"The health of the body is controlled by the state of the mind."
(Dr. Edward Bach, who used herbal homeopathic treatments for disease as early as 1930)

Tension Relieving Tips
  • When under pressure, make a conscious decision to do a body scan.
  • Note the area in which you are holding tension.
  • Relieve the physical tension in the same area in which your body holds the tension.
      As an example:
    • If you have tightness in your neck, do several head rolls to relax the muscles in your neck.
    • Develop an awareness of the natural rhythm of your breath as you inhale and exhale.
    • Breath awareness can reduce physical tension when under pressure.
    • Relax your shoulders and stomach muscles.
    • Focus on the natural rhythm of your breathing.

Simple Ways to Keep Your Body Healthy
Your body is a system that needs to revitalized and renenergized every single day.
  • Use natural energy boosters to help shift temporary moments of fatigue,
    such as stretching, water, herbal drinks, health protein bars, and fruits.
  • A classic profile of a compulsive eater is one who uses food for emotional comfort.
    An awareness of this connection, comfort-food is the first step toward change.
  • Starting a physical exercise program requires an awareness of your biological clock, that is knowing when you have the most energy, naturally. In addition, it is equally important to know the low point of your energy.
  • Planning regular periods of rest is a necessary part of a healthy fitness program.
  • Regularly scheduled periods of walking within a realistic time frame of your day is the best approach to begin a fitness program. Everyone deserves a mid day break. Consider taking a walk during yours.

Quick fixes for stress related headaches:
  • Close your eyes and place your thumbs on your temples and your fingers on your forehead.
  • Rub gently as you try to empty your mind of all thoughts for this moment.
  • Drink soothing herbal drinks:
    chamomile, rosemary, periwinkle and peppermint.
  • Drink water throughout the day to avoid dehydration and maintain an energy flow.
  • Note that persistent headaches maybe be more than a stress signal.
  • Mark the time and the situations when headaches occur to see if there is a pattern.
  • Over time, it is important not to cover a persistent headache but to find the cause of the distress.

Nutrients are essential to well being,
especially those elements not produced in the body naturally
as Vitamin C found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, and pepper.
When combined with Vitamin E, it acts as an antioxidant.

Signals for Vitamin C deficiency are :
  • bleeding gums
  • joint pain
  • easy bruising
  • a long healing time when colds occur
Vitamin C 'stealers' are :
  • alcohol
  • analgesics
  • anti-depressants
  • oral contraceptives
  • steroids
  • nicotine

When you become symptomatic....
headaches, stomaches, joint aches
and a general feeling of tension and stress.....
the first inclination is to seek relief.
It is important to focus on cause and effect of the discomfort.
This focus works toward prevention, not just treatment.

At times, it is simply a habit to reach for relief.
However you self-medicate for relief,
it is more beneficial to change behavior patterns and plan for prevention,
rather than seek relief.
Become aware of your response habits so you can decide which behaviors are 'keepers'
and those needing to be eliminated.
Of course deciding the difference is really the challenge.

Treat the person not the disease is a philosophy held
by many contemporary healthcare practioners

If you are receiving treatment for a disorder or a dysfunction,
it is your responsibility to be part of the treatment team.
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