“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
It sucks to feel bad all the time. I get it...I’ve been there! It can be really easy to feel helpless, hopeless, and like things are totally out of your control when you’ve been suffering physical symptoms for even a short time.
But what if I told you that one of your most powerful tools for healing is something that you already have, that you were born with, and that you DO have control over?
BINGO! It’s your brain. You know…your mindset!
There are COUNTLESS studies that recognize the relationship between a positive attitude and healing. I’m not saying that thinking about sunshine, rainbows, and kittens all day will by itself completely heal dis-ease…but it’s been proven to help immensely in the healing process.
Have you heard the stories of those who have been given a terminal diagnosis, but survived for years and years because they TRULY believed they would?
How can this be?
Well your brain is actually able to change over time with repetition. The more consistent positive thoughts you have, the more the brain’s neurons change the chemical signals to your cells. This both impacts the genetic expression of your cells AND alters the structure and the function of your brain.
This can impact you either way: negative thoughts promote a negative response, telling your cells that something is wrong while positive thoughts can help promote a healing response at the cellular level.
A positive attitude also helps you reduce stress, boost your immune system, and increase your mental and physical resilience- all necessary for vibrant health.
And the best part? Positive thinking is YOUR choice and it’s something that IS within your control!
I know. It’s easier said than done when you’re sick and tired and feeling sorry for yourself (I know- I’ve been there!). But I strongly encourage you to give it a try!
Changing my attitude many years ago was a game changer!
Here are 10 things you can do to develop a positive mindset that ultimately helps heal your body too!
- View yourself full of vibrant health. The way you view yourself becomes your reality. If you view yourself as strong and empowered in your healing journey, you’ll be strong and empowered. If you view yourself as sick and adopt a “victim” mentality, this is how you’ll remain.
- Reframing. Rather than bringing attention to the things you can’t do because of your illness/symptoms, focus on ALL of the things you CAN do. Now doesn’t that feel better?
- Believe you can heal! THIS is a game changer!! Your thoughts are so powerful that they become your truth!
- Relationships. Those you choose to give your time and energy to are so important! Make it a point to connect often with those who lift you up and consider distancing yourself from those who bring you down. It’s not selfish – it’s your health on the line.
- With that said, it’s always helpful to have a confidant you can confide in - one who will listen and support you without judgement and help you stay positive on the days you’re struggling.
- Then there’s your Doctor. Is she negative in her words and actions- or does she listen, truly provide support, and share your belief that healing is possible?
- Smile. It’s an easy one and it just makes you feel instantly happier. Plus it’s contagious!
- Spend time in nature. The sights, sounds, smells, and fresh air of the outdoors is an instant mood booster that trickles to the cellular level.
- Meditate. Guided meditations can help bring calm and promote well-being…even if it’s just for a few minutes each day.
- Practice gentle yoga. It’s a great way to move your body gently when you’re not feeling well. Yoga releases your “feel good” hormones and promotes positive thinking.
And this is just the beginning! There are so many more things you can do each day to cultivate a positive mindset.
Are you ready to make this shift?
I’d love to help! I can be your confidant who is there to support you 100% of the time while also adding in the scientific methods I’ve used to help so many clients heal their digestive issues.
Let’s talk to see if my approach is right for you! You can schedule your complimentary telehealth consult here.