The Perception of Health: How Your Mind Affects Your Health

Have you ever noticed that person or friend who looks at the weather report, sees it’s going to be raining a lot during the coming week, and says something along the lines of, “Ugh, I just know I’m going to get sick this week because of this weather!” And, what happens almost 9 out of 10 times to this person? They get sick! It is incredible how powerful our thoughts are and how thoughts can even manifest as physical symptoms and pain.

While chiropractic care focuses on removing nerve interference by correcting spinal misalignments, a lot of people are unclear on how our bodies become misaligned in the first place. The easiest explanation is the “3 T’s,” or Thoughts, Traumas, and Toxins. While the toxins we ingest or breathe in and the injuries and accidents we sustain are major causes of spinal misalignments, this article is more interested in what’s going on between your ears: the thoughts.

There is a category of pain known as “psychosomatic pain.” Psychosomatic, by definition, means mind-body, and when relating to pain, it describes pain that is caused by nothing more than your own mind and thoughts. The idea that we can “think ourselves sick” has been around for centuries; however, the opposite is true as well! There is also research backing that mental health and positive thoughts can help prevent and treat certain conditions. This is why reciting positive affirmations daily are a necessity to starting your day off on the right foot. For a refresher, re-read our article on positive affirmations and how to start implementing them into your life today.

We all know how toxic stress can be on our bodies, be it from work deadlines, a bad relationship, or forgetting to do your homework. Unfortunately, this stress releases toxic hormones within your body that negatively affects your health. If this is not addressed early on by either dealing with the mental thoughts that caused it, or by correcting the nerve interference caused by such a stressful state, your body can and will suffer.

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So, the next time you go home with a scratchy throat, don’t immediately say, “I knew I was coming down with something and getting sick…” Instead, recite positive statements that take your mind off not feeling well and, in turn, can help boost your immune system, such as, “I feel great—there’s no way I’m getting sick!” or “Today was a great day because of x, y, and z!” By focusing on positive thoughts, your brain will release dopamine, a hormone responsible for feeling better, as opposed to the dangerous hormone cortisol that is released when negative thoughts start clouding up your mind.

Do you have any stress fighting strategies you love to use? We would love for you to message us or comment below with any tips and tricks that help keep your head in the right place!

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