Wow looking back, there were so many signs but at the time I didn’t really focus on them or really listen to what my body was telling me.
If you have read some of my previous blogs you will know that when I was 23 years old, I developed leaky gut syndrome following a serious back injury where I was prescribed and used non-steroidal anti-inflammatories for a 6-9 month period. In my 20’s I never really appreciated my body and valued everything it did for me. Even though I was a physiotherapist and I understood the body. I took my own body for granted and just how hard I made it work.
Reflection is wonderful and looking back I can piece it all together. And I hope that by sharing my learning through my own body may help others to not have to go through everything I am going now and over the past years. I believe that this can be avoided and prevented and we can all heal and recover from autoimmune conditions if we start early enough and if we are willing to prioritise our bodies.
You see it has taken me years to get to where I am now…. I have taken a fierce stand for my health and wellness. I will do whatever it takes to be healthy, stay healthy and have abundant energy and this is my priority. You see how can I help others if I can’t help myself first?
How can I help others with half a tank of energy when there is just enough in my tank to get me through the day?
But I used to do this…for so many years, I forced my body to push past its limits to the point past empty. And yes, I can hear you…. I know this was definitely not self-love. This was definitely not being grateful for and appreciation for my amazing body.
It took me getting a diagnosis and having a health crisis to really appreciate and work on:
- Changing my work lifestyle
- Significantly reducing stressors in my life physical, emotional, environmental
- my beliefs around what self-love looks like for me?
- Really listening to the whispers that my body gave me moment to moment and day to day and how these may differ from day to day
- My self-awareness of how food impacted my energy even more and more importantly how different foods influenced my inflammation. This was the key to me reversing the autoimmunity in my body
- My mindset around health, wellness and resilience and what I believe to be possible for myself
- Surrounding myself with positive like minded and supportive individuals (friends, family and a sisterhood that I could count on)
- Getting support from a team of individuals who support my view on health and what is possible i.e. my functional medicine doctor, my naturopath
- Nurturing my body with healing touch and what my body found supportive: these were acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, massage therapy, reflexology
- Nurturing my body, myself on a daily basis and re-defining what nurturing looked like
- Implement a minimum of 5 nurturing things or activities that would support my body during the day especially working
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