As I’ve mentioned probably ten thousand times, this has been a transformative year health-wise.
I came into 2016 desperate for answers to chronic pain. When conventional medicine created an endless circle of tests and medicine, I left my comfort zone and tried a new approach. When you’re sick and nothing is helping, you’ll do anything. Turns out, what started as simply wanting to feel GOOD has led to an evolution of health. It has opened my eyes to practices that my logical, Type-A self once dismissed. From meditation to essential oils and energy healing, I’ve pretty much tried it all.
Which leads me to the question…is all this (weird) stuff necessary?
In today’s age of trends, superfoods and diets, it can be overwhelming and expensive to keep up with all things “wellness.” Ayurveda this, non-toxic that…and what the heck is that oil you’re rubbing on your head?!
I get it. Really, I do.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Being healthy doesn’t need to be complicated, expensive or 100% organic. We all know that eliminating processed foods and moving your body is as inexpensive as a good pair of sneakers. I will always stand by that. Yet I also see the other side: when you’re stuck and looking for answers (like I was), getting healthy is more work upfront. I think of the work (energy, time, money) as an investment in longterm health.
So, yes, these wellness practices might seem a little weird off the bat, but maybe there’s a reason holistic health is becoming more mainstream? More than that, if you’re at all curious, why not (gradually) open yourself up to new things?
I hesitate to call this post an introduction to a “series” because, truthfully, the holistic approach to health has slowly become the way I live. My plan is to start writing about different aspects of health: mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and more. Things I’ve tried, people I’ve met, oils I’ve inhaled (all legal, obvi). Not to say everything I’ve done has been LIFE-CHANGING, but I think there is value in experience. FYI: holistic doesn’t mean hippie. It just means you treat the whole person.
Does all this stuff really help?!
Here’s the thing…I’m never going to label something as right or wrong because 1) labels are for files, 2) I’m not an expert and 3) if you’re reading this, you’re intelligent enough to form your own opinions and respect the opinions of others. Nothing is one-size-fits-all and we all have the right and responsibility to find what makes us feel good. I actually find it really cool that different things work for different people! I will, however, give you MY honest and healthyish take.
These posts will be spread out because I want to naturally integrate them into the structure of my blog, similarly to how I approached them in real life. But don’t run away if it’s not your thing! Preaching is for a choir. My random life, thoughts and puppy posts will still be alive and well, because I believe ‘healthy’ is more than eating vegetables and exercising.
I want to give my blog the full body approach to health and wellness that I’ve given myself. Balance included.