Your Thoughts Directly Effect the Function and Longetivity of Your Body
We get hopeful. We get excited about venturing back into the studio. Then, the COVID cases and fatalities swell again. So, much time is passing. Maybe we thought that this would only last for a couple of months, and then we could get back to normal life. When will it ever end?
Lately, I have spent more time coaching my clients through their sadness and frustration about staying home. I am a Nutrition, Fitness and Lifestyle Coach and Personal Trainer. Besides food and physical activity, I know that our attitudes, stresses, and how we perceive certain situations directly effect our bodies at the cellular level. Scientific research continues to prove how we choose to experience and deal with stressful situations will show up in the length of our telomeres. Our telomeres are at the ends of our chromosomes and their length determines the lifespan of the cell and how it thrives. We have the power to effect our own DNA and, therefore, our long-term health outcomes.
If you would like to learn more about the science behind it, I highly recommend the book The Telomer Effect by Nobel Prize-winning scientists, Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel, PhDs. It is understandable and inspiring.
I know the importance of a good attitude to lengthen our lives. Some of us are having a hard time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. There is a light. We are the light. We don’t have to get it from anyone or anything else. We possess the light. The cells of our bodies are listening to our thoughts. Our mental state can add to or subtract years from our lives. See it as a challenge that we can overcome rather than a threat. Instead of feeling depleted and helpless, we can have a Positive Stress Response that makes us stronger.
Not that we shouldn’t feel and honor our feelings, but there is a point at which we could be negatively effecting our physiology. That is when we have the power to make a decision to see situations from a new positive perspective. A perspective that allows us to thrive and be happy, no matter the situation. Since we don’t have control over this situation, we create more stress for ourselves and our bodies by replaying negative thoughts and feelings. Instead, we can ask “What can I do to make the best of this situation?” “What are the opportunities that can and have arisen?”
This is a divine opportunity – What can we learn from this? What is better because of this? If it is not better, how can we work with it? This is an opportunity to get creative and make things better.
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Brenda Morgan, A Health Warrior, is a Master Health Coach Nutritionist, an ACSM Personal Trainer and a Fitness Teacher. Her goal is to inspire, motivate and support millions of people to make better choices to create their best lives. She has practiced for more than 15 years in the health and fitness industry. She wants to share her knowledge and expertise with everyone so that they don’t have to suffer the modern diseases that are affecting so many and their families. Good Nutrition, Fitness and Lifestyle Habits are the keys to Living to your Full Potential.
Brenda is a wife and the mother of two teenagers. She has a Bachelors in Music from Baylor University, a Masters in Business and is currently pursuing her Masters in Nutrition.
Email Brenda or call her: 210-842-3008