As warmer weather is fast approaching, many of us are beginning to move our bodies, become more active, and get outdoors much more than we have over the past few months! Our bodies and minds are beginning to feel renewed, breathing in the comfort and exciting energy of the joy that comes from being warm and in nature. As this season and these feelings come into our lives, we feel different, but we may not fully recognise why, what makes us feel so good? And alternatively, what makes us feel badly?
In western medicine, we’re becoming more and more aware of the impacts our mental and emotional bodies have upon our physical health. We are beginning to acknowledge that there are forces outside of the physical body and its mechanics that impact us, both negatively and positively.
We can all feel our physical bodies change as our mental or emotional states change, but do we know why these changes occur? Even better still, do we know what to do to make them better? Do we know how to balance ourselves, to help ourselves feel better?
Our understanding of health is widening, while our use and capability of the technology around us increases, which has given us a vast space for the two to intertwine and potentially change the ways we interact and understand our own health. There are thousands of “health apps” now, but finding the ones that fit our needs, understanding that our health is much greater than how many steps we took today, is an ongoing process.
How can we bring this into our own daily lives? First, we need to do a little digging and have a greater understanding of ourselves. We need to know what we need in order to know what to look for in a resource that might help us. By taking our entire world into consideration when making decisions about our health, we give ourselves the greatest platform from which to move, grow, and thrive.
So, how can we begin to take some steps?
Take stock of what is important to you and your health- each and every one of us is different. What helps us or harms us the most might be different from the next person, and that’s okay! We just need to find out what works (and what doesn’t) on our own terms.
Begin with mindfulness- Once you begin to understand what feels good and what doesn’t in your life, beginning to notice when these feelings, thoughts, or physical symptoms show up in your life.
Find (or create) a tracking method! There are many resources for tracking that involve taking note of many processes impacting our health, you just have to find the right one for you, and if you can’t find it, you can always create it!
Begin to find the patterns- After a while, you might begin to see where activities, behaviours, feelings, thoughts, and physical symptoms overlap. This is important information to notice and begin to bring into your life.
Start to make changes based on what you find! Once you recognise what patterns are occurring, try to make shifts in where these patterns overlap. Do what feels best to you and track how it goes!
Share- This kind of personalised knowledge can be incredibly helpful to others, especially those close to you. We tend to share habits with those we love, so when something feels good to you, it might feel good for them too!
What are you going to take a deeper look at this Spring and Summer? Will you be changing anything in your life? Do you think your physical health needs a little support or could use a few tweaks? Let’s help ourselves move into warmer weather feeling recharged, renewed, and ready to be a healthy part of the world! Let’s help ourselves do this in the best ways possible.
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