The Power of the Mind
The mind. The body. The spirit. Some say all three are inextricably linked in a complex interweave that plays out in our health and well-being. Think of all the times you were overwhelmed by a stressful event, only to get sick with a cold. Or how you became ill while struggling to overcome the grief of a death in the family. Consider how your bodily aches and pains can make you unhappy and irritable.
But as anyone who has ever tried meditation or another mind-body technique knows, the mind can also have a positive impact on how you feel. Think of how images of a recent vacation with friends can wipe out the headaches of a stressful job, or how taking deep breaths can ease your anger. Recall those times in the dentist's chair when a happy memory momentarily erased the pain of the drill.
Adults with long-term musculoskeletal pain were almost twice as likely to use mind-body treatments and prayer than those without. But men were less likely than women to do so. In addition, people who had more than a high school education were more likely to try these therapies than those who went to high school only.