Knowing the value of a healthy mind and body is a testimony of self-love. Being an example to others is important. Encouraging those closest to you to do what they need to do for their healthy minds and bodies is equally important to your health. You can’t give what you don’t have. If you want harmony and peace in your home, it is best to come from within those who live inside the walls.
Your mind and body are connected. Your innermost thoughts influence your physical presence. How you express yourself outward is part of what you consider to be beautiful inward. This includes how you dress, what décor you prefer, and how you express yourself artistically.
“Everybody needs some time away” is a line from the famous song Hard for Me to Say I’m Sorry by Peter Cetera and his band Chicago. It’s the truth. Everybody needs time away. Unplugging from life’s demands and getting back in sync is an important part of keeping your mind and body connected. A staycation is a perfect way to re-energize your mind and body and refresh your spirit.
The mind and body are designed to work in synchronicity. The mind influences the body by having thoughts and preferences and making choices that directly affect the body. When our minds choose healthy, whole foods, our bodies benefit directly. When our minds choose to tackle problems and solve them rather than worry and fret, our bodies avoid anxiety.
When things feel overwhelming and chaotic, sorting things out is good advice. If your mind and body are disconnected, and you’re experiencing classic symptoms, it’s important to get to the heart of the matter so you can begin to reconnect the dots between your mind and body. Symptoms like:
When our minds and bodies are disconnected, it feels a lot like living in someone else’s skin. The skin you’re in feels a bit foreign because your mind frequently drifts away from the here-and-now that your body lives in. Reconnecting your mind and body starts with intention: a desire to close the gap and align your mind and body so that how you feel is in agreement with what you are thinking.
Where do you start?
Reconnecting your mind and body doesn’t require crazy rituals or a particular starting point. Reconnecting your mind and body can start simply with the smallest awareness that they are connected. Here are three powerful steps to reconnect your mind and body.
Step #1: Notice what’s right. So much of the chatter in our minds is focused on what’s wrong. What wrong at home, with the world, in the media, with our bodies, with our co-workers, and more. The first step in reconnecting the mind and body is noticing what’s right.
There’s a term called the negative bias. This refers to our tendency to focus on negative things far more than positive. This includes paying more attention to criticism than compliments and dwelling on past negative experiences despite having had past positive experiences. That means it’s human nature to focus on what’s wrong rather than what’s right.
People with a connected mind and body are intentional about focusing on what’s right with their worlds rather than what’s wrong. Be intentional about what’s right. Journal your thoughts or be mindful when you see something that’s right. Be sure to keep your eyes wide open for seeing what’s right everywhere you look.
Step #2: Notice what’s beautiful. Being aware of beauty helps with the mind-body connection. Seeing beautiful things ignites sparks in your emotions and senses. Noticing the wonders of a beautiful mountain range covered in snow or watching a magnificent sunset on the beach, smelling the salty air, and feeling the breeze on your skin, delights your mind and body.
Step #3: Spend time with yourself. How much time do you spend alone? When you are alone, do you distract yourself with mindlessness? Music, podcasts, television can all distract from quality time with yourself. Try spending time alone with your thoughts. Notice how your mind and body connect when you allow your mind to wander and settle in on a topic. Take a long bath or soak in the hot tub and notice how your mind and body experience the solitude. Does your body try to relax while your mind races with thoughts about an unfinished to-do list? Work to stay in the present moment and truly enjoy time relaxing.
Reclaiming your mind and body connection will take time if you’ve been unintentional in the past. These simple steps will help you begin to reconnect your mind and body. As you experience first-hand the synchronicity, it becomes easier to recognize it and be intentional as time goes on.
The mind disconnects from the body for many reasons - ignorance, blame, and denial. It is the unawareness that something is an issue that can hurt but can be solved relatively easily through awareness or knowledge. Blaming others limit you, but confronting controlling behavior takes back your power.