Category: Health Yourself Written by Sarah Kaminski
The human body is a complicated mechanism prone to injuries, illnesses, and failures. However, it also has an incredible capacity for recovery. After all, we fall and we stand up again. Our bruises disappear and scars heal. Our immune system fights off viruses and bacteria every day. We are designed to fight and win.
Still, that doesn’t mean that the body sometimes doesn’t need a little help and cooperation from its inhabitant. Depending on the specific problem, the “push” you need to give could be physical or even emotional. Here are some ways to let your body heal on its own.
Know and Accept Your Problems
How often do you ignore lower back pain or some other discomfort? Ignoring the problem can lead to the accumulation of pain and severe health issues.
You are the owner of your body, and you are in control. By listening to your body and reading the signs, you will know what you need to do to help it heal itself. When you identify what is troubling you, accept it and learn to deal with it. You got this.
Sleep on It
Sleep is a vital component of healing because it is the time when the body releases crucial hormones for recovery.
The National Institutes of Health recommends seven to eight hours of sleep per day for an average adult. However, some people require more, especially if they are recovering from an injury or if they go through intense physical activity during the day. For example, some tennis players sleep 11 to 12 hours a day.
The quality of sleep is also important, so you need to choose a good mattress and transform your room into a relaxing oasis. You can also choose an adjustable bed that will help relieve pressure on the back and ease pain.
Eat Your Way to Self-healing
Your diet has an enormous influence on the healing process. It can speed it up or it can sabotage it. The sabotage occurs when you take environmental toxins together with your food and put an additional strain on your system.
The healing happens when you opt for nutrient-rich healthy foods. Some of the foods that can reduce inflammation, promote healing, boost energy, and improve immune function include:
- leafy green vegetables
- nuts, seeds, and berries
- cruciferous vegetables
- sweet potatoes
- organ meats
Move Your Body
When you are in pain or have suffered some sort of injury, exercise is the last thing on your mind. However, in many cases, low-intensity workouts can speed up the healing process by keeping the blood flowing and rebuilding the muscles. Additionally, physical activity helps you sleep better and cope with stress.
Some great examples of active recovery include yoga, walking, and swimming. Of course, if your injury or medical condition is severe, you’ll need to consult your doctor about the form of physical activity you can engage in.
According to researchers who reviewed 16 studies that observed the impact of the patient’s attitude toward recovery, an optimistic mindset and positive expectations can contribute to healing.
Dealing with pain is hard enough without someone telling you to put on a happy face, we know. Still, a large portion of a health problem is the fear of the problem itself. Seeing things from “the bright side” and hoping for the best may seem delusional at times, but it can help you feel better.
Some methods of positive thinking that have helped many people are keeping a gratitude journal, spending time with positive people, and focusing on good things. If things are still too hard for you, try seeing a therapist. They can help you learn to cope with the negative thoughts and practice a more positive mindset.
Don’t Be Lonely
In her book “Mind Over Medicine,” dr. Lissa Rankin wrote that loneliness can be a more serious health risk than smoking or not exercising. People are social beings, but sometimes when things get difficult, we tend to isolate ourselves in our little bubbles.
Don’t do that. Let those close to you be there and support you in your struggles. This will also help you in maintaining that positive attitude we talked about. Be aware, though, that being alone and being lonely are not the same. Sometimes you need some “me time” to read a book, watch a TV show, or simply rest – and that is OK.
There you have it – some tips that might sound simple and obvious but are the best way to help your body heal itself. Show your body some love, and don’t expect it to do all the work for you. You can do it.
Sarah Kaminski is a life enjoyer, positivity seeker, and a curiosity enthusiast. She’s been a freelance writer for over a decade and loves researching health and wellness topics.
This article was submitted exclusively to CrystalWind.ca by Sarah Kaminski
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