No one likes it and no one looks for reasons to take on more of it. One problem is that the majority of health-related problems stem from – you guessed it – stress. How do we begin to manage it? How do we reduce it? There are experts galore who will be more than happy to direct you to their website, the bookstore, or send you a monthly newsletter talking all about methods that will reduce your stress – believe me, they’ve sent me a copy.
The funny thing is, within all of the “solutions” out there, there really is a common thread; it’s a simple solution, one that the most prestigious in the health and wellness industry have shared with me… stress management comes down to your commitment to prioritizing you, and then taking steps to do so. Yep, it’s that simple. Shocking, huh? There isn’t a formula, an herb, or a mantra that cures all of your stress, so you have to take stress head-on. “Easier said than done,” you say? Really?
First, ask yourself if you have 10 minutes a day to focus on you. Yes, you do – if you prioritize it. Again, it’s up to you. Whether it comes in the form of a simple meditation in the morning, committing to a yoga program, spiritual reflection, joining a biking group, or whatever…it’s up to you. It’s when you forget to prioritize you that the stress will take over – YOU!
October is breast cancer month and our health issue – this month I urge you to commit to nurturing your mental, physical, and spiritual self, and to finding the balance you need to manage the “crazy” during your time here on Earth.
If you are interested in learning more about using natural methods to heal yourself, read about my conversation with Paul Mittman, ND, EdD, president of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Science, and his insights into the explosive growth of naturopathic doctors, and the benefits of using nature and our world to cure us.
On the eco front, I was really excited to hang out with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers in the band’s cool, green bus. Roger, an Arizona native, is one who lives and breathes eco-friendly practices. From his re-purposed bus to recycling efforts at his concert, he carries the environmental message to the borders and beyond with a simple toast… “Here’s to life.”
Best to your health,
Tishin Donkersley, M.A., Editor-in-Chief