Sharing one’s life lessons can teach you the impact that “mind over matter” can have in overcoming pain and feelings of isolation. Sturgeon Bay psychologist Dr. Dennis White shares a story when he was 11-years-old and successfully unstuck a painted-shut window after many attempts with many family members present.
Dr. White adds that a person’s thoughts can help control their feeling both emotionally and physically. A Harvard Health Letter notes approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) can reduce pain and depression while improving physical functioning compared to usual care. You can listen to Dr. White’s Mental Health Minute on “mind over matter” below.