Are you a health professional, life coach, psychologist, or similar professional interested in the mind-body connection?
How would you respond to the statement: A healthy mind means a healthy body and vice versa?
This post is inspired by something I’m working on for a client and it has got me thinking about the connection between mind/body and motivators for action.
Just think. When you feel good, you’re pumped up ready for action, ready to tackle whatever life throws your way.
Conversely, on those rare ocassions when you feel like a couch potato, the only thing you want to do is nip out briefly to restock up on Sweet Chilli Sensations (family-sized pack) and dash back to binge-watch your fav Netflix series.
We absorb whatever influences we choose to surround ourselves with and those influences in turn, have a bearing on our ideals, thoughts, behaviour and actions.
The transformational power of the mind.
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
There are, for example, very real benefits to creative visualisation, the act of intentionally visualising your goals as if they have already happened. Or guided imagery, a technique used by high performance atheletes to mentally run-through every apsect of their game before they perform it.
This isn’t flaky, woo-woo, hokum. With the aid of 3D imaging, scientists now know that the brain uses the same mental ‘instructions’ to visualise something as if the body is physically performing it.
And there is, of course, the well-known placebo effect, a patient’s ability to fully recover from an illness, despite fake or sham treatment.
What do you think? If you are a professional interested in the mind-body connection, what would you tell someone about the mind’s ability to heal?
“A healthy mind means a healthy body – and vice versa”.