The rapidly growing field of psycho-neuro-immunology has shown us that the thoughts we think directly affect our health. Dr. Candace Pert in her book, Molecules of Emotion, identifies these truths. Stressful and “toxic” thoughts day in and day out produce deleterious effects on our health.
You can think yourself sick, and you can think yourself into enjoying improved health. Whether you win or lose in your journey of life is largely dependent on the thoughts you think. One of the biggest challenges I face as a clinician is trying to help patients that have already given up on themselves. I have also seen people coerced into care from a concerned loved one or relative, but the end result is the same. If you aren’t willing to set your mind to it, the results just won’t happen.
Now don’t mistake this for saying that whatever you think will somehow magically appear. What I am saying is that when you change your thoughts, you change your focus. By doing this you can stay motivated to maintain the course towards health even when the winds seem to be battering you down. You can choose to look at the valley as a horrible experience, or you can choose to look at the valley as a learning experience.
Your thoughts affect your psyche. Your thoughts affect your immune system. Your thoughts affect your health. Your thoughts even affect your posture! Want proof? Next time you see someone that is depressed, observe their posture. They aren’t standing tall with their head held high. They are slouched over, head down and shoulders rolled.
Start today by controlling your thoughts. Thoughts that enter your mind that are meant to defeat you should be wiped out and replaced with positive affirmations. We are surrounded by negativity. Find something positive to focus on. Need help? It’s November 5th in North Dakota and we’re still having nice weather!