Start Creating Health In Four Simple StepsFeb 10, 2022
I’d heard it before…the body can heal. Then why wasn’t my body healing, I asked myself in frustration? Why was I still stuck after years of trying everything I could find and think of? Diet, supplements, doctors, alternative healers of many different kinds, chiropractors….what was I missing?
Unbeknownst to me, I was stuck in a pattern of creating illness instead of health. Whoa, that sounds bad! How did that happen? I certainly didn’t consciously choose that and why was it happening?
My past experiences, my family’s beliefs, my way of viewing the world, and my past lifestyle factors all perfectly set me up for a health crash. From overexercise (competitive swimming) in my childhood to not enough sleep in my adolescence to an inability to process difficult emotions, these patterns set both my body and mind up for the ultimate crash that happened in my early 30s.
To climb out of that hole, I had to unwind a lifetime of burnout and emotion. But most importantly, I had to start creating health.
How do we create health? Through both our physical actions and our thoughts. Just as we are a collection of both physical cells and mental and emotional energies, so too are the solutions we must seek.
I’d like to share the anatomy of how to create health. While this list is not exhaustive, if you can begin to conquer these, you will see positive movement in your health.
1. Be worthy of meeting your needs. This is the foundation. If you are not worthy of putting yourself first, your health cannot recover. It’s bold to say this, but if you’re always putting others needs before your own, you’re not owning your power to live the life you want and deserve. Friends, kids, partner, pets, doesn’t matter. I’m here to tell you it’s 100% possible to meet your needs AND others’, even if it doesn't feel possible. Solutions exist if you’re willing to own health as a possibility.
2. Be worthy of feeling well. Often families and cultures are imbued in suffering, guilt and shame. Put yourself to the test: when you start a conversation with someone and they ask how you are, how do you answer? If you say one of these: I’m surviving, I’m OK, I’d be great if my knees didn’t hurt so much, I’m not sure, consider asking yourself if it’s OK to feel good. My family members would connect with each other by complaining of health issues. This is not going to serve desires of better health! Indeed it does the opposite, keeps us stuck. If your family focuses on pain and suffering, make a conscious decision to be upbeat and not participate in ‘oh poor you’ conversations. This leads directly to number 3.
3. Where your focus goes, your energy goes. Where is your mental energy focused each day? Do you spend hours supporting others in support groups or researching and looking for answers? Do you surround yourself with others who feel unwell? Is much of your time spent in activities trying to get well or dealing with health struggles? These activities all have one thing in common: it’s all time spent focusing on health issues. Over time, this creates an identity of illness-your day and it’s activities are dictated by your health. Which means if these activities are all you do, you’ll create more illness. What activities can you add that will focus on something other than health? Playing with kids or grandkids? Yoga? A community group that doesn’t focus on illness? Something that will help you put your health struggles on the back burner, focus on living, and feeling joy is optimal. I recently heard from my team “Joy is the energy of manifestation.” Think about that for a moment, not always easy to access joy when you’re feeling crummy but that’s what we need to try to do for just a few moments each day.
4. Take action. It’s easy to feel a victim of our health. I know this first-hand and felt this way for years. It’s not our fault when our health crashes. And then we have a huge mountain to climb to find our way back to health. But the way forward is to know it’s up to us to take meaningful action. To rebuild and replenish. To decrease stress. To honor our needs. To do what we feel will move our health forward. But we must feel worthy of this. And that brings us full circle.
These steps are straight-forward but can be difficult to implement. Especially when we have a lifetime of experiences and beliefs that directly oppose feeling better. That’s why I’m so excited to offer a new healing and training curriculum to hold your hand while moving through these steps. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for more information.
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