What if I told you there was more to your health and well-being than physically taking care of yourself? What if I told you that your mindset around health was nearly as important? This might sound a bit out there to some of you, I know, but there is actually plenty of science to back this up for those of you who need proof. The placebo effect, which is used in every health study done, is the primary example of how powerful your mind can be. Essentially a placebo is the idea that your brain can convince your body a fake treatment is the real thing. It is real, and it is POWERFUL! Lets take a look at how it can impact your health for the good AND the bad.
Dr. BJ Palmer, the developer of Chiropractic, used to regularly say "Be careful who you rent your upstairs out to." He was fully aware of the impact our minds can play on our overall health and well-being. If you let the wrong people and ideas get a firm hold on you, your well-being can take an unhealthy turn. Be steadfast in your core beliefs, but still be open to healthy change and new ideas to make you a better person.
Another aspect around health is whether you are approaching it from a position of faith or fear. Are you on the offense or defense? Do you fear what sickness is coming around the corner? Do you hear yourself saying negative self talk about your health? In chiropractic, our approach is one of being proactive and not reactive. Health is not something you can regain and hold on to from a position of fear. Be confident in what you do on a daily basis to take care of your overall health, and that it is exactly what you need to be healthy. The stress that comes from living a life of fear can have a serious impact on your health.
In closing, go about life living it in a positive light. This doesn't mean you can think positive, live an unhealthy lifestyle, and think that you are going to live a long and healthy life. Try giving yourself a placebo (science has shown you can actually do this). Engage in the ritual of living a healthy life. Tell yourself you are the healthiest person you know. Do what is right and necessary, but then walk in faith knowing you have done all you can do to...
LIVE well. BE well.