Written by Patrick LABORDE

Research has shown that, more important than diet and exercise (though these things are very important also), the major factor that determines how healthy you are include your attitudes, your social networks, your community, and your spiritual beliefs. Ninety-five percent of all illnesses are caused or worsened by stress. Think about it. When you are feeling emotional stress, what happens in your body? You get headaches, your stomach hurts, and you feel tired.

This article will talk about how to improve your health by utilizing your mind, one of the greatest healing forces in your life.

1 – Figure out what is causing the stress in your life and eliminate it:

Statistics show that 95 percent of all illnesses are worsened by stress. Sometimes stress can be the result of a poor diet where you do not get enough of the essential nutrients to feed your body. Sometimes it can be from exposure to an allergy or toxic chemical. And of course, it can be mental stress, such as problems at work or home. If you deal with the cause of the stress, you will feel better.

2 – Get exercise:

Exercise is one of the best natural antidepressants in the world. Moving your body naturally diffuses the stress it feels. Make sure to make the kind of exercise you do fun and enjoyable. Do something you love. If you feel this is just another obligation, you are just piling more stress on yourself.

3 – Learn to relax:

Several strategies you can use to help you relax are discussed in a future chapter, which includes meditation, positive thinking, visualization, and others. Also, things such as a walk in nature, getting a massage, or taking a hot bath can really help you relax. Heat therapy is a good way to relax. Sitting in a sauna, hot tub, or even a hot bath will relax your body.

4 – Change how you think:

If you are a negative person, your negativity will feed your stress response. You must change how you look at things. Positive thinking is a necessary component to healing yourself. Examine your thoughts and your beliefs. You have control over them.

5 – Find a community:

Being involved with others is one of the best things you can do to strengthen your mental health. You will have a support system in place when you need them. Studies have even shown that belonging to a group and having a strong support system reduces the risk of death and increases lifespan, no matter what healthy habits people had. This goes for any group, including religious groups, sports clubs, and even a quilting group. The important thing was to have friends and have fun. So, one way to engage the parasympathetic nervous system and engage in the stress response is to have a community surrounding you that you can lean on.

6 – Embrace your spirituality:

No matter what religion you follow, having faith in something greater than you gives you something to lean on when times get tough. Develop your faith. Focusing on your spiritual beliefs lets you get out of your own mind and reminds you that there is something greater than you looking out for you. Join a church or temple. Meditate. Find like-minded people who share your beliefs. Looking outside oneself to something greater than the ego is a great way to reduce stress. It is no longer just about you.


The power of the mind has been documented. Scientists are researching just how far this power can go. But most importantly, if you try, you can feel it in your own life.

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