THE SIX PILLARS OF HEALING & WELLNESS
STOP THE NEGATIVE INTERNAL TALK
You may not realize it, but your worldview— the way your process your thoughts, how you handle your responses and then your actions—have a direct influence on the way your body works. You're going to have to address and stop the self-beat up and change your perspective to truly get healthy.
NO MORE SOUL-CUTTING
You know when you say yes, but you really mean no. Or, just the opposite? Every time you hold back what you're really thinking or feeling and push down the need to express yourself, you go away from your North Star. Do it enough times and you no longer remember what you DO and DON'T like without someone's input. I call this the Death by a Thousand Cuts and it's detrimental to our mental and physical wellbeing.
SLEEP CURES ALL
Did you know that we OVER-estimate how much sleep we get? In a society that puts sleep-deprivation on a pedestal, that's troubling. So as you're bragging about 5 hours of sleep, you're probably getting less. The body needs this time to clear brain passageways and chunk away information gathered in the day. Rob your body of this and you're cutting of years of lifespan.
JUNK IN, JUNK OUT
What is all this talk about gut inflammation and leaky gut, and how and why does it matter? Dig if you will a picture: every time you eat something your body can't process, or doesn't appreciate (allergy or sensitivity), your gut swells. And when it does, little pieces of food can escape your gut and find it's way into your bloodstream where your immune system attacks it. INVADER! Do that enough times and the immune system in an "always on" mode. Learn more about why that is no-good.
WE ALL NEED 12 HUGS A DAY
Connection is a basic human need. Being lonely is more detrimental than obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure. Being with someone produces oxytocin, which is associated with happiness and less stress. It also causes a reduction in blood pressure and of the stress hormone norepinephrine. Win-win!
SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING
Did you ever go through a gangly phase as a kid where you tripped over everything and always had bumps and bruises? It's because your nerve endings couldn't keep up with your growth. Same is true if you're sedentary all the time, you get clumsy again. Your nerve endings need to be reminded where your limbs end. So start taking up some space, swing your arms and legs and MOVE around!