Body-Mind Connection: 3 Ways to Be More Aware of How the Mind Affects the Body by Erica Hornthal
As a dance/movement therapist, I have always known that the mind and body are connected. I see it in my clients who carry scars of physical abuse, emotional abuse, tragic loss, debilitating illnesses and crippling anxiety. This tip is a reminder to pay attention to your body and know that there is a psychological component to your movement or even lack thereof. So what can we do to be more present to the psychological impact that our bodies endure?
- Never underestimate the power of your breath. Not only taking time to breathe, but notice how deeply you are breathing. The bodies ability to breathe can become compromised due to stress. Allowing for "breath breaks" throughout the day actually alleviates the buildup of stress and calms the nervous system.
- Check in with your physical health every day. Make sure to move your body throughout the day to see what feels good and what doesn't. Notice aches and pains that weren't there before. Pain is your body's way of telling you that something is not right.
- Make an appointment for a mental health checkup. Make your mental health a priority. Don't wait for a reason to see a mental health provider. Be proactive!
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