|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 25, 2010 at 12:10 PM|
Whether or not Congress manages to pass a healthcare reform bill that improves the health of our nation, we as individuals need to take responsibility for own health and make changes that will create well-being and vitality, lessening the chance that we will need to engage the healthcare system. Since I'm a physician, you probably think I'm going to suggest that you eat a healthy diet and get more exercise (both of which are good ideas) but I actually have something else in mind: to improve or maintain your physical health, focus on reducing GUILT and RESENTMENT in your life. These two toxic emotions can lead not only to depression and anxiety, but also to heart disease, hypertension, digestive problems, headaches, and a host of other physical ailments. The key is to practice FORGIVENESS and GRATITUDE in your life everyday. Start now by thinking of those people and situations for which you are harboring resentment. This stored pain and anguish takes a lot of energy to maintain. When you can begin to let go of this held-over emotion from the past, you will feel a noticeable increase in your life-energy and creativity. Remember to extend forgiveness to yourself, as well! Watch here for future entries that will focus in more detail on forgiveness, gratitude and other spiritually and emotionally healthy practices. No Congressional bill can help reform your health as much as you can by being open to change and letting go!