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Wellness Begins in the Mind

“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” ~Dale Carnegie

The Road Back to Health

This week I’ve been thinking about healing and how to promote healing. Everyone echoes the battle cry for a war on specific illnesses. Many of us call ourselves warriors. That’s what we feel like anyway. We fight and fight as hard as we can. I really dove into the awareness and observation of this, and I want to share a different perspective. A war on illness may never be won because it only continues to promote the battle for as long as it can. But an understanding that our body is dynamic and always changing, and always functioning the best it can with the resources it has, can lead us forward.

The road back to health always starts with the mind. For example, this past week I had a buildup of stress with my workload and family responsibilities. And stress, we know, can be a tipping point for many of us with fibro. One morning I woke up with vertigo. My first reaction was “no, no, NO!” I initially experienced panic and anxiety, followed by frustration. My upset was not specifically about physically not being able to get out of bed without falling over.

Uncertainty

My thoughts were racing because I was anticipating not being able to do all the things, I was responsible for that day. (You would think after dealing with fibro for over 20 years I would be used to my life being interrupted by a symptom from out of nowhere) But my mind was reeling with the consequences of the predicament I was in—the fear of the limitation that this physical ailment was placing on me. I immediately texted my husband who was in the other room and asked him to help me get out of bed.

The inconvenience caused uncertainty. How long was this going to last (because with fibro we never know, right?) How far was this going to put my work behind? And lastly, I thought what the heck caused this? There comes another whole set of fears with questioning cause. Our mind can just run wild with that! (Just in case you are wondering, we believe my vertigo was caused by trigger points in the scalene muscles in my neck. I got trigger point therapy and a chiropractic adjustment. By the next day I was much better, but totally exhausted.)

Reminder that the Body is Perfectly Designed

During this ordeal I had to stop my runaway mind and remind myself that my body is perfectly designed to do the best it can with the tools it has. And those tools are mostly biochemical. The biochemical is influenced by many things such as nutrition, sleep, movement or exercise, being outdoors, stress… and my thoughts… aha! I had been under stress, not remembering to take my dietary supplements to support my muscles and energy, and not thinking positively and as balanced as I should have been. I knew better and it still snuck up on me!

Become a Peaceful Warrior Filled with Love

So here is the low down. Loving thoughts that produce self-compassionate emotions are best for us in situations like this. Especially if we can pause in the moment and realize that our health and well-being has gotten off track. Emotions (e-motion) are energy in motion in our body, and they produce biochemicals that can alter how our body functions and responds. Once you learn this, you can begin to monitor what you are thinking and then when you can catch yourself saying or thinking something negative you can counteract that thought.

So back to the beginning. You can never win a war on an illness by fighting. When you are fighting you are against something, usually because you are fearful, and angry, and frustrated. All these emotions come from the root of fear. But we can become peaceful warriors filled with love that provides sustenance and tools for our physical body through courage, faith, conviction, belief, and love.

Loving Thoughts, Encouraging Affirmations and Prayers of Gratitude

Send loving thoughts and feelings to your physical body, saying encouraging affirmations, and prayers of gratitude that your body is dynamic and able to change for the better. This will give it what it needs to function properly because the body listens to our hearts and words.

When an event occurs in illness or life, it is better to take a moment and choose how you want to respond versus reacting from your initial emotion about it. And YES, we always have a choice. Your choice should match your values, that which you believe in. Respond to your body or physical circumstance with a treatment or remedy that you believe will support your recovery. Never do something that others say you have to do. You must believe in the treatment for it to work, to have the greatest benefit. And yes, there are numerous studies on this, but that is a big topic for another day.

Here are some things to remember for healing and recovery:

  •  Realize where your body is starting from and know that you can make the changes internally in the body, and externally in your environment and life that can lead to healing. Realizing where you are in health and accepting an illness are two different things. Realizing where you are and believing your body has that ability to heal is most important. (And there is ALWAYS the possibility of healing. I’ve known people that have totally healed and recovered when they were told they would not.)
  •  Remember to love your body and not to declare war on the illness because it is inside your body, and if you fight on your own terrain there will be collateral damage. Your body is always doing the best it can with the tools it has. Instead of declaring war, LOVE your body and nourish the internal injury or malfunctioning system to increase its capacity and empower it to function properly. Add plenty of superfoods, sleep, fresh air, time in nature, and for goodness sakes find something to be grateful for and somehow feel joy.
  • BELIEVE in the loving care and treatment you choose. A brave warrior doesn’t want to fight and doesn’t want to kill. A brave peaceful warrior is about having the courage to confront the obstacle and determine a best course of action to take to overcome peacefully. It is not about using anger and force, but about finding a resolution quickly and easily. It is not about decimating the internal opponent (whether it is in your mind or physical body – they are really one in the same when you understand the energy of emotion producing the chemicals that are feeding your body), but it’s about reaching a solution for supporting the most favorable outcome. In the case of your body, listen to what your body needs and give it that nourishment.

For example, did you know if you give your body chlorophyll (the green stuff found in plants) and go out in the sun, that you can support your ATP which is the energy in your cells. Chlorophyll is similar to our hemoglobin in our blood, so this makes sense. This is a simple solution for those that aren’t able to eat enough greens in their diet. Try taking chlorella tablets and using a sun lamp a few minutes a day if you are in an overcast and cold environment. This can lift the mood, and the mood can support loving emotions, and the emotions can release healthy biochemicals to support a healthy body, along with the chlorophyll supporting the energy in the cells.

Visualize Energy, Stamina, and Endurance

Consciously visualize the inside of the body being filled with a warm and thriving paradise. Say affirmations over and over like “thank you for this energy, stamina, and endurance.” I did this for 2 years every morning and evening during my worst bout with fibro flareups, before the results were exactly what I wanted after almost giving up. Two years might seem like a long time but compared to the last ten years that I have been doing well, it was a short time to practice this ultimate self-care. I’ve learned that I am worth the time and effort to put into my healing because now I have the capacity to give to others. And you are worth it too!!

The Ripple Effect

There is a ripple effect. What can you do in life when you are able, that would help others, your family, your community, the world? Your life and contribution (even if it is a smile and wave to your neighbor) counts!! The ripple effect is far reaching and continuous.

Today take the steps to conquer your reality in 10 minutes at a time by declaring love and committing nourishment to your body instead of war. Decide what else you can do to nourish your body, what extra support can you give yourself, such as food, dietary supplements, sleep, and calm quiet reflection time remembering that wellness begins in the mind. And when you are all better and have reached the health that you have your mind set on, what will you share or do for others, your family, friends, community. When you recover, where will you create your ripple effect?

If you want more inspiration, here are several books that are sure to encourage you:

  • It’s the Thought That Counts: Why Mind Over Matter Really Works by David R. Hamilton
  • You Can Heal Your Life by Lousie Hay
  • The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton
  • The Isaiah Effect: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy by Gregg Braden
  • The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits by Gregg Braden
  • Dying to be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing by Anita Moorjani

Hearts & (gentle) Hugs my friends,

Dr. Jen

 

 

 

Relaxation: A Requirement for Health

Are you on the go all the time? Or working all the time, whether at a job or chauffeuring kiddos? Which by the way, I believe working at home taking care of children is much harder than going to a job! I’ve done both. And truthfully, I was shocked after I went back to work after homeschooling my children for 8 years! Not to demean any job, but I do know managing a home and taking care of children is definitely time and a half. But regardless of the job, do you schedule down time for relaxation in your life? I know, most of us will say no. We keep going, burning that candle at both ends. Yet, relaxation is so important to our health, that this is something that seriously needs to change. Try not to view relaxation as a waste of productivity hours, because the benefits are measurable and if you make a habit to regularly schedule non-negotiable breaks for yourself, you will see that your productivity will increase over the long run.

Let me give you a few examples why you will reap the rewards with much needed relaxation:

Relaxation Supports the Immune System

When we are busy all the time, it leaves little space for taking good care of our health. The result may end up being the exact opposite of what you wanted- sick days that leave you unable to do anything. Luckily, some regularly scheduled time for R&R can offset this. We all have hectic periods of our life, but the important thing is to have time for recovery and recuperation.

Crazy schedules and super busy lives can often lead to sleep deprivation, and high stress is typically only manageable up to 3 months. After that, well things can go downhill before you know it leaving your health vulnerable in many ways. Try taking the weekends off, or if you can’t, try sleeping in at least one day per week. This may support your immune system and keep you ahead.

Relaxation Keeps Your Memory Active

The longer you work or push yourself at an intense rate, the less efficient memory recall. You may find yourself making silly mistakes, or that you feel a little too forgetful. Even short periods of high stress affect the memory centers of the brain, which can be noticeable when under pressure.

The important thing here is by taking time to relax, it will allow cortisol levels to return to baseline, because there are no pressing issues to deal with. Chronically high levels of stress and the hormone cortisol may also contribute to long-term memory problems over many years, as stress and cortisol are known to have a strong inflammatory component.

Relaxation Replenishes Motivation

Do you ever notice how your drive to work decreases significantly after doing it repetitively for a period of time? In fact, under the prolonged influence of stress, the motivation center of the brain becomes desensitized to dopamine, limiting your ability to feel motivated, or experience pleasure.

A well-timed break for relaxation will recharge your batteries though. Along with supporting your brain with dietary supplements such as Lion’s Mane, a medicinal mushroom, or L-Dopa from Velvet Bean extract. Just keep in mind that there is just so much you can handle under pressure, everyone has a breaking point- don’t wait to find out what yours is.

Relaxation Keeps Your Heart Healthy

Unfortunately, for some it is too late by the time they realize that running a hectic life without taking much needed relaxation time can pose a risk to the heart and circulatory system. Not taking time off to reset and relax can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease. One of the reasons, is that excess cortisol may put the heart and blood vessels under extra stress, besides other factors of being overworked may lead to unhealthy habits of pushing yourself to keep going with caffeine and stimulants.

Relaxation is known to be a help in in healthy lifestyle management for reducing risks to the cardiovascular system.

Relaxation Will Help Sustain Youth

Yes, you read that right! Relaxation is absolutely necessary for aging well. Running on empty day after day is a disastrous recipe that leads to, not only wrinkles, but physical aging in the joints and organs. The greater the impact of the hormones cortisol and adrenalin, the more inflammation, and the harder and faster your body has to work to regenerate cells.

This is why many are choosing to live like they are in retirement when they are young, scheduling down time throughout the year – going on vacations, propping their feet up, making time for things they enjoy and just relaxing.

Now that you know how important relaxation is for your health, make it one of your self-care priorities. Work will still be there tomorrow waiting for you, so take your time.