Reprinted with the kind permission of Sue Ingebretson and Rebuilding Wellness
Are your self-care practices getting results? What type of results are you hoping to find to deal with fibro? Getting started in any self-care program for fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions or any chronic health challenge takes some focus and strategic planning.
If self-care isn’t a priority, then getting started may be a challenge.
When it came to my own self-care practices many years ago, the first step I took was to improve my meal-time choices.
I learned about the healing benefits of whole, nutrient-dense, fiber-rich foods. Then I applied the healing benefits of body movement. Lastly, I incorporated the healing benefits of emotional wellness practices including stress management.
I started out slowly. I began to eat better and to actually pay attention to the quality of foods that I consumed. I started to move my body on a daily basis in whatever limited way I could.
I saw results from my efforts and kept going.
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The Restoration Trio
At the time, I thought these practices were silly and would have little if any, effect. I was wrong. But, I had to try. I now refer to these three healing practices in my book, FibroWHYalgia, as The Restoration Trio: Nutrition, Body Movement, and Emotional Wellness.
Applying the final component of The Restoration Trio – Emotional Wellness – was the most difficult for me. I wasn’t accustomed to paying attention to the negative chatter than ran through my mind. I wasn’t comfortable with slowing down and taking a look at my stress levels.
But it was the very act of slowing down,
that gave me the most clarity.
Check back next week to view Part 3 of this series to see the next step in this self-care program.
To review step 1 – Chronic Symptoms – check out THIS POST.
What self-care practices did you begin with? What ones have become your favorites? Please post your thoughts in the comments below.
Sue Ingebretson is the Natural Healing Editor for ProHealth.com as well as a frequent contributor to ProHealth’s Fibromyalgia site. She’s an Amazon best-selling author, speaker, and workshop leader. Additionally, Sue is an Integrative Nutrition & Health Coach, a Certified Nutritional Therapist, a Master NLP Practitioner, and the director of program development for the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Center at California State University, Fullerton. You can find out more and contact Sue at www.RebuildingWellness.com.
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