How The Mind Affects the Physical Body

Even though it does not take a qualified doctor to know that your brain controls your body and is, in essence, the nucleus of everything, there are more than a few fascinating ways in which the mind affects the body. So, with this in mind, continue reading to discover four ways the mind does just that!

Stress Has Visible Side-Effects 

Stress is one of those health conditions which is on such a sliding scale of severity that the word has, in its true context, lost some of its meaning. This is why when some people hear that a colleague has taken time off work due to stress, they automatically assume that that individual simply cannot handle their workload or, worse, is simply looking for an excuse to stay home.

In reality, however, stress can have innumerable negative effects on your body. The origins of stress may not be in the present moment and could alternatively be a delayed reaction to a traumatic event, such as losing a loved one. For example, many people with psoriasis only developed the skin condition after experiencing trauma. 

It Can Stop You Wanting to Eat

There are myriad reasons why, at some point or another in your life, you may simply lack the feeling of wanting to eat and instead prefer that rumbling motion inside your stomach when you deny it food. In the vast majority of cases, however, such as when you suffer a bereavement or a similarly ‘out of the blue’ shock, it is your mind protecting you somehow and denying you humanity’s most basic urge.

There are, of course, exceptions to this, such as the swallowing disorder dysphagia, and if you have been diagnosed with such a condition or know someone who has, you should absolutely recommend they try Simply Thick liquid thickener. If there are ways around being able to eat when you have a physical condition, you can find solutions for when the mind is what is stopping you. 

Depression Can Make You Want to Withdraw

Supportive friends of those who are living with MDD (Major Depressive Disorder) often want to rally around their loved ones when they are going through a low period to show how much they care. However, in the case of some people with depression, they instead feel as if they are better off or, indeed, want to be, spending time alone for the vast majority of the time and moreover, feel enormous trepidation and even dread when about to see people who they love with all their heart. Each person will cope in different ways. 

Physically, many people who are living with depression often feel fatigued, and it can sometimes be too much effort to physically get out of bed, let alone cope with the side effects of the mental illness. Other physical symptoms of depression on the body include weight loss or weight gain, slower muscle movement, and a general feeling of walking through treacle. Again, how depression affects each person is different, but this is what a person could possibly experience.