Mind-Body Connection It helps to understand that there are two distinct parts of the brain. One region supports our feelings and emotions and the other one function as an area for processing higher levels of thought and analysis. The first area is where we do our “quick thinking” and how we respond to people or situations.  Since humans are the only species in the animal kingdom that have this ability to do higher level of thinking, we tend to be our own worst enemy, when contemplating thoughts of ourselves.  It is important to validate and acknowledge your feelings and emotions.  You must train yourself to have good positive thoughts and not dwell on only what is bad.  This can be very draining emotionally and physically to your well being.   Awareness of your feelings is healthy and should not be dismissed but at the same time they should not be dwelled on either.  When emotions are on high we tend to over-react or over eat, or do something that is dangerous to ourselves or others.  The act of consuming food activates a region of the brain that offers pleasure and bio-chemically you feel a soothing of any pain you are experiencing for that moment, much like a drug that offers temporary relief. Despite our best efforts to avoid pain and suffering in our lives, we do not possess the means to control or solve all of these problems completely on our own.  Our lives are a delicate balancing act. We constantly need to assess how we are utilizing the time set aside for work, family, everyday chores, diet, rest, exercise, and relaxation. That is why we suggest that to manage all these variables in your life, that you find ways to relax your mind and free yourself of these thoughts and emotions that make up the “monkey mind”. An hour of inner reflection and expansion, a time for you, a time for stillness can be just as productive as the time we are physically moving about with our daily work and other chores. We have a tendency to have our minds or thoughts either constantly trying to plan or think of what it  is we are going to do next or reflecting on something that occurred in the past. Meditation offers us a opportunity to look to the present and find a place for serenity and be in the moment. Constant stress can wreak havoc on our nervous system. Every day we put ourselves out in a world of stress producing situations. We cannot always control these instances. A way to offset these disturbances is to find a dedicated time and place each day to where you can calm yourself, unwind, to find inner peace within yourself.  It is scientifically proven that the brain waves of those who meditate show they are healthier. The benefits that meditation provides include and anxiety reduction, improved body systems (blood pressure, circulation, organs, etc.), improved concentration and sense of well-being, decreased insomnia, depression, headaches, obesity plus many more. Attending support groups can also offer a way to confirm that what you are going through is similar to others who are on this same weight loss journey. We really encourage you make these meetings part of your post-op plan as each of our members and guest speakers will help you view your life in a more healthy and refreshing way.  You will then be better prepared to tackle these unexpected, irresolvable issues that sneak up on us and challenge our health, well being, and peace of mind. See more about Patient Support. Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Pleatman Surgical Bariatric Surgery Mark A. Pleatman M.D. weight loss surgery weight loss surgery Bloomfield Hills Michigan 248 334-5444 Mark A. Pleatman, M.D. 43494 Woodward Ave. #202, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 248-334-5444, Fax: 248-334-5484 email:  info@drpleatman.com