When nourishing the soul can be just as important …

Low Fodmap For LifeI haven’t been feeling too great lately, and now on my fourth lot of anti-biotics I was getting a bit cranky with being sick. Finally this morning I woke with some energy, and as I had already called in “sick” yesterday not expecting to feel better any time soon, I have had a morning of doing exactly what I wanted to do. I pottered around my garden, watered, some weeding, planted some new flower seedlings (I have given up on growing vegetables). Watched the worms. Listened to the birds.

And it got me thinking about how I get so caught up in life, work, study, nourishing my children and trying to look after myself I forget the importance of nourishing the soul.

In 2002, findings from a comprehensive literature review of 118 publications since 1939 concluded that the immune system can be influenced and regulated by lifestyle factors such as stress, coping skills, and interpersonal relationships. Whilst I am sure that my body will benefit from my latest obsession with kefir and yogurt, I also need to stop, breath and take a quiet moment, and hopefully a little more balance will help my immune system recover.

Source: Kiecolt-Glaser, J.K., McGuire, L, Robles, T.F., & Glaser, R. (2002). Psychoneuroimmunology and psychomatic medicine: Back to the future. Psychosomatic Medicine, 64, 15-28. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11818582

4 thoughts on “When nourishing the soul can be just as important …

  1. So easy to forget…
    Just yesterday I listened to nurse/psykiatrist, who said that research shows us that taking walks everyday is just as effective for mild depression as taking anti depressant medications.
    So I guess that is a Perfect example of how we forget to nourish ourselves and kind of focus on damage management instead..
    //. Patrik

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    • Hi Patrik,
      That is such a great example, thank you! I know from personal experience that they are absolutely right when it comes to walking! That is one of the reasons I try to be active everyday, it helps with the mental state as much as the physical state. Some days are tough though and it can be hard to go for that walk, but I must admit that I have never regretted going, only regretted the not-going.


  2. It is hard to do but so important to remember to take care of yourself. It is like they say when you are on a plane that in case of an emergency the parent should out on an oxygen mask before putting one on their child. Enjoy your time off today.

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