It’s the second Saturday of the year, and there’s still a fresh start in us. For many, the goal this year is to take better care of themselves and find true health. But what is true health?
We can find thousands of formulas and methods for weight loss on the Internet and on television, to get rid of migraines, possible solutions for insomnia, as well as miracle cures that promise to cure all diseases.
Within this sea of information, it is common to get a little lost, to want to solve all the questions at once, to buy everything there, to start at the same time three different diets, two series of exercises, meditation, running, yoga, the use of essential oils, and infinity of other things. Within a world of possibilities, it’s easy to feel left behind when you haven’t experienced everything.
Whether in health or in life, we need to learn something very important: priorities.
By understanding what our body’s true demand is, we can offer a suitable and unique solution. The central problem is often the cause of many other symptoms for which we have been looking for solutions separately.
It’s not easy, but a real commitment to health, on a daily basis, patiently and without madness, can take you far beyond a silly procedure that you can’t afford for more than a month. Visible result in the body is not synonymous with health.
I base my practice on five pillars: posture, food, thinking, breathing, and sleep. I believe if everyone adjusts, we will achieve full health.
Here I suggest an exercise similar to what I suggest in my book: 12 Attitudes to Live Happily and Balance Your Weight. Carefully and sincerely, write down the five pillars in a notebook and what harmful habits you adopt in your daily life.
After doing that, prioritize what’s most urgent and take actions that lead to a better course, but don’t do crazy things. Once you have adapted and incorporated the first habit, move on to the second, but don’t let one overwhelm the other.
Health is a unique path. What works for you will not be a magic formula that works for everyone.
Here I reiterate the need to start small. I have a patient who came to me to lose weight. He had many hardships due to being overweight, and this interfered with his life. She told me she consumed two full bowls of ice cream a day. We talked and found the best way for her. A month later, she proudly told me she now ate one carton of ice cream a day. I was so proud, because despite the long road ahead of me, I knew this was a huge step.
Each of us starts from where we are, we need to be honest and brave to admit it and from that moment to start differently, with sure and sustainable steps, to have a year and a life full of health. (Instagram Dr. Mira Souza)
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