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What is the Mind-Body Connection?

It's no secret that when we have stuff going on mentally and emotionally, it can also affect us physically.  When we're stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, we often feel it in our bodies too.  We may also start suffering from headaches, tense muscles, insomnia and digestion issues.  The same goes the other way too, physical aches and pains can take a toll on our emotional wellbeing.

The connection between our emotions and physical health is tricky, but the science is clear, they're deeply linked.  For example, when we're stressed, our brain releases hormones like cortisol that get us ready to either run away or stay and fight.  But we're not really built to stay in that "fight or flight" mode for too long.  If we do, it can wear down our body's systems over time and we find ourselves getting sick.  We're sick (or in pain), which makes us feel cranky, anxious, or even depressed and we’re back at the beginning of the cycle…it just keeps going!

Traditionally, western medicine has often treated physical and mental health as separate issues. But thankfully, there are some amazing doctors out there who are taking a more holistic approach.  They recognise that our mind, body, and emotions are all connected.

As with so many things, one size does not fit all and it could be that the western medicine approach to healing is right for you.  However, there are many other alternative approaches out there and that's where the work I do with reiki and holistic life coaching comes in.

Reiki is a type of energy healing that aims to reduce stress, help you relax, and restore balance in your body.  By clearing energy blockages and boosting your natural healing abilities, reiki can help with both emotional and physical healing.

Holistic life coaching is all about helping you develop the self-awareness, mindset, and healthy habits you need to live your best life. A good coach will work with you to get to the root of what's going on - whether it's emotional, physical, or a mix of both.

There are also many tools and resources out there to help us address this mind-body connection.  By taking care of our emotional resilience and supporting our physical systems, we can break free from the cycle and become our healthiest, most fabulous selves.

Like most growth work, it's a journey and can be hard work, but it's so worth it. When we learn to care for our whole being - mind, body, and soul - that's when the real magic starts to happen.

Much love

Carmen x

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I feel like you are talking solely to me here Carmen. After the weekend I just had, I needed to read this, thank you.

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