I have seen it with my own eyes. The connection between our bodies and our brains is undeniable. Our thoughts affect our physical well being and our physical status affects our mental health. It goes both ways. Your mind and body are powerful allies. How you think can affect how you feel. And how you feel can affect your thinking.
In addition to being a health coach, I work as a radiation therapist at the cancer centre and have done so for the past 23 years. Some patients have amazing attitudes and BELIEVE they can conquer the disease. Others, understandably so, come for their treatment feeling as if they have the lost the battle already. I have no data to back it up, but my experience has shown me that those who have a positive outlook and believe they can overcome cancer, usually do better than those who believe otherwise. Now, I’m not saying that other factors like the status of their disease and their overall well-being prior to diagnosis doesn’t come into play here. I’m just saying that attitude plays a huge role in addition to all these other factors.
The mind-body connection affects each and every one of us. Constant worry and stress over jobs, finances, or other problems can cause tense muscles, pain, headaches, and stomach problems. It may also lead to high blood pressure or other serious problems. We can all relate to stress, right?
Additionally, constant pain or a health problem like heart disease can affect your emotions. You might become depressed, anxious, and stressed, which could affect how well you treat, manage, or cope with your physical ailments.
Your mind can have a positive effect on your health, too. Having a positive outlook on life might help you better handle pain or stress and stay healthier than someone who is less hopeful.
Your brain produces substances that can improve your health. These substances include endorphins, which are natural painkillers, and gamma globulin, which strengthens your immune system.
Research shows that WHAT your brain produces depends in part on your thoughts, feelings, and expectations. If you’re sick but you have hope and a positive attitude and you believe that you’ll get better, your brain is likely to produce chemicals that will boost your body’s healing power. Sounds like a reason to think more positively!
Negative thoughts and emotions can keep your brain from producing some of the chemicals that help your body heal. But this doesn’t mean you should blame yourself for getting sick or feeling down about a health problem. Some illnesses are beyond your control. But your thoughts and state of mind are resources you can use to help you heal.
So, let’s think about this for a minute…..If there is such a strong relationship between our minds and bodies, then why don’t we start thinking positive thoughts? Right now. Today. No matter what is going on with your body, picture it healthy and vital. Picture yourself achieving the goals you want to achieve. Picture yourself conquering your health problems or successfully losing those pesky pounds. And just be happy!
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