6 common ways to focus the mind to promote health:
- Guided imagery
- Autogenic training
How does mental activity influence the body's physiological processes?
Nerve cells in brain's thoughts and feelings connect to other nerve cells in the brain,
body, hormone-producing tissues, organs, and immune cells ⇒ influence body’s physiological processes and maintain homeostasis
The autonomic nervous system (ANS)
Receive info about the state of the body and activate the nerve fibers of the ANS to maintain appropriate physiological balance. Even though the ANS functions unconsciously, the signals it sends can be affected by thoughts and feelings.
Examples of systems regulated by the ANS (autonomic nervous system) (5)
heart rate, blood pressure, GI tract activity, sweating, and elimination.
Where does ANS center?
Centers in the brain, principally the brain stem and