March 24, 2011
I miss the sun! I miss seeing my neighbors out and about. I miss walking in the neighborhoods. I love spring! As a doctor, spring brings out the best in my patients. Spring is when my patients are most likely to work on getting healthier, eating better and exercising. Spring seems to be a great motivator.
This year, let’s all hit the ground running. Spring cleaning has always referred to your home; this year, let’s spring clean our bodies! Take a day to assess your physical, emotional, nutritional and spiritual being. In previous articles, I compared your house to your body. Your house shelters your body whereas your body shelters your soul. This year, make a commitment to get your body in the best shape possible.
Over the last two days, I have written about diet. Spring brings fresh vegetables and fruits to our homes. Enjoy lots of them. Eat lots of colors! For those of you who want organically grown produce, look for local food co-ops. Hit the ground running by reassessing your diet and working on improving it.
Exercise is paramount to good health and spring is the time to recommit to spending 30 minutes a day improving your cardiovascular health. If you have spent the winter being a couch potato, start walking just 10-15 minutes a day. When you were young, the coach’s mantra was “No pain, No gain.” My mantra is “Pain, No gain.” If you start out by spraining an ankle or a knee, the health benefits of exercise go right out the window. When it comes to exercising, hit the ground walking and build, slowly, to a run.
For most of my patients, the sun and flowers brings an emotional awakening, as well. Use the uplifting presence of spring to motivate you to find an inner happiness. The gloominess of winter, coupled with the recent economic downshift, unemployment and natural disasters, has left many of my patients emotionally distressed. It’s time to post the “Blessings List” I wrote about on 11/17/10 on your mirror. Count your blessings in the morning and again at night, whenever you brush your teeth. Along with your blessings list, post a list of your goals and aspirations. Don’t forget to get outside and enjoy nature with your family and friends.
According to Wikipedia, spirituality “can refer to an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of their being; or the “deepest values and meanings by which people live.” According to me, spirituality is the glue that holds us together. Finding your inner path, discovering the essence of your being helps put things in perspective. Artsy’s “Attitude of Gratitude” is what keeps her going despite her physical ailments. Artsy’s “Attitude of Gratitude” is a manifestation of her spirituality and allows her to be happy with whom she is and the world she lives in. This spring, find your own spirituality; work on improving or renewing your value system. Most of all, be happy and be healthy.