Overcoming Overwhelm: Why Thinking About Health is a Key to Self-Care

[this is an excerpt from my book Overcoming Overwhelm]

When you are suffering with chronic pain, imbalanced hormones, digestive complaints, fatigue, or pretty much any other ailment, you’re not only suffering through these symptoms, but also using your energy reserves to deal with them—energy that you might direct toward other things (such as, ahem, making changes and developing new habits). 

It’s Just Easier to Ignore It (Right?!)….

So often people just put up with symptoms because it feels like it will take more energy to deal with them than they have to spare. Or they may not even realize how much of an impact the symptoms are having. By getting clear about what your health concerns actually are, and looking at precisely how reducing or eliminating them would substantively decrease your overwhelm, you can craft a plan to make those health-related changes that will have the biggest impact on your life. And if you employ a holistic perspective to get to the underlying issues—addressing causes in addition to symptoms—you may be able to stop both downstream impacts as well as preventing new health conditions from occurring down the pike.  (more…)

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