In a recent article in Venture Inward Magazine, Dr. Josephine B. Adamson talks about some of the things she’s learned over her years of practice. “We have come to expect instant gratification, but our bodies don’t heal instantly,” relates Dr. Adamson. She gives an example of a recent concussion experienced by her seventeen-year-old son, who could not be helped by medication or surgery. He simply needed time to heal. After several months, he was able to begin short sessions of occupational therapy, but mostly his healing consisted of lying in a dark room sleeping or resting. It took time and patience until he started to feel “normal.”

Everyone knows that tackling problems bit-by-bit brings results, but when it comes to our health we often ignore reality, states Dr. Adamson. We want to lose twenty pounds in a month; we want a remedy or medication or surgery to make us feel better overnight. Quick miracles can happen, but most health improvements occur gradually and methodically.

Even the best remedies usually require persistence and dedication, whether it be exercise, change of diet, or taking a new medication. Osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation and massage work best when received in a series. Diet and exercise improvements take weeks before we see a change in the mirror.

One thing Dr. Adamson has learned is the importance of a good attitude when it comes to healing. On the other hand, fear and uncertainty play a negative role in the healing process. The Mayo Clinic agrees: their current research shows that positive thinking can lead to:

  • Increased lifespan
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress.

Of course, replacing negative thinking with positive thinking takes practice, but it will improve our physical and mental health. If we listen to our bodies and take small steps to support them, we will feel better as they naturally move toward equilibrium and better health.

Positive mental health in turn positively affects our physical health. All it takes is time and patience.