I 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