Your mindset is one of the biggest pieces of the healing puzzle. What we believe about our health and healing is half the battle. Your mindset can make the difference between healing + staying stuck. Healing begins the moment you start believing it IS possible.
Here are some common health tips and ideas for getting you through the healing months and keeping your spirits high :
Spending time with others, whether that's friends, family, or meeting new people, not only does it make you feel good it also means you are less alone. Building your support circle and knowing there are always people there whom you can rely on and who have your best interests at heart is such an important piece of health & wellbeing that is often missed.
I’m one of those people who needs fresh air and movement to stay sane. If I don't go for a walk I get antsy and restless. Gentle exercise and regular nature walks are really good for your health and mental & physical wellbeing. Not only do you get some fresh air and the negative ions from nature that are good for your physical body, and the obvious physical benefits, you also release endorphins in your body (your happy hormones) that reduce stress and improve your mood. It also improves your mood, your ability to think and function, and your creativity. Getting some exercise every day and connecting with your body and your mind allows your subconscious to work and provide you with answers that might surprise you.
It can be tempting to let your good habits fall by the wayside when you feel rubbish, a little under the weather. Comfort food can be tasty at the time but they are often more damaging to your body and make you feel worse for days after. Foods that we turn towards as comfort food -- pre-packaged meals, donuts and cakes full of refined sugar, bad fats, and simple carbs. Takeaway, fast food, chocolates, processed bread... all the same problem. Unfortunately, food manufacturers nowadays pack our food with artificial and processed ingredients, sugar, and other artificial chemicals that not only damage your body but make you more addicted to those foods and want to eat more in the process. While there's nothing wrong with treating yourself once in a while, don't forget to keep eating your (seasonal) fruits, vegetables, protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs.
Let Your Body Rest
Maybe most importantly the thing to remember when we are healing, our bodies need a slower pace of life and to time to turn inward and rest. Just because it doesn’t feel easy or like you are being ‘productive’ doesn’t mean there isn’t healing and growth to be found while you’re healing. When we take time off and allow periods of low energy without feeling guilty, those are the times we gift ourselves — our body and mind — the space to heal, regenerate, and the time to refresh our creative energy and enthusiasm. We aren’t supposed to be going at 100% every waking moment. If this past 12 months has taught us anything it is to embrace what we cannot control and make the most of it, right?
There are many herbs you can use to support your body & mind and help you to thrive. Herbal remedies aren’t just for treating symptoms, if you know you’re prone to feeling down, depressed, or generally struggling herbal remedies and herbs can be used as support and prevention. This approach to your health and wellbeing helps you nurture your mental health, protect your energy and peace of mind, and either stop you from getting symptoms at all, or reduces the intensity of your symptoms and make them more manageable. Reach out for support from a nutritional functional medicine practitioner that follows the 5 pillars of health model - mineral balancing, whole food nutrition, healing leaky gut, reducing toxic load and stress management. Take care dear one. Embarking on a healing journey is one the most important thing you will ever do.