I love it when “modern” medicine catches up with what Eastern philosophies have known for thousands of years … the mind impacts our physical body. Over the weekend a magazine caught my eye at Whole Foods. It’s called What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You. For the past 8 years, I have switched to all holistic/naturopathic doctors (as well as energy healing) and have learned so much about what those doctor’s believe about how to keep the body healthy.
In the November issue there is an article called “Living the Dream” by Dr. Lissa Rankin. That caught my eye because I have a wall hanging at my front door that says the same thing. The article was amazing. Click here to download a full copy.
The article addressed how our bodies are under chronic stress due to not living a life that brings joy and fulfillment. It compared people who eat healthy, exercise, avoid addictions and work with doctor’s to optimize their health to people who eat junk food, do not exercise, yet are physically healthier than their “healthy” counterparts. How is that? The difference was in how they felt about their life. People who are stressed about their job, are miserable/unfulfilled in their relationships, lonely, scared about their future and finances, and/or depressed will have overall lower physical health. When the body is stressed, it cannot relax. And only a relaxed body can repair itself.
Living the life that you want is as important as how you care for your physical body. So I would like you to take a few minutes to write down your answers to these questions:
- Is anything keeping you from being authentically you? If so, what is holding you back.
- What is missing from your life?
- If you were granted one wish to change anything in your life, what would it be?
We all have some aspect of our life that we would like to change. But what causes chronic stress o the body is having multiple aspects of your life that frankly make you miserable. For example, if you do not like your job, you likely spend half of your waking life doing something that makes you unhappy. Then if you come home to loneliness or a relationship that is not healthy, that’s an additional stressor. This chronic stress that puts stress on the body because you cannot get away from it. And stress on the body causes a host of physical problems.
If you are struggling with a physical issue, write down the answer to these questions:
- What do you think is at the root of your illness?
- What does your body need in order to heal?
When you make choices to reduce your stress and follow a dream, you fill your body with relaxation hormones rather than stress-inducing hormones. Our bodies are built to handle occasional situations of stress, not the chronic stress that we tolerate everyday. Chronic stressors such as work/financial stress, loneliness, difficult relationships, or depression cause our brain to believe that we are under attack. So it physically responds causing stress on the nervous system and your organs. Basically, we age faster when we’re under chronic stress and unhealthy cells develop.
It is so important that you take steps to live a happy life. You were not put on this planet to be unhappy. You have the ability to create the life that you want, one step at a time. One simple step is to engage in quiet time and relaxing breathing techniques every day (no exceptions). You have to give yourself downtime (in addition to a good nights sleep). Another option is to join me January 5, 2014 for 5 consecutive Saturdays for my You are your Thoughts: Conscious Living through the Law of Attraction webinar. It’s a good investment in your physical and emotional wellbeing (or add it to your holiday gift wish list)! And please take a few minutes to read the article. I hope it inspires you to be your best you!
Blessings from the best of me, to the best of you!
Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you! She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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Well done article Allie! Really made me think. Cheers!