In my last article we explored our ability to control habits and addictions by influencing our behaviors internally. We looked at how to effectively communicate with the unconscious mind by consciously making a decision so the unconscious mind can carry it out. Besides influencing our unconscious mind internally we can influencing our unconscious physically. That’s right, the way we use our bodies can directly influences how we feel and what we do.
Have you ever people watched and noticed the many ways people express themselves? You may notice the expressions on their faces can be happy, joyful, sad, angry, hopeless to name a few. Their bodies are expressing how they feel as well. Maybe they are energetic, slow, looking up or down as they move along. Beginning to notice throughout the day what is going on in your body can be a great start to influencing yourself emotionally.
The very well-known motivational speaker and coach Tony Robbins says, “your physiology is a feedback loop with your emotions.” He encourages us to think for a moment about how we feel and notice we feel it through our nervous system. This creates a physical response. If you have ever seen him on stage you maybe noticed he enters and presents himself jumping up and down in a very highly energetic state. One of his most famous quotes is “If you want to change your life you have to change your state,” and often begins his programs with having everyone get up and move their bodies while engaging in an exercise that takes them out of their current state into a more receptive state for change. He is beginning their path to change their state of being by encouraging them to move their bodies.
This feedback loop goes both ways between our body and our emotions. It stands to reason that we can influence our behaviors by using our physicality to change our emotional state. By paying attention to your posture while sitting at your desk. Maybe noticing the tension in your body while driving or if you are taking deep full breaths while watching television or sitting at the computer you can then make some simple changes in your body. As you do this you can easily make powerful changes in how you feel. Les Brown, another motivational speaker, says “If you can look up, you can get up.” These are very powerful words to remember and practice when feeling down.
Why not simply smile? There is much research on the act of smiling. It is good for your health in a number of ways. It can reduce stress, helps heart health by lowering blood pressure. It boosts your immune system by lowering cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body. It is said a simple smile, even forced, produces endorphins and serotonin in the brain causing positive emotions. Looking in the mirror and smiling is a great practice. NBC News reported on January, 9, 2018 that a “smile contagion is so potent, that we may even be able to catch one from ourselves. Mirror work often suggests you smile at yourself every day.
Hypnosis is simply suggestion. It can be from your hypnotherapist, self talk or moving our bodies to influence our behaviors.
Until next time smile and have a beautiful day!