The concept of hope has been coming up quite often in my clients lately.
Hope alone really can transform your health outcomes. When you don’t have hope, you’re likely to feel defeated and demotivated, leading you to not try things, ignore suggestions or to give up on things too soon.
Of course, if you’ve been living with a gut problem for years and have been through various avenues of treatment to keep hearing ‘we don’t know what’s wrong’ or ‘there’s nothing wrong’, it’s very understandable that you might lose hope.
Despite this, it doesn’t mean that your current situation is permanent. It just means that a new approach is needed.
Hope is a bit like the placebo effect. When you truly believe that something will work, it often does, even if it’s just a sugar pill. We don’t need to judge how it works – the important thing is that it does!
A 2006 study into the effects of hope on health studied the personalities of 193 people before giving them a common respiratory virus. The people with a positive personality style were less likely to get viral symptoms. Hopeful people have also been found to tolerate pain better and follow through on medical advice (Synder et al., 2005; Berg et al., 2007).
Hope can change your outcomes very rapidly. I recently had a new client with chronic constipation who was relying on colonics to go to the toilet. During our first consultation, she had to leave early because she needed to go to the toilet, and that was before we even did anything! It just goes to show how powerful hope can be.
Hope conjures up feelings of relief, peace and relaxation which are incredibly healing for the body. These emotions activate the parasympathetic arm of the nervous system, which enables the body to rest and digest food properly, and this alone helps to provide symptom relief immediately.
Hope also encourages you to keep going, try new things, ask for help and be open to the possibilities.
You can see how this mindset greatly improves your chances of overcoming a gut problem to a hopeless mindset!
With over 7.5 billion people on this plant, chances are that someone has gone through what you are going through and knows the way out.
Never lose hope – there are many different approaches to gut health and I truly believe that everyone has the capacity to heal.