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Power of the mind to move treatment further

Wednesday October 10, 2012

I have just completed a series of on mind-body medicine and the power of the mind in improving one’s outlook, treatment outcomes and perhaps life trajectory when living with a chronic condition.  An experience at a recent lecture coupled with my own observations as a physician has led to the following observations:

1. You don’t need a lot of special props programs or techniques.

2. Be intentional.  Identify what your intentions and goals are and how you are going to pay attention to the goal in the moment. This will help you identify and complete the steps needed to get there.

3. Find a moment. You may not need 20 or 40 minutes to get started.  Simply taking two minutes for yourself, engaging your mind’s power on that very moment is the best way to get started

4. De-stress. Learn what works best for you – yoga tai chi, deep breathing exercises, aromatherapy, medication or guided imagery to name a few of the stress reduction techniques or activities available to you.

5. Learn to label your feelings or ideas. Science tells us that simply labeling our feelings or identifying the cause of our fears, concerns or reactions helps us deal better with distressing life events

6. Practice loving kindness. To others and equally important our selves.

7. Combine these stress reduction techniques and/or positive affirming techniques with medical care for the best response. What would happen if you couple a few minutes of guided imagery or meditation after taking a medication, exercising or any other treatment helpful for you condition. The additive effects may surprise you.

Add your own observation or activity you have found helpful to enhance the powerful effects of mind on body by replying with your own comment

Monique L. Giroux, MDMonique L. Giroux, MD
Medical Director, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation

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