Your emotions play an important role in your health and well-being. It’s typical to think only of your physical body when it comes to health but balancing your emotions is crucial to overall wellness.
Did you know that your mood and emotions are affected by diet and exercise? Well they are!
Research shows that consuming 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day will put you in a better mood. And, when you’re in a good mood you are more likely to eat a healthier diet.Read more...
Chakras are the centers in your body through which energy flows. There are seven energy centers, chakras, in your body, starting at the base of the spine and moving up to the top of the head. Each one is associated with specific organs and glands, physical functions, and emotional, mental and spiritual issues.
When energy in the chakras is blocked it can often lead to illness.
1. Root — Its role is to connect all of your energy with the Earth, referred to as grounding.
- Located at the base of the spine in the tailbone area.
- Color: Red
- Essential oil: Vetiver
2. Sacral — Is about your identity as a human and what you do with it.
- Located in the lower abdomen.
- Color: Orange
- Essential oil: Ylang ylang
3. Solar Plexus — The ability to be confident and in control of your life.
- Located in the upper abdomen, stomach area.
- Color: Yellow
- Essential oil: Lemon
4. Heart — The ability to love, including love for others and for self. Also associated with health and healing.
- Located at the center of chest just above the heart.
- Color: Green
- Essential oil: Lavender
5. Throat — The ability to communicate. It gives a voice to your personal truths.
- Located in the throat.
- Color: Blue
- Essential oil: Frankincense
6. Third Eye — The ability to focus on and see the big picture.
- Located on the forehead between the eyes.
- Color: Indigo
- Essential oil: Sandalwood
7. Crown — Represents your ability to be fully connected spiritually.
- Located at the very top of the head.
- Color: Violet or White
- Essential oil: Peppermint
Essential oils are an effective way to bring balance to the chakras. When the scent of an essential oil is inhaled, molecules that are absorbed start to work on your emotional and physical health.
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Let’s think about the healthcare system here in the US for a minute. Currently it is designed to treat disease with medicine. It does not look for the underlying cause of health issues. It merely addresses the symptoms.
A different way to look at health is holistically. Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. It integrates conventional and alternative therapies to prevent and treat disease and to promote optimal health.
Holistic medicine encompasses all safe and appropriate modalities of diagnosis and treatment. It includes analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, spiritual, and lifestyle elements. Holistic medicine focuses on patient education and participation in the healing process.
Another more comprehensive approach is Functional medicine. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties.
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Practitioners spend time with patients, track their histories, and look at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
So remember, your body is the sum of its parts. It is a highly complicated unit, with all parts working together and supporting one another to ensure optimal health.
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Prevention is the most effective tool when it comes to safeguarding your wellness. A “natural” lifestyle is all about incorporating daily practices and products that support health and well-being.
Those practices include eating nutritious foods, being physically active, getting enough sleep, and minimizing stress. They all can have positive affects on your immune system for the long term.
Eat as many whole, unprocessed plant foods as possible. They can help you feel better and may even help you avoid or reverse disease. Changing what you eat and your relationship with food is extremely beneficial to your physical health.
For optimal health incorporate both aerobic activity and strength training into your fitness routine. Increase your heart rate by performing moderate to vigorous activity, at least three times a week for 30-60 minutes.
Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night to maintain a healthy body and mind. Put these practices in place to help you sleep:
- Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
- Turn off the TV and electronic devices 1-2 hours before going to bed.
- Design your environment so it is conducive to sleep. Quiet and dark.
- Maintain an aerobic exercise program.
- Use essential oils to promote a sense of calm and relaxation.
Actions you can take to handle unwanted stress:
- Perform an intentional breathing practice.
- Manage your emotions.
- Schedule quiet time into each day.
- Participate in a relaxing activity.
- Use essential oils to support your mood and emotions.
A couple of my favorite things to incorporate daily are an antioxidant drink and essential oils. Once I started incorporating these two things, my well-being shifted dramatically.
Thanks to my favorite antioxidant drink, I feel more energized—and I don’t remember the last time I saw a doctor for anything other than a routine checkup! Essential oils help calm and relax my mind after a busy day so I fall asleep more easily.
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It is typical to think only of your physical body when it comes to health but balancing your emotions is crucial to your overall wellness. Be aware of how situations and circumstances affect you. Be intentional with how you react to them. Take measures and implement strategies to support your mind.
Ways to Support Your Mind and Emotions
Meditation is a great way to clear and reset your mind. To get started, try guided meditation. It may work the best. Use an app such as Calm or Head Space or watch a You Tube video by Light Watkins. Sign up for a free introduction to Heart Based Meditation online with Dr Paul Dugliss. When you first begin it’ll be hard to sit still and settle your mind but just like anything else, the more you meditate the easier it will become.
Stress relief and relaxation. Stress is natural and impossible to eliminate. Identifying what causes you stress and implementing ways to manage or reduce it are key.
Practice deep breathing to create a sense of calm. This technique is great because you can use it anywhere. Breath in through your nose for 4 seconds. Hold the breath for 4 seconds. Exhale through the nose for 4 seconds.
Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Think about and acknowledge all the things you are grateful for. Keep a journal and write them down every day, say them aloud or run through them in your mind. Recognizing all you have can have very powerful results.
Make positive affirmations out loud in front of the mirror every day. Read self development books. Listen to podcasts. Practice visualization of goals and dreams as though they have already happened.
Make a concerted effort to do things you enjoy. It is super important for your state of mind and physical health. Plan and schedule fun activities in a weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Fun doesn’t have to be elaborate. It can be simple things.
Many adults suffer from insomnia. As we age it seems harder and harder to get the quality and quantity of sleep necessary. To maintain a healthy body and mind and promote a state of overall wellness, it is recommended that adults receive 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Get my guide, 5 Ways to Promote a Good Night's Sleep, here.
Eat a Healthy Diet
In a recent podcast, Dr Michel Greger shared that, Good Food = Good Mood and a Good Mood = Good Food. Research shows that consuming 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day will put you in a better mood. The effects that result last into the next day. And, when you are in a good mood you are more likely to eat a healthier diet.
Use Essential Oils
What are essential oils? Essential oils are distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, and roots of plants. They are the plant’s natural defense and protection mechanisms. When distilled and bottled, they are powerful tools to support health and wellness. They provide natural scents that can affect your mood and emotions.