Take care of yourself – [July 2021]

This blog is dedicated to a quiet heroine. She gave much and asked little.As I write this blog, I have a small tear in my eyes for a lady that I’ve never met. This lady, from all accounts, was a selfless, loving, and giving human being whose only crime was that she spent so much time caring for others that she may have forgotten to take care of herself.In this hustle and bustle world we live in, most of us are guilty of ignoring “self-care.” This term self-care may sound narcissistic, but it does not have to be. The care of one’s mental and physical health is paramount to our ability to live out our hopes and dreams and help others do the same. We all have been placed here with a purpose that is often sidetracked by society’s expectations of what should or should not be suitable for us. Slow down, smell the roses, examine your motives and seek to fulfill your God-ordained destiny. Remember that you’re more than a body: you’re also a spirit, a soul (mind, will, emotions). We are here to do more than accumulate material things. We are here to give and receive love. Have you noticed that it’s no longer cool to tell someone you love them (even platonic love), but it’s perfectly alright to say how much you hate someone or something?You might be saying, “I thought this was a medical blog,” but did you know that most major diseases are triggered or exacerbated by anxiety and stress, pent-up anger, fear, and unforgiveness. Diseases of the cardiovascular system such as hypertension, strokes, and Heart attacks, along with other systems failures such as diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, and cancer, are often a result of the above-mentioned underlying causes. “An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.” We have heard this all of our lives. What does it mean for your health? It means self-care.I am just as guilty as most of you, so I want to encourage all of us to start today to practice preventative medicine. Eat right, get enough rest, exercise, get regular check-ups and take time to laugh and love. Visit a mental health counselor if you need to. There is no shame in admitting that you need help. Those of us who are older need to set an example for the younger generations. Care for yourself, and let us take better care of each other. I wish you total health: Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit.Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a medical question below. As always, follow up with your Primary Care Provider for Medical concerns.For mental health questions, contact: Shari N. Warner, JD, LMFT.¬†Serendipity Counseling, LLC¬†(Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist). 754-999-0716

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