The mind-body connection is a term, that characterizes the interdependence of physical and emotional health. Biological and chemical processes in human organisms impact emotions and thoughts, which, in turn, have a serious influence on the physical state. There are multiple symptoms, not connected with any medical diagnosis, which are occasionally experienced by almost all people. Among them are stomach pain, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and many others. A healthy person, finding one of these symptoms during times of stress, is considered to experience the mind-body connection. The process remains not completely clear to the scientists and the studies are being continued, however, there have already been found many proofs and explanations of this phenomenon.
The fact of the existence of the connection between mind and body is already proven, although scientists globally keep researching the problem to understand its nature. According to Dr. Jennifer Weinberg, a preventive and lifestyle medicine physician, it is important to understand that the brain is “the hardware”, permitting people to experience the thoughts, beliefs, and emotions, which are called the “mind” (Newport Academy, 2019). There is communication between the brain and neurological, endocrine, and immune systems, connecting the mind and body with the help of hormones and neurotransmitters (Newport Academy, 2019). The scientists found that there are “the actual neural networks that connect the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla, which actives the body’s response in stressful situations” (Newport Academy, 2019, para. 4). These processes can affect blood pressure, heart rate, and appetite, and can lead to the appearance of stomach pains or headaches. These findings demonstrate the impact of mental state on the physical condition, proving that the symptoms people experience during stressful periods are not psychosomatic but triggered by actual processes in the body.
In conclusion, in the human organism, there is a proven connection between the emotional state and the organs’ performance. Experts found biological and chemical processes, explaining this phenomenon and proving that the symptoms people encounter during times of stress are not caused by mental problems but by physiological reasons. Due to this mind-body connection, being under the emotional burden, people may experience different kinds of pains and organism malfunctioning. My personal experience also proves this position to be right as during stressful times, when being nervous, I often feel pain in my stomach, which is usually accompanied by nausea. The symptoms pass after the situation causing them to be left behind and positive emotions take control.
Newport Academy. (2019). Understanding the mind-body connection. Web.