How To Help My Body Heal Like My Mind

Written by Jim Folk
Last updated February 1, 2022

Video Transcript

I’ve made good progress on my anxiety recovery thanks to your information. I’d say my mind has almost completely recovered. However, I still have a lot of physical symptoms. Do you have any tips on how to help my body heal like my mind has?

It's great to hear you are making good progress and that you are finding our information beneficial! Thank you for letting us know.

It's common for people to feel they’ve made good progress mentally, but still have a lot of anxiety physical symptoms. We often hear this.

That's because many of us can change our minds and attitudes faster than the body can recover from the effects of hyperstimulation.

In this case, you have to continue to faithfully practice your physical recovery strategies and be patient as your body catches up to the progress you've made psychologically and emotionally.

Because the body can take a very long time to recover from the effects of hyperstimulation due to the many ways hyperstimulation can affect the body, you have to faithfully practice your recovery strategies for long enough for your body to recover.

Unfortunately, there aren't any shortcuts.

One reason for this is because stress can dramatically affect the nervous system, which is primarily made up of neurons, which are specialized cells that have an electrochemical makeup.

Because of their electrochemical makeup, neurons take far longer to recover from the effects of stress than normal body cells.

Consequently, there will be a lag between your recovery efforts and the body's ability to physically recover.

Faithfully practicing your physiological recovery strategies, containing anxious behavior, and being patient will produce the results you are looking for, but in time, and much longer than most people expect.

However, if you do this work, you will see the results you are hoping for, albeit much longer than you might expect.

Visit our “Hyperstimulation” article for more information about hyperstimulation and how it can affect the body and recovery.

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed – which we call the underlying factors of anxiety – a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.

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