Every day we tell ourselves stories. Okay, we don’t think of them as “stories” at the time, but think about it: maybe a friend says or does something hurtful. Or a person rudely cuts you off on the highway. Or maybe you have a health issue that just surfaced. In each case, what do you do? You make up a scenario – either positive or negative – based on your past experiences and your knowledge.
What’s a holistic wellness counselor doing talking about emotional health? Remember, mind, body and spirit are all completely intertwined so, for optimal health, all three must be addressed! Read the articles below to find out how you can address your emotional health naturally.
We here in the northeast US are heading, once again, towards the shorter days of autumn and winter. I, for one, dread the impending lack of daylight. There’s something about the seeming endless supply of sunshine during the summer months that makes me feel really, really good. My research tells me I’m not alone – exposure to sunshine boasts a few physiological benefits . . .
A very committed client of mine is still struggling to lose weight despite healthy eating and daily moderate exercise. From the outside, it seems like she’s doing everything right. So what’s up? Why aren’t the pounds coming off?
This situation is all too common. Chances are, many of you reading this can relate to this, or could at one point or another in your life. The thing is, what I’m about to address isn’t limited to weight loss struggles, it affects every aspect of health – from hormone balance to healing.
One of the most popular scents used for aromatherapy is, without a doubt, lavender. If you haven’t smelled this purple gem of a flower, it’s time you gave it a wiff! Not only is the scent of the flower quite calming, but the essential oil contained within the lavender plant actually possesses quite a few scientifically confirmed healing properties.
Mind over matter. The placebo effect. Call it what you will, just make it your first priority. Given the tools to heal, that’s just what the body will begin to do. So what are those tools to which I refer? A healthy diet, quality rest, and the addition of moderate exercise into your daily routine all can be considered important tools supportive of healing.
Do you ever find yourself getting angry at your mind for never shutting up? I certainly do. With all of the “what-if” stories of the future and the “would’ve, should’ve, could’ve” stories from the past, my mind seems to run through it all over and over again on an almost hourly basis.
Roller coasters are probably not a big part of your daily life, whether you like them or not. But perceptions always are, and that’s what will affect your health, either positively or negatively. If you can learn to recognize when your perceptions help you, and when they hurt you, you will be a BIG step closer to taking back control of how you feel physically and emotionally.
Am I implying that stress is to blame for health concerns? Yes I am. Stress can physical or emotional, but regardless of its root cause, it becomes a vicious cycle, each leading to the other. This is where biochemistry and emotions intertwine, so to address the physical aspects of stress and disease without addressing the emotions will short-change the healing process.
One of my clients is a military veteran and we got to talking about Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the havoc it wreaks among so many members of the military. She expressed that she would like to see nutrition addressed to a greater degree when it comes to targeted methods of intervention for PTSD in the military. […]
Negative emotions do more than make you feel bad psychologically. They also change your body chemistry, and not for the better. This is what happens: Every time you feel negative emotions your body responds as though it is being chased by a hungry tiger. Digestion, elimination and healing shut down so that all energy can […]
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