Since I started working with wellness and health, 20 years ago, a lot has changed in society. At that time alternative medicine was still scoffed at, if an illness couldn’t be cured with medicines, it was imagined. Stress was seen as a weakness and nutritional knowledge was the information recieved from ”The national board of health and welfare” – sometimes rather dubious.
Over the years a new awareness has grown in all walks of society. As more and more people started showing symtoms of imbalance to a degree where it affected their ability to cope with life, and these imbalances started to become a serious economical issue, things started to happen.
First out was the acceptance of stress; stress became the umbrella under which every vaque symptom and illness that couldn’t be diagnosed was put. This included, for a time, food-allergies and other sensitivities that were not yet known, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, emotional imbalances and much more. All it took to beat the stress was a few days of rest and organizing your agenda.
Problem was that though a lot of these symptoms and illnesses get worse from stress, they are not the stress. Some of these illnesses need another kind of ”medicine” and sometimes therapy is needed.
On the other hand, people who really suffered from stress were not taken seriously enough, even though the pattern was clear to see: Repeated sick-days, irritability, mood-swings, in-efficiency… Some of these people finally crashed, and when you crash from stress it is BIG TIME! This usually entails sick-leave between 1-3 years, re-programming the system, balancing emotional and physical imbalances… It’s a long way to come back from a burn-out.
A lot of these people became upset with not getting any help at all from the medical system and they started turning to alternative practitioners; massage-therapy, homeopathy, reflexology, aromatherapy etc. Very often they were, over time, helped by these methods, as their systems were balanced.
Stress or any other prolonged imbalance in a person can lead to serious conditions such as cancer, hear-disease, diabetes, osteoporosis… therefore it is of utmost importance to start looking for balance in life. And with balance I mean every walk of life; food, sleep, exercize, relaxation, play-time, work-time, organisation, and self-knowledge. Sometimes this entails a change of life-style that is very difficult, but the results will be overwhelming. From stress, exhaustion, weight-problems, skin-problems, aches & pains, repeated colds and depression to health, energy, strength, radiance and stamina. Once you start making the changes, the results come quickly.
It is good to look for help and support. You need to make a life-plan, set goals, educate yourself, find motivation and hardest of all; stay with it. That is why it is good to have somebody or somebodies to work with. Nutritionists, physio-therapists, massage, coaching; whatever it takes. It is truly hard to always stay motivated, so find support. Most therapists work also with personal coaching so don’t be afraid to ask. You need to remember that only you can make it happen, no matter how much back-up and support you get. If you are not prepared to do the work, it won’t happen and there are no excuses – it’s all about attitude.