Improving your health is more than just taking care of your physical body. Exercising, dieting, and being aware of your body’s capabilities all lend themselves to improved health, of course, but there is a mental aspect as well.
Studies have indicated that having a positive outlook greatly increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life.
Specifically, a September 2013 research paper in the journal of the American Heart Association clearly showed that positive thinking promoted better health.
The study sampled 607 patients in Denmark, whose positive thinking led to a 58% correlation to a likelihood of living at least another five years. The same patients were exercising more, too. Whether the optimistic mental state or the increased physical activity led to the improved mood, the study cannot indicate. However, what is clear that the resulting positive thinking and exercise play an important part of increasing your health.
As a species, humans are actually wired as a defense mechanism to have negative thoughts at the forefront of your mind. Going back in history, we were always on the prowl for potential threats, and this way of thinking has been passed down through the generations. We can change this, however, through neuroplasticity (changing neurons and neural networks’ connections and behavior in response to new stimuli).
First, be aware of your negative thoughts and what triggers result from them. Next, take responsibility for your actions instead of allowing outside forces to control you. Make personal time for you to reflect. Practice your affirmations on how you want to grow as a person. Remove negative talk with positive reinforcement.
According to the National Institute of Health at Georgetown University, positive thinking (and emotions in general) plays a huge role in maintaining health bodies. Make a dedication to yourself to work toward the goal of a healthy body through positive thinking!
Physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wounds all need to way to heal themselves. The most important thing to remember in the healing process is that you’re not alone.
By working on your relationship with God and his teachings, other forms of healing will soon follow. But how exactly do you begin to heal your faith when you can’t seem to pick yourself up off the ground? Here are some steps to take in order to begin the process.
Shift your Focus. When you’re battling addiction, you will find that you have starting thinking of your vice of choice as a god- but if you’re to heal properly you will want to shift your focus to Jesus. Jesus was kind and gentle to those who were sick or who had sinned. He will not judge you or reject you.
Learn the Attributes of God. There are many distortions out there about God, and understanding God better will help you to love and trust him more. Reading scripture is great place to start and it will give you a better idea of his works through Jesus.
Think of God as a Parent. There are multiple instances throughout the Bible where God is concerned about those who don’t have parents to guide them and teach them. Even if your real parents were to desert you or not understand your struggle, God is a loving father who understands and cares for you.
Keep a Journal. Not only will you be able to record your own progress, but the act of writing down thoughts and questions within itself is very therapeutic. This is also a useful place to decipher thoughts about Bible passages you read: did the story of the Prodigal Son surprise you? This is a good place to begin to seek forgiveness.
Remember there is an Higher Plan. This is one of the hardest parts to come to grasps with. There could be a number of events that led you to be where you are right now. Why did they happen to you? With every low, there is a high. There is a reason for everything and there is always something to learn from troubling times.
Trust Him in Good and Bad Times. There will be times that things are not easy and you think you might not be able to cope. There is no promise of an easy life, but God promises to comfort those in need and strengthen you when you feel weakest. Make a conscious effort to keep him in mind on both the good and the bad days.
Don’t go it alone. At the beginning of your healing process, you might have had a shaky faith or no faith at all. Find someone who you can talk to throughout the process. It might be a friend, a family member, or someone who is trained to assist in these types of journeys. One of the best motivators in strengthening your Faith is to surround yourself with people who help you remember why it’s good to believe in a loving God. Having someone to keep you accountable will greatly help in sticking with your healing practices.
Struggling with trauma, addiction, and all the events that led to them can be very difficult. Many have found solace in turning to God for direction and healing. Having a loving and caring God to support you will make it easier to heal from any wound.
Exodus 23:25 And you shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless your bread, and your water; and I will take sickness away from the middle of you.