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Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies

Lifestyles impact on one's health. This concept is now universally accepted; it is common today for one's doctor to dispense lifestyle advice along with exams, lab tests and prescriptions. A woman's exercise habits, diet, use of tobacco, drugs and alcohol are all factors in her overall physical health. But one concept that still tends to be overlooked is the mind-body relationship, the effect of mental factors on physical well-being.

Our feelings are linked to the immune system and can affect our ability to fight disease. But the holistic, mind-body concept goes well beyond this line of thought, to tap into the individual's inner healing power - and responsibility - in maintaining or restoring good health. It's about self-awareness and one's own participation in, and responsibility for, attaining a positive health level. The good news is that a healthy mind-body relationship is available to anyone, anytime.

Attitudes, emotional state of mind, stress level, beliefs and faith, and self-image have all been studied to evaluate their impact on disease and healing. It's no surprise that these attitudes showed a correlation between a positive outlook on life and better disease recovery rates. What may surprise is the degree of the impact. In Getting Well Again, O. Carl Simonton, M.D., Stephanie Matthews-Simonton and James L. Creighton, by showing how positive expectations, self-awareness and self-care play a major role in surviving serious illness, establish a scientific basis for the 'will to live'.

The keywords are participation and responsibility. Studies have shown that those who feel helpless and powerless to contribute to their own well-being, are most likely to succumb to illness in a stressful situation. The same stressful situation that causes one woman to become ill may result very differently for the woman who views that situation as an opportunity to take charge of her health.

Use of techniques that enable one to use mind-body communication - including visualization, mental imagery, relaxation and goal-setting - can empower us and result in not only defeating illness, but in achieving overall good health.

Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is another book that shows successful exercises, both mental and physical, that will aid both in overcoming numerous ailments, and in achieving an overall positive health outlook.

Here are some mind-body techniques that can help you utilize your own inner healing powers:

Some of this material, and much inspiration, drawn from:
Getting Well Again (O. Carl Simonton, M.D., Stephanie Matthews-Simonton and James L. Creighton) Minding the Body, Mending the Mind (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.) (FastFind either book at Barnes & Noble by clicking on the book covers below for further reading on this topic.)

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