A Positive and Encouraging Attitude
At the AMCC, we try to give our students as many tools as possible to help them help their patients (or future patients) in their quest for health. This includes students themselves and their close family and friends. One of these tools, discussed in the course 122 Vital Hygiene, is the power of the mind. Indeed, a positive and encouraging attitude – towards the patient – is the key to his or her cure!
More and more studies are being published about the positive effect of a good attitude on curing patients. You can look it up yourselves in any of the serious scientific research tools available online. I like this one, called ScienceDirect. But why do we need to know this? Take a child. Your child hurt himself. You can cry with him and tell him it’s going to take forever to get better. Not sure it’s the way to go. Or you can quickly look at his boo-boo and say, with a smile and a kiss, that it will go away soon. He’ll believe you!
In short, if you worry, or worry others, you’re only adding fuel to the fire. Discouragement, and eventually failure is sure to follow. It really comes down to a simple choice: do you want to get better? Do you want to help others live a better life?
Of course, smiling is not the magical formula that would make pain disappear in a flash. One has to also live his or her pain. And get throught it. Here is, we believe, all the challenge of the health practitioner: how to make your the patient accepts that pain cannot go away right away?
Exercices to Help Positivism
Take Yoga, for instance. This is a discipline acting both on the body and the mind. If you practiced yoga before, you probably know about the position called “The Warrior”. It could be you were even told, while being in that position, to imagine you’re steady on a boat, going through big waves. But you stay stable, looking far ahead, a smile on your face. This is the kind of warrior you can try to be in your daily life, too. No matter what life throws at you, you stay strong in your belief that everything is, and will be, for the best.
Yoga has many other positions that help us work on the mental aspect of a good attitude. Indeed, if we focus on our breath, as is mandatory is most positions, we’ll see the beauty of the present and the richness in observing the moment.
But I transgress. This is not a post about yoga. You can find a good mental attitude to be practiced in many other disciplines. Some like brisk walking, others zumba. Find your physical exercise that will unlock the key to your mental happiness. Then, the body will also follow and be cured.
A Question of Balance
Let’s teach our children, friends and patients, an old but new concept: equanimity. These are the characteristics of equanimity:
- A calm mental attitude;
- A uniform character
- and all this, especially in difficult situations.
It’s been mentioned in our of our courses, Bodily Approaches, how the body has an effect on the mind. Indeed, if the body releases the hormones nessary to be calm, we’ll have a better chance to reach this state of equanimity. It’s all a question of balance.
Pills or Weights?
Boston University researchers told in a article this amazing discovery: to treat depression, drugs and physical exercises and equally effective! Of course, in the case of drugs, a lot of secondary effects exist, which is not the case with our exercises. Truth is, not everyone is ready to invest in their health with physical efforts. It’s so much simpler to give a bit (or a lot!) of cash and get it over with! Here too, the Natural Health Practitioner needs to overcome the patient’s fear and laziness to guide him or her on the right path.
Supplements without Side Effects.
Positive results can also come from supplements, not just from positive attitude and physical exercises, Indeed, the B complex (we wrote a lot of articles in our blog about it) and Omega 3 are known tools to help getting better in terms of mental health, which also helps with the physical.
The key might just be in a nice mix between a good attitude, a nice dose of exercise and a little help from mother nature. Good luck!
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