Taking Care of your Health
Your health and wellness are so important: do as much as you can to safeguard this precious resources. When your body or soul is feeling ill, you usually have some kind of imbalance or some manifestation of stress, pain, anger, or tension. Typically you succumb to outside viruses and bacteria when you're tired or irritated.
Your body consistently strives for health, so if you have illness, or pain, or if you even have something that you feel you should address, even if it isn't a full-blown sickness or injury -- now is the time to look at it.
A very mild infection can turn into a large one, if not addressed in time. I had a bladder infection a few weeks ago, and I thought I could take care of it with rest, lots of water and cranberry juice, and decreasing my stress level, but it became more and more pronounced. When I realized that my body was not going to be able to handle it by itself, I went to the doctor to get some quick-acting relief through antibiotics.
If you are in chronic, debilitating pain, find help from your local practitioner. Remember to take advantage of any potential solutions such as reiki, massage, bodywork, acupuncture, and therapy.
Take care of yourself early and often.
Need some tips on how to keep healthy? Pick a few of these every day:
- Rest frequently.
- Take stress breaks.
- Breathe deeply.
- Do yoga.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Reduce your intake of refined sugar and white flour.
- Choose whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and organic options.
- Stretch during the day: roll your neck, arms, hands, hips, and legs.
- Go for a walk every day.
- Plan an exercise schedule and stick to it.
- Take care of a plant.
- Take care of a pet.
- Spend your time with people you enjoy and appreciate.
- Unplug - turn off all the electronical items.
For your long-term review:
- If you are in a stressful job, consider changing your career, for your health's sake.
- If you are in an abusive relationship, plan now how to remove yourself from this situation as soon as possible.
- If you find yourself in situations where you are unhappy, harming yourself, or out of control, assess yourself and understand what you are doing and why you're choosing these options.
- Believe that you are worth the very best, and that you deserve health and wellness.
- Find your pain points -- what are the issues that continually come up for you? Job? Relationship? Parents? Kids? Your body?
- Come up with a plan and a timeline to address the items that you know need changing.
Your health means so much -- feeling productive and active as much as possible, every day, is a goal to which all of us can strive.
(photo by EverJean)