Healing of Another Form
Healing comes many different modalities that must learn how to sync together to successfully heal from the inside out. If you know me in person, you'll often hear me say that our goal is to create healthy habits through attainable lifestyle changes. When I say that, I realize your probably thinking ''what the heck is she talking about?!''. Allow me to outline what healing from the inside out and creating healthy habits really means and how it can change your life for the better.
This concept is broken down into 4 different yet very important components. The key to these 4 concepts is understanding that our body does not know how to differentiate between different types of stress therefore our body responds to stress in the same way every single time. What does that mean for you? Well, we all have a hormone in our body commonly known as cortisol. We understand this hormone as our stress hormone but the thing about this ''stress hormone'' is that cortisol plays an integral role in our health meaning that it is essential! Cortisol when secreted in small amounts it plays a key role in decreasing inflammation and keeping our hormones balanced. Cortisol (when balanced) is actually at it's the highest peak in the morning when we wake up it helps us to feel rested, awake and alert for the day ahead. As the day goes on, cortisol slow decreases in a downward fashion so by the time we go to bed, our cortisol has decreased so much that we fall asleep, stay asleep and allows our body to recover from the day through the night. By the time we wake up to start the next day, cortisol peaks again and this process happens every day for the rest of our lives.
When we are in a chronic state of stress, this means that our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves are out of balance. This means that internally our ''stress hormone'' is out of whack! instead of peaking in the AM and slowly decreasing through the day, cortisol spikes in a zig-zag fashion meaning that you're not well rested, you're tired and find yourself crashing mid-day, your moods are up and down and you may have a difficult sleeping or staying asleep.
Here are a few ways stress can hurt your health:
- Increased Cravings
- Fat Storage
- Decreased Heart Health
- Memory Loss
- Increased Hair Loss
- Blood Sugar Drops & Spikes
- Frequent Colds & Infections
- Decreased Digestive Health
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Decreased Job Performance
- Decreased Brain Tissue
- Skin Issues
- Chronic Back Pain
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Increased Risk of Stroke
- Premature Aging
Now let's into those 4 components I mentioned earlier and how we can better manage stress by acknowledging what is going on with ourselves as a whole.
When we think about our mental state, how do you talk to yourself every day? Do you like the person that you see staring back at you in the mirror? What do you tell them? Do you fill their head with negative or positive self-talk? Do you second-guess yourself and seek the approval of others? All these questions are key to how you treat yourself. When we talk badly to ourselves, we stop taking care of ourselves and give into these self-sabotaging behaviours that ultimately dictate how we think, act and feel about ourselves the people around us. Our mental state plays a huge role in how we cope, problem-solve and handle stress.
How do you respond to emotional situations? How do you respond to others when you are emotionally charged and do you get the reaction out of others that you seek? How does emotion play into how you think, act and feel about yourself and the people around you? Do you find yourself feeling like you can't express yourself in the way you need too? Do you find yourself putting far too much energy into people who do so little for you? These are just a few but important questions to ask yourself because they provide key insight into what's going on internally and externally. Answering these questions for yourself can give you the clarity you need to move forward in life and to stop dwelling on things you cannot change. Our emotional state is just another key aspect on the road to healing from the inside out and it's important that you are honest with yourself about where you are at.
Emotional health is a rather larger component of healing because we are influenced by the people around us and how we treat ourselves. We become a product of the 5 most common people we surround ourselves with and it's important to not lose sight into who we are as an individual. When we make a conscious effort to be aware of our emotional health we become a different type of wealthy: emotionally wealthy.
Common traits of emotionally wealthy individuals are (quotes are directly taken from source link by Psychologist, Author & Speaker: Sherrie Campbell):
''Emotionally wealthy people are sure of their personal value and do not feel the need to audition for the acceptance and approval of others. They never have the "pick me, pick me" attitude. The emotionally wealthy do not need attention because they are fulfilled from within as a byproduct of their achievements and unceasing hard work in all areas of life. They understand to be magnificent is a great challenge that takes great effort''.
''The emotionally wealthy have a deep inner strength. They are aware that as they become more successful they will encounter a host of mean, jealous and cruel people. The more motivated they are to change the world, the more they seek to succeed, to make a difference in the lives of others and reach their full potential, the more of these low-level haters will surface. Being their own source of power, the emotionally wealthy are aware of these people and adept and persistent in controlling their reactions to them. They do not let those with destructive intentions deter their will''.
-Keep looking forward:
''Emotionally wealthy individuals do not make time for blame or criticism. They let go of resentments because resentments hold them back. Staying resentful keeps them stuck in situations that have passed, and therefore, staying bitter is treated as a complete waste of energy. If someone else holds resentment against them and will not let go of the grudge, they move on from these people. Emotionally wealthy people waste no energy trying to prove themselves to someone unwilling to accept it. Emotionally wealthy people look forward. They don't get bitter, they get better''.
-Don't compromise themselves:
''Emotionally wealthy individuals do not compromise who they are or what they believe in for anyone. They do what they do in life because they love doing It. They are not inclined to slow down, change or stop being who they are for the naysayers or couch critics who want them to be less. They are clear that it takes a small mind to criticize a brilliant one. The emotionally wealthy stay clear of those who try to dim their shine. They remain unwaveringly true to their larger purpose''.
''Those who love themselves understand who they are. They are not afraid to go after what they want. They patiently work through fears and self-doubt. These extraordinary people believe that all they do in life will be demonstrated through their desired results. These exceptional individuals choose the strenuous life and do not fear the ambitious journey or the deep commitment it takes to be happy and successful. They take great pride in their struggles, as well as their contributions. The emotionally wealthy choose faith over fear''.
''For the emotionally wealthy true mastery, lasting success and deep happiness can only cme through hard work, real sweat, real challenge and through suriving real storms. They accept that life is difficult, and because they embrace this truth, they are able to transcend it. The emotionally wealthy put responsibility before leisure and choose kindness over rightness''.
-Discerning: '' The emotionally wealthy are this way for a reason. They do not expose themselves to people who discourage or demoralize them. They deliberately keep the company of others who are also driven, inspiring, honest, committed and going somewhere special in their lives. Energy is contagious and the emotionally wealthy are discerning of the company they keep, staying clear of negative people''.
-Real: ''Emotionally wealthy people aren't afraid to be real or to be vulnerable. They have the courage to show the world who they are. They let people in because they know all good relationships are based in the qualities of openness, honesty, authenticity, and integrity. There are no guessing games with these exceptional people. Others know exactly where they stand with them. Emotionally wealthy individuals expect the best from others and give the best of themselves at all times. They choose authenticity over insecurity''.
Ask yourself how are you doing? I mean, how are you really doing. Spiritually, do you feel grounded - centered - serene? or do you feel displaced - chaotic - unbalanced? It's important to ask yourself this because when we are disconnected from ourselves, we become disconnected from the people around us and can become easily emotionally charged when responding to life situations. Your reactions to life situations are a direct link to what is going on internally and you may find that when you have identified what has thrown you off balance that how you react comes off as practical - logical - understood. The entire idea behind healing from the inside out means while you are identifying triggers in your personal life, I am working with you to discover what the cause of the physical symptoms you are going through. Our body works as one being that requires all parts to operational, it works like a game of dominos - when one thing if off, over time it knocks over more and more dominos causing more internal and external turmoil to your health. Everything in our body, mind, and soul is connected.
How much movement do you get on a weekly basis? Do you have a desk job where your sitting hunched over a desk all day? Do you come home and then transition to the couch? When answering these questions, there is absolutely no reason to feel guilty because we all start somewhere and part of making long-term changes to our health is by first acknowledging where we are and what got us there. It's important to be realistic but also don't forget to be gentle with yourself. Even if you don't have time for the gym 2-3 days a week, go on morning or evening walks and/or find an exercise class that looks like fun! I understand that lifting weights and cardio equipment can be a monotonous task week after week that's why I recommend to my clients to find an exercise class that looks FUN! You can try Zumba, Aerial Yoga, Barre, Bootcamp etc. You want your mind to be stimulated and you want an environment where you feel supported to be there week after week. Getting movement in every week is so important because that's what helps our body promote circulation.
Some benefits are daily exercise are:
- Keeps you younger than your actual chronological age
- Healthier, glowing skin
- Decreased inflammation
- Decreased respiratory issues
- Boost the immune system
- Reduces infections
- Improved blood sugar balance
- Lessen your risk for cancer
- Exercise prevents constipation
- Improved sleep quality
- Improved organ function with improved digestion
- Prevents/restores bone loss
- Stronger muscles
- Increased flexibility
- Increased balance
- Heart attack prevention
- Regulates appetite by reducing cravings
- Lowers stress levels by regulating cortisol secretions
- Improved reproductive health
- Increase fat loss
- Lowers LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and improves HDL cholesterol
- Improved mental health
- Improved nervous system function
- Improved cognitive function
- Your body will express it's positive, healthy genes! (epigenetics)
- Attraction - exercise makes us more attractive to others mind, body, and soul. We will attract people who have similar healthy lifestyles
- Increased cell function
One Final Tip: Create Community! Exercise with a friend or a group of friends. Share your healthy meals ideas with your friends and support one another! Healthy friendships up the fun factor of a healthy lifestyle and give you a positive support group from which to draw strength.