Staying Immune By Staying Positive
It not just me that's saying it either - a growing number of studies suggest that there is a much stronger link between mind, body and good health than people thought.
What is the mind/body connection?
However, when one or the other is weighing down one end of the “scale”, you feel unhealthy, tired, unmotivated and miserable. To put it another way – the mind and body are intimately connected and what affects one affects the other.
The brain produces a number of substances that affect your health, including endorphins, which are natural painkillers, and gamma globulin, which boosts your immune system. The amount of these that are released depends on how you're feeling - a positive attitude helps your brain produce them efficiently when you need them most.
Scientists haven’t really figured out the mechanisms behind the mind/body connection as they are complex, but that doesn't mean you can't formulate some strategies to help you stay in tip-top mental condition. Reduce stress by exercising, eating well and enforcing positive messages about yourself and you may see drastic improvements in your health and well-being.
You won’t be able to eliminate every bad mood or stressor in your life, but you can take action to preserve your mental health and ensure a healthier body.