Healing – our bodies were created to heal themselves, but the stress of our daily lives can get in the way. There are, however, many natural ways to increase our wellness and decrease our stress and pain. Below are six areas in which small changes may increase wellness and/or reduce stress. Most of them cost very little and are easy to do. Pick one that is easy for you and set an easily achievable goal for a week; then re-evaluate and set another goal for the next week. You can then add another or continue with the same one.
What you drink: Alternate water with your regular beverage (if you do not drink water or drink very little) for a week to see if this makes a difference. This is especially important during the hot summer months. Visit www.watercure.com for more information from an M.D. expert on water. NOTE: If you are on a fluid-restricted diet, be sure you are REPLACING other fluids or check with your physician first.
What you eat: reduce fast food intake or reduce the whites (white sugar, white flour). Consider starting a food journal to see if there is a connection between how you feel today and what you ate or drank yesterday.
How you breathe: take ten deep breaths. This is especially effective when you are stressed because most people tend to shallow breathe or almost hold their breath when they are stressed. To me, this is the next best thing to massage for reducing stress and doesn’t cost anything, you don’t need equipment, and can do it anywhere.
How you think: Positive thoughts are very powerful. Forgive others and yourself – this was a big part of my spontaneous healing. Holding on to negative emotions such as anger, bitterness and resentment creates blockages in the body’s natural ability to heal. Eliminate or reduce as much negativity in your life as you can.
How you rest: Get 6-8 hours of sleep, or more if needed. Every body is different. Take a nap if and when you need one. Take an occasional weekend off. Take a vacation or staycation. Give yourself permission to relax or just go the park, read a book, or do something else that relaxes you.
How you exercise: Find an exercise you like to do or you will not follow through with it. Everyone is different and you need to find what works for you. Start slow, do not overwork your muscles when just starting or resuming an exercise regimen. Set easily achievable goals.
*Disclaimer: These tips are general and are not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any medical illnesses. If under the care of a medical physician, always check first before implementing changes.