LOVE YOURSELF TO HEALTH
The human body is a complex system of bones, muscles, organs and tissues that work together to sustain life. Still, as with any complex system, the body would not function properly without someone or something in place to call the shots. In the case of the human body, it’s the chemical brain – comprised of the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland – that runs the show. These two glands regulate the release of hormones based on information collected through your perceptions and speech. The hormones then act as chemical instructions and play an integral role in every function our bodies perform. In this way, you have a clear pathway for perceptions — what you see, hear, say, think and feel — becoming a physical process.
Cultivating self-love and positive perceptions can be done in a number of ways – here are six techniques that can help you change your life.
1. Make your health a priority. Nourish your body with nutrient-rich foods and plenty of hydration. Exercise regularly. Stretch. Pamper your body, mind and soul with natural spa and relaxation techniques. You can even strengthen your mental health by letting go of your focus on what you see as imperfections. Instead, focus on your favorite things about you and celebrate them!
2. Protect yourself from people who drain you. It’s true that misery loves company. Avoid getting sucked into negative situations and thoughts by surrounding yourself with people who genuinely want only the best for you. These people know that you deserve to love yourself as much as they love you.
3. Practice saying no. Often people create undue stress in their own lives by over-committing and not leaving time for them to recharge. And while a little stress can motivate you, too much stress can deteriorate you. Whether at work or in your personal life, say no to anything or anyone that will drain you or make you perceive the world negatively.
4. Maintain control and be true to yourself. Studies consistently have shown that the healthiest people are those with a sense of control, while passive people are the least healthy. Maintaining control is a matter of being able to choose how you view yourself as well as your reactions to people and events. Do some soul searching and get to know who you are and what you want from life. Let this knowledge be your guide. Live the life you want, not the one others want for you.
5. Forgive yourself. You are not perfect. Nobody is. Before you can love yourself, you must first forgive yourself. Practice learning from your mistakes rather than punishing yourself for them.
6. Have an attitude of gratitude and trust your feelings. Make a list of the things about you and your life that you are grateful for. When you show appreciation for others you earn their support. The same goes for yourself. Appreciate what makes you unique and you will learn to love yourself.
Maintaining a positive attitude and love for yourself actually can determine the course of your life. So as you take the time to affirm your love for those special people in your life this month, don’t forget to benefit your heart and soul by cultivating a loving relationship with yourself as well.
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While most people prefer to take their garlic in supplement form, there is a reason we made it this month’s food instead of the supplement. When you chop or crush garlic, it stimulates an enzymatic process that converts alliin (a phytochemical in garlic) to allicin. Allicin mainly is responsible for the pungent odor of garlic many people attempt to avoid by taking it as a supplement, but it is also the compound responsible for many of garlic’s health benefits. Since allicin dissipates over time, the only way to ensure you are gaining the maximum benefit from garlic is to eat it fresh. If the odor of garlic is your concern, chew fresh parsley after consuming garlic to counter the odor.
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One or more bulb(s) of garlic
Baking or muffin pan
HAWTHORN (Crateagus oxycanthus)
Hawthorn also increases oxygen uptake and enzyme metabolism in the heart, stimulates circulation, and dilates coronary vessels, bringing more blood to the heart. Moreover, it long has been used to help reduce cholesterol and blood lipids. As if that weren’t enough, Traditional Chinese Medicine recommends Hawthorn for improving digestion. And as a flower remedy, it can act as a mild anti-depressant. Although Hawthorn is generally a very safe herb, caution is recommended as it may alter the effects of other heart medications. Consult your Naturopathic Doctor prior to using Hawthorn.8
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1. Become aware of your thoughts and make an effort to notice at least three things per day which bring you joy; a sunset, the feel of your child’s hand in yours, or the pleasure of crawling into bed after a long day.
2. Become aware of how you speak to yourself, and correct any negative thoughts you might have throughout the day. Be vigilant.
3. Make a list of all of the things that you love about yourself.
4. Make a list of the things you wish to change in your life. When thinking about these goals, focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. Your thoughts should be recited in the present tense to instill the feeling of accomplishment.
Your goals should be specific, so that you can clearly envision and work toward them. For example:
1. If your goal is to lose weight, try approaching the idea with thoughts like, “I am becoming slim and healthy.”
2. If you want to feel like you are being heard, try reminding yourself that, “My words are important and my voice is commanding.”
3. If you are feeling unappreciated, by yourself or others, and want to find your inner strength, repeat after me: “I am strong. I am worthy. I am the master of my own universe.”
Some affirmations will feel effortless and true, while others may feel empty. Do not worry, this takes practice. You have spent your entire life thinking about yourself and speaking to yourself in certain ways, consequently some affirmations may conflict with your present mental conditioning. As you work with more positive affirmations, your resistance will erode and you will begin to see that what you are telling yourself is true. Congratulations! You are moving in the direction of manifestation.
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Grabhorn, Lynn. 2005. Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Positive Feelings. London: Hodder Mobius.
The information offered by this newsletter is presented for educational purposes. Nothing contained within should be construed as nor is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. This information should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider. Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before embarking on a new treatment, diet or fitness program. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of any information contained within this newsletter.
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