We all know that the placebo effect exists, even the scientific community has verified it as a real objective phenomenon. So, we know that the mind is powerful and that our thoughts can change our physiology, yet we are still skeptical about this woo-woo visualization stuff. Here are 3 ways you can improve your health using the power of your mind:
Multiple studies have proven that you can improve your muscle strength by just thinking about performing weightlifting exercises. This is primarily due to improving the efficiency of the central nervous system. It has to be noted that the people in the study that improved the most were the ones that actually knew how to do the exercises mentioned. So, it is advised that you actually get used to performing the exercises for real before you use this visualization technique. The main tip is to focus on the tension that is created in your muscle with the visualized movement.
Reduction of Stress Hormones:
Many scientific studies have seen that a meditation practice that was adopted by participants had a great reduction of stress hormones, the primary one being cortisol with which if prolonged exposure is had, multiple ill effects befall the body. Some of which include: A reduction of anabolic hormones like Testosterone and Human Growth Hormone, Overstimulated neurons that can even be provoked until cell death, a breakdown of the digestive system, and overall dystrophy of many of the vital processes of the human body. Reducing your amount of cortisol can improve multiple metrics of health and over the long run, the practice of meditation will improve your health entirely.
Nullification of the Effects of Bad Habits:
We all know of the placebo effect but there is another one known as the nocebo effect; this isn’t a purely negative phenomenon. It simply means that it helps to reduce or reverse a proposed effect. In this case, visualizing harmful products having a positive effect will nullify their negative effect. A couple of examples include Smoking, alcohol drinking, junk food eating, and inactivity. All these metrics have proven to be less detrimental if the participants believed that they were actually good for their health.
Whilst many people make fun of this wacky side of neuroscience, it has many benefits that have been scientifically proven and peer-reviewed. There is no doubt that the brain is a powerful organ and that simulating fictional experiences within it can produce tangible physiological results. The three main tips to take away from this post would be: If you skip a workout visualize it instead, if you are feeling stressed then you should meditate and if you have a bad habit then pretend it is good for you.