Care Giving – Naturopathy and How It Can Help You As a Family Caregiverby Lynn Anderson | link
I expect to pass through this life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do for my fellow being, let me do it now…as I shall not pass this way again. – William Penn
When I began to study naturopathy I was faced with the first most important hurtle. Naturopathy teaches that until you can heal yourself and balance your own health you can not heal and help others to find balance. Naturopathy begins with bringing your own being into a state of health.
Naturopathy is the path of the natural sciences. It means we use nutrition, exercise, herbs, aromatherapy, meditations, color therapy, and spiritual enlightenment to bring about health. Naturopaths believe that we are a three part being; body, mind, and spirit and true health is only achieved when all three are in perfect balance. Therefore before you can care for others you must first care for yourself. This is sometimes difficult when faced with the responsibility of being a care giver. How do you eat, rest, exercise, and take time to meditate when faced with the daily work of providing support for another person? The answer lies in making your first responsibility to yourself. Without strength and health we are useless to others.
I am now four weeks recovering from cancer surgery. For the last four weeks I could not care for myself. I am now faced with helping my daughter through surgery and becoming her primary caregiver. I have been on both sides of the fence. It is very difficult when faced with caring for another person to remember to care for you. But I can tell you that the person you are caring for sees your exhaustion and your stress and wants you to take the time to be good to yourself.
Many people come to my yoga classes feeling guilty that they have taken the time to get away and have a few moments of serenity. My response to them is that if you do not take care of yourself you have nothing to give to others. So taking the time to exercise and eat properly is essential.
Here are a few tips to help you:
1. Find a gentle yoga class and make a commitment to attend. You will stretch your body, relaxing the tension, and learn to quiet your mind. When you emerge you will have more energy to give.
2. Buy a lavender essential oil. Lavender is the easiest essential oil to find and safe to use. Do not put the oil directly on your skin. Use it to scent the room or put a few drops on your pillow. It will help you to relax and to sleep naturally.
3. Eat healthy. Stay away from white sugar and simple carbohydrates which will only deplete your energy. Lean protein, fresh vegetables, and fruits will keep your body strong and your mind balanced. Stress can deplete your energy so fuel up with a healthy diet.
4. Reach out to friends and family for support. Remember we are not independent souls but interdependent souls. We all need support, especially when we are in the role of care giver.
Practicing naturopathy means that we take the time to appreciate the simple and natural aspects of life. Step into the moment and feel the soft breeze, smell the flowers, and enjoy the warmth of the sun.
The natural world reminds us that each and every moment is precious. Moments slip away never to be retrieved again. When we can be present and aware through a state of inner balance the stresses and strains of life give way to a gentle understanding that most of life is unpredictable and uncertain and it is the ability to live in the moment with happiness and joy that allows us to rise above the pain and suffering.
In naturopathy you are looked upon as a three part being; body, mind, and spirit. Bringing all three into balance is what brings about perfect health. Be kind to yourself and foster your health and you will then have more to give.
Remember you will only pass through this life once so give to yourself so you can give more of yourself.
For more information on exercise and diet visit my website at www.doctorlynn.com
May you always go with health, happiness, and peace.
Last Modified May 6, 2009 @ 9:54 am
Lynn A. Anderson, Ph. D., N. D.
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Dr. Anderson holds a Ph. D in Natural Health and a Doctorate of Naturopathy with an emphasis in Aromatherapy. She is the developer and owner of Kosmos Education, an education company providing continuing education credits to health and fitness professionals. Dr. Anderson was the corporate educator for Aroma Vera, an international aromatherapy company. She has written numerous courses in the area of mind-body-spirit integration, natural health and its application to traditional health and fitness practices.
Dr. Anderson has a private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in nutrition, herbology, anti-aging, aromatherapy, eating disorders, addictions, and behavior modification. Dr Anderson is an internationally Yoga Alliance registered teacher and teaches yoga therapy, cycle, and her anti-aging workout. Originally from Maine, the mother of two children and Grandmother of two boys, she now resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband Dan.