I recently received a brilliant cartoon on my Facebook page, and it was too good not to share! The cartoon showed a patient and doctor:Patient: “Doctor, I don’t feel well and I’m not sure why.”
Doctor: “I want you to meditate for 20 minutes every day, exercise for at least 15 minutes and drink 6 - 8 glasses of water daily, avoid processed foods, eat plenty of organic fruit and veg, spend more time in nature and less indoors, stop worrying about things you can’t control and ditch the TV. Come back in three weeks.”
Imagine how different things would be if just 30% of patients acted on the doctor’s advice, and took responsibility for their own health and well-being. I reckon hospital queues would decrease, there would be less pressure on medics, and we would be a healthier nation!
We are all creatures of habit. It’s estimated that it takes at least 21 days of trying something new before we can break a habit. Our taste buds will reject new sensations until we get used to a new taste. I’ve seen people who give up sugar in their tea for Lent who then stay off it for good, having broken the habit.A common symptom among my patients is thirstlessness: no desire to drink water. Water helps to neutralise acid in the body and to balance the body’s chemistry. If people drank more water, they would be giving themselves the best medicine of all, with no side effects other than a headache for a day or two as the toxins are flushed out of their bodies.
Exercise helps us to move our energy more easily around our body. It warms up our blood, and helps us to move out of our overactive mind and into our physical body. It also shows that we care for our body and are willing to move it. What you don’t move you begin to lose, so start moving your muscles, and the creaks and pains will start to disappear.Walks in nature are free and can have a huge impact on our well-being. Get out daily! Cut out the processed rubbish, start eating wholesome, natural food, and show your body that you care. Everyone worries, but it’s how you cope with it that matters. Declutter the negative thoughts, as worrying will only bring in more worry. Don’t ignore everyday problems: try and find solutions. We are all responsible for our own health, so start taking responsibility today and stop being the disempowered victim. Selling sickness is not the way forward: instead doing what just the doctor ordered above is the best prescription.