Scientific research shows that our thoughts can affect our overall health. Western medicine turned away from the notion of a mind-body connection around the 17th century. Now we know that the brain releases chemicals that influence the body. Meditation has been shown to produce a number of physical health benefits, such as lower blood pressure. Deep breathing techniques are similarly advantageous. Stress management is a way to change how we handle stress by altering how the brain interprets it. Resilience is a positive way to handle stress that can impact physical health. Additionally, spirituality and the feeling of a connection to something deeper is also useful. Finally, there is evidence that positive thinking can increase life spans, lower levels of distress, and have many other benefits.
- Practicing meditation and deep breathing techniques can have benefits for physical health.
- Spirituality and the connection to something bigger than ourselves can boost physical as well as mental health.
- There is evidence that positive thinking is linked to longer life spans and better resistance to disease.
“As observed with women over 40 years old struggling to lose weight, thoughts do have an impact on the overall health.”