When I was growing up, being sick was simple. A cold was treated effectively with chicken soup. A sneezing fit altered with a tab of Benadryl. As I’ve grown older, however, the process has become slightly more complicated. A series of women’s issues has turned into a plethora of gynecological visits. A sensation of coldness in my stomach has turned into a conversation about depression. And on and on.
Without cutting my nose to spite my face, let me say this simply: I have given up on Western medicine. In the past, I’ve never had issues with doctors (I’ve always liked my providers). I also have never had to confer with them on any serious mysterious medical matters.
The journey to wellness, when you don’t know the enemy, is frustrating at best. It has also allowed me to reevaluate my life and adopt a new perspective. Nobody knows or cares about my health as much as me. And, as a result, my new attitude has led to a ton of alterations in my lifestyle, my interactions, and my commitments (including creating this blog).
The biggest alteration right now is the question I ask myself before doing anything: Does it bring me energy or wear me out? If it brings me energy, I do it. If it feels in ANY way confining, upsetting, stressful, dark, weird, or like pulling a car up a hill....I don’t.
I’m not sure that this is the “medical solution” to dealing with what ails you, but I do know this: when your body speaks, you should listen. For now, acupuncture, healthy nuts, meditation, laughter, and daily artwork are all staples in my life, as is asking myself what my body is trying to tell me. One thing I know for sure: I deserve to be happy and feel well (as do you).
Today's Alterations: Breakfast while it's still morning, hair and makeup instead of loungewear, inspiring shoes on my cute little feet.