How much does stress contribute towards our illness?

I have been hearing more and more about the effects of stress on the human body and mind. A lot of professionals say that so many illnesses begin with stress in the mind – cancer, for example.

The mind is a collection of memories from the past, visions for the future, and with these thoughts follow with emotion – joy, sadness, anger, fear, trust, distrust, surprise and anticipation.

A stressor may begin in the mind in the form of something like a trauma. These sometimes traumatic memories become stored and embedded, particularly if the experience or event came with a lot of intense emotions. In fact, the more intense the emotion at the time, the more emotional baggage you are likely to experience in the present and future.

The issue is, these things don’t finish in the mind – This is just the beginning.

Its the limbic system in the brain which is commonly referred to as the ’emotional brain’. Its here where the initial thoughts created by the logical mind relating to something stressful, meets with the chemical factory of your brain, which is the creator of neurotransmitters like; oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin, adrenaline, noradrenaline, endorphins, acetylcholine, glutamate and aminobutyric acid.

All of these neurotransmitters carry different functions. Sometimes, your body needs adrenaline, when stakes are high. It needs serotonin for mood, and dopamine for pleasure – the limbic brain is where these chemical concoctions in the brain occur, and this sends electrochemical signals from the brain to all different parts of the body.

Once these chemicals enter the blood stream, they travel to your organs, and so what began as a thought in the mind, is now something you experience throughout your body. These impulses of the mind get transferred into the body and become things actions and behaviors.

This is what plugs your body into the software of your brain – the mind. So, how much do these thoughts contribute to some of the chronic illnesses and diseases?

Looking at it from the lens of mind and body connection, its clear that this is all a full body and brain unification. Even small day to day things that go unnoticed, every thought is creating an emotional and bodily response.

This is the synchrony of the mind and body that creates our full experience.