You might recall the pre-flight announcement when the flight attendant advises you to put your own oxygen mask on before helping someone else. The message is clear and vital to your health and safety: You must take care of yourself before you can take care of any one or any thing else. Self-care is a MUST. So whether you are a parent or a professional in a demanding field (or both!), you’ll do better when you are at your best.
When a circumstances suddenly demands more of you (parental illness, child injury, natural disaster or accident), we don’t always have the luxury of preparing for it. If your health and vitality reserves are on low, then coping with something unexpected will be even more challenging. And when the crisis is settled, you may not have the luxury of rest and recovery. So maintaining your health is critical.
Health is not merely an absence of disease, but is vitality and an appetite for life that comes from being rooted in a deep sense of well-being. Being proactive about your health now will give you access to greater energy, a better night’s sleep, better decision-making in all areas of your life, and a greater sense of equilibrium. Most importantly it will set the stage for greater vitality and resilience as you age.
If you feel depleted, some of the reasons why may be obvious: you’re tired, you’re thirsty or hungry (for real nourishing food, not snacks or sugar) or you’re body is stiff from lack of movement. But then there are the other ways we nourish ourselves: deep breathing, being in nature, being inspired by art or literature, feeding your curiosity about a subject or new skill or language, or having some quality down time. It may be impossible (at the moment) to do all of these things, but I’m sure it’s possible to do just one. Or two. And that modest respite may be all you need to give yourself the momentum to begin creating a more balanced, nourished life.
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” –Lao Tzu
Question: Do I have to be sick to benefit from acupuncture?
No! Many people are discovering that is easier, safer and more cost-effective to maintain health than it is to recover once illness has taken hold. Because of it’s ability to strengthen the body -along with herbal medicine- acupuncture is a time-tested wellness modality. Wellness appointments can be scheduled monthly or quarterly, depending on your specific circumstances.