Love learning new words? Here’s a new word for you: psychoneuroimmunology. Up until last year, I never heard the word. Let’s break it down. Psycho = Psychology. Neuro = Neuroscience. Immunology = the study of the immune system. Put it together and you get “the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body.”
Several years ago, I came down with a cold every 4-6 weeks for the better part of a year. I went to see several doctors and no solutions. Then I made a "epic - huge - change my life forever" kind of decision and it was many months before I was sick again. Interesting. A mentor of mine thought I was consistently sick was from all the stress I was under before making that decision. Sick from stress? I smiled but thought that was a crazy idea.
Now, research is proving her right. There are many studies showing that “stressful life experiences can influence the activity of the immune system, which is known to play a critical role in the body’s defense … against cancer and infections.”
Want to help your body (and mind) to stay healthy? Let this be an invitation write “decrease stress” at the top of your daily “to do” list. It could be exercise, meditation, laughter … whatever brings ease and joy (and health!) in your body. Seriously, write it out and check it off your list.
Ready to geek it up and arm yourself with a stack of research articles on the topic? Check out The Stress and Health Research Program at the Ohio State University Medical Center: http://pni.osumc.edu/publications.html
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 Psychoneuroimmunology. (n.d.). Retrieved September 30, 2015 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychoneuroimmunology
 Kabit-Zinn, J. (2013). Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness (2nd ed.). United States: Bantam Books.