By Gretchen Hofing
We’re rounding the corner on spring sticking around for good. Many people use spring as a time to renew and refresh – that might be cleaning your garage or maybe it’s taking inventory of how those New Year’s resolutions are going. At this seasonal change and possible time of reflection, the Wheel of Health used here at Duke Integrative Medicine can be a good tool to contemplate the big picture and the many factors that contribute to your well-being. Here are some self-care reminders and suggestions to get you jump-started into spring.
When you keep your body active, you can prevent and treat many physical and mental health problems. Getting good sleep and rest leaves you feeling balanced and restored. It also provides you more energy to do all the things you want to do.
Paying attention to what you eat and drink can nourish and strengthen your body and mind. A healthy diet can improve your well-being throughout your life. Choosing a healthier diet does not have to mean avoiding all the foods you love. After all, quality of life is an important part of being healthy too.
Your surroundings at work and at home can affect your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Addressing any concerns about toxins, safety, noise, and clutter in your environment can also improve your health. Every aspect of our physical space can influence our health, for better or worse.
In strengthening the connection between the mind and body, you nourish every aspect of who you are. Our thought patterns and emotions impact nearly every illness we can get—from arthritis to headaches, from the common cold to cancer. This means that your mind, brain, and body are all communicating with each other. Use this season of growth and renewal to encourage positive thinking and bring joy and good health into your life.
Take a deeper look at work–life balance, financial goals, and areas of personal growth. Personal and professional development refers to what gives you overall meaning and purpose in life. Whatever and wherever you are engaged in activities that give you a sense of fulfillment, you have many opportunities to enhance your health and the joy in your life.
Take a few minutes for yourself and consider the following.
Duke IM’s programs are a great source of professional and personal development. Build your own professional toolbox, explore the Wheel of Health further, and learn how to help others achieve their optimal health vision with the Integrative Health Coach Professional Training that is currently registering.
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