Candace Pert has distilled what she has learned in her personal quest for health and well-being, coupled wi1h her scientific knowledge, into the following guidelines:
Full consciousness involves being aware of all our experiences, not just mental, but emotional and physical
Access the psychosomatic network
"The more conscious we are, the more we can 'listen in on the conversation going on at autonomic or subconscious levels of the bodymind," says Pert. "Only then can we enter into that conversation, to enhance the effectiveness of the autonomic system, where health and disease are determined minute by minute." Through visualization and other techniques, that conversation can be redirected resulting in changes that can improve your health.
Tap into your dreams
Get into a daily habit of recalling, and transcribing your dreams, because they are direct messages from your bodymind giving you valuable information about what's going- on physiologically as well as emotionally. It’s a way to eavesdrop on the conversation going on between psyche and soma. If necessary, use that information to intervene and make proper changes in your behavior and physiology.
Get in touch with your body
Getting a massage or a chiropractic adjustment or taking a walk or giving a hug are ways of acknowledging the skin, the spinal cord, and the muscles- all of which are entry points into the psychosomatic network
Meditation, in all its forms, is the most effective method of reducing stress because it allows us, even without conscious awareness to release emotions that subvert a healthy mind- body flow of biochemicals. Another stress buster is play,-a cheap, easy, and effective way, to instantly reduce stress and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit.
The value of exercise has less to do with building muscles or burning calories than getting your heart to pump faster and more efficiently and thereby increase blood flow to nourish and cleanse your brain and all your organs. Of course exercising hard enough to break a sweat can also results in mood improvement because endorphins are released. Yoga and other exercise programs that incorporate conscious breathing, relaxation, and body awareness are particularly health-enhancing.
Eating, because of its survival value, is a highly emotional event. So listen to the wisdom of your body, advises Pert. Eating when we're not really hungry and using food to bury unpleasant emotions results in nervous eating and depression eating.
However, tuning into your emotions as information about your digestive process can help develop your ability to know what your body needs in the way of nourishment and when. Finally, avoid processed sugar completely. "I consider sugar to be a drug." says Pert. "Relying on an artificial form of glucose sugar to give us a quick pick-me-up is analogous to, if not as dangerous as, shooting heroin."
Avoid substance abuse
All drugs-alcohol, tobaccos marijuana, cocaine, and others- can alter the natural flow of your body’s own feel-good, mood-regulating peptides. Biochemically, drugs are harmful. They can all be abused, which can contribute to suboptimal health in one form or another, including chronic depression.
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