How you feel is not all in your head

Remember inertia from high school science? According to the Wikipedia,

“Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to a change in its state of motion or rest, or the tendency of an object to resist any change in its motion. Inertia comes from the Latin word, iners, meaning idle, or lazy.”

How inert is you body? Does it tend to lay in front of the TV a lot? Does it not want to get out of bed in morning? Does it resist any change that might make it uncomfortable?

There is a whole thing going on between our brain and our bodies. It’s a feedback loop where our brain sends chemical messages to our body and our body responds by sending messages back to our brain. See post “Our Gut Instincts”, November 5, 2011, or google “Enteric Nervous System” if you want to read about a specific kind of brain/body loop.

What you do with your body effects your brain. When you are anxious or depressed, “just get moving” is good advice. Exercise, yoga-tise, dance, sing, anything that gets you moving is good for your brain.

“But I have no energy,” you moan.

Guess what? Get up and do something and you will find the energy.

Doing nothing creates ‘do nothing inertia’. You want your inertia moving forward.

Plain and Simple Advice
Stop thinking about it and just do it!

About almondhead

I am a mental health counselor in private practice. One of the focuses of my practice is helping people with fear, anxiety and their ugly stepsister, depression. I became a counselor after a long career in the technology world, so naturally, I think of the brain as an engineering problem. It can help to understand something about how the brain works. I decided to start this blog as a way to help other people learn about fear, anxiety and relationship. (All our problems are really about relationships.) You can also find me at:
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