Physician’s Weekly, along with Barbara Cox, PhD, co-hosted an informative discussion on how mindset affects physical health. The topics discussed included examples of how the mind affects physical health, why it is important to address mental stress in caring for one’s physical health, how meditation and self-hypnosis may affect one’s physical and mental health, and much more.

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Below are the highlights from the chat. You can read the full transcript here.

 

Question 1

Q1: What are some examples of how the mind affects physical #health?#PWChat#Mindset

— Physician’s Weekly (@physicianswkly) October 11, 2017

A1. Great question! Stress can cause a weak immune system, sleep problems, irritability, headaches etc. #PWChat

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017

Can you elaborate on how #stress can cause a weak immune system?#PWChat

— Physician’s Weekly (@physicianswkly) October 11, 2017

Loneliness has been shown to weaken immune system (1/2)#pwChat

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017

(2/2) For the actual study, see https://t.co/Eu6D6lGJTX #PWchat

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017

A1. A good example: a recent study that showed pts with depression after a heart attack had higher mortality rates #PWchat https://t.co/nV9lSjIKMz

— Linda Girgis, MD (@DrLindaMD) October 11, 2017


Question 2

Q2: How can #meditation & self- #hypnosis affect one’s physical and #MentalHealth?

— Physician’s Weekly (@physicianswkly) October 11, 2017

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Question 3

Q3: How can #meditation & #hypnosis help patients improve their ability to manage #stress?
#PWChat

— Physician’s Weekly (@physicianswkly) October 11, 2017

A3,Meditation &hypnosis let the brain relax & rejuvenate. Clinicians often refer pts for variety of dxs (1/2)#PWChat

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017

Q3,(2/2) anything from heart disease, anxiety and panic, job or family stress, chronic pain, cancer, IBS.#PWChat

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017

The mind affects how you feel… and how you heal. You can make it work for, or against you. #PWChat

— Nicholas DiNubile MD (@drnickUSA) October 11, 2017


Question 4

Q4: How can #meditation & #hypnosis help patients improve their quality of sleep? #pwchat

— Physician’s Weekly (@physicianswkly) October 11, 2017

A4. Research has shown w/ daily short practice, it is easier for them to fall asleep.#PWChat

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017


Question 5

Q5: How can #meditation & #hypnosis help patients improve their mental energy & ability to concentrate? #pwchat

— Physician’s Weekly (@physicianswkly) October 11, 2017

Q5Meditation teaches the brain how to self-regulate under stress. It helps your brain learn how to automatically begin calming down. #PWChat

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017


Question 6

Q6: How can clinicians get patients started on #meditation & #hypnosis? #pwchat

— Physician’s Weekly (@physicianswkly) October 11, 2017

A6. By having resources available to refer patients. #pwchat https://t.co/VBoERsKVgX

— Linda Girgis, MD (@DrLindaMD) October 11, 2017

A6.Many free intro websites someone mentioned, many clinicians refer to psychologists such as myself for training in meditation. #PWChat

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017


Question 7

Q7: How else can clinicians encourage patients to be #healthier, both physically & mentally?
#PWChat

— Physician’s Weekly (@physicianswkly) October 11, 2017

A7#Gratitude is key to our well-being Gratitude doesn’t make stress go away-it refocuses attention on what is positive in our lives #PWChat

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017

A7. By encouraging healthy eating and exercise. #pwchat https://t.co/kKSPR1KLSD

— Linda Girgis, MD (@DrLindaMD) October 11, 2017

T7 Lead by example #Pwchat

— ShereeseM, MS/MBA (@ShereesePubHlth) October 11, 2017


Question 8

Q8: But many patients fear going to the doctor; how can this fear be lessened?
#PWChat

— Physician’s Weekly (@physicianswkly) October 11, 2017

A8.Recommend doing something relaxing before your visit. Listen to music on the drive or do a guided meditation on phone in lobby. #PWChat

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017


Question 9

Last question! Q9: How does a lack of social support lessen one’s #immunity & how can it be boosted? #PWChat

— Physician’s Weekly (@physicianswkly) October 11, 2017

Q9 Research shown w/Lack of social support tend to catch colds more easily, (1/4) )#PWChat

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017

(2/4) and other immune problems, #PWChat

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017

Q9. (3/4) I encourage clients to join groups/develop more connections. #PWChat

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017

A9. (4/4) See more fascinating research at https://t.co/RbYr0bILCw

— Barbara Cox (@DrBarbaraCox) October 11, 2017