Our mind and emotions affect our immune system

Updated: Jun 20


For a long time, we have known that our thoughts affect our world perception. With our thoughts, we create our reality. But recent researches in human conscience and psycho-neuro-immunology deepen our understanding of the human body. That mind-body-spirit connection is not three parts entity; it is one sophisticated unit. Every change in one of the parts will affect another. Every change has a ripple effect on every organ in our body. Our thoughts do not just affect how we see the world around us, but they also affect our immune system. For example, if we are experiencing fear, anger, or other negative emotions that may increase our stress level. Then these unsettling thoughts are reflected by the brain, and the brain then stimulates the endocrine system to release hormones that harm the immune cells; they ability to divide, decrease the production and effectiveness of B and T cells. The inability this sells to divide causes a decline in immune function, which may result in you becoming more susceptible to illness. It is common knowledge that chronic stress suppresses the digestive system, creates chronic inflammatory conditions, and weakens our immune system. When we are stressed, the cells in your body will give information that keeps them in a protective state (sympathetic CNS response). When stress becomes chronic (toxic work environment, a relationship, or PTSD) high level of cortisol begins circulating in the blood for an extended period suppressing your immune system.

One of the most critical factors of stress management is our reaction to a stressful situation. Most people believe that it is an external stressful situation or people that cause their stress. But this is not accurate. If a group of people is exposed to the same “stressor,” everyone in this group will respond/react differently. We can make a conscious choice whether the “stressor” will trigger our stress response or not. A few stress management tips: · Keep a positive attitude. · Accept events that we cannot control. · Be assertive instead of aggressive. · Learn and practice relaxation techniques. · Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit. · Avoid processed food. · Learn to say no to requests that could create stress in your life. · Set up a time for your daily “me time” for hobbies or something that brings you joy. · Get enough rest and sleep.

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