To so many women, PMS seems like an incurable illness. But because it’s not a life or death condition, most simply learn to tolerate it, suffering through it month after month. Don’t you just wish there was a magic pill that could take all the suffering away?
If there’s such a magic pill, it is your own mind.
Dr. William Braud is a pioneer in the study of the mind’s effect on healing. After hundreds of experiments performed at the San Antonio Mind Science Research Center, he outlined five major mental techniques that he believes have important effects on the self-healing process.
If Dr. Braud’s method has helped millions of people suffering from illnesses, why can’t we apply it to heal ourselves from PMS, PMDD, and other menstrual problems?
Here are the five things outlined by Dr. Braud for self-healing. It’s really quite simple:
1. The need for relaxation and quietude.
2. Learning to focus your attention on one thing (e.g. breathing), which allows you to develop mental self-control and avoid distractions.
The first two are the basic tenants of a meditation practice. Cultivating a daily meditation practice can improve your health, your mood, your quality of life and your relationships. And it’s not as hard as you may think. Check out how meditation has transformed my life.
3. Learning visualization or imagery techniques since pictures are the preferred language of the mind.
Instead of seeing an image of yourself tired, moody and in pain, how about replacing it with an image of yourself feeling healthy, happy, radiant and vibrant? You may also want to focus on a specific area of your body that needs healing, for example, the uterus.
4. Incorporating intent into the process, a wish for some goal to be reached and an expectation that it will.
If your goal is to heal yourself from PMS, PMDD, or an irregular or painful period, set a clear intention and reinforce it daily. Consider using an affirmation such as “I’m healthy and vibrant.” Say it to yourself the first thing in the morning.
5. The evocations of strong positive emotions during the healing process.
When you’re free from PMS, PMDD, period pains, fatigue or mood swings, how would you feel? Evocate a powerfully positive emotion and feel it as often as you can. Remember, strong emotion is what moves us!
After many years of researching and experimenting with healing PMS and menstrual problems, I firmly believe that the magic pill is indeed in our minds. If we can change how we perceive menstruation and ourselves as women, we’ve already won at least half of the battle, if not the most of it!