Thursday, January 2, 2014

Mind Over Matter? No, Mind Over Medicine

Mind Over Medicine

Let’s play a little guessing game. I’m going to give you a list of benefits and I want you to guess what I’m describing. OK ?

  • Reduces depression and anxiety
  • Improves immune function
  • Releases endorphins and other beneficial neurotransmitters
  • Naturally relieves pain
  • Improves sleep
  • Decreases heart rate and blood pressure (lowering risk of heart disease)
  • Fewer doctor’s visits and lower medication use
  • Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Improves outcomes in patients with cancer

So what do you think? Some miracle drug? A newly discovered ancient healing remedy? Meditation? Exercise? 

Nope ~ Believe it or not ~ it’s Creative Expression !!

Flex Your Creative Muscles

In her ground-breaking book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself  Dr. Lissa Rankin states that “flexing your creative muscles is as important to overall health and happiness as flexing your biceps!”

Sadly, the opposite holds true, as well. Your health can actually be harmed when creative expression is denied, repressed or withheld. 

Just Give It A Try

So ~ I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again ~ Take that first step ~ that teeny, tiny baby step. Do something ~ Do anything. You could even start with crayons or markers and a coloring book.

Speaking of coloring books ~ In the past few months, I have come upon a number of Coloring Books or Coloring Sheets for Adults!! One was actually a Color-It-Yourself Marketing E-Book.

So, I’ve decided to make it real easy for you ~ here’s a copy of a Black and White Doodle Page, I created. I call it “Color Challenge.” Print it out, get some markers or crayons and go to it! Have Fun with it - 

Let me know how you enjoyed it !!! 

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