How Your Mind and Spirit Affect Your Health

Your Mental Environment concerns what you are reading, watching and what you are listening to on a regular basis. Remember Health Principle #2 – everything is either moving you towards Health or towards Illness.

Go On a “News Fast”

Do you think watching or listening to the news is contributing anything positive to your life? The majority of the evening news is sensationalized, fear based reports on what we don’t want to see in the world. Bathing your mind in pictures of murders, celebrity gossip, fires, floods and earthquakes do not contribute positively to your overall health and well-being. Trying going on a news fast. Try it for one week and see how your attitude changes. Spend your time reading something inspiring or learning something new.

Instead of reading supermarket tabloids, pick up a natural health magazine. Instead of the news, watch a documentary or a movie that has an uplifting message that makes you smile and want to be a better person. Instead of listening to morning talk radio in the car on your way to work, listen to an audio book or a program that teaches you something new, wakes you up and inspires you to do more.

They say “birds of a feather flock together” regarding the people you associate with. In your mental realm, watch how your positive, uplifting thoughts flock together and help to create a healthier and happier world all around you.

Practice Peace

Another important environment to be aware of is your Spiritual Environment. This is building and experiencing your own individual, personal connection to a higher power. For you, that relationship might be part of your religion. But you don’t have to belong to any particular church, synagogue or mosque or have any other religious affiliation to lead a very spiritual life.

It doesn’t matter how you practice. However, it is important to spend time looking at your life and at life in general, from a larger, more cosmic vantage point to put day-to-day life in perspective. Being still, being quiet, connecting to source, asking for guidance, listening for insights – they all make life’s adventure much more sane.

Whether you are praying in church or meditating at home or watching a sunset, it is all the same. It is time for you to connect to something bigger than yourself. Time for you feel part of something bigger than yourself. Time to give over your “stuff” to something bigger than yourself.

So however you decide to connect to Source, do it and do it regularly.

If you are not doing so already, know that it calms you and relaxes you. It shifts your thoughts to look at life from a bigger perspective and helps to give your “day-to-day” doings more meaning. Even spending just a few moments first thing the morning can do this for you. Marianne Williamson talks about the importance of this in her book, “Everyday Grace”. In it, she said that not taking the time in your day to be silent and pray is like “missing your appointment with God”.

So to improve your Spiritual Environment and to make it even healthier from a cosmic perspective, set your appointment with God and keep it!


*Exerpted from the Being Well Lifestyles Home Study Course by Dr. Jay Warren.

Drawing on over two decades of experience as a hands-on holistic practitioner, Dr. Jay Warren is a primary healthcare provider and licensed chiropractor in the San Diego area. He has spent tens of thousands of clinical hours helping his patients achieve their optimal health potential through holistic approaches bolstered by years of personal experimentation, education and research. Dr. Jay creates customized plans integrating exercise, nutrition and stress management strategies to overcome a myriad of health challenges. For more information, email or visit


About the Author

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes. His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience. Dr. Jay is also the proud father of his 3 year old son, Niko who keeps him very busy (and happy) outside of the office.