Did you ever get a strange feeling in your stomach when you’re stressed? Or butterflies when you were around someone you had a crush on? We often think of our mind and our body as two separate parts. Yet, our brains and all the organs in our bodies constantly communicate with each other. This means our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can affect our bodies and vice versa. Incredible, right?
Well, want to hear something even more incredible? Scientists have discovered that imagery actually strengthens our bodies. People who imagine themselves lifting heavy objects actually become stronger. This technique can be used to improve sports performance or specific skills. Dancers use this technique to rehearse their performances before they hit the stage. You can think of it as practicing flying a plane in a simulator before flying a real one. It allows us to train our brains to deal with complex or stressful situations. So, go ahead, take risks, and master your craft!