Self-care and self-healing practices are key to achieve mind, body and soul health.
Over the years I have learned numerous self-healing practices that have helped me tremendously. I’m sharing them in this post in the hope they can be of assistance to you too.
What is Self-Healing?
Self-healing refers to the ability of our own body to heal itself.
Every human body has this ability; you don’t need special training to self-heal but in most cases you need to be intentional about it.
Self-healing is not mystical, expensive, or complicated.
What are Self-healing practices?
Self-healing practices refer to all the tools you have at your disposal to obtain self-healing. With a self-healing practice you start the process of recovery from any issues that might be bothering you, whether physical or emotional.
The first self-healing practice, visualization, can be used in many areas of your life. You can heal and manifest wonderful things with your mind.
1. Heal with your mind – Visualize a healthy body
A significant proven method to provide relief and self-healing to our bodies is utilizing the power of our mind to heal.
Our mind and our thoughts are very powerful; our mindset can aid healing much more than we realize.
This has been proven in numerous studies of the placebo effect.
A placebo is a substance, such as a pill or a shot, that doesn’t contain any active medicine. The placebo effect occurs when this neutral treatment improves a person’s condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful.
Scientists typically use placebos as controls in research studies. This helps them understand how much of a medicine’s effects is due to the drug itself, versus how much is due to a participant’s expectations or other factors.
Expectations about a drug’s healing properties might have a more powerful effect than the drug itself. The expectation is a real drug that causes healing.
Numerous studies have been done about the placebo effect.
An article published by the American Psychological Association explains how a placebo alters the brain function of people with depression and promotes healing, although no medication was actually given.
Visualization works very well to aid healing because visualizing a healthy body and recalling loving memories from the times when we were healthy will transmit healing frequencies all over our bodies.
Visualization is also a great tool for manifesting your desires.
Our mind and our thoughts are very powerful. Our mindset can aid healing much more than we realize.
2. Love and accept your body
“The surest way to lose your self-worth is by trying to find it through the eyes of others.” — Becca Lee
Today’s society is plagued with images of beauty and happiness that are not real.
Unrealistic images can make us feel inadequate, and worse, in need of fixing.
They can totally disconnect us from our true needs. They lead us to believe that a thin body and being famous equals happiness forever.
Self-acceptance is a form of self-love and self-forgiveness, and it can aid to self-healing much faster than we realize.
If we love and accept ourselves for who we are, we will attract circumstances and people who reflect our self-love. Love and self-acceptance are the biggest magnets for positive changes in your life.
Acceptance also means accepting where we are now.
Find reasons to be grateful for who you are now, not who you think you should be. Our worthiness is not based on how much we have, where we were born, or where we live now, what car we drive, our weight, or any other factors. It might sound simple, but it is really that simple.
People can place no higher value upon us than we place upon ourselves.
This is one of my favorite quotes:
There will always be someone who can’t see your worth. Don’t let it be you. —Unknown.
Ultimately, we are the ones who determine our own value. If you were told that you wouldn’t amount to anything, decide now that you are worth it and expect great things to happen!
And now you might be wondering, and how can I accept my body? With the next practice:
3. The power of positive self-talk as a self-healing practice
Nothing can wear your immune system down faster than your self-affirmations and thoughts can. Notice how many times during the day you say “I’m tired” or “That’s exhausting.”
You are self-affirming the opposite of how you would like to feel.
Thoughts won’t necessarily kill you but we come to believe whatever we are repeatedly told, or whatever we repeat to ourselves. This is why affirmations can be so powerful.
If you want examples of affirmations I have written a post with 78 affirmations. That post also contains tips on how to effectively do affirmations, visualizations, use visual boards, and a special Huna Prayer for abundance.
As an example, when I don’t feel well or if I feel down, I might say: “I’m strong,” “I can get through this,” “I am healthy.” I do this while I also make an effort to walk tall and stand straight. It always makes a difference.
4. Unclutter your house and your life
The energy field of people, places, things, and your own home can amplify and add to your personal energy.
Surround yourself with beautiful, uplifting things and people and let go of stuff and relationships that are no longer serving you.
Arguments, swearing, and very negative thoughts and people lower the vibration of those things around them, whereas beautiful, inspiring thoughts, and conversations raise their frequency.
Having a serene, peaceful home alleviates feelings of agitation and restlessness that the clutter precipitates in our brain.
Maintaining an uncluttered, peaceful home can make us feel more energetic and relaxed at the same time.
Most people feel better in an uncluttered environment.
When we are looking after ourselves and doing inner work, it is crucial to choose a living environment that supports our new vibration.
And that includes the people we associate with. It is okay to unfollow people in real life.
It is actually a necessity to remove toxic people from your life. If you need help to heal toxic and difficult relationships please read this article:
Another great self-healing practice is practicing EFT tapping:
4. Practice EFT tapping
Definition from The Tapping Solution Foundation:
“Tapping is a combination of Ancient Chinese Acupressure and Modern Psychology that works to physically alter your brain, energy system and body all at once. The practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points while talking through traumatic memories and a wide range of emotions.”
EFT has some things in common with Traditional Chinese Medicine practices like acupuncture because it focuses on energy circuits that run throughout the body. The combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive statements works to heal emotional blocks.
EFT is convenient and easy to apply:
1. You don’t need to take pills.
2. Improvement is usually quick.
3. Success rates are high.
4. You can tap almost anywhere when you are feeling stressed or anxious.
5. There are no known side effects to its use.
6. It is free.
The following are examples of conditions EFT tapping can assist you with:
• Reducing depression, stress, and anxiety
• Reducing pain from headaches, muscular tension, and joint pains.
• Getting better sleep.
• Decreasing fatigue.
This is a great short video that explains what EFT tapping is and how to do it: How to Tap with Nick Ortner of the Tapping Solution
5. Meditation as a self-healing practice
One of the best things we can do in order to self-heal is to start a meditation practice.
Meditation has been associated with a decrease in stress, depression, anxiety, and pain, along with an increase in quality of life. It can also help us sleep better.
When we meditate, we enter a state of expanded awareness and inner quiet that refreshes the mind and restores balance.
When we are calm and peaceful our soul comes through our emotions to give us guidance.
It also helps us to raise our vibration, which is essential to receive our desires.
Since the mind and body are inseparable, the body is naturally balanced through the practice of meditation.
Studies have shown that during meditation our heart rate and breath slow down, our body decreases the production of stress hormones, and it increases the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and endorphins, which enhance well-being. (Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter that can affect mood, appetite, sleep, and memory. Endorphins – typically released during exercise – trigger a positive feeling in the body).
When we are under real or perceived stress, our muscles tense, our heartbeat increases, vitamins and minerals are rapidly used up, and in some cases of great shock, even our memory goes.
All these symptoms normally subside as the body relaxes, which is also why meditation is such a great healer.
I enjoy listening to guided meditations first and then doing some “alone” meditations once I’m deeply relaxed (after the guided meditation is over).
My favorite guided meditations are:
1) Orin and Daben meditations. You can find them on Sanaya Roman’s website here under audio courses and single download meditations.
Sanaya Roman has many meditations for different purposes (like manifesting abundance, and spiritual growth) but also to assist your self-healing practice, like self-love or becoming self-confident guided meditations.
2) There are also apps and other websites like YouTube that provide free meditations.
I have recently found a great YouTube channel: Jason Stephenson – Sleep Meditation Music. I did the Surrender meditation and I thought it was awesome. Definitely self-healing.
This would be a great free alternative if you prefer not to pay for guided meditation music.
6. Learn Shamanism
Learning Shamanism can help you gain greater clarity and insight into any number of life challenges, from medical issues to healing toxic relationships. It can be as healing as meditation and a powerful self-healing practice.
Shamanism is an ancient spiritual and healing tradition (or practice). It could be the oldest spiritual practice in the world, dating back tens of thousands of years. Cave art 30,000-years-old shows evidence of shamanic practices.
In Shamanism, you listen to a drumbeat or other rhythmic percussion to enter an altered state of consciousness (like in meditation) and access spiritual guidance and healing. Some traditions also use rattles, sticks, and bells.
I have read a couple of Shamanism books (by Sandra Ingerman) and I was really drawn to study Shamanism further, but the workshop I wanted to attend with her in person was fully booked for an entire year.
And I didn’t want to wait for a whole year… So, I took her online course and I’m so glad I did!
Sandra Ingerman is one of the most highly regarded teachers of Shamanism today. She has been teaching and practicing Shamanism for 40 years. Sandra teaches workshops internationally on shamanic journeying, healing, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods.
If you are interested, you can watch this free webinar with Sandra and let your intuition guide you if learning shamanism could be beneficial for you.
7. Eat well, and organic when possible
One of the biggest issues today is the quality, origin, and amount of processing in the food we eat.
Our ancestors used to eat what was naturally available within their region. They ate whole, fresh, generally balanced meals with organically grown foods that were seasonal and local.
Today, we eat frozen fruit flown across the Atlantic or a “good for you” ready-packaged meal without fully understanding the implications for our body’s ability to heal.
Poor diet and excessive stress can deplete the body’s energy reserves very quickly.
Although we might not be consciously aware of this, all of the food we eat carries its own frequency and affects our nervous system. Our body resonates with some food and tenses with others.
If you want to feel well please be mindful of the food you give your body.
Be also mindful of soft drinks that can be laden with unhealthy ingredients. Dr. Josh Axe has written various articles about what diet sodas and sweeteners do to our bodies. They may cause depression, kidney damage, and cardiovascular disease among other issues.
8. Body Self-Healing. Rest and recharge.
I know what you are thinking: I wish I could find time to rest!
I hear you, I’m on the same boat. Kids, work, house, appointments, trying to have a bit of a social life, random and last-minute problems… But rest and me-time are essential for self-healing.
It would benefit your health to find time to:
- Get enough sleep at night, or take a nap
Sleep is essential for the realignment of our energies. While we sleep, our body acclimates to the higher, purer vibration that is our real self. Take naps or go to bed earlier whenever possible.
I enjoy going to bed early, usually after I put the kids to bed. It helps me get up earlier and do some journaling and meditation, and have a coffee in peace before everybody wakes up.
- Drink more water
It also causes anger, headaches, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.
- Go outside and get more sunlight
Sunlight contains UV light.
When sunlight is absorbed through the skin it produces Vitamin D, promoting the production of serotonin which is understood to contribute to feelings of well-being and happiness (Serotonin is a chemical that acts as a neurotransmitter, relaying messages from one part of the brain to another.
It is believed to influence psychological and other bodily functions, including brain cells related to mood, sexual desire, appetite, and others)
In general, Vitamin D depletion has been linked to cancer, and sunlight increases mental and physical performance.
- Get a massage
Receiving a massage has been proven to have many benefits, for example reducing anxiety and depression levels, and helping you sleep better.
- Wear crystals
A crystal is part of the highest vibration of the mineral kingdom, and crystals interact with our biology.
- Listen to uplifting music
- Exercise, which is vital for optimal health.
- Take a long bath, ideally with natural soaps and essential oils.
Read good news, spend less time on social media and watching TV, and cultivate a sense of wonder and excitement about life.
On the subject on being too much on social media (or constantly checking your phone), I have found a superb book. It is How to Break Up with Your Phone, by Catherine Price
I know that breaking up with your phone might not be ideal for everybody, and I haven’t totally removed it from my life either. But I have learned a lot of tips that the author provides to detach from it.
I have deleted many apps, I have turned off notifications. I have done plenty of things that make me feel less agitated. And the science behind the addiction it produces is alarming. Such a great read.
If you think you have an issue with your phone this book might help you.
9. Journaling as a self-healing practice
Journaling can be incredibly therapeutic.
Journaling and engaging in creative endeavors (such as painting or cooking) can be a very effective way to release built-up anger and frustration, and when done daily it can be an amazing self-healing practice. You can also use it daily to enhance your manifestation efforts.
It important to release because every emotion that is not properly digested and dealt with is stored within the body (in our heart, muscles, and fibers within our body), which in turn causes various ailments to appear in our lives.
While you journal you might want to list all the things that you are grateful for. Gratitude is one of the main keys to attract everything we want in life, including good health.
Related: 7 Best Self-Help Journals
10. Use Essential oils
I was unfamiliar with essential oils until I had my second baby.
At that time I experienced firsthand the benefit of using essential oils when I was given a bottle of bergamot essential oil (citrus aurantium bergamia peel oil).
I had a stressful pregnancy followed by a difficult C-section recovery, and I was feeling physically and emotionally exhausted.
I felt uplifted the moment I smelled bergamot. I can’t fully describe it, but the scent gave me an immediate sense of emotional relief.
I didn’t know then that the nerve endings in our nose pick up the various organic compounds of the oil and send them immediately to the limbic system of the brain, which begins to use them for therapeutic function. The limbic system supports various functions, including emotion, behavior, motivation, and long-term memory.
What Are Essential Oils
Essential oils are the botanical extracts of plant leaves, the life force of plants.
There is a vast amount of free content on the Internet regarding essential oils, many books show you how to use them, and many studies have been done regarding their effectiveness.
I believe essential oils work because I have experienced firsthand physical and emotional relief.
How I Use Essential Oils
In case you find it helpful, below are some of my favorites oils and how I use them.
When I feel down I use bergamot orange (citrus aurantium bergamia) peel oil.
Actually, even when I feel well I also use it. I just smell it straight out of the bottle as often as I want it.
Many other essential oils can also help with emotional issues, but bergamot is my favorite.
• I use peppermint (Mentha piperita) and eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) for many things.
If I have a headache or I feel sleepy, I put a bit of peppermint oil across my forehead.
I also use eucalyptus mixed with peppermint (or either on its own) on my hands and then I smell them.
It wakes me up and keeps me alert.
• I like using mixed oils for diffusing in my room.
I use whatever oils I feel that I need the most.
I’m mainly driven by how good they smell and how they make me feel, and I also look at blogs and books for inspiration as to what to mix.
Some companies also offer bottles with already mixed oils to improve or assist different afflictions; for example, to improve breathing or to sleep better.
• I have used frankincense (Boswellia carterii) oil successfully to treat a very stubborn nail fungus that was not going away with conventional means.
It is also very good for the skin in general and I use it in my face almost daily.
11. Cut the cords to toxic people and situations
It is very important that we are able to cut the cords to unhealthy people and situations. Although it is a self-healing tool, it is also an important Tools To Heal Toxic Relationships so it is included in that article too.
Cords are emotional strands of energy that form regardless of time or space.
When we consistently direct our thoughts and energy to a particular person, place, or thing, we begin to establish an energetic cord connecting us to that object or person. We all know when someone is staring at us – we sense it. We are all interconnected in the Field of Consciousness, and thoughts travel inside the field, connecting one to another.
When we have constant thoughts about someone, it is likely that they are connecting with us in some way. They might be thinking about us, or it could also be our own repetitive obsessive thoughts because the more we concentrate on a thought the more we attract the same type of thoughts.
The more we send our energy to somebody, and the more we think about them, the thicker and bigger the cord becomes. The stronger the emotional connection, the stronger the bonding.
We also create energy cords when we make conscious or subconscious vows, contracts, or promises with other people. It is particularly strong in parent/child, husband/wife, past lovers, siblings, doctor/patient, teacher/student, past and present friends, and enemies.
Cords can be formed quickly when we become dependent on people.
Healthy cords create a nurturing sharing of information and energy; for example, the cords created between mothers and their young children.
Unhealthy cords can be a way to gain control of another person, but at no point are we victims of circumstance; we won’t have unhealthy cords unless, for example, we agreed to be the controller or the one who is controlled.
Energy follows thought through intent. If you have a situation where your ex doesn’t leave you in peace (whether physically or you feel it energetically), you should consider cutting the cords to that person.
Cords are formed and linked through our chakras.
You might have multiple cords attached to one person; for example, one in the second chakra which represents sexuality and desire, and another one in your solar plexus (third chakra), which represents the seat of your emotions.
We can cut the cords to our husband or wife and still be married (or friends). You might want to cut the unhealthy, controlling, interdependent behavior if that is something that you think is an issue for you.
Sometimes we have heart chakra interdependencies; for example, marrying for money, or out of loneliness and insecurity. When we love for the sake of loving, unconditionally, we create healthy cords that won’t need cutting or healing.
In the end, cords can be very draining. You might be divorced (separated) physically but not energetically, and it will benefit both parties to cut the cords that bind them; this enhances your relationships and brings more joy into your life.
You might want to cut the cords to a person or situation if you feel it is having a negative influence on you.
This way of cutting cords works well for me:
1. Say a prayer to God, the Universe, your guides and angels.
If you don’t believe in any of them you can also pray to your higher self, which is the part of your soul not reincarnated who provides guidance to you while on Earth.
Your prayer might be something simple, like this:
“God (angels, higher self, etc.) I want to cut the cords to ….(explain who or what) Because … (briefly explain what is the core of your issue). Please help me cut the cords today for the highest good of everybody involved. Thank you.”
2. Think of the person, feeling, or situation you want to cut the cords with.
3. Mentally tell this person or situation that you are going to cut all negative attachments because it is holding you back (you don’t necessarily need to say why you want to cut them, it is up to you).
4. Ask your intuition to show you the cord or cords in your mind. Try to visualize them as best as you can. They might look like a long chain, a rope, or a tube. How do they look like? Where are they located?
5. If you believe in angels, you can call in Archangel Michael to cut the cords with his sword of truth.
You might want to visualize it like a sharp laser sword beaming light. Visualize him cutting all the cords that bind you, and see them being dissolved into thin air.
His sword is so powerful that when it severs the cords they break down in ashes and dissolve. See them completely gone from both ends.
6. If you don’t believe in angels you can imagine your higher self, or inner self, being present and doing the same exercise. You might use gold scissors or something similar.
Your higher self can access the tools that are needed. Your visualization here is the most important part, just visualizing them being cut, or burned, will work.
7. I have read that for some people it might be more appropriate to gently pull the cords, not severe them.
You visualize wherever they are located and you remove them one by one. This might be best if you feel they are not completely gone.
8. Regardless of the cord cutting methods chosen, it will probably leave some ethereal open scars. Visualize soft white light filling the spaces. Do this until you feel comfortable that your scars are healed.
9. You are done. Feel the relief you get from it.
I would suggest you listen to your body afterward and see how it feels. It might be thirsty, or hungry, or needing a nap. You might just feel relieved and perfectly fine.
I usually feel empowered because I know I’m doing something that was very needed for my inner peace and health.
Cutting Cords book
If you want to delve into more cord cutting information and techniques, I believe you will enjoy reading Cutting the Ties that Bind: Growing Up and Moving On
Take one step
Last, but not least, if you haven’t done it yet, take a small step today toward your healing.
Meditate on all the self-healing practices in this post, take what feels right for today and do it.
Call your doctor, go for a long walk, seek to forgive and heal your broken relationships, write a letter to God, guides or angels and ask them for help, get out of bed and take a shower, tidy up your house, or do what you need to do.
Just take a small step and keep going.
Do something today to take you a step closer to the relief you are seeking, whether it is emotional or physical.
If you find you are not able to heal, this post might certainly help:
In this post, you are going to learn how microwaves, dieting, and dietary supplements among other things could be preventing all your self-healing efforts.
These books might help you too:
My top recommendations for self-healing books are:
The Healing Power of Mind is a wonderful book. Our mind is an incredible tool to help us heal and feel better.
This book includes the foundations of healing, breathing, visualization, and healing meditations.
I have done some of the visualizations and found them to be very useful. They are very easy to follow, and there are so many to choose from.
I particularly like the visualizations for letting go of sadness and the exercise to focus the scattered mind. I feel at peace after reading and applying the exercises.
This is a powerful book, I highly recommend it.
You can Heal your Life was originally published in 1984, since then it has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. I read it at the end of my high school years and it blew me away.
She introduced me to the concept that we choose our family and that our experiences are not as random as we might think they are. I felt really empowered after reading it.
The book contains many exercises and affirmations to heal your life in every aspect, resentments, physical issues, etc.
The only thing that I don’t fully agree on is that all of our illnesses are caused by emotional issues, and by working on those issues the illness goes away. I agree that there is a clear link between emotions and illness (think about how sick you can become when you under stressful situations or agonizing over an issue), but I don’t believe that our emotional state is the only reason why we become sick.
I have learned that there are actually 5 different reasons why we might be sick, and emotional issues are just one of them.
Related: 5 Surprising Causes of Disease
Despite the small disagreement, I totally recommend this book because it truly changed my life and it was a catalyst for many positive changes. The information, exercises, and affirmations contained in it for self-healing are priceless.
Dr. Dispenza shares many cases of those who reversed cancer, heart disease, depression, and other serious health issues by believing in a placebo.
I believe these cases to be true; however, I’m also a believer in the power of conventional medicine, and not everybody can heal from disease by using their mind (Particularly when dealing with karmic issues or not being ready to accept or learn the lesson the illness might be providing).
I have read many books that explain how our overeating is due to our emotional issues.
Although I agree to some extent (because I’m an emotional eater and I eat a lot more under stress or when I’m upset), I loved reading the story of this author, Kathryn Hansen, and her different take on overeating.
In Brain Over Binge Hansen explains how she was told by her therapists that her binge eating was only a symptom of a deeper issue, such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and family and social issues. But she didn’t think she had any of those problems.
She says that regardless of what she uncovered from her past, what she resolved in the present, or how she envisioned her future, her urges to binge eat still consumed her. She didn’t want to go to more therapy, attend support groups, or follow meal plans. Regardless of the amount of traditional therapy she received, she continued binging.
Hansen explains how she came to understand her bulimia in a different way – as a function of her brain, and how she used her brain to recover from bulimia on her own, without having to find, or actually have, any psychological or emotional reason behind her disorder.
Another great self-healing book. I thought one of my problems was not having will power yet it doesn’t have anything to do with it.
You can find a lot more self-Healing, Self-Care and Alternative Therapies Book in my resources page:
Your turn: Have I missed any self-healing practice that you love? Please let me know in the comments below