Theme Month April - Listen to your body

03-04-2018

Sometimes we’re so busy rushing from one place to another that we don’t even notice the signals that our body is sending us. However, it is essential to take a moment during your day to press pause and listen to your body.  

The signals that our body sends us are an important indicator of how we’re doing not just physically but also mentally. For instance, when you are feeling a bit queasy, this could mean that you just ate something wrong, but it can also be a sign of stress or anxiety. Perhaps you have an important appointment coming up that you’re feeling nervous about.

Being able to notice these signals and to understand what they mean makes it easier to figure out how we can make changes that make us feel better or make it so that we are better able to cope with challenging situations.

Furthermore, because our body and mind are so closely linked we can change our mental state by changing our body activity. For instance, if you are feeling very stressed or anxious you can use certain breathing techniques to help calm yourself down. 

This month we will focus on the mind-body connection and we will discuss whether video games could help us listen to our body and practice techniques that change our body activity in a way that makes us feel better.

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Joanneke Weerdmeester

Researcher, psychologist, PhD-candidate, gamer, language enthusiast and lover of all things geeky.

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