In 2017 I suffered a concussion….not a really bad one, but serious enough to really set me back on my computer work. I also had vertigo…yuck.
So 6 months into my concussion journey and I still have symptoms…I’m not reading, afraid to fly (’cause that worsens your symptoms and can create new problematic behaviours), not being productive on the computer and really miserable in my quest for healing. While massage therapy had alleviated some of the stress in my neck and I was introduced to a maneuver that corrected the vertigo, I was still experiencing slow information processing, poor memory and difficulty with screen-related tasks.
At month 7 I wandered into the realm of essential oils and started experimenting with any combination that would bring relief. I used lemon, peppermint, rosemary and frankincense often and then diffused a stress-reduction blend and applied that topically as well. I also started essential oil vitamin supplements. What a difference! Slowly things were changing and I was able to do a few of the tasks that I used to be able to accomplish.
At month 12, I started exploring Keto…and that made ALL the difference. Who knew that your brain requires a lot of fat to maintain a healthy state, and if it’s damaged, requires more and repairs itself nicely if you up the fat? Wait someone should probably know that… I’m on year 2 now and avocados are my friend!
Ok, I digress…..
So what’s my point?
I am not a fan of traditional medicine. I don’t like that we treat the illness instead of encouraging and facilitating wellness. It seems like most doctor’s appointments boil down to a prescription and alternative solutions are never considered. That being said, I recognize the need for regular checkups and different treatment options (medications included).
Aside from that…I’m sensitive (LOL). I don’t react to medication well…even acetaminophen has lasting loopy effects well into the next day and Ibuprophen keeps me awake…all night. <sigh>
So where does that leave me?
It is incredibly important to be in control of our own health. After all, being inside your body 24/7 makes you the expert where your body is concerned. I feel like I know my body and what works…and what doesn’t. I know when something is off and I choose to be the leader in my own health care. So on a day to day basis, I choose my diet (and I have cheat days), my mental health care routine, my exercise regimen and any other engagements that I feel are of benefit to me. When something goes awry, I consider natural options first, specifically essential oils and supplements.
My bottom line is that your body needs to be treated and taken care of as a whole. There is no diet and exercise regimen that will keep you healthy if you aren’t also taking care of your emotional and spiritual health.
MIND – BODY – SOUL …whatever that means to you…but be sure, it’s all three.
Here are some options that you should consider as part of a routine:
- Diet. Choose your path, make conscious choices and allow yourself to cheat every once in a while.
- Get at least 15 minutes of moderate to fast-paced exercise each day. Walk or ride your bike on nice days. Exercise is important for heart health, physical stamina, and mood.
- Read and learn often. Your education shouldn’t stop once you’re out of school. Open your mind to new possibilities, beliefs, and interests by reading, taking online classes, watching documentaries, and attending workshops.
- Meditate regularly. Meditation improves memory, attention, mood, immune system function, sleep, and creativity. Focus, repeat affirmations or use a guided tool…make this your own.
- Opt for natural remedies whenever you can. Use the guidance of a holistic health practitioner, herbs, the right foods, supplements and essential oils as these can be very healing and have fewer dangerous side effects than most pharmaceuticals.
- Laugh often. If you take life too seriously, you’re going to miss out on a lot.
- Stay positive. Where your mind goes will be exactly what you find. If you focus on the negative, you will find that and perpetuate the cycle. Choose positivity.
- Stretching or Practice yoga. Yoga is amazing for your overall health. It helps you build strength, coordination, and flexibility while calming your mind. It also encompasses the mind-body-soul connection.
- Stop people-pleasing. Make a switch to validating yourself and motivating yourself instead of trying to please others.
- Get enough sleep each night. And remember that you’re never too old for naps.
- Avoid gossip and drama. Whatever you put out into the universe is what is coming back to you.
- Find a career path that is meaningful to you.
- Listen to music often. …. dance!
- Forgive yourself & others for past mistakes. Resentment and negative emotions can lead to disease. Learn from the past, but don’t let it destroy you.
- Spend time outside. Now is the perfect time of year for hiking, boating, picnics, outdoor sports, foraging for wild foods, camping, and much more!
- Slow down. A little rest and relaxation can replenish your mind and body. Remember to just breathe.
- Fuel your passions. Set aside some time each day to do what makes your soul happy. Many of us work so much that we forget how great it feels to paint, dance, make music, write, garden, or swim.
- Reduce your stress. This includes unnecessary spending, clutter, a job you hate, or unhealthy relationships.
- Be grateful. Take some time each day to write or think about the things you’re grateful for, like family, friends, pets, food, shelter, health, or the beauty of nature and journal these. This is a powerful tool in making a shift in perspective.
Bottom line: Take matters into your own hands.
Choose your health status and make choices accordingly.
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