Mind body connection
I don’t often read newspapers, all that bad news and negativity just leaves me feeling exhausted. The good news was I going on a lovely train journey to Totnes and there was a ‘free’ bottle of water going with the paper so I did what they wanted and bought the paper.
On page 4 I found more good news, research at the Max Planck Institute for human Cognitive & Brain science found that our emotional well-being is as important as exercise and our five a day to enjoying ‘the good life’.
What they found was that when we feel good about our self, we have a sunny outlook, you know the cup half-full attitude to life, we look after ourselves better and people like being around us. This, in turn, improves our physical health. All common sense I hear you say, it is the science behind the sense that inspired me to share it with you.
What they found was the vagus nerve, which is linked to the body’s organs and helps regulate heart rate is stimulated by positive emotions. These, in turn raise the ‘vagal tone’ which results in more positive emotions and it spirals upwards. Now you see where they are going with this, making changes to our emotional well-being is good for the health of our heart. We are constantly educated about the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, while our emotional well-being is staying locked in the cupboards. Our feelings and emotions are often treated like state secrets with Governments and individuals not wishing to ‘go there’.
When our emotions (anger, sadness, frustration, hate) visit us, we often slam the door on them and then shock ourselves and others when ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’, finds us responding out of control.
Many of us have learned to hide our emotions from a young age, being told we are weak if we cry or stupid for making a mistake. Always wanting to feel safe and comfortable we sub-consciously create diversion strategies to avoid unpleasant overwhelm feelings and emotions. Some will numb us alcohol abuse, drug abuse, medications and others provide instant satisfaction and comfort, food being number one refuge leading to overweight or obesity problems. We are operating at a subconscious level with all of these responses in an automatic way.
The good news is we can learn to have healthy responses to emotions which allow us to feel in control and set us free of these automatic knee-jerk reactions to life. Discovering how to have your thoughts and mind as your best friend is well on the journey to emotional well-being and a good heart.
To find out more about how hypnotherapy can help you to make changes you want in your life just send an e-mail or call Doreen on 01628 675400