Why Is Your Environment Important to Your Healing?
Both the external environment to us and the internal environment of ourselves are critical to our wellbeing. Just like we know it's helpful to surround ourselves with good people, community, and food, we also know we cannot live well if we are exposed to environmental stressors - air pollution, contaminated water, pesticides, and other environmental toxins. Along those same lines, if we have poor habits, we create an unfavorable internal environment - high cholesterol, high blood pressure, poor posture leading to physical tension, stress, etc.
You cannot become well in the same environment you became ill/injured in. In order to feel better, change is necessary and most of the time change is hard because we have to force ourselves to do new habits. Be good to yourself. Doing the following things are not selfish but rather are part of self care. We are all works in progress. What can you improve in your daily routine? Do the best you can to meet those goals. Remember Rome wasn't built in a day, so make small attainable goals! You can do it!
1. Hydrate - water, water, water!
2. Keep your body moving! (Don't stay in one position for too long. For example, students who study at a desk for hours, please try to change your position often - stand and study, lie on your belly and study, etc.)
3. Eat well - focus on organic and non-GMO fruits and veggies. Eat the color of the rainbow every day!
4. De-stress - spend 15 minutes a day in nature, be social (face to face), spend time in silence so you can hear yourself, breathe through your nose, sing and dance.
5. Sleep - our bodies do so much when we sleep. We regererate and restore our bodies during sleep. Our mood, cardiovascular health, appetite, immune system, and brain function depends on good sleep habits. Ever wonder why college students get sick during finals week? Too many all nighters!
If you didn't see it on the list, chances are you shouldn't be doing it often like drinking alcohol or smoking. :)