Taking Charge Of Your Health – The Mind Body Connection with Joy Francis

What is the mind-body connection? Simply put it suggests that both our mind and body connect somehow. A complicated explanation says that our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. In fact…

In this episode of Hard Talk, I interview Joy Francis of JoyFit World. Joy is a fitness instructor, FitMom, and yoga enthusiast. I go hard with her about what is the most important thing you should focus on. I ask the question, “Is it your mind or your body that needs focus?”

I start the discussion with my observation that when people go through a traumatic experience, the first thing they want to change is their weight. Joy asserts that the body is naturally made to move so when trauma is introduced emotionally, the automatic physical response is movement. Change is necessary because your body wants to come out of that comfort zone and ease the trauma. The benefit of movement for some makes them more creative, gives them clarity or overall makes them more healthy. Joy explains that the response to trauma depends on each individual and can be a spiritual, physical or mindset thing.

The benefit of movement for some makes them more creative, gives them clarity or overall makes them more healthy. Take a listen to our conversation.

Some Common Responses to Trauma


  • Feeling hopeless about the future
  • Feeling detached or unconcerned about others
  • Having trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Having disturbing dreams and memories or flashbacks
  • Having work or school problems


  • Trouble sleeping and feeling very tired
  • Failure to engage in exercise, diet, safe sex, regular health care
  • Stomach upset and trouble eating
  • Pounding heart, rapid breathing, feeling edgy
  • Severe headaches
  • Ongoing medical problems get worse
  • Excessive smoking, alcohol, drugs, eating


  • Feeling nervous, helpless, fearful, sad
  • Distrusting others and getting into conflicts
  • Avoiding people, places, and things related to the event
  • Feeling shocked, numb, and not able to feel love or joy
  • Easily upset or agitated
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Self-blaming or having negative views of everything
  • Being withdrawn, feeling rejected, or abandoned
  • Loss of intimacy or feeling detached

At the end of the day, the mind is the brainpower and super source of everything! Once you conquer the mind, you conquer the body. Click below to listen to our conversation.


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