what to do when you can’t do anything, part 2

I’m a big believer in taking responsibility for your own health. Even if you can’t afford treatment or if you haven’t been able to find a doctor yet, there are dozens of ways you can make strides in your recovery on your own. This is part two to the topic I first posted earlier this week here. I got some many great suggestions to add to the original list that I just had to share!

-Oxygenate your home by bringing in plenty of plants. Allow them to do what they do best and clean the air of toxins so that you are breathing in quality oxygen.

-Create a sanctuary in your bedroom. Allow only calming, soothing colors/textures/items in there. No screens, stress or drama allowed. Make it an instantly calming experience each time you walk in.

-Get outside. Nature walks, grounding/earthing, meditating in the breeze. Studies show that getting outside for 20 minutes a day or more has a healing effect on our bodies. Plus, the indoor air is much more toxic than outside- take a break and soak up some natural medicine outdoors!

-Affirm yourself. Making a consistent practice of journaling things you are grateful for and affirmations about your healing are a great way to rewire your brain and introduce higher vibrations into your frequency.

-Swap out all of your household cleaners, personal care products and cooking utensils for non toxic materials. Essential oils, silicone containers and white vinegar + baking soda make this an easier task than you think!

-Tap into your creativity. Painting, coloring, sculpture making, scrapbooking and crafting are all great ways to pass your time, but also to spark a fire in the underactive parts of your brain that slow down while being chronically ill. Making time for creative activities will always leave you feeling calmer, happier and more positive.

 

I hope you enjoyed this two part series! Still something that should be added? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

what to do when you can’t do anything

It never fails. I will wake up on a Saturday or Sunday morning and have at least one or two emails from followers who were up all night, overwhelmed with the feeling of “stuck.” They feel completely hopeless and limited by various circumstances and are convinced there is no way out of their chronic illness. When I dig deeper into their lives, I always find out that this is not true. There are always several things these people can be doing to help themselves that they weren’t able to see.

Here is what I want you to remember today::

 

No matter what roadblock you have in front of you, there is a way around, over or through it.

 

Today I am sharing some of the more practical things you can be doing at home, without the need of a care team, that will improve your health and pave the way for a remission. All of these are free or low cost and can be done from the comfort of your own home.

5. Dental hygiene. It seems common sense, but there are way too many people ignoring the care of their mouth. The first way disease enters our bodies is by what we put in our mouths. We need to be making more of an effort to be brushing and flushing. If you aren’t oil pulling already, start NOW. Also consider things like activated charcoal rinses (easy to make yourself in ten seconds) and dental probiotics to keep bacteria from growing and following those nerve pathways under each tooth into the rest of your body. (PS add bonus points for smiling often!)

4. MOVE! No excuses here, folks.  You MUST be active in some way for your lymph system to cleanse and flow and toxins to continue to be flushed out. Moving your legs especially, allows the lymph to thin, creating a better filter to catch the bad stuff. Can’t handle a 30 second dance party? Try a foam roller or resistance bands for slow, concentrated efforts. You can even google yoga routines in bed or talk with a physical therapist for options on how to move in a way your body can manage. This is crucial!

3. Juice/smoothies as snacks. It is appalling to me how many people request my help finding supplements that will replace them having to actually eat a vegetable. There is no replacement! If you are having time getting those greens in, then know your body is likely overly acidic, allowing disease to continue living. We need an alkaline inner environment and juicing or building a proper smoothie is an easy way to pack those nutrients in, in a way that still tastes good. Check out the Facebook group for more on this. 90% of people are doing it wrong!

2. Rest. Ignore the opinions of others and take that nap. Sleep in. Many of the chronically ill complain of less than quality sleep. Take this time now to incorporate a solid routine that allows you to rest when your body needs it. Even if you aren’t sleeping, listen to soothing music and allow your brain time away from any type of stimulation. This winding down allows the brain waves to even out, causing us to feel more relaxed and less stressed.

And lastly, invest in your face to face relationships. If you are feeling under supported, reach out and reconnect with those around you. If you are bedridden, ask them over to play a game or a cup of tea. If you are able to get out, pursue a hobby, attend a meetup group, try a new grocery store. Consider working as a freelancer on websites like Upwork.com. Small, short forays into the world are a great way to build up confidence in yourself and how far your body has come. Make it a point to reach out to someone each day and have a real conversation with them, even if only for a few minutes. This will make you feel a sense of purpose and accomplishment and can often raise your vibration to a higher level, allowing healing to occur within. Your illness does not stop you from being able to listen to them, give advice or laugh. Your diagnosis does not make you any less of a person– it only changes how you execute certain situations. I truly believe that.

 

Is there anything I should add to this list? What do you do to control your health when unable to afford a doctor’s help?

magic juice:: what it is + how it changed my life

I often get asked what my secrets to healing were. If it is one thing I wish everyone knew about, it is celery juice. Adding in this one simple thing changed me forever! It has been over a year since I began drinking it daily and I can’t go a day without it. (Seriously. My juicer recently died and it took a month to be replaced. I did the blend and strain method instead but didn’t get nearly enough of my magic juice that way! I was a very grumpy person that month.)

The perfect blend of minerals and electrolytes in celery make this a necessary component to your staple diet—especially if you have POTS. Each client I work with gets the suggestion of adding celery juice to their diet because all of those who are chronically ill are mineral deficient. Every single metabolic and cellular process in our bodies require minerals to be performed. It can be very difficult to keep track of all the supplementation you need each day, but juicing is an easy way to start the day off on the right foot. If you don’t have a problem with oxalates, this is a safe and easy change to incoporate.

 

Celery juice can help alleviate:

-heart palpitations + skipped beats

-headaches (often because headaches stim from dehydration)

-frequent urination (from stressed kidneys that are overworked. The kidneys are the balancing organs of the body; if something is out of whack, the kidneys are working to put everything back to right.)

-dehydration, preventing POTS episodes

-body temperature regulation

-dizziness (again, from dehydration and stressed kidneys) and too low blood pressure

-near syncope symptoms

-brain fog

-inner trembling, shivers or chills

…and so much more!

 

In the morning, we wake up from sleep already in a dehydrated state. Our cortisol levels are high and our bodies need to adjust to being awake as we begin to move throughout our day. All of this is extremely stressful to our nervous system and kidneys when we are chronically ill—even more so if we aren’t getting quality sleep! And yet this cycle repeats every day, depleting us even more. If we aren’t taking enough minerals in, we can not produce things like energy, mental clarity, stamina and mood stabilization. Hence why celery juice in the morning is so crucial—it brings in added nutrients at the exact right time we need it, allowing our bodies to sustain us throughout the rest of the day.

A lot of you may notice that your dysautonomia symptoms are worse during the morning,

 

when you are dehydrated, over stimulated, stressed or very tired. This is another time you can turn to celery juice. The effect takes place within minutes versus waiting for a pill to take effect. Many people will start with 8-16 ounces in the morning and add more to a smoothie or mixed vegetable juice in the evenings to get ready for quality sleep. Experiment and see for yourself what your body likes.

You may be thinking, “Ew, celery!” Don’t let that stop you! The juice tastes like salt water. As you make drinking it a habit, the salty taste disappears. The closer to water it tastes, the better your internal mineral levels are. I love that I can have a measuring tool for what my body needs. If your morning juice tastes extremely salty to you, consider adding another glass later in the day. Likewise, for anytime you are extremely symptomatic, recovering from a detox session or POTS-y.

What do you think? If you give it a try, let me know how it goes! Send me an email at lisa@abundantlifeandwellness.org!