Think Your Way Healthy
Have you ever noticed that the more you think about how bad you feel, the worse your symptoms get? It’s like the more you focus on your achy body, pounding head and complete lack of energy, the stronger these feelings become.
Why does this happen and, maybe more importantly, what can you do to stop it?
The Correlation Between Thoughts and Health
A lot of research has been conducted in this area to determine the correlation between a person’s thoughts and their physical condition. What studies are finding is that a person who remains positive and upbeat suffers fewer health issues. Why?
One theory is better internal resistance. A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that people who are optimistic have stronger immunity systems. This means that they’re more capable of fighting off bugs and diseases that may otherwise try to invade their body.
That’s great preventatively, but what if you are already feeling bad physically? Can you reverse a medical condition with just the thoughts in your head? Research also says yes.
According to one study, cardiac transplant patients who were positive during the course of their treatment experienced greater physical health six months after the surgery than those that were negative. This means that it’s never too late to improve your health by changing the way you view your illness.
How to Make it Happen
Whether you want to change the present condition of your health or just desire to protect it well into the future, staying positive can help make that happen. Here are a couple things you can do to move you in that direction:
? Count your blessings. Be grateful for all the great things that you already have and it’s hard to feel down about the areas that you feel you lack. When you approach life from a position of gratitude, you realize all the things that are going right for you.
? Stay in the moment. When you start to fear where your health is headed in the future, bring yourself back to the present. Focus on doing things in the here and now that are healthy and positive and don’t worry about anything else until and unless you have to.
? Choose to be a victor as opposed to a victim. Yes, you may have aches and pains, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let them rule your life. Make a conscious decision to win the health war even if it feels like you may lose a battle or two along the way.
Change your thoughts and there is a great likelihood that you’ll improve your health. At a minimum, you’ll at least improve your quality of life, so what do you have to lose by trying?
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