Change Your Mind, Change Your Health
Many of us expect a doctor and a pill to cure them of their ailments, ailments that are often preventable and aren’t always effectively treated with a pill. This type of mentality typically stems from a lack of knowledge about the tremendous healing capabilities of our bodies and our minds. The key to being healthy is to work with our innate wisdom, which requires maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but more so, with our emotional and psychological well being.
If we believe we aren’t going to feel better, we limit any possible solutions for becoming well. If we are caught up in a victim mentality and expect someone or something else to “fix” us, then we will never the take the necessary steps to improve our health and our life. Constantly identifying with illness and disease creates blinders to the blessings and positive aspects of health that exist in our life. Most healthy people I know are happy, and the ones that are not as healthy, usually have a relatively better quality of life when they have a positive attitude.
Stress is on the rise, and alcohol, tobacco, drugs and food are some of the ways in which people try to reduce the stress response. These unhealthy lifestyle behaviors are major contributing factors to the rising rates of chronic disease in our country. There is such a thing as healthy stress that protects us from danger, but if not dealt with appropriately, stress can take its toll on our bodies. Stress is our body’s response to input to our brain, which again is influenced by our perception and the way we think. Our bodies will react to our thoughts the same way they will react to a tiger that is attacking us. If our minds are caught up dwelling in the past or worrying about the future, we are constantly exposing ourselves to our body’s stress chemicals. It is only in the present moment that we can consciously control the stress response. This is why meditation and techniques such as EFT during hypnotherapy are so beneficial for keeping us in the present moment with consistent positive reinforcement for our health and for our life.
Thinking positively empowers us to be accountable for our lives and allows us to create healthy lifestyle choices. Being healthy requires self-appreciation, which is influenced by how we feel about ourselves. If we don’t value ourselves, we are less likely to prioritize our health. Positive thinking has been scientifically proven to decrease levels of stress hormones in the body. The meaning we give to how a treatment will affect us is validated through the placebo effect.
It’s also important to note that there is no wrong way to feel or think. People’s reality is filtered through their own lens of perception, which is different for everyone. Many of us have long-standing ways of doing things, and the good news is that we can always change habits. It’s about taking a step back and observing what kinds of thoughts we have about ourselves, and changing these thoughts if they are harming us in some way.
Your brain is constantly adapting and rewiring itself. Your thoughts and behaviors influence this process. If certain thoughts and behaviors are repeated often enough, a strong connection, also known as a neural pathway, is created.
Just think of your brain as a dynamic, connected power grid, with billions of roads and pathways lighting up every time you think, feel or do something. Some of these roads are well travelled. These are your habits; your established ways of thinking, feeling and doing. Every time you think in a certain way, practice a particular task, or feel a specific emotion, you strengthen this road, and it becomes easier for your brain to travel this pathway.
When you think about something differently, learn a new task, or choose a different emotion, you are carving out a new road. If you keep traveling that road, your brain begins to use this pathway more and this new way of thinking. Feeling and doing becomes second nature. The old pathway becomes used less and less and it weakens. This process of rewiring your brain by forming new connections and weakening old ones is neuroplasticity in action.
One reason why it is so difficult to change the way you think, feel, and behave is that your beliefs and corresponding neural pathways have been formed early in life. They have been reinforced and strengthened, over and over again. In other words, your brain activity has carved out a deep and well traveled road. If that road remains and no new roads are built and strengthened, it is very difficult to change your ways, and you will easily fall back into old patterns. Creating and strengthening new, positive neural pathways is an essential part of achieving lasting change.
The good news is that we all have the ability to learn and change by rewiring our brains. If you have ever changed a bad habit, or thought about something differently, you have carved a new pathway in your brain, experiencing neuroplasticity firsthand. With repeated and directed attention towards your desired change, you can effectively rewire your brain to move forward and live a healthy, abundant life.
With just a few short sessions, Hypnotherapy can give you those permanent desired changes you are looking for!!
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