The Mind-Body Connection
It shouldn’t be a surprise that mental well being and physical well being go together; they often impact each other in major ways. In particular, mental or emotional stress can physically impact your brain. According to Harvard University, to understand the way stress impacts your brain necessitates an understanding of how your brain works. “Your brain isn't just a single unit, but a group of different parts that perform different tasks . . . Researchers believe that when one part of your brain is engaged, the other parts of your brain may not have as much energy to handle their own vital tasks, he says. For example, if you are in a dangerous or emotionally taxing situation, the amygdala (the part of your brain that governs your survival instincts) may take over, leaving the parts of your brain that help to store memories and perform higher-order tasks with less energy and ability to get their own jobs done.” If your brain is constantly in crisis mode, how are you ever going to remember your notes for that big presentation at work?
So how do you reduce your stress? Some stress is unavoidable, but you can have some control over how you manage it. First and foremost, a certified counselor can teach you healthy coping skills. Another way you can decrease your stress is through exercise, which produces endorphins. Endorphins “are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of your body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.” Or to put it simply like Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, “Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” Are we suggesting you take medical advice from a 2001 Reese Witherspoon film? Of course not, but, in this instance, the film’s popular quote is correct about endorphins making you happy. It’s like the euphoria that comes after running, more commonly known as the “runner’s high.” Exercise can boost your overall mental well being, which can in turn benefit your physical health.
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 “Protect Your Brain from Stress.” Harvard Health Blog, Harvard University, Aug. 2018, www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/protect-your-brain-from-stress.
 “Exercise and Depression.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression#1.
 “Legally Blonde.” IMDb, IMDb.com, 2001, www.imdb.com/title/tt0250494/quotes.