Do you know how to Create your Health and Wellness?
The thing with health is: there is no one size fits all approach.
The same reason that fad diets do not work, is the same reason that chronic illness cannot be managed without taking into account many different aspects of YOU.
Not your disease, not the label, but YOU.
Doctors, Naturopaths, Nutritionists, TCM practitioners, they all have a box to check.
Chances are, if you have a chronic illness, you are going to need many different boxes to figure out the right balance for you.
Are you creative when it comes to your health and wellness?
Can I tell you a story?
I did a lot, and I mean A LOT of healing in the jungle sitting in stillness. It sounds so boring but it’s true.
I sat. In the jungle. And I healed.
And if you would have told me that I will be able to find remission for an incurable chronic illness by sitting in the jungle listening to cicadas sing…
… I would have laughed and probably told you to F*ck Off.
And yet… It helped me so much!
I was curious about yoga, and for many years I wanted to complete a yoga teacher training. I don’t know why I did but I did. When my body calmed down enough I was able to go, I signed up for a jungle experience in Costa Rica.
I had no idea what to expect, but the amount of deep diving I did into myself was not it.
Finding stillness, true stillness where the calm is equally shared and embraced between the body and the mind.
This is where deep healing happened.
I have explained this to doctors but they normally look at me like I have grown a second head, shrug their shoulders and move on.
Other times they will gaslight you.
Have you ever sat in your doctor’s office and listened to a lecture about the importance of taking pharmaceuticals?
Or on the other extreme: talked to a Holistic Health Coach who thinks the fact that you saw a doctor makes you less of a person?
I have done both.
Creating wellness for those with a chronic illness is not easy.
It is about taking the advice of many different professionals and creating a unique combination that works for you. It is about following your curiosity and trusting your intuition- even, no ESPECIALLY, when it doesn’t make sense.
For example, it’s no secret that I have IBD. IBD can go into remission but it will never be cured. It takes a lot of work, different modalities and is a balancing act that requires daily and sometimes hourly attention.
- I practice yoga, meditation and breath work.
- I eat simple foods.
- I see my Gastroenterologist for regular check-ins.
- I take specific supplements for my gut.
- I walk my dog 3x a day.
- I stop to smell the roses.
- I hug my horses.
- I see an acupuncturist.
And that’s not all.
Truth bomb: It can be exhausting.
Self care is something that is absolutely necessary, simple and yet oh so challenging.
Creating wellness means thinking outside the box.
It will mean advocating for yourself, following your gut and trusting your intuition.
It will also mean making yourself a priority.
What are you curious about?
What is something you have created in your life?