It's All in Your Head: Change Your Mind - Change Your Health
Capital Books, 2006 - 322 páginas
In America today, many suffer from the "Lifestyle Syndrome," where poor eating habits, lack of exercise, depression and anxiety have caused an epidemic of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood lipids, substance abuse, and general poor health, not to mention the cost. We are an addicted society and need to change how we think, feel, and behave to live better and longer. But how? In "It's All in Your Head," Dr. Mark Pettus tells how he turned his own life around and uses current scientific research to show that the secret to good health has been "in our heads" all the time. The will power to change in a positive manner, he reveals, is a biologic response that can be "turned on" in just four to six weeks to make us "addicted to health." Dr. Pettus's four-week self-directed program uses positive emotions, meditation, dedicated work, and self-awareness, to begin to achieve health, healing, and life satisfaction. "It's All in Your Head" promises to change your mindset. Crave activities like exercise, a healthy diet, less stress, and social stimulation as much as a smoker craves the next cigarette. Gain greater awareness and control over the choices you make and their biological consequences. Improve blood pressure, heart rate, and metabolic rate Change your behavior and activities for better physical, emotional, and spiritual health Create value in your life as you get up and start moving Transform the fear in your life to greater confidence and well-being. It's accessible, easy-to-absorb and put-into-action health care.
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This is a nice little book (although I am too stressed out to read it all). I like the approach with the idea that there is a lot that we can do to change the outcome of what would otherwise happen to us if we do not take the initiative ourselves. I like that. There is no need for us to be driven by our circumstances or our surroundings. Sure, there are certain elements that are against us and hinder us but those external things do not have to determine the outcome of events in our lives. That is an excellent concept. There is also many things that we can do to alter even the very elements that many believe cannot be changed.
I once saw (bare with me) an ant attempting to navigate its way in the rain with heavy rain drops. It would take a few steps and get knocked down by a single drop of rain. It would get back up and get hammered again. Not once did the ant get discouraged or depressed! It just kept on going and going even though it was clearly not getting anywhere. Eventually, I am sure that the ant made it to wherever it was going because of the sheer determination that it had.
I know there are people that just give up and give in too quickly. I have also seen (bare with me again) people caught in a snow storm and some people just gave up and it was clear they could care less what was happening to them and to their vehicles. I saw a man almost put his SUV into a tractor trailer even though the driving was at a snail's pace like he was oblivious. I have seen people afraid of water for no apparent reason. Conditions that some people enjoy, others find it overwhelming as though they have had a lack of direction and or experience all of their lives.
I found this book to be very refreshing.
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