The famous quote “Thoughts become things” has been immensely empowering for so many of us. Even scientifically speaking, every brain wave created by our minds has an actual, material existence, just like a physical object.
Now, to think that we can use this superpower to positively alter or manifest something great for our present or future selves is very convenient, but like everything else, the same method can create the opposite i.e negative repercussions as well.
According to a research paper by Richard D. Lane and Tor D. Wager, “Neuroimaging studies suggest that the brain has a role in a wide variety of systemic disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, conversion disorder, asthma, fibromyalgia and pain disorder.”
This group of diseases is called psychosomatic illnesses.
“Psycho,” or “psyche,” means “mind,” and ‘“soma” means “body.” In other words, it is a disease involving both the mind and body.
As human beings, we are prone to overthinking about an existing or imaginary illness, and now science shows how this thought process can have quite an impact on our bodies. A person’s current mental state may affect how bad a physical disease is at any particular moment or even give rise to a new condition.
This category of illness usually has three forms:
- When individuals experience both mental and medical illnesses, which complicates the management process of both ailments.
- When individuals experience psychiatric issues that result from a medical illness or its treatment process; for example, cancer patients going through depression after or during the treatment procedure.
- When individuals experience physical conditions resulting from psychological factors instead of medical causes. This form is also called “somatoform disorder.”
In the past, people believed that a disorder or ailment was 70 percent psychological and only 30 percent physiological, now we know that it wasn’t a belief without reason.
If the mind has the power to cause an illness, it also possesses the power to reverse it.
Some ways to manage psychosomatic illnesses:
- Practice mindfulness with a realistic approach toward what you can and cannot control.
- Get an adequate amount of sleep.
- Add regular physical workouts to your schedule.
- Control alcohol intake and avoid smoking.
- A healthy diet is key.
- Practice meditation.
- Work on limiting mental pressure on yourself.
- Jot down your thoughts and feelings in a journal.
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