Anyone who has read a self help book or knows anything about life coaching, has heard about the power of our mind and how interconnected mind and body are. For some, this is easy to buy into. For others, not so much. I am somewhere in between. A few years ago, I started working on my thoughts and my mindset. It has changed a lot about what I can do and how I show up. I never made the connection of mindset and health. But now I am reading a book Mind over Medicine by Lissa Rankin MD. I am only a few chapters in but it has gotten me thinking.
Thinking happy or peaceful thought allows the body to focus on healing and repair. If the body is in a state of stress it is focussing on vital job and vital jobs are the ones that keep you alive. Survival is the priority. Long term health is not. This is just one example of how our minds and thoughts affect our health and bodies.
It is so much easier to get anywhere when you know where you are going. The more specific directions are to your destination, the easier it will be to get there. Same with your health or your life. If you spend time thinking about where you want to be or what you want to do, you will create a roadmap on how to get there. Someone once told me to make decisions based on the person you WANT TO BE not the person you are now. That small change in thinking can have big results in life. I want to be a person who is active so I am going to do yoga or stretch every day so my hamstring and hip don’t ache. I want be a person who connected to my long distance friends. That version of me will send a text when a funny memory pops into her mind or randomly call to say hi.
If you are not where you want to be health wise, I challenge you to think about this. If you have a chronic condition that takes a lot of your time or are recovering from an illness, injury or if you just aren’t feeling great… think about your thoughts. Does your brain allow you to be healthy… see yourself as healthy? Use the powerful tool of your thoughts to move you toward the person you want to be!💕