Mastering the Art of Self-Care

The human body is a miraculous creation.  It is self regulating and self healing and does all this with no thought required on our part.


And while the body is a master healer things can go wrong. When they do the body has many ways of telling us this.  Pain, headaches, illness and feelings of exhaustion, anxiety and nervousness are all ways the body is reaching out and letting us know something is wrong.


One of the tricky things about modern life is that many of us have trained ourselves to essentially ignore the body.  One thing I often tell my patients is that the body is never lying to you. In other words when it hurts or feels wrong listen! It is trying to get you to do something differently so it can heal.


Pain is a great example.  Most people avoid pain at all costs but pain is really a wonderful thing since it lets you know that damage is being done or has been done and the body requires you to stop what you are doing and allow the body to heal.  How many times have you fought through an ache or pain or maybe a headache or simply taken a medication to dull the pain while continuing to grind away at work or life?


While doing this once in a while is not such a big deal, doing it day and and day out is a major problem and will eventually lead to major health problems.  You see the human body is designed to work wonderfully provided we take proper care of it.  Self care is then the most important type of care we can engage in since if you are not feeling well you cannot possible be the best version of yourself!


Self care can take many different forms. Regular chiropractic care to ensure proper nervous system function and preventing wear and tear on spinal joints, eating a healthy diet, regular exercise, getting enough sleep and more are all essential ingredients to overall good health.


So ask yourself “Am I regularly listening to my body?”. If not it might be a good idea to begin to examine what signals you are ignoring.  Start to analyze how this is affecting your overall health and then make a plan to do something about it!


Learning to listen to the body is an art form and doing so can dramatically improve your health once you learn to act on the messages your body is sending.  Making this change can help you live a longer, healthier and happier life so don’t delay, start today.

Austin EricksonAbout the Author

Dr. Austin Erickson is a chiropractor with offices in Glenwood City and the 4 Corners near New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is an expert at combining chiropractic treatment with nutritional advice to achieve excellent results. He has cured himself of psoriasis and autoimmune related arthritis using his protocols. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+


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