Words of Wisdom
As I was walking into Whole Foods this morning to pick up some odds and ends, I was taken by the quote at the entrance of the store: “treat your body like it belongs to someone you love.” I found those words to be simple and yet profound. More often than not we forget to center ourselves on things that matter most and instead place importance on things that are fleeting. I find this to be especially true during the holiday season, in the hustle and bustle of preparing gifts and get-togethers we allow more important things, like our health, to fall by the way side. I am by no means suggesting that gift giving and parties are not special, they are absolutely are! However, these things should not take precedence over peace of mind and well-being.
The aforementioned quote is an appropriate reminder to treat our bodies gently during the holiday season, as although it is a joyous time of year, it can also be fraught with stress. In wanting to give to others, we may over extend ourselves whether financially, emotionally or physically at the expense of our health. I am not suggesting that we be selfish, but rather, practice focusing our capabilities and energy in order to better prioritize how to distribute our resources. Attempting to accomplish everything on your to do list not only leaves you feeling depleted, but also has a ripple effect on those around you. When you are tired or stressed you may find yourself to be irritable or moody and this impacts interactions with others. By taking care of our bodies and minds, we will be better equipped to be our best for others and ourselves.
Here are a few things you can do to make this holiday healthy and memorable. Maintain an exercise schedule, even if you have to cut back a bit from your usual routine it is important to stay active. There are a plethora of benefits to physical activity including reduced feelings of anxiety and depression, improved sleep, reduced stress and improved self-esteem. Another great benefit to exercise is the release of endorphins, which are peptides that activate the body’s opiate receptors and lead to feelings of happiness and pain relief. Just as it is important to stay physically active it is also important to set aside time for self-reflection. Even 10 minutes a day of deep breathing and being present can help calm the mind and bring attention to areas of the body that need a little extra love and care. If meditation does not appeal to you, consider scheduling for weekly acupuncture sessions. Acupuncture is very effective in helping to restore balance to the body and is a great way to help reduce the effects of stress. Supporting your adrenal glands is another great way to stay healthy this holiday season. The adrenals help us cope with daily stress and work overtime during moments of increased stress. Nutrient IVs and supplementation are excellent ways for promoting adrenal health. As always, whatever your health goals, the physicians at AZ Natural Medicine are here to help make your holiday season healthy and happy!