Thanks to the Susan G. Komen foundation, in the month of October women from around the world take a moment to celebrate and honor individuals who have been affected by breast cancer; through walks, sponsored runs, and more. Women from both sides of the political world, economic landscape, social status come together to commiserate over what it means to have lived through a shared experience that has taken so many soldiers or to celebrate the family they’ve lost along the way.
Since Your Stylish Ways is a platform for self-care, I thought it would appropriate that we take the opportunity to provide a few ideas on how you can create space in your life that allows for the proper health and care you need to both remain healthy and allow better self-care practices into your life.
The best part is that these 5 tips can be used to create better health for yourself no matter what personal, emotional or even physical ailments you may be experiencing right now or in the future. I realize for some of you, these are a bit unconventional, but it’s because there are things out there in addition to your annual breast exam, eating healthy, exercise, and meditation.
Just say “No”
This two letter word packs so much punch. It’s not only the difference between buying your child candy at the checkout of the grocery store, but it is also a way for you to create space in your life for healing. When our bodies create disease/allow for disease, it has usually been asking you for rest. Saying “no” to things that make you feel uncomfortable, bring you stress, or will overtax your schedule are the first things you’ll have to do in order to allow this rest to occur.
“Relax”. Relaxing for your body creates a space for healing. It relieves you from everyday resistances and anxiety surrounding — what will happen next. If our creator wanted us to know what happens next, he would have sent us the guidebook. So in many cases, the only thing to do is to relax. Now I realize that relaxation doesn’t look the same for everyone. So resist the urge to believe I’m telling you to go lay down on the couch unless that’s what you want to do. Relaxation can mean making jewelry, watching your favorite movie, baking a cake, or those usual options like yoga and meditation. Your relaxation is all about what relaxes you.
Read “You Can Heal Your Life”
Louise Hay is an author and internationally recognized leader in new age education and practice. Her book “You Can Heal Your Life” has been on the market since 1982 when she healed from having a relatively aggressive form of cancer. This book is incredible and for me, I use it as a bible for shifting my mindset, as well as, figuring out if what I’m experiencing could have contributed to sicknesses I may have at the moment. The book explains how your body reacts to stressors and has a dictionary of illnesses and how they relate to personal experiences. She also has some powerful affirmations you can add to your daily thoughts to get you moving in a better direction.
Visualize Your Perfect Health
Famous and successful people from around the world will tell you that you must see yourself where and how you want to be, in order to achieve it. So why wouldn’t your perfect health be any different? Visualize what perfect healthy looks like for you. If it means you’ll be blowing out the candles celebrating your 100th birthday with your children and grandchildren around you. Or, running and playing on the beach with your spouse. Remember, that the best visualizations start at the end and incorporate all your senses. So when you’re in the vision, include what things taste like, how things feel, what you’re wearing.
Focus on your desired outcome
Much like visualization, it helps to keep your focus on the end result. Focus on what it will look like to be healthy and maybe what you’ll be doing instead of the treatments or what you’ll be putting into your body instead of the medication. Now weave this focus and thought into the language you speak about yourself and your experiences. From philosophy to the bible there are endless text explaining how important keeping your focus and what you say on the thing you want to exist. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” – Isiah 55:11
My hope is always that you’ll take the time to do what’s best for your body and know that it really does require you to get quiet and still in order to hear the cues it sends you all the time. Are there any non-conventional practices you do to create healing spaces in your life?