? Well, then Ok, the subconscious mind, because it deals with the here and now, will respond with missing the penalty kick. What your conscious mind thinks, you subconscious mind delivers.
Now you can see why your thoughts are so powerful. And those thoughts directly impact your physical self. Feeling super angry? Do you feel your heart race? Your blood pump through your veins? That’s your physical body responding to your thoughts and feelings. Have to make a speech in class and feel like you are going to throw up? That is your physical body responding to your thoughts and feelings. See your crush walking down the hallway and suddenly your cheeks feel hot and you start to shake a bit? Say, “Hello subconscious mind at work.” Your subconscious mind has responded to all the thoughts you have had about these situations. This is why making sure that our thoughts are positive and beneficial to us is so important, because our bodies will be impacted. Over the long term, less stress and more positive thoughts help our bodies to stay healthy.
So, become aware of your thoughts. Make them beneficial and your body will thank you!
Name a time your body reacted to a situation. What did you feel?
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WLKHS2116Posted at 15:08h, 28 February
One time I got very stressed out of homework and tests coming up. It was already getting late and I realized I had done a long homework assignment wrong. Without really realizing I just started crying and was feeling very overwhelmed. It felt as though everything that could’ve went wrong did but eventually realized it didn’t matter that much and it wasn’t worth getting stressed out over.
WLKHS2119Posted at 15:05h, 28 February
My body reacted to when I got a bad grade on trig. I felt really upset and also, i began to feel tired and droopy as a result.
WLKHS2103Posted at 15:05h, 28 February
When I listen to really good music, my heart starts beating really fast, and I get goosebumps. I enjoy music so much and spend about 90% of my day with headphones in, so I tend to react with emotion.
WLKHS2104Posted at 15:01h, 28 February
When my nose got broken at my 16th birthday party I bled everywhere I quickly felt a little dizzy because of the sound my nose made when it broke. I felt nervous but my friends were surrounding me helping me stop the bleeding and giving me laughs!
WLKHS2120Posted at 15:00h, 28 February
One time when my body reacted to a situation was when i got hurt in my basketball game. I tore my miniscus and fractured my mcl and was in a lot of pain. Than after feeling a lot of pain I just crashed I did not have any energy for anything and that was the worst I have ever felt in my ife.
Francesco MichilliPosted at 14:58h, 28 February
When I got kicked in the head at a soccer game my body felt shocked but also I felt like getting up and punching the kid back.
WLKHS2118Posted at 14:57h, 28 February
It was during a baseball game and the ball was hit over my head before I could think about moving my body reacting before my brain started running backwards and eventually without thinking My body laid it’s self out for the ball and I caught it