It's probably not surprising that I spend a lot of my time thinking about how we grow, develop, and heal, and also about the reverse -- how we can slip into decline, disease, and poor health habits. As you know, I speak with you frequently about some of the pillars of health: rich nights of sleep, bright varieties of vegetables and proteins in your diet, a robust social support system, sufficient exercise, and coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety.
The Guardian recently published a delightful article titled "25 ways to live well into old age." Take a look and see whether there are some things you can easily incorporate into your life. One of my favorites is the recommendation to walk a dog, because "a study of more than 3 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 found that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to all causes." Are you intrigued?
And for those of you who are parents, it is never too early to begin raising your children with healthy habits in mind. How do you encourage your children to enjoy a variety of foods? To wind down appropriately before bed to encourage deep and plentiful sleep? To find ways to decrease stress and increase a sense of security and emotional well-being?
For additional support, remember that acupuncture is known for relaxing the nervous system by causing a release of endorphins; lowering blood pressure; and offering a period of reflection to encourage a commitment to healthy habits.
If you have questions about how acupuncture can support you and your loved ones in continued health, please give me a call.
With love and in community,