Mindfulness and your physical self

The benefits

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!

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Name a time your body reacted to a situation. What did you feel?

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  • WLKHS2308
    Posted at 02:34h, 05 March Reply

    When I broke my wrist my body started feeling extreme amounts of pain in my dominate hand. However I stayed mental strong and was able to finish the play and make the tracker before running to the sideline for help. I felt disappointed that I couldn’t finish the game with my teammates.

  • WLKHS2302
    Posted at 22:55h, 04 March Reply

    a time when I get really stressed is when I have a lot of homework and maybe a test or a quiz coming up. it’s really hard to try and manage things when you have to worry about school and things outside of school. I tend to get very overwhelmed and really stressed out.

  • WLKHS2418
    Posted at 13:16h, 04 March Reply

    After doing intense ab and leg workouts my leg and and my abs hurt. It was hard to sit down and sit-up. So I knew not to go that far in a workout until I work up my muscles to that point.

  • WLKHS2109
    Posted at 02:52h, 04 March Reply

    I overwork myself way too much and I am aware of that. I have to constantly be doing something and that mindset is harmful because I put myself under high stress when I am fully aware that i need to chill out.

  • WLKHS2310
    Posted at 00:53h, 04 March Reply

    One time when my body reacted to a situation was when I was playing basketball, my teammate got pushed to the ground by a player on the opposing team and my body reacted, I just went up to the player and confronted him. This made me feel very angry and made my heart race faster. This instance made me feel this way because I was angry at the player for his actions. It made my heart race faster because it was a very intense moment where anything could have happened. Looking back at it I shouldn’t have done that because if it where have escalated it would have turned out bad. Also, I should have let my game talk not me.

  • WLKHS2402
    Posted at 20:51h, 03 March Reply

    While I listen to music, my body feels very relaxed. Depending on what song I listen to, I actually start to get goosebumps and my heart beats faster than usual.

  • WLKHS 2208
    Posted at 12:52h, 03 March Reply

    One time I swam too far at the beach and a tide swept me up and my body reacted by making me panic.

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