The Adventure of Self Care

the adventure of self care

I love looking forward to something so much that as soon as I am on my way back from a trip, I am planning the next one!

I know some people are a little afraid of going out of their comfort zone to travel. In the last few years, I have helped people overcome their fear of flying and heights. I love helping people get over what’s holding them back so they can enjoy the everyday adventures in life. When my clients are nervous about an event approaching (job interview, surgery, needing to change their diet), I always invite them to shift their apprehensive perspective into looking at the situation as “an opportunity to discover something new”—about themselves, others, things, how they relate to people, building rapport, even trying a new vegetable every week!

Twenty years ago when I had to go wheat and cow dairy-free, I hunted the grocery store each week for something interesting and new. I learned it was ideal to ask others if they had ever cooked or tried my new find! One thing I discovered is that I love parsnips and I got a chance to overcome my social anxiety in a safe place! Now, I can Google-search recipes for new things like “rutabaga” and wallah!

Surgery may sound a little scarier. The reality is that most surgeries are designed for the betterment of your quality of life. Yes, they do have their risks, but assuming you are prepared physically and mentally, they often go quite well. I encourage my clients to adopt a mindset that will communicate to their cells and let them know what to expect: not only that a surgeon is going to cut them and rearrange some things—more importantly, tell your body how well you want it to heal. This sets an energetic intention—putting you in charge of your own healing process. When I have done this clients, they usually recover faster and better than the doctor expected. This, my friend, is an example of “the adventure of setting an intention.”

No matter where you go or what you do, you have the option to choose your intention. Many of us have been hearing, “be mindful, develop awareness;” these lessons are all part of the daily adventure of becoming a kind, loving human. As we learn how to be more loving to self, we tend to love others in healthier ways. If you read my past articles, you will find my self discovery has been quite an adventure.

Recently, a very dear friend received a diabetes diagnosis. He had been living the sweet life for sometime and had a feeling this day would come. Before he was willing to succumb to the side effects
of the prescribed medication, he decided to go on an adventure of self discovery. Instead of poking his poor little fingers once a day as prescribed, he studied enough to learn that he could find out what (food, exercise and timing of it all) truly affected his blood glucose by poking his fingers 10 times per day. Seems intense and radical, but it worked!

Within thirty days, he was able to bring his fasting blood glucose under 120 which is considered in the “normal range”. Within sixty days, he could tell you (or refer to his log) what foods keep him in the normal range throughout the day, and which foods pushed his glucose way too high. Within ninety days, he knew how much, when, and what kind of exercise he needed to be able to eat the bun on his burger and still bring his blood glucose down to the normal range. He was so excited!

One of the most beautiful parts of this story is, on day ninety, his doctor needed to check to see if he was on the correct dose of medication. She was totally floored that his numbers were below diabetic range, and he did it without the medication. The doctor was so impressed she asked him to speak at a convention to help other doctors learn how to convince their patients to follow the same regimen. It’s been quite an adventure for me to watch my dear beloved friend learn to love and care for himself in this way! Bonus: he got over his fear of needles, lost 12 pounds and looks fantastic! I am so happy and grateful that he chose this adventure of self love and self care.

By Kristin Wilhite-Smith, HHP

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