Is it that easy? Not usually, but it is a powerful concept to know that our thoughts control our responses. Think about that for a second…how you interpret a situation, and how you react to it, can alter the severity of a situation and your anxiety levels. Our mind is a powerful tool. It literally controls every part of our body.
The mind-body connection is not new. However, the awareness of how to manage it has been a very big focus over the last few years. Some of these methodologies include meditation, relaxation exercises, breathing activities, and guided imagery. Exercise is always one of the main recommendations in all health arenas as it releases chemicals in your body, called endorphins, that interact with the receptors in your brain to reduce perceptions of pain and trigger a positive feeling throughout your body. It is an incredible stress reducer.
So this April, known as Stress Awareness Month, I implore you to evaluate tools that can help you reduce your stress. You will benefit so much in the long run. Or, take a trip to Europe – they seem to have figured it out.