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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  • wlkhs2312
    Posted at 15:23h, 02 March Reply

    a time my body reacted to a situation was when i got really exciting news i felt i throughout my whole body i kind of felt myself literally lift up and everything felt good

  • wlkhs2303
    Posted at 15:19h, 02 March Reply

    Sometimes when I get angry, I feel like i want to punch or kick something, and my body reacts by doing it.

  • WLKHS2319
    Posted at 15:17h, 02 March Reply

    One time my body reacted to a situation was when I was really nervous. My heart began to beat out of my chest it felt like, I was breathing heavily, and I became aware of every little noise I had heard.

  • WLKHS2317
    Posted at 15:17h, 02 March Reply

    When I receive “application updates” on my college applications, I’ll find that my right leg starts shaking rapidly, moving up and down. In my head, I am nervous to see the response from the particular college/university, and as a result my body reacts with that nervousness through the act of vibrating my leg.

  • wlkhs2321
    Posted at 15:16h, 02 March Reply

    I was angry so i just started working out and i didn’t want to stop till all the anger was out

  • wlkhs2311
    Posted at 15:12h, 02 March Reply

    Before a gymnastics competition i got very shaky and nervous because i was nervous to be judged by the judges because i wanted to do good. i realized that putting pressure on myself wasn’t gonna help so i just told myself to enjoy competing with my teammates and have fun because one competition doesn’t define the gymnast you are.

  • WLKHS 2315
    Posted at 15:11h, 02 March Reply

    My body reacted when i found out i got a 100 on my geometry test. My heart jumped and i got excited. I felt happy successful and complete because i did better than i thought i would.

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