How to Use Your Mind To Heal Your Body
Your body has the innate ability to heal itself, and you can use your mind as part of the healing process. That means when you are feeling ill, suffering from a health condition, or disease, you can use the power of your mind to help your body heal itself. This is amazing! Whether you are using conventional medicine or alternative health practices, your mind plays a critical role in the process. Your thoughts are a critical part of your road to wellness, and you can use your mind to heal your body.
The Mind and Body Connection
A comprehensive, whole person approach to healing is a critical part of your journey to a healthy body. This method is very integrative and combines your body, behavior, social, and spiritual elements to improve healing and function. As Dr. Wayne Jonas outlines in his book, How Healing Works, there are four domains to an optimal healing environment, including your mind, or internal domain. All of these must work together for you to help your body recover when ill and remain healthy. Let’s look at each of these areas further.
Internal desire means you want to improve your health and heal your body. This is where the power of your mind plays a vital role in the healing process. You have to expect and want to achieve that health goal for yourself. Perhaps you want to live without pain in your knee, or maybe you want to rid yourself of back pain. You can practice techniques like the ones below to use your mind as part of the overall treatment process to heal and strengthen your body. These methods will promote the healing process through your mind-body-spirit connection.
This domain is all about social interaction and relationships. Fostering healthy relationships is one of the most significant ways to promote your wellbeing and healing journey. Eliminate stressful relationships. External stressors are detrimental to your health and can inhibit your ability to heal!
Healthy behaviors include dietary choices, engaging in exercise, as well as relaxation techniques. Establishing healthy habits is essential to your health and is part of the whole body approach to healing. You are what you eat; in other words, the food you choose to eat has an impact on every bodily function. You can read our post about the top 12 anti-inflammatory foods to include in your diet here.
External factors include your physical environments, such as your home and workspaces. Are they conducive for healing your body? Do you use toxins in your home that you can swap out with healthier alternatives or eliminate? Does your home promote a sense of peace, with calming colors and access to nature?
8 Ways to Use Your Mind to Heal and Strengthen Your Body
Your internal domain is responsible for using your mind to heal your body. It can promote or detract from your health and wellness. You have to BELIEVE in the power of your body to heal itself. In other words, you can’t doubt your body’s abilities. You have to believe that it CAN and WILL heal itself through mindful practices and any treatments you may be seeking.
Here are 8 ways to intentionally use the power of your mind to heal your body:
- Identify your meaning and purpose: why do you want to improve the health of your body? This should be the first step to establishing your mindset. You have to have a reason to want to live a healthy life. Maybe it’s living so you can see your daughter get married. Or, perhaps you want to see your first grandchild born. Whatever your reason and purpose are, identify it and work toward that purpose. Visualize that moment over and over in your mind as if you were living it.
- Believe that your body is fully capable of healing itself. If you don’t believe it, it won’t happen. Your body has the amazing ability and capacity to heal itself. Believe in the power of the healing process.
- Surround yourself with love, affection, and positivity. This is the interpersonal part of your healing journey. Choose your relationships wisely. Make sure you have positive influences around you that believe in your health and wellbeing.
- Visualize your body in it’s fully healed state. Say you cut your finger accidentally and your finger scabs over and repairs itself. Now imagine your finger fully healed. Practice this same technique with your whole body. You can concentrate on a particular pain in your body, and then you can think about a fully rejuvenated and improved whole body. Envision yourself as physically active and socially vibrant, using that muscle or joint that was once in pain.
- Practice relaxation techniques. Breathing techniques are really helpful to help center yourself and create a feeling of serenity. A stress-free environment is so essential to the healing process. One breathing technique is belly breathing, in which you take long, slow deep breaths to relax.
- Prayer. This is one of the most powerful methods to practice mindful healing. You can use routine prayers for asking God to help you heal and recover. Many scriptures in the Bible cover physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. One of our favorites is this one: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~Isaiah 41:10
- Participate in a moving meditation practice like yoga or walking. Physical movement is so empowering and relaxing. It releases endorphins and promotes a sense of accomplishment. It can instantly improve your mood and physical and mental state. You can practice breathing and mindfulness during the exercises.
- Add an active meditation to your routine, like mindful meditation or imagery. Similar to visualization, imagining your body in its healed state is powerful. You can also imagine the steps you take to get there, such as the healthy habits you are practicing each day to achieve health or the alternative treatments you will go through to achieve full recovery.
Your physical environment, healthy behaviors with food and physical activity, and your social/emotional connections to people must all work harmoniously to create a nurturing, healing environment. Once you master the internal domain of healing through the power of your mind, you can begin working on the other three healing areas as outlined above. All of these play an essential role in healing your body.
Consider these questions to start your wellness or healing journey:
- What is your purpose?
- Why do you want to seek healing?
- What is your goal or intention?
We believe in you! We want you to feel your BEST by aligning your body, mind, and spirit. Begin your healing journey today by using your mind to heal your body. Have you tried any of these techniques to conquer your health? Let us know in the comments below!
How Healing Works, 2018, Wayne Jonas, M.D.