• Kimberly Boone

Don't Let Your Mind Bully Your Body!

The mind literally takes on a mind of it's own (pun intended)! My mind literally drives me crazy.! Raise your hand if you agree! I mean, our minds are so powerful that it can affect us physiologically. What we think can greatly impact how we feel. This is so true in fact, that the symptoms of some diseases and/or disorders are significantly influenced by stress and anxiety, which is a direct correlation to how we think. Migraine headaches are brought about by high levels of stress. Stomach and digestive disorders are also often held hostage to how our minds and effects how prevalent our symptoms become.

Take some time and think about this for a moment? How many times have you felt stressed, anxious, or depressed and experience somatic symptoms? You experienced headaches, upset stomach, vomiting, nausea, etc. All of these things occur because your mind sends signals of distress and discomfort to your body. I don't know about you, but I am tired of being held captive to my thoughts! Typically, when a person gets bullied they eventually get fed up and decide to take a stance and even fight back. Let's fight back! Let's show our minds who's the boss and no longer be a prisoner of our thoughts. It's time to take back control of our thoughts and show our minds who's really in charge! Here are some tips to help alleviate your symptoms of stress and anxiety:

1). Take some time to journal your thoughts. Journaling is a great way to eliminate the chatter in your mind. By putting the thoughts to paper, you are releasing them from your mind and freeing yourself of the emotional distress caused by the thoughts.

2). Create a safe place for you to actually sit with your thoughts and emotions and identify the irrational thoughts. When we take a step back and evaluate the thoughts rather than sit with them, the thoughts lose their power and it allows you to slow down and recognize that your thoughts are irrational and can be replaced with rational and more positive thoughts.

3). Take some time to pray and meditate. This allows you to be centered and in a place of peace. Prayer and meditation will calm your soul and clear your mind. It puts you in a place of clarity and sets you free from being bound by your thoughts and emotions.

Remember, what we think can have a significant impact on how we feel. Protect yourself! Don't let your mind bully your body!

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