It has been proven by researchers that thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and perceptions directly impact the physical as well as mental health of a person. These thoughts and beliefs are what engineer one’s actions or feelings to follow a certain lifestyle. Compared with history when the mind was of the church and the body of the physician, today health psychologists say that what people think or believe can either increase the risk of disease or restore health. A significant link can be established to prove and understand this point-between intake of placebo and the betterment of disease.
For those who do not know what placebo is: it is a fake, make-believe drug whose power must be revered. Placebo can heal ulcers, drop blood pressure and vanish warts. Here are some of the negative effects that bad thoughts have on our health:
Recurring negative thoughts are self-defeating for a person because they tend to postpone the healing process of the body. Thinking that your body is incapable of healing when you are unwell will only truncate the complete process and delay the effect of treatment. In the objective findings of the European study, it was found that recurring negative thoughts were linked to immune system dysfunctions.
Research psychologists have demonstrated from time to time that harbouring negative thoughts attracts people who think negatively and about negative situations. If you tend to think that you cannot make friends, you will spend your life reflecting a hard time selecting friends and keeping them. You can turn this trend around by bringing changes to the way you think.
This is sometimes, referred to as medical hexing. When your doctor tells you that you do not have much time on earth, he/she doesn’t mean to hurt you or cause you more suffering because they do not know that they are inscribing a belief in your subconscious mind that you will not get well again, thus triggering a flow of negative thoughts. And this thought becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy; it makes you believe that you will never really recover thus, making it a reality.
It is not far from a universal truth that keeping a healthy frame of mind comes from eating well, being physically active and working towards keeping fit and being disease-free.
But, when you think that you are unhealthy, you tend to succumb to unhealthy habits such as smoking, not working out and eating unhealthy foods.
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