Unfortunately, there is no cure-all or “magic bullet” for better health. We often seek an all-encompassing treatment, instant and with whole-body effects, but we know that truly there is no such thing.
Health issues are multifaceted. This is why it’s important to see every practitioner we visit, and ourselves, all as part of our unique health care team. As the saying goes, “it takes a village.”
Today we are thinking about our personal responsibility to our health. Our clients that implement changes to their lifestyle see the most positive results. A healthy lifestyle provides a great foundation to treatment, and boosts results measurably. Here are some simple, yet effective lifestyle tips.
Start a Journal
Positive thoughts create more positive thoughts, and in turn, produce feel-good levels of neurotransmitters in your brain such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins.
Document what you are grateful for. Include the small things, such as a cashier who was kind to you, someone who made you laugh and the big things, like family. This helps you to focus on the positive in a world where stressors come at you unexpectedly from every direction. Gratitude creates an essential resource of positivity, so you can always find a reason to smile.
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Vitamins and Minerals and Supplements (Oh My!)
The key ones for brain health are:
Omega 3’s – our body doesn’t produce these, it only comes from the foods we eat! Omega 3 reduces inflammation, improves heart and blood vessel health, and supports brain development. You can get this from fish and fish oil, fortified foods, nuts, and supplements.
Vitamin D – helps your muscles, nerves, and immune system work properly!
Vitamin B – “Vitamin B” includes eight different vitamins (B1-3, B5-9, and B12). All of these work on turning food into energy for the body. Each vitamin also has a unique role in various other parts of the body, including the brain, heart, and skin!
Magnesium – sometimes called the relaxation mineral, this is thought to improve mood and reduce blood pressure. Once again, your body cannot produce magnesium on its own, yet we literally cannot live without it due to its numerous essential roles in the body.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom – a great nutritional supplement for brain health. Some supplements hijack your neurotransmitters, but Lion’s Mane is purely nutritional. Some benefits include: inflammation and oxidant reduction, immune function, and mental and cognitive boosts!
Always consult your doctor first!
Get a Handle on Stress
Many people play down their stress, saying they don’t have a stressful lifestyle, but once they start to talk about their day-to-day life, they begin to understand the major impact stress has on health & well-being.
- Look out for # 1! Put yourself first more often.
- Say no to the invite when you aren’t feeling up to going!
- Do more of the things that bring you joy, and less of the things that don’t.
Everyone has obligations, but when these obligations come before your own happiness, the impact on your brain and body is immense.
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Make Self-Care a Priority
How can you put yourself first effectively? There’s something out there for everyone…
- walk in nature
- eat whole foods
- simplify your life in whatever areas you can
Disengage in Negative Talk / Drama
A huge impact to consider: social media. Aim to fill your feed with information & tips from the experts about health & wellness, and positivity!
Avoid criticism on social media or in person. Negative brews more negative in a downward spiral! Ask yourself: Is it kind? Is it necessary? Is it true?
Here are a handful of positive wellness suggestions (with Instagram links),
All-in-all, be patient and kind to yourself. The process of making significant changes to your lifestyle takes time. Take it one step at a time.
We help you dial down your default speed, so no matter how crazy life gets, you can switch off and bliss out whenever you want. A slower mind and body helps you boost health and energy, and beat stress and anxiety, naturally. Click here to read more about our services.