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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  • wlkhs2306
    Posted at 15:05h, 02 March Reply

    when I had to jump into the water to save a child from drowning I didnt think my body just reacted to the training and protocal I knew. I felt calm and collected through the experience

  • WLkHS 2304
    Posted at 20:06h, 29 February Reply

    I had to take a Novocaine shot in the toe, my body was freaking out, I was very nervous to this news and made me panic, after my shot I was OK for the rest of the day.

  • WLKHS2105
    Posted at 17:11h, 29 February Reply

    I went on an 10 mile hike with my family, and I (I get vertigo easily) got such bad vertigo after coming back from the hike that it lasted over ten minutes and I had to drink like two bottles of water to try and get rid of it. It was honestly a bit scary because I began to get a really bad headache, not to mention we had to walk back to the car on the side of the highway and I did not know if I was going to be able to walk correctly.

  • wlkhs2202
    Posted at 17:26h, 28 February Reply

    One time I had to speak out loud during class and I remember my heart beating really fast, my face getting hot, and not being able to hear that well. Because I was so focused on speaking and not messing up, my body blocked out anything around me. I felt really nervous and was glad when the moment was over. I think if this were to happen now, I would remember it’s okay to make mistakes and it’s not that big of a deal.

  • wlkhs2224
    Posted at 17:21h, 28 February Reply

    One time I was cutting an orange and I accidentally dropped the knife. Without even thinking about what was going on I quickly moved away my legs so I would not get stabbed. I felt almost proud of myself for reacting in such a good way.

  • wlkhs2219
    Posted at 17:21h, 28 February Reply

    During my dance recital I had a solo, and I felt really nervous and felt like I was going to throw up. I was nervous that I was going to forget the dance and blank on stage, but once the music started I immediately remembered the dance and was able to do it without thinking and just enjoy the dance.

  • WLKHS2215
    Posted at 17:20h, 28 February Reply

    One time I was walking in the street and a car was driving down the street. I remember seeing it but don’t remember me moving forward and getting out of the street. However, my body moved subconsciously and it made me feel different, as if I wasn’t controlling myself.

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