“If we had a rampant epidemic of self-love then our health care costs would go down dramatically” - Dr. Northrup, Hungry For Change One of the biggest challengesmost people face is learning how to care forthemselves. It requires a delicate balance
between what often feels like polaropposites. I’ve spent a lifetime studyingself-care. And I’ve come to the conclusionthat good self-care is the single mostimportant aspect of our health, period. Theprogramming of self-sacrifice leadsultimately to health-destroying sentiments,such as guilt, resentment, anger, and otheremotions linked to high levels of stresshormones. Self-sacrifice feels wrong to uson a soul level—our spirit gravitatesnaturally to joy and happiness. That’s whyself-sacrifice ultimately makes us sick andkeeps us stuck in dead-end situations.How well we care for ourselves as adults isoften determined in part by how well ourmothers cared for us (and themselves).Ultimately, however, it’s our responsibilityto learn how to optimally care for ourselvesregardless of what happened (or didn’t) withour mothers. We refine this processthroughout our entire lives.The key is knowing in your heart that thebest way you can care for others is bycaring for yourself. I know this requires aparadigm shift for many of you! Despite whatyou’ve been brought up to believe, caringfor oneself is not an example of a zero summodel—where your gain is someone else’sloss. Everyone benefits from someone whoknows how to care for him or herself. Self-care sustains and enhances the health of allthose around you. The flight attendants are
right when they say: You have to secure yourown oxygen mask before assisting others.Seven Simple Steps For Enhancing Your HealthThrough Self-Care Step 1 - Tap into thestream of healing energy regularly.Your body is connected to a healing streamof energy (also known as chi, prana, light,Source, and God) that you can absorb atwill. All you need to do is be aware of itand be open to receive it! This is the basisfor the healing power of prayer. Aparticularly powerful way to absorb thishealing energy simply involves sitting withyour limbs uncrossed while listening toclassical music and receiving a healingstream of energy. The practice, which isavailable to everyone, is associated withmany well-documented physical and emotionalhealings from all over the world that cannotbe explained by conventional medicine.Step 2 - Know that you are your own bestmother.Treat yourself like an ideal mother would bytalking to yourself in a wonderful,
nurturing way and providing for yourselfthat which you wish you had received fromyour own mother. For example, say toyourself, “Darling, I see that you’re tired.Why don’t you lie down and take a nice nap.When you get up, we’ll have a nice cup ofhot tea” or “I see that you need a break.How about a nice hot bath and a good book.”You get the picture. Step 3 - Do somethingpleasurable each and every day.Taking time for pleasure and fun decreasesthe stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin,which, over time, are responsible for heartdisease, cancer, and most chronic diseasessuch as arthritis and high blood pressure.Plus when you take time for enjoyment,you’ll be able to approach arduous taskswith more energy and a better outlook.Step 4 - Breathe deeply and fully on aregular basis.Breathing in fully through your noseinstantly engages the rest and restoreparasympathetic nervous system and helps thebody metabolize stress hormones. Put Post-itnotes on your phone, your computer, and yourbathroom mirror. Write BREATHE in beautiful
letters that uplift and remind you tobreathe fully.Step 5 - Get support for self-care.Find a self-care buddy and agree that eachof you will hold the other accountable fortaking care of herself. Start with mysuggestions and add your own ideas. Brag toeach other about how well you’re doing andespecially how well you are caring foryourself. Plan to call your friend wheneveryou start to slip into over-care of others. Step 6 - Use theincredible power of no.When someone asks you to do something youdon’t really want to do, say NO! This isespecially important if saying “no” makesyou feel guilty or unworthy. In most casesthis means you’re letting the needs ofothers overshadow your own. Only you knowhow much you can handle without over-committing. Over time, you’ll strengthenyour “no” muscle and also attract friendswho support your need to set healthyboundaries. Remember, saying “no” to someoneelse usually means saying “yes” to yourself!Step 7 - Don’t wait for permission to start
taking care of yourself.Believe me, no one is going to give it toyou, although I know how much youdesperately want someone to do so! How wellI remember being on call in the hospitalwatching the nurses give each other breaks.I yearned for one of my colleagues to giveme permission to take a break after being upall night. But no one did because theculture of medicine (particularly a surgicalspecialty) is so macho. Far too many womenget sick because it’s the only sociallyacceptable way to get the self-care theyrequire. I think we can do better, don’tyou? Prepare to be called “selfish” when youstart taking better care of yourself. Andwhen someone calls you that, celebrate!After all, taking care of yourself isprevention at the most fundamental level.Affirmations - The Next Level In Self Care For many, many years,I have said affirmations every day. Theywork along with the Law of Attraction andhelp to change your vibrational output.Because of the Law of Attraction, thisvibrational output draws the people and
circumstances into your life based on yourthoughts and beliefs. They can be used forevery area of your life. So if you are aboutto embark on a new career, if you want tobegin to live a healthier lifestyle, or ifyou want to update or upgrade yourrelationships, and so forth, I suggestsaying affirmations. It’s a subtle butpowerful way to receive support from theuniverse—plus it feels good. And that is thebeginning of all positive changes! When youcan hold the feeling that an affirmationbrings, it will change your point ofattraction for the better.It’s as simple as repeating twice a day intoa mirror everyday for 30 days: “I acceptmyself unconditionally right now”.Additionally here are some more of myfavorite affirmations you might wish to tryto encourage new beginnings, happiness, joy,and prosperity. • I am health, strength, peace, happiness, and prosperity. • Divine love, expressing through me, now draws to me all that is needed to make me happy and my life complete. • My life is unfolding perfectly, in ways that are enchanting, exciting, and uplifting.
• I love taking care of my body. My body responds so beautifully to this care. • I am magnetic to wealth and health. • When I say YES to myself and my needs, my energy always increases and I feel wonderful. • I awaken each morning feeling the promise of a new day and a new beginning. • I love moving my body. I love getting stronger and more flexible every day.Sources: www.drnorthrup.com/healthwisdom...and www.drnorthrup.com/blog...Featured Teacher: Dr Christiane Northrup,M.D.Christiane Northrup, M.D., is the world’sleading authority in women’s health andwellness. She is a board-certifiedobstetrician and gynaecologist, sought afterspeaker, writer, and author of two New YorkTimes bestsellers Women’s Bodies, Women’sWisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause. She hassold over 3 million books in 20 languages.
Internationally regarded for her empoweringapproach to women’s health and wellness, Dr.Northrup teaches women how to create healthon all levels while simultaneously tuninginto their inner wisdom and acknowledgingthe connection between our thoughts,beliefs, physical health and lifecircumstances.Following a 25-year career in both academicmedicine and private practice, Dr. Northrupnow devotes her time to helping women trulyflourish on all levels by tapping into theirinner wisdom. She does this through speakingengagements and television appearances, herinternet radio show Flourish!To find out more about Dr. Northrup and heramazing work you can visit her A-Z healthguidehere: www.drnorthrup.com/healthwisdom andsign up to her newsletterhere: www.drnorthrup.com/newsletter.Related Products