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Combine Physical and Spiritual Healing to Attain Whole Health

Complete physical and mental health is best achieved through a holistic lifestyle approach. The following steps suggest how to blend physical and spiritual healing practices to enjoy good health without expensive medical supplements or unrealistic workout routines.

Physical Relaxation

The human body is designed to absorb a certain amount of daily stress, along with occasional traumatic events that spike stress levels. However, chronically high-stress levels can take a toll on your health. Try to get between seven and eight hours of sleep per night, as that is the recommended amount to refresh and rejuvenate the body as well as to promote general health and well-being. Without proper sleep and rest for the body, a person's health is compromised, and you may be more prone to getting sick or feeling poorly. If you just can’t get that much sleep, try yoga or other relaxation methods to put your body to rest.

Mental Mindfulness

Become aware of your feelings and thought patterns concerning various daily issues. Know what upsets you as well as what makes you happy or contented. Look for specific activities that promote different mindsets, and while dealing with the realities of daily living, be sure to include times when you can focus on the things that make life enjoyable and meaningful, and that definitely includes building a positive body image as we work to improve both our physical and mental health. Awareness is the first step to developing a healthy outlook and related behaviors.

Spiritual Healing

According to Healer’s Library, spiritual healing (the form of treatment through meditation or prayer, energy manipulation, and emotional balancing) is used by practitioners all over to help ease people of emotional, physical, and mental ailments. Relaxing the mind and filling it with a spiritual outlook can help to promote relaxation and a yielding of spiritual control and guidance to a belief system that enhances the physical and mental aspects of living.

Lifestyle Balance

Overall, the harmonious blending of these strategies for good health is the key to wellness and happiness. A physically sound body can harbor a mind that is filled with contention, stress, or gloom. Conversely, a worry-free outlook might be housed in a body that is unhealthy in many ways. Similarly, a heavy soul chained to grief or resentment can weigh you down and keep you from achieving a contented frame of mind. The key is to find balance among these lifestyle components, spending time each day to build a healthy body, sustain a sound mind, and nurture a quiet spirit.

This simple but effective approach can lead to health and happiness. Try your blend of activities for success.

Posted on June 21, 2018 and filed under Healthy Living.

5 Ways To Institute Self-Care If You Have Cancer

Article by Scott Sanders for The Pearl Day Spa

Cancer can lead to socioeconomic problems, depression and social isolation, but  a self-care program can help boost self-esteem and self-efficacy while increasing spiritual awareness. Incorporating a combination of techniques within your treatment plan is proven to be more effective than traditional treatment alone, so take time every day to put yourself first.  

1. Do Activities You Enjoy

Going through cancer treatment doesn’t mean you need to completely put your life on hold. Participating in regular activities and hobbies can give you a semblance of normalcy in your life while distracting you from the side effects of treatment. Consider trying a new activity to help boost self-esteem in the process. If you’re feeling up to it, try to maintain rituals like Sunday morning coffee with friends or date night with a spouse so you don’t become disconnected from your life before cancer. 

2. Stay Active To Some Degree

While you want to check with your doctor so you don’t overdo it, there are several benefits that stem from regular exerciseduring treatment. The type, stage and treatment program as well as your current stamina, strength, and fitness level will determine how often you can get physical activity, but positive side effects include:

●     Prevention of loss of muscle mass due to inactivity

●     Maintained or improved physical ability

●      Improved balance (lower risk of falls and broken bones)

●      A boost in mood and self-esteem

●      Lower risk of heart disease, osteoporosis

●      Stress reduction

●      Improved quality of life

●      Less fatigue and nausea

●      Less dependency on others

3. Eat Nutritious Foods

It can be difficult to eat through cancer treatment due to severe nausea, but it’s important to try to eat a nutritious dietwhenever you can. Experts suggest lean protein (think fish, chicken, eggs, beans, dairy), healthy fats such as avocados, olive oil and fruits and vegetables of all colors. If you’re feeling nauseous, opt for plain pasta, rice, or noodles; saltine crackers; oatmeal; and ginger and peppermint teas and chews. If you have no appetite, experiment with more frequent, smaller meals and/or high-protein shakes, soups, or smoothies. When food starts to smell good again, you know you’re on the road to recovery. 

4. Embrace Spiritual Awareness

Spiritual awareness is an important part of treatment as studies showthat it can improve cancer patients’ health. This type of soul-searching can be experienced through music, the arts, nature, or a specific experience that inspires gratitude. Practices such as mindfulness, meditation and prayer can also help one achieve a spiritual connection. 

Benefits of spiritual wellness include: 

●     Increased feelings of inner peace and optimism

●     A reduction in anger, depression, anxiety and stress

●     Enhanced quality of life

●     Coping techniques to help you handle the trauma of diagnosis and treatment

5. Use Opioids Wisely

Studies indicate that cancer patients are at a higher risk for opioid dependency — 1 in 10 individuals become chronic opioid users after treatment despite not having a need for the drug. It all comes down to education. Make sure your doctor is thoroughly explaining how to use opioids for pain managementto include how much and how often. The drug should only be taken as a last resort if medication like Tylenol and Motrin doesn’t work. 

Cancer can feel like an unpredictable roller-coaster ride. Feelings of fear, uncertainty, and stress are coupled with moments of happiness, joy, and gratitude. Self-care can be extremely helpful in managing stress and your overall constitution. When both are under control, you’ll feel better physically and mentally, which can help you cope with treatment — and life afterwards. 

For more information like this visit www.cancerwell.org

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