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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  • WLKHS2115
    Posted at 03:38h, 03 March Reply

    One time I was cliff jumping and I did’t want to jump but it was really too late to turn back and I was almost frozen in shock and i was supper scared and honestly felt weak and vulnerable. I over came the fear after taking a few breaths and I guess you can say “fear is just a concept” is one of my mantras since it usually leads me to do amazing things I would usually be scared of. I am glad I ended up doing it because I would have regretted it.

  • WLKHS 2113
    Posted at 02:20h, 03 March Reply

    whenever i watch an incredible scene in a movie or an incredible song with great instrumentals or vocals i immediately get an excited chill down my back and goosebumps.

  • WLKHS2221
    Posted at 02:05h, 03 March Reply

    Whenever I think I lost my phone my body reacts very badly to the situation. My face gets red, and I start to shake. I feel horrible and nervous because phones are expensive and it always freaks me out.

  • WLKHS2223
    Posted at 16:45h, 02 March Reply

    My body reacted negatively when I had a presentation in the past. I felt nervous and started to shake as result of negative thoughts that I would not do well. However, in the end I ended up being fine.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:44h, 02 March Reply

    One time where my body reacted without me thinking about the situation, is when I was little and my parents came from the airport after not seeing them for a while and running towards them and giving them both a big hug,

  • wlkhs2410
    Posted at 16:39h, 02 March Reply

    one time my body reacted to a situation is when i dropped hot water on myself. i felt pain it really was not a great experience.

  • wlkhs2404
    Posted at 16:36h, 02 March Reply

    One time i looked in my parent portal and saw that i got a few bad grades because i had a very full week. i reacted by crying and it ruined my day.

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