Cogito ergo sum

Cogito Ergo Sum

Awareness, but where?

The medical network of DocCheck raised my awareness towards a very interesting German podcast. Psychocast is dealing with all phenomena related to psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy. In series 21they investigated the facts and myths connected to sports and mind.

There were quite some interesting facts:

1. Movement will uplift our mood. There are clear states of before and after sporting activity. We might have been moody, in thoughts, or even literally had black clouds around our head before we started to train. Afterwards everything seems bright and shines like a sunny day. The magic is that physical movement changes our brain activity. Moodiness is located in our prefrontal cortex. When we start to workout, we do not shut down this brain area, but we activate other areas of movement and coordination in an even higher degree, so that these areas overlap our moody area. In this way all our thoughts are blown away! Nothing can bother us in the here and now!

2. Sportive activity is also considered as stress or it can result in stress. Movement means activating of muscles, metabolism, organs etc. Are we already stressed for other reasons, it is not really recommended doing a high cardio workout. Yes, going back to fact no.1, stressful thoughts might be suppressed, but looking on our metabolism, we push it further into the red zones.

In order to release stress, we have to train our mind and body to do so. My favorite of the Asian approach are breathing methods like qigong, taiji or Calligraphy Health&Yoga – , but also Western methods are well established, like autogenous training or progressive muscle relaxation. The magic lies in finding the right balance between tension and relaxation.

Let’s do a leap in time:

In my childhood I already had contact with relaxation methods thanks to my mother – , and when I was between 8 and 12 I loved it.

One was a record from the German band leader Max Greger, who was also interested in health. It was called Trimm-und-Tanz-dich-fit and there had a guided relaxation sequence at the end.

The other record was autogenous training established by the physician Gisela Eberlein.

Both gave a good sleeping experience and an adventurous fantasy journey!

Good night and carry on!