How to Let Go, Avoid Distractions and Speak Healing into Your Body: Mental Health from a Medical Perspective
Can you speak healing into your body? Scientifically speaking, I believe you can. Here’s how:
First of all, you have to be aware of what is happening to you by being fully present, fully aware, and fully able to engage with your current situation. Right now, I am outside enjoying watching the bees fly, birds sing, and paying attention to the various shades of green around me. So many of us are accustomed to over-stimulation from the outside world, directing our attention away from what is happening now. The more time we spend in our heads thinking about things that aren’t happening right in front of us – things that have already happened or have yet to happen - the less time we spend being in the present.
In the study, Harvard students investigated the effects of the ‘alpha rhythm’ or rhythmic brain movements which are associated with DISTRACTION. This brain rhythm is thought to decrease activity in the mind which is associated with being distracted and overstimulated. Participants were given an 8-week program which saw their attention-direction improve significantly, leading the researchers to conclude the positive benefits.
The Importance of “Being Present”
Think about it. If you’re constantly preoccupied with worry about something that happened in the past (keep in mind that ‘the past’ in this sense can mean anything up to several minutes ago) are you truly able to focus all your attention on the here and now?
The same goes for the future. Over-anticipation of an event, day, or any time which is separate from what is happening RIGHT NOW is ultimately irrelevant to the present moment. It will not, (and cannot) affect your present situation.
The importance of LETTING GO of past experiences and feelings is vital if we are to truly live in the now and glean maximum potential from our current situation.
How many of you have ever wrongfully believed something you told yourself without factual validation or foundation, and ended up a ball of anxiety or with excessive and needless worry? Letting go can be a very difficult skill to master, as our minds are particularly good at convincing us a thing has been let go, when, in fact, that may not be the case. Whether it’s letting go of the feeling of the need to be busy, letting go of a person, place, experience - whatever it is -- let it fully go.
Thoughts to help healing
A really easy way to incorporate healing thoughts into your everyday life is simply to slow things down. I repeat: Slow. Things. Down.
Slow down eating your meals and really take the time to taste your food. Slow down your walk to work/college and take the time to notice your surroundings. Slow down your quick responses to interactions. Whatever you’re doing, and wherever you’re going, challenge yourself to observe one new thing every day, and you’ll be amazed at how much calmer you feel. When we slow down, our attention gets more focused on the task at hand. This not only optimizes the levels of productivity, but also enjoyment levels!
There are several methods which are effective in helping us to slow down and boost healing thoughts, some of which include:
-Breath control which I talk more about in my Learning How to Breathe book
-Getting sufficient sleep which, I wrote about here.
-Minimizing distractions and controlling your thoughts.
-Slowing down not only the way we move our bodies, but our minds, too.
The process of becoming more aware of ourselves can often call into question other weaknesses and difficulties that we may have been covering up, such as issues with self-confidence. It can be difficult to realize, but once self-awareness exposes a lack of confidence, we can either retreat further back into ‘unconsciousness’ or choose to step forward and embrace it.
For example, imagine somebody that you know who has always been shy, introspective and nervous, suddenly becoming comfortable with themselves and all that they are. THIS is the power and benefit of knowing who you are.
Sometimes I feel other people’s pain and it hurts me deeply. My patients share with me their deepest thoughts and sometimes it’s hard to separate myself. I have had to learn to let that person’s pain go and set boundaries for myself.
Our world is so big but so small at the same time. Enjoy each day you are on this earth. Start small. Slow down. Breathe.
If you would like my Physical Breathing series you can get it here.
If you want to change your posture, it starts with making small, simple commitments each day with your breath. In this series, I share simple stretches with pictures and videos to help your posture and breathing in the next 15 days, but I advise you to start small and change one thing at a time. If you change one positive movement in your life now, imagine years of time ahead, where you will still put on your shoes by reaching your feet, and move forward in your life to greater wellness.
Add Something New to Your Life!
The key ingredient here is to add something new to your life. It wasn't there before, but you can commit to it now, and it will bring more joy in your life in some way. Blessings on your health journey!!
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I hope my column speaks to you and you can wake up each morning with a purpose. What I do every day is a calling, and I give God the glory for allowing his gifts to work through me. I do believe in miracles, because I get to see them every day! For more information you can go to www.nomoremedsmovement.com and sign up for my closed Facebook group #NoMoreMeds-Community for more healthy tips.
Dr. Corinne Weaver
Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was recently named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.