Garrett Swetlikoff, ND
How common is this scenario? It's late December and a large number of gifts have yet to be bought and wrappe.
How common is this scenario? It's late December and a large number of gifts have yet to be bought and wrapped. But what do you buy for people who already have everything? And how do you deal with the fact that you're tired and may have lost the "Christmas spirit"? How about the gift of self-health?
Long before doctors, nurses, hospitals or insurance companies came onto the scene, family members took care of each other. The wisdom of the elders was called upon to assist when illness or tragedy occurred. Somehow, all of this changed and people lost trust in their own self-healing capabilities. But doctors don't heal people; the body heals itself. A doctor is to your health care what a coach is to an athlete.
Many ancient medical disciplines, including traditional Chinese medicine and Indian ayurvedic medicine, are based on the knowledge that your body can heal itself with the proper environment and removal of obstacles to health. Further, you can play an active role in this process and assume responsibility. This means being accountable for your actions. It is neither a doctor's nor the government's responsibility to make you healthy. It is yours.
5 Steps to Self-Health
The Gift of Self-Health
Christmas does not need to be a "materialistic void" that leaves you exhausted. Stop and think about the actual meaning of Christmas and if your actions are in line with that. Focus less on yourself and more on what you can do to assist others. Visit a less fortunate family or volunteer to help babysit, clean or buy some healthy groceries. How about volunteering at a food bank or soup kitchen, or canvassing for your favourite charity or cause? Christmas is a very lonely time for a large portion of the population, and a visit to a retirement home or hospital can really make someone's day.
If gifts are in order, here is a short list of items and ideas you can give to your friends, family or yourself.
The gift of self-health begins with your own actions. Make a plan to eat less junk food and sugar and drink less alcohol and coffee during the holidays. Keep water intake high (two to three litres per day), get adequate sleep (at least seven to eight hours per night), get outside for fresh air and sunshine and keep physically active (skate, ski, toboggan). Rent some funny movies and laugh, laugh, laugh. If relationships need mending, start with forgiveness. Learn to say "no" when appropriate, without guilt. Stay away from pessimistic people; they are like "energy vampires." Pray, worship and meditate. Be thankful for all that you have.
Benefits of Self-Health
The benefits of self-health range from feeling and looking better to gaining control of your wellness destiny. What greater gift can you receive than to function at a high level and to flourish physically, mentally and emotionally? No monetary amount can replace the wealth you have when health resides within. Such wealth can certainly influence your family, friends and co-workers in a positive manner, and, in turn, enrich their lives.
Remember you are the steward of your own health, and ultimately the responsibility lies within. Become proactive, not reactive. Don't wait for a crisis to occur before you act. The benefits are yours to enjoy.