Nope, it’s not mystical nonsense 🔮😉 Your thoughts really do affect your health.
I’ve seen it time and time again. Even if you have the best diet (for you) in the world, exercise daily, sleep well, it’s all for nothing if you can’t or don’t try to change repetitive negative thinking. You just can't get the results you want. Of course, these lifestyle factors do make a difference, you are far more likely to feel positive if you are properly taking care of your basic human needs, but you need to go one step further. To be aware. To tune into the negative thinking and reframe.
We are thought to have close to 80,000 thoughts a day, and we are instinctively wired as humans to be negative, it’s a form of self-protection. Yet, like the placebo effect, if we think something good may happen, it is much more likely that it will.
Or we can change the way we think about a healthy habit. If I say to myself: ‘I am going to go on a diet this week and not eat sugar’, I immediately start to obsess about it and feel resentful and deprived, but if I instead say: ‘I feel great when I eat foods that nourish me - my digestion is great, I have more energy, my sleep improves…’, I can see straight away how it is going to benefit me and rewire my brain to stick with it.
For this reason, I incorporate mind-body techniques in my practice alongside herbal medicine for emotional health. It gives an added edge and speeds up healing. As a Food and Spirit Practitioner (trained under Dr. Deanna Minich) I am able to use a number of techniques with my clients which include techniques such as affirmations, vizualisations, meditations, thoughts and emotion tracking. This is in addition to the nutritional and naturopathic advice and health coaching, so we are literally ticking all boxes, leaving no stone unturned in the mind-body spectrum.
Try noticing one negative thought today and thinking about ways you can turn it on its head. As yourself – ‘Is this really true?’ What belief might be more useful to me?
You won’t believe the difference that this can make when done often enough.
With positive wishes and thoughts,