Welcome to the New Year, I hope you all had a great holiday and start to the year. I want to touch on New Years resolutions since we are a month out from when they are most commonly made. How are you all doing with yours? I want to bring a lightness to this topic and guide you all to a year of your best health.
Over the holidays I watched the Netflix documentary - HEAL. I wish for you to all watch it. It reflects my personal health journey 100% in the western medical and also alternative health systems. It highlights how Naturopathic Medicine can be the key to root cause healing.
The other sphere that it highlights is our emotional well-being and how this dictates the body's response to stress. When the body is stressed, the immune system shuts off, inflammation increases, mental clarity decreases and your happy neurotransmitters get lost in the storm. I help patients address this daily but only YOU can be responsible for your emotions and healing emotional wounds that will manifest into physical ailments.
I invite you all to let 2019 be the year of transformative wellness resolutions. Here are my recommendations to help bridge the physical well-being and the mental well-being:
1) Manage your stress hormone
the most negative impact on health and well-being is stress. It is also the most common thing that I address with patients on a daily basis. I always use the example that the body doesn't know the difference between running away from a bear or sitting at work at your desk. Be the change your nervous system needs - decrease your cortisol (stress hormone)
This could include a myriad of things - daily meditation, herbs and supplements, therapy, yoga etc. These practices help change our perception of our environment and determine if it is stress creating or stress relieving
2) Disconnect to reconnect
This is so important - our brains and nervous systems need a break! Put your devices down and eat dinner with your family, meet with people in person, hug, read - create time where you can just be in your mind and body
Incorporate silence and calmness into your daily routine - Meditation is my favorite tool. Even just 10 minutes per day can rewire your nervous system's response to stress
No devices at least 1 hour before bed time
3) Be Kind to your body
This can mean so many things, but what I mean is disengage from the negative self talk - too fat, too dumb, too scared, too whatever. Give yourself permission to take the time to heal. Your body has taken this long to show dis-ease, give it the time and love to re-calibrate. Give yourself the care to just start putting your wellness first.
I wish you all a year full of happiness and healing. Please reach out anytime!
Dr. Kate Hunter, ND