Mind and Body - An integrated Approach To Holistic Wellness

Do you know our brain is divided into two parts - conscious mind and subconscious mind? Read out the article to know how both parts work!

Mind and Body - An integrated Approach To Holistic Wellness

There are some common issues we all face but seldom do we realise what could be the reason behind it. There is a major link missing that is the impact of mental wellness on physical wellness. At one place where physical fitness contributes in uplifting mental state. On the other hand, it boosts physical metabolism and health by being mentally well. These are two interrelated parts working towards the overall well-being of an Individual.

We have felt during physical workouts, in spite of consistent effort and disciplined lifestyle; we fail to achieve the desired outcome. Ever wondered why?

Our brain is primarily divided into two parts: conscious mind and subconscious mind. Research suggests that 82% to 85% of our brain is subconscious by nature. That is the missing link in our thoughts and actions. What we think, what outcome we achieve is primarily dependent on the sync of these two parts of the integrated whole. The reason we do not achieve goals of physical health is because our conscious mind is focused on working hard and being disciplined and our subconscious, the supporting function is unaware/ignorant of the goals the conscious mind wants to achieve. 

Whatever your thought can think, your mind can create. It creates by an awakened state of mind. The mind consciously and subconsciously knows what it wants to achieve.

One cannot love and hate one’s body at the same time. You hate your body to be fat and you are asking it to change so that you can love your body, think - A part of your body that you hate, will it listen to you or be repulsive towards you which is always being rejected or hated by you when you want a desired outcome? 

Ofcourse the answer is confusion. Hence your desired outcome and your efforts are not matching. 

You must have heard during workouts, listen to your body. Yes, exactly listen to your body. At times, what you think your body can do it can do a lot more and sometimes your body cannot be pushed beyond a specific level. (When you don't listen and still push yourself, you develop unexplained aches and sprains) 

Our mind and body work in coordination to achieve what we want. I may think I want to run a marathon but if my mind doesn't support, gives up, doesn't believe in me - will I still finish the marathon? 

I think by now you are clear that mind needs to be trained for your physical body to listen to you. You need to love your body for it to give you what you want from it. Emotional baggage gets stored in your body and hence body does not respond until we help it to release the charge of negative emotions. 

I am a Counselling Psychologist by profession and I have helped people achieve their outcomes with simple connections of mind and body, establishing the relationship and integration in itself lead to a mentally and physically healthy you. 

The effect of physical wellness is not only seen in improving mental health but also in life at large - be it relationships or personal life or professional life. I advise or rather give my clients activity of 10 to 15 minutes of physical exercise (movement therapy) as a must to mental growth and development. The release of endomorphin during any physical exercise adds to the mental well-being since this hormone induces feel good chemicals in our brain and results in positive mind frame, energy and mental alertness. In one hand it induces positivity and on the other hand, research proves that it prevents an individual from depression, anxiety and many other life threatening diseases like Alzheimer. 

Apart from role of working out on mental well-being, the next most important ingredient of mental and physical well-being is diet. What we eat has a direct relationship to how our thoughts are since our body responds to the food intake and also on the overall mental health. The diet influences the development, management and prevention of numerous mental health conditions.

Physically fit means keeping mentally fit as well. That means finding healthy ways to deal with negative emotions - anger, aggression, fear, etc. and reinforcing the positive emotions and behaviours in our life. It means finding ways to communicate with the loved ones in our lives, rather than bottling it all up inside and letting it simmer. It means getting enough quality sleep each and every night, and finding positive ways to relieve stress as you encounter it. And it means regularly keeping tab of potentially dysfunctional behaviour. 

Mental well-being and physical well-being to be maintained needs lifestyle management of workouts, eating healthy, managing stress, proper rest, deal with negative emotions and being mindful of our potentially dysfunctional behaviour. 

About The Author

Japneet Anand

She is the founder of Awaken (Positive Psychological Approach to Mental Health &Training), a Mumbai based organisation working towards Mental Health through training and coa.. Read More..


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