Category: Wellness Planning

How to Fight off Aging & Disease: The Forces of Self-Care vs. Self-Wear

Do you have the forces of self-care working for you or the forces of self-wear working against you in your life? While one force works for us to fortify our energy, vitality, and long-term health & happiness, the other force works against us and is a primary factor in causing accelerated aging, fatigue, burnout and disease.

In this 3-minute clinic, we talk about the two opposing forces that determine our long-term wellbeing, and what you can start doing today to maximize the forces of self-care and minimize the forces of self-wear.

“Welcome to the three minute clinic! We’re going to be talking about Wellness Planning 101- a very important subject, probably one of the most important subjects of your life. You’ve heard of financial planning, well wellness planning is equally important. And what’s involved is planning how to stay well? In other words, how do you go through life being powerful, energetic, vital and healthy? Have you ever thought about that? Some people as they get older seem to be aging, getting arthritis, getting tired, getting stiff, getting worn out, while other people seem to stay vital, and fresh and energetic, doing things like traveling and taking adventures, and living their full life into their sixties, seventies, eighties, etcetera? So it’s called wellness planning. What we’re going to be talking about today is some basic themes—themes that you can own, themes that you can learn from, and themes that you can take home with you that will give you the data, the strategies, and the information you’ll need to stay well the rest of your life! So our strategies are going to be about increasing energy and increasing your vitality. So let’s get right down to the first basic theme: what is wellness planning 101 about, and what’s the most important theme? Let me give you a simple theme here, it’s the difference between self-care—what you do for yourself—versus self-wear. It’s like a banking system, it’s kind of like an energy banking; you have deposits and you have withdrawals. Well in wellness you have deposits, meaning self-care, and you have withdrawals, meaning self-wear. What do I mean by self-care? What I mean by self-care is taking good care of yourself—thinking positively, positive living habits, positive thinking habits, positive nutritional habits, positive fitness habits, positive attitude habits, the habits of happiness; the positive ways of life. And what do I mean by self-wear? Well, we all know what that means—it’s about stress! It’s about being rushed, it’s about being overloaded. Nutritional stress over the wrong foods, emotional stress from relationships, from finances, from work—everybody understands what that’s about because stress has become a way of life. So here’s how it works; those that stay well have more self-care than self-wear. Those that don’t do well have more self-wear than self-care. You see the bottom line is this; I want you to learn how to empower yourself with a powerful immune system. Eventually what you’ll have working for yourself is this: when you’re powerful, strong, balanced and happy, you can stay well! When you’re not strong, powerful, balanced and happy, you invite illness or become susceptible to disease. So let’s size up one important area of self-care, personal nutrition, or food nutrition. Of course nutrition means how you take care of yourself, it’s your physical nutrition, your mental nutrition, your emotional nutrition, your spiritual nutrition. We’re going to talk about your bio-chemical nutrition, your food nutrition; how you feed yourself, how you take care of yourself, how you fuel yourself—a very important feature of self-care. So here’s the kind of questions I ask my patients when I first meet them, and this is what I want to ask you to ask yourself, so you can size up your nutritional program: so very simply, what is it in your diet that you eat too much of, that you’d like to reduce? And secondly, what don’t you eat enough of? When I ask folks that question, they generally say that they don’t eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables— there you go, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Make a commitment everyday to have, for example, one fresh fruit salad and one fresh leafy green salad. And then when I ask folks what do they eat too much of, they typically say too many sweets, too many carbs, too many rich desserts—so again, ask yourself! You know your diet. You know what you’re doing; what are you doing too much of, what are you ready to avoid, what are you ready to cut back on? And make a commitment to that. It’s very simple; you must work on the forces of self-care and reduce the forces of self-wear. Over time, more deposits for health versus less withdrawals will give you much more health. Remember, immune power is everything. You want to build for it, you want to invest for it, you want to work for it, and you want to plan for it. Failing to plan is planning to fail, and that’s what wellness planning is about.”