Many think that the mind and the body are two completely separate systems that work independently of one another. While it is true that they have many different responsibilities, they are also extensively intertwined. What happens to one most definitely affects the other.
For instance, let’s look at one thing that everyone has experienced: stress.
Stress can make you forgetful, damage brain cells, create a build-up in an area of your brain called the amygdala, lowers many brain chemicals, can cause inflammation in your brain as well as many other negative effects.
These effects then take a toll on emotional well-being. The amygdala is the fear centre of the brain and it affects your level of anxiety. A change in your brain chemicals causes depression. Damaged brain cells and forgetfulness will make your mind slower and more prone to mistakes, which can greatly affect your self-image.
This, in turn, affects your body. Weight gain, tremors, high blood pressure, agitation, a high heart rate and bouts of intense sudden anger, sadness or frustration are common. This then causes an effect on your mind and emotions and it starts all over again.
So you see, there is a vicious cycle of your mind, body and emotions all influencing one another. So how can you get out of this endless circle?