Finding ways to self-heal is something anyone suffering from illness, disease or remission from something life-threatening would be extremely keen to cultivate. And to do so in a natural, chemical and cost-free manner would be even more attractive.
Whether we are suffering, healing, repairing or simply desiring to live well, to experience the best of our ability to thrive, the following five methods are simple yet seriously effective ways to self-heal, promote our wellness and physical and mental health if practiced consistently.
Controlling our thoughts and emotions
This is an essential part of any healing process. Our thoughts determine our actions and our feelings and if left pent up inside us can fester and affect both our mental and physical health – stress eventually impacts our immune system which we rely on to keep us balanced and healthy. If we build up an inner blockage of negative emotion that can only have a negative effect within us it can cause a lot more than just stress and anxiety. We must work on releasing this negativity whether caused by trauma, illness, or just a stressful lifestyle; we need to let it all go. We have no reason to hold on to it, we don’t even realise we are doing it, but we do need to work on how we manage it. Once this is removed from our life we can work on positivity and constantly releasing the bad energy we experience which will allow us to simply be well.
How do we go about this? A professional in the field would suggest asking yourself what emotions we have suppressed within us. What is it that we could work on letting go of? Getting to know your true self is the first step, then understanding what affects you in a negative way and realising any such things that may have happened over time that we haven’t dealt with and unwittingly kept inside. Dealing with old issues can be difficult and emotional in itself yet once recognised and throughly examined and released you can find yourself free of it, and ready to face it if it rears itself again in the future. Next, we need to question whether we have any nervous thoughts about the future or what is happening currently in our lives? Learning how to manage these fears will control our anxiety levels and therefore prevent any reduction in our immunity and health. Our thoughts affect our emotions and our emotions affect our immune system, it is that simple. Taking control of our thoughts and emotions is therefore paramount to our wellbeing.
As well as sleep, exercise and hydration, diet is the most important part of our health and wellbeing. We literally are what we eat and are entirely responsible for this. The choices we make as to what we ingest can make all the difference when aiming for a healthy body and mind. If your diet is full of preservatives, processed foods, sugars, and stabilisers for example, your body is going to be so busy trying to pass all these toxins through your body and rid you of all the rubbish that it won’t have much time for anything else. Eating a whole food diet, plant-based as much as possible, very little meat, avoid too much dairy, etc. Mainly focus on fruit and vegetables and the widest variety possible is the most beneficial change you can make to your diet, and therefore your overall health.
Herbal dietary focus
We often neglect to incorporate the healing benefits of herbs; nature provides us with so much variety with which to self-heal. Certain herbs or herbal supplements can have a major effect on our recovery. People recovering, or in remission from cancer for example, can greatly benefit from digestive herbs to aid their system where it was struggling post-treatment. Also, to detoxify the body from the medicines or effects of radiology and chemotherapy, cancer survivors often take herbs and supplements to remove unwanted metals. They also take vitamin supplements, specifically B, C, D and E, in order to ensure support for the body on its road to wellness. So to understand what our body is lacking or needing in order to self-heal, repair or remain well we need to look closely and focus on our personal health. Which vitamins could we take to boost our immune system, what herbs could benefit us?
Open your mind
Find your own spiritual practice where you can connect to the earth, yourself and simply be present. Fo some this takes the form of meditation, others prayer, yoga, walking in nature, exercising, etc. It can take different forms for everyone, but we all have a place within us that we can reach to find ourselves and expand our thoughts and presence to a positive one. This needs to become common practice in our lives to ensure that we maintain a spiritual connection as it strengthens our physiology, increasing levels of oxytocin and serotonin— which in turn leads to increased numbers of white blood cells aiding the body’s healing.
Be in control
Whatever it is you are suffering from, recovering from, struggling with or whether you are just aiming to keep healthy and balanced one of the major factors in doing so is to be in control of your own process. We have to empower ourselves to do this and not always rely on the word of doctors, pharmaceutical medicines or in fact anyone but our own judgement. By understanding that no one knows us better than ourselves gives us the power to search for, and discover how to, self-heal.
We are all individuals and cannot possibly write an exact script as to how we can heal, but no matter what state your health is in or where you happen to be on your healing journey, these five key pointers will help to put you on a positive path.
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