Yesterday as I was getting fitted for my oh-so-stylish heart rate monitor at the Cardiologist office as I casually asked the nurse how many of these little boxes does she hook up to people a day.
She replied - ALL DAY.
I replied - Shouldn't we be more concerned about people's health than the overuse of plastic and global warming?
I know this is a hot button topic, but the point I am trying to make is that so many experience health issues that could be radically reduced if we gave more attention to stress & anxiety reduction.
For some the demands of their career, family, or self-created perfectionism won't allow for a weekend retreat to a yoga resort where all you get to do is focus on yourself. Plus, you still come back to your reality at some point.
We need to find better resources for ourselves, employees, loved ones, and children to thrive rather than survive. Overworking ourselves isn't the answer!
Of course, I'm upset that the world is changing in radical ways, but I am more upset that people are struggling to find consistent (and financially affordable) ways to reduce or potentially eliminate stressors/triggers in their lives, helping children overcome anxiety so they can thrive and tackle this battle now rather than suffer in their adult years or simply rise up together healthier - physically, mentally, and emotionally humans -so we can then tackle the overuse of plastic and global warming.
Sadly, I don't have an answer other than to be an advocate for your own physical, mental & emotional health. I've been sidelined since the holidays and it's been scary at times. Thankfully, we are fairly certain we have this narrowed down to one easy and fixable solution, but I know for many this isn't the case.
If you are in a season of health challenges - physical, mental or emotional my suggestion to you is first - be an advocate for your wellness!
- Turn to your loved ones, trusted friend, doctor, chiropractor, therapist, etc.
- Seek solutions, not quick fixes - shopping & drinking isn't the answer. Opt for alternative methods like meditation, yoga, lifting weights, running, journaling, art therapy, walks in nature, etc. (Before you say this costs money - google & youtube are free resources!!!)
- Don't try to mask your feelings or hide your pain.
- Create boundaries in the workplace & at home.
- Shut off or block the stressors & triggers. (um...limit your social media and binge watching of Netflix)
- Eat well and drink water - y'all we basically emotional houseplants. Your diet can greatly impact your health even if you want to pretend it doesn't. Trust me, when your body is fueled with real food you'd be amazed at how good you can feel and how quickly you can start to heal from the inside out.
- And turn on your creative mind! The more I've allowed my creative side to surface the quicker I am healing & recovering.
(SIDE NOTE: I'M NOT A DOCTOR NOR HAVE I PLAYED ONE ON TV. THIS ISN'T A POLITICAL STATEMENT OR ATTACK ON ANYONE. IT'S SIMPLY SOMETHING THAT IS WEIGHING HEAVY ON MY HEART WHEN I KNOW I'M NOT ALONE AND SO MANY OTHERS ARE SCARED TO SAY THEY ARE STRUGGLING. PLEASE SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP IF YOU NEED IT.)
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