￼In the medical world there are constantly tests being carried out on medicine against the placebo effect. Often the placebo is as effective as medicine alone. Our brain and receptors in our body are incredibly powerful at responding to when our body needs to heal itself. From a lot of the research I came across, it seems very much down to our personality type, that can often make the difference between effective recovery or rapid deterioration. Of course this is not necessarily true for every condition or disease within the body, it really depends on many factors, including how advanced a disease is.
When we continue to learn new things, we are stimulating the prefrontal cortex. (PFC) is the anterior part of the frontal lobes of the brain, lying in front of the motor and premotor areas.
This brain region has been implicated in planning complex cognitive behaviour, personality expression, decision making, and moderating social behaviour. The basic activity of this brain region is considered to be orchestration of thoughts and actions in accordance with internal goals, which in effect causes neurones to fire. Quote: “when we fire neurones, we wire neurones” meaning we make new connections in our brain, new paths grow, improve our brain power and can help to prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Reading daily as well as word searches or working on mind puzzles are particularly effective on preventing these debilitating conditions.
With self improvement in mind, it is also vital we stay connected with others. In my own realisation when I was studying I gave up a lot of my therapy work, in order to get another business going and in the process I stopped seeing a lot of my friends and going out for a while. During this time I had cut-off many of my connections and I wondered why I felt a bit low, even though I was loving my work, something was definitely missing. I become aware that my mood went straight to a high when I was either working with my therapy clients or just being social -going out and letting my hair down, so to speak! Staying connected also helps us learn and grow. It’s also important to always see other people’s perspective on things, remaining open minded, but to also remain as positive in life a we can for the sake of our health.
It’s fair to say that when we are kind and loving, we get more back. It’s also true to say that a positive affirmation is 100 times more powerful, than a negative thought! Its also worth bearing in mind that it takes only 17 muscles to smile and 47 to frown:-) The more we look into ourselves and forget what’s going on on the outside of us, will actually make us feel worse. It’s funny isn’t it? Often when we want to feel better, we can end up feeling horrible, and can actually punish ourselves because we have more negative thoughts in a time of crisis. So as hard as it may feel to be positive in a difficult time, we can actually change our state of emotion and release the ‘feel good chemicals’, with as little as a fake smile. Another effective solution is to play your favourite tune, that makes you want to dance! Notice your mood go straight to a high! A holistic massage or facial to help you cope better with stressors in your life, is well worth the investment for keeping you in balance as well as reducing anxiety. Having holistic therapy treatments should be a maintenance for life for everyone, no matter what your work or lifestyle is, stress can affect everyone.
Trust me, I’m a therapist and have treated some of my clients for over 13 years and they really are very chilled-out people!