How are you feeling today? As you are reading this article, do you sense aches, pains, and a general feeling of malaise as you reflect on the day's events and anticipate the same daily grind tomorrow?
Or are you vibrant, full of energy, ready to go, and grateful for every blessed experience you've had up to this point?
The reason is likely your thought process. Studies point to the fact that we have nearly 6000 thoughts in a day, and most of these are not consciously generated by us. They are a reaction to stimuli, conversations, emotions, experiences, physical sensations, and other triggers that are signals for the brain to make an association with something. Sounds like a runaway train, doesn't it?
What if you could take control of the runaway train?
What if taking control of your conscious thoughts, and learning to pay attention to those thoughts that float through your consciousness in an attempt to change them, could impact your health? Our mind-body connection is far more powerful than we originally thought; thoughts influence emotions that become physical and biochemical reactions in our bodies and this has a significant impact on our state of health. Even thinking about the future produces physical responses in the body and sets up patterns of illness and disease, particularly if those thoughts are rooted in fear, stress, or anger.
How thoughts affect our health
Recent studies point to the impact that our thoughts can have on emotions. Emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety, dread, and resentment cause biochemical responses in the brain, signaling them to release "rescue" hormones that put all systems of the body on high alert. As we are not hard-wired to keep receiving this amount of stressful input, it can take its toll over time diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer are all borne of an inflammatory response and a weakened immune system caused by excess stress and negative thought patterns.
On the other hand, we have tremendous healing potential when we become conscious of our thoughts and emotions, and then work to change them. Releasing toxic emotions, changing habitually negative thinking patterns with carefully chosen, positively directed thought, and anticipating great results often brings about significant improvement that may not have been seen otherwise.
Ways that positive thought can impact your health.
Thanks to several scientific discoveries, we now have tangible proof that our mental mindset can significantly impact our health, and that positive thought is one of the most potent weapons against illness, aging, and disease. Here are some ways that positive thoughts and positive emotions impact your health:
- Immunity is strengthened;
- Blood pressure is reduced and regulated;
- Greater feelings of strength and resilience are experienced;
- Longevity is increased;
- Pain tolerance is more efficient, and people experience a reduction in inflammatory conditions;
- People experience more feelings of happiness and joy in daily life;
- Greater capacity for fulfilling relationships is experienced;
- Self-esteem and self-confidence are increased significantly;
- It becomes easier to create health-promoting habits.
Dr. Masuru Emoto, a Japanese scientist, has shown the world just how potent our thoughts and words have on the world around us. With his images of frozen water crystals, he and a team of researchers spent countless hours subjecting water molecules to both positive and negative stimuli, including thoughts, words, and images. The results were astonishing; water molecules that had been subjected to positive words and images restructured themselves into beautiful, pristine crystalline shapes, while the water molecules that had been subjected to negative stimuli or neglect were chaotic, dirty, and misshapen.
Considering that our body is comprised of anywhere from 60-80 percent water, the evidence seems clear that to maintain clean health, we need to clean up the mind and our thought processes. Your thoughts have the capacity to build up or destroy, make ill, or help heal. Take control of your thoughts, and you will change your health and your world.
Strong mind, strong body
Your road to better health starts today; begin to notice your thought processes, your emotions, and how your perception of the world has an intimate effect on your health and the quality of your life. Begin to retrain your mind and take control of your thoughts, words, and actions, and optimal health will follow suit.
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How can hypnosis be used as a therapy to treat health issues, both physical and psychological?
With the advent of progress in healthcare, mind-body philosophy has gained importance. This philosophy explains that the mind and body are not different entities in a human. Rather, they are closely interconnected with each other. Health, and likewise disease, are the result of interaction between these two components. This shows the importance of the mind in emotional well-being and physical health. There are many kinds of therapies that are used to make our brain work better. These therapies improve the quality of life, reduce stress, and control the physical symptoms in various chronic diseases, particularly for young individuals. Hypnosis is one of these mind-body therapies.
Hypnosis can be defined as the cultivation of imagination in an altered state of consciousness (awareness and alertness) within a focused state (with or without physical relaxation), in which an individual is selectively focused, absorbed, and concentrating upon a particular situation or image aimed at improving psychological and physical health. It is an internal imaginative process. It uses the imagination to have the senses of touching, hearing, smelling, or tasting something. So, it’s pretty much like daydreaming.
Hypnosis is an important mind-body tool that serves as an adjunct to conservative medical care. It uses self-directed therapeutic measures to create an imaginative field and improve the connection between mind and body. It is an easy teachable coping skill that individuals can learn for a minor effort. There are many similarities between hypnosis and other mind-body therapies. Their features overlap with each other. All of these therapies are aimed at self-empowered change physical and psychological state.
When a person is into a hypnotic state, he is highly responsive to hypnotherapy. Different therapeutic suggestions include decreasing or eliminating undesirable symptoms, reframing and rethinking distorted thoughts about situations and stressors, building a positive attitude, reinforcing control over the reaction to situations, and strengthening the belief in the ability of the mind and body to work together to create desirable changes in behavior. These desirable changes will lead to better psychological and physical health.
The list of uses of hypnosis as a therapy is very long. Hypnosis, when learned and practiced regularly, will lead to the alleviation of symptoms of stress, anxiety, social anxiety, depression, and emotional problems. Studies have proved that hypnosis stabilizes arousal and reduces harmful risk-taking behaviors. It is especially important in adolescents as they are very responsive to it. They can enjoy long term benefits from hypnosis.
Hypnosis also improves the sleep cycle, increases self-esteem, and enhances communication skills. In children, it can be used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder (ADHD). Child specialists also use hypnosis to train children to quiet their mind and increase focus. Hypnosis can be the treatment of choice for the management of many physical problems. Examples include:
- Chronic headaches
- Needle phobia
- Procedural pain
- Decreased sleep
- Abdominal pain
- Pain of malignancy
- Crohn Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Healthcare providers use hypnosis as adjunctive therapy for many more complex problems and diseases. It will prove as a highly effective modality in the overall management.
Neuroscientists and healthcare providers have done extensive research. They have more than enough evidence to confirm that high cognitive centers and limbic systems have a profound effect on all parts of the human body. Consequently, improvement in the functions of these centers improves physical functioning as well. The overall conclusion is that hypnosis improves your quality of life by treating your health issues, both physical and psychological.
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