“What About Me?” is my summertime inner-self mantra! But rather than speak for anyone else (although surely many empathize), I will reflect on my own experiences. Summer is coming to a close – that’s a Season, not a three-month vacation. I realize now, the grass always appears greener, irrespective of the Season. Schools get out, life appears easier, but before I know it, I am salivating as the count-down to Fall matriculation starts with visions of the heavens parting as the school doors open.
We all endeavor to carry a positive life view where stress, emotional anxieties, and fears don’t dictate our mental health. While we know breathing is an instinctual activity for the sake of oxygenation, breathing also serves as an indicator and regulator of our emotional well-being. How we breathe, and what breathing exercises we engage in, determine much of how our body manages emotional and mental health.
Our bodies simply weren’t designed to contend with the daily barrage of toxins and stress, seen and unseen, that our go-go lifestyles tend to encompass. And the connection between diet and lifestyle, and chronic inflammation and disease, is very real. Our daily choices – what you eat, drink, and think – all have either a pro- or anti-inflammatory effect. When your body hits an inflammatory overload, your defense system gets so overwhelmed and confused that your well-meaning immune system turns on itself, destroying healthy cells, tissue, and, well, everything else too.
If your all-or-nothing resolutions have failed, try ‘crowding out’ in the Next New Year. We’ve all made those grandiose New Year's promises, even knowing their fateful doom from the outset. Notwithstanding, most of us start the year off with genuine...