While I’ve learned stepping outside the box is stimulating and educational for me, it is daily routine which offers me security and keeps me physically, emotionally, and spiritually fit.
More than a matter of comfort, my daily routine is necessary for my wellbeing. Without tending to the daily practices of life, my house would quickly slip into disrepair. While this is true with home maintenance, I am speaking of my body in all aspects.
I depend on my alone time to start and end my day. I enjoy a time of quiet reflection and gratitude. My prayer life centers and energizes me. Communing with nature allows me to see things in a different perspective and encourages me to be aware of the now in all its simplicity and complexity.
I have writing practices I don’t always employ but which I come back to. It’s the same with exercise and house cleaning. What I’m saying is I don’t have a check list with days of chores, but I generally get to those things…eventually!
Lately, I’ve felt my body slipping into disrepair. Nothing major, just extreme fatigue. I decided since I turned a half a century, it was time for some regular medical checkups. I’ve aced all of my tests! My family doctor ran through my symptoms with me.
Doctor: You’re asking ME if these symptoms are muscular or neurological? Ummm, I’m just a family doctor. I wouldn’t know. You need to see a neurologist or rheumatologist, but I can give you a prescription. Are you opposed to medication?
Me: Yes, I am opposed to taking a prescription if I can get the same results holistically.
You see, I’ve taken the RX he was suggesting years ago, and it made me foggy, like I need more of that! He was surprised I minded feeling groggy and foggy. I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself as he was so quick to send me to someone else. My former, now retired, family doctor used to get angry when I went to my rheumatologist or neurologist. He claimed he could do the very same thing, but at a much lower cost. I guess these two doctors are the difference between old school and new school. Since then I’ve attempted to take my health in my own hands. I’ve felt much better med-free…until recently. Most likely my fatigue is due to menopause jumping in with the fibromyalgia. I’m finding relief with essential oils.
Anyway, my point other than rambling is I know I must continue my routines… or my physical, emotional, and spiritual health will suffer.
For now, I’m moving slowly and trying to figure out where I’m lacking so I can play catch up.
Do you believe in holistic healthcare? Do you use essential oils or nutritional supplements? Do you follow an exercise routine? Do you follow a daily/weekly spiritual practice? I’m curious how you keep yourselves balanced and fit.