5 Reasons You Should Consider Adding the Alternative to Healthcare

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There’s an alternative for everything.

Alternative healthcare has gained in popularity over the past couple of decades. Why is this happening? I believe it’s for two main reasons: people don’t want to be passive about their health anymore and they can’t afford the high healthcare costs in the U.S. 

There are several terms out there that can be a little confusing … alternative, complementary, integrative. Here’s the difference:

  • Alternative healthcare is used instead of mainstream medical care. It’s usually for pain  and stress relief. The most common forms are chiropractic adjustments and massages.
  • Complementary healthcare is using alternative together with mainstream medical care. An example of this is using acupuncture to help with the side effects of traditional cancer treatment.
  • Integrative healthcare is when healthcare providers offer both – traditional and alternative – care in their facilities. You can see an acupuncturist in the same building as the oncologist.

Seeing a chiropractor is one of the more popular forms of alternative medicine that is paid for by many insurance policies. I have received regular chiropractic adjustments for the past 16 years. It all started after falling on ice that injured my shoulder. The standard treatment – prescription drugs and physical therapy for 6 weeks didn’t help. My pain finally went away after getting adjusted for 3 weeks. 

The thought of seeing a chiropractor seemed a little crazy at first only because I didn’t know any better. I’m glad it was recommended to me. My experience has been positive and weekly adjustments still makes me feel better overall.

Intrigued yet? Here are 5 reasons why you should consider and engage in alternative healthcare: Continue reading

Getting Over the Pain of a Breakup

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There is a literal pain that comes with the loss of a relationship: a sharp, palpable pain that most people feel at the point that their lower ribs connect. It’s a pulsing, weepy pain that digs into your diaphragm, and takes your breath away. It’s a pain that defies distraction, repels food, and throbs even through sleep.

For many broken-hearted people, this physical pain is one of the worst parts of going through a bad break up or divorce. For one thing, it scares them. They can’t make it go away, so they wonder when it will ever stop, or whether they will ever feel better.

Furthermore, maddeningly, it feels like contact with their Ex is like the only thing that will stop the hurting. This is true even if they know intellectually that the relationship with their Ex is toxic, and any contact will only bring more pain in the end. They still crave the temporary relief it might bring.

If you are in this aching, confusing place here are some tips to help you get through it: Continue reading

No More “Shame on You”: Three Ways to Correct Behavior Without Humiliation

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Shaming and criticism have been part of parenting and “discipline” for generations, but when you stop to think about it, few people feel inspired, motivated, or open to new learning when they’re humiliated, discouraged, or embarrassed.

When I was a kid, many, many moons ago, “shame on you!” was a pretty normal thing to hear. Many parents, including my own, used guilt and shame to shape behavior, letting a child know that she was a big disappointment to the people she most wanted to please.

I used to wish I could disappear when I messed up, and I sometimes wonder what I actually decided in those moments. How might my behavior might have been different if my parents had a few more positive tools in their parenting toolbox?

As it turns out, the research on shame is pretty clear. Shame is never positive, and does not motivate kids to learn, to develop new skills, or to be resilient and willing to try again. Criticism, even when it’s intended to be “constructive”, isn’t helpful, either. So, what is shame, exactly?

Shame happens when one person—let’s say it’s a parent—makes another person—perhaps a child—feel bad not about something she did, but about who she is. Shame isn’t about behavior; shame is about who you are as a person. It cuts at the heart of self-worth and connection, and creates pain rather than learning. As one of my Positive Discipline colleagues says, shame tells you that you didn’t just make a mistake, you are a mistake.

Effective discipline involves teaching, not punishment. Most parents have figured out that punishment, hurting kids in the name of teaching them something, may get you a short-term change in behavior but doesn’t teach anything valuable for the long term. But shame is subtler than spanking. And many parents find shame hard to avoid because they grew up with it themselves. It must work, right?

Actually, no—it doesn’t. Shame and criticism are discouraging—and discouraged children are the ones who misbehave. Remember, the primary human need is for a sense of belonging and significance—what we call “connection” in Positive Discipline. Shaming someone breaks that connection, and more important, breaks trust. How can your child trust in you and do what you ask when your words make him feel small and worthless? You may have grown up with shame yourself, but trust me on this one: It isn’t helpful.

So what can parents do instead? Continue reading

Accepting The Unacceptable

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We’ve all had those days that just don’t want to go our way. The moments that seem to be “all wrong” and that if we could have total control over the Universe then we could fix it, because we know what’s best right? Acceptance is a term that I think many of us have a love/hate relationship with. Sometimes it’s easier than others to accept that things can’t go our way or that everything happens for a reason. Other moments may have us wanting to throw in the towel and call it quits, as the overwhelming sense of “this is wrong” is too much for our inner control freak to bear.

It’s human, it’s normal, it’s unavoidable, but that doesn’t make it any easier some days. I’ve had a few experiences in the last year that have been torn right out of my tightly closed hands. They were things I did not want to let go of and could not get myself to accept. I’ve read the books and listened to the podcasts that teach on surrender, letting go and letting God, moving with the flow of the Universe… and yet I couldn’t get the mindset to stick when the moment arose. This left me feeling hopeless and defeated. What was the secret trick I needed to discover to turn off the need to control and accept things all have a Divine Purpose? Continue reading

Turn On Your Love Light

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What happens when you turn your light on? No, not the light switch in your bedroom, living room or kitchen, but the light within. Are you aware that you have a light to turn on? Well, you do and it is time to wake up to your luminescent self!

Perhaps the most shared characteristic among all of us walking on the planet is fear. Imagine for a moment, 7 billion human beings walking around, heads down, eyes averting the direct stare of those we encounter, hiding behind our insecurities and past pain points, staying under the radar and just trying to blend. And you may actually believe that you are the only one, the exclusive human being caught up in the fear of being seen. Well, think again, for most people live their lives with their lights dimmed or in so many cases, turned off completely. Why do we live this way?

Fear with it’s ugly tentacles of resentment, anger, jealousy, self-righteousness, greed, vengeance, and pride prevents us from realizing our illuminated and loving selves. On the continuum of life our choices come in two distinct flavors: fear and love. It is said that fear and love cannot live in the same space. This fact is true. So why do we choose fear over love? The answer leads us to the realization that we are simply living our lives unconscious to the reality that we can shift our focus to become awake and conscious to the power we each possess.

Here are the steps to follow in turning on your love light: Continue reading

Intent of the Day: A Little Quiet

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This morning has come and gone, and maybe it was a frantic mess. Maybe, like us, you rolled out of bed 30 minutes later than expected with 10 minutes to be somewhere. Maybe this isn’t the first time this has happened. It’s no surprise then when you feel tired, discouraged and running behind all day until you finally get to crash back into bed and start all over again. Doing something different is going to require intention. Our intent is to start the day with a little quiet and so we want to decide what patterns, habits and mindsets need to stay while we also consider which need to go.

Needing a little less tornado in your mornings? Here are 3 things to help you: Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Remain Undeterred

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When times get tough, will you get tougher or will you get going? Living with intent means sticking it out when things appear not to be going in your favor. There is no limit to the road bumps you could encounter and that will require a person who is undeterred to make it to the other side. It is in those moments that you discover what you’re made of. It is in those moments that you are strengthened for the next risk you hope to attempt. Move forward knowing that have been brave before and can do it again. Our intent is to remain undeterred.

You too? Here are 3 things to help you remain undeterred: Continue reading

5 Common Medical Conditions People Overlook

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In our busy, go-go-go world, we are typically required to work through common ailments like migraines and joint pain. However, doing so can wreak havoc on your life and overall health. This article will reveal the 5 medical symptoms that neither men nor women should overlook. If you experience any of the symptoms on this list, contact your physician as soon as possible. Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Keep it Consistent

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Success isn’t always about greatness.
It’s about consistency.
Consistent hard work leads to success.
Greatness will come.
-Dwayne Johnson

Most of us wouldn’t turn down a gold medal. We want the victory, we want the prize, we want to win, and as Dwayne Johnson mentioned, we want the greatness. But what are the ingredients for greatness? As simple as it sounds, you can’t skip over the showing up. You can’t skip the day-to-day work on the things that matter if you want them to bloom and blossom into a way of life. Our intent is to keep it consistent. Our intent is to show up every day and do the work.

You too? Here are 3 things to help: Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Organizing Our Thoughts

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The mind is a wondrous thing and sometimes it’s too busy to do any good. Whether in inspiration mode or survival mode, a key to getting anywhere is being able to keep track of your thoughts, organize your ideas and do something with it all. Rather than staying in the tornado or letting our mind run away from us, we intend to organize our thoughts!

You too? Here are 3 things to help you do the same: Continue reading

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