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Exploring the Mind-Body Connection and How It Affects Your Health and Beauty


A woman practices yoga with her eyes closed and sitting on a mat to strengthen her mind-body connection

Wellness starts in your mind


The connection between emotional and physical health impacts daily life. Proper self-care keeps you feeling good inside and looking good outside.


Key takeaways:

  • A healthy or unhealthy emotional state affects your body’s physical health and vice versa.

  • Effective self-care helps strengthen the connection between your emotional and physical health.

  • Meditation, aromatherapy, and yoga are all forms of self-care that enhance the relationship between your mind and body.

It’s no secret that how you feel on the inside impacts how you look on the outside. Consider the blemish that popped up overnight after stressing about work all day or the dark bags under your eyes this morning because your child’s latest decisions kept you up through the night. These instances are examples of the mind-body connection at work and it impacts your daily life.


The mind-body connection refers to how psychological and social factors interact to affect physical changes in the body. In short, your emotional health directly affects your physical health.


Emotional health factors include:

  • The ability to manage your feelings effectively

  • How you speak to yourself

  • The ability to create and utilize coping skills

  • The quality of your relationships at work and home

  • Your overall psychological well-being

Caring for your emotional health is very important to how you physically look and feel. Self-care is vital for improving emotional health. Here is everything you need to know to create a compassionate, healthy mind-body connection to help you look and feel better than ever.


Go outside and play


Getting outside for an old-fashioned game of tag is not just for kids. Exercise benefits people of all ages and packs a powerful punch when it comes to healthy aging. Chemical changes happen in your brain when you get moving. Your levels of serotonin and dopamine – neurotransmitters that affect mood – increase and you get a burst of “feel good” emotions that stick around for a couple of hours, giving you a bright smile and sparkling eyes. You’ll also appreciate the physical health benefits of exercise, such as weight loss and toning, clearer skin, and more energy.


Cultivate inner tranquility


Being at peace with yourself is a crucial step in balancing the mind-body connection. Practices such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing relax the mind and slow racing thoughts. Meditation calms frazzled nerves, slows the heart rate, and lowers blood pressure by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.


Relaxation methods like these allow time for your mind and body to sync as you focus on breaths and what is around you. Your thoughts slow down to match your breath and movements, giving you space to center and regroup. They also offer several other health benefits, such as increased flexibility and strength.


Aromatherapy


Aromatherapy uses aromatic plant extracts in a diffuser, as an incense, or as a candle to treat various disorders. Used while meditating, doing yoga, or just watching TV, the fragrance of these essential oils has a positive effect on our mood and emotional health. Sweet orange, peppermint, and grapefruit essential oils have an uplifting effect. Clary sage, lavender, and Roman chamomile perform as natural sedatives for a calming effect.


Supplement your diet


Dietary supplements help maintain good mental and physical health. Calcium supplements reduce bone loss and help keep them strong. Fish oils with omega-3 fatty acids are helpful for heart issue patients. Cannabinoid (CBD) supplements work with the body’s endocannabinoid system and are popular for their ability to lessen anxiety and stress symptoms. Supplements can ensure you get the proper amount of essential nutrients, especially if your diet is restricted.


Yoga


Yoga deepens our understanding of the link between our emotional state and our body. The mind-body connection is present all the time, whether we realize it or not. For example, when a runner chokes before a big competition, it’s his mind (the nerves he’s experiencing) that made his body go rigid. Any type of exercise should boost mood but yoga and its various poses can also produce a quieter, more introspective state of mind.


Write it down


Journaling is an effective way to get to know yourself, organize your thoughts, and work toward your goals. Many studies point to the rewards of regular journaling such as reduced anxiety, boosted mood, and even increased immunity. The very act of unloading the day's worries onto a piece of paper helps clarify the issues and stimulates creative new ideas. It also helps manage chronic pain and improve memory.


Spend time on yourself