Episode summary introduction:
I think the past year has opened Pandora's box in more than one way. Self care is important to your mental health and for those who did not have a good regimen, I think the pandemic was probably a little bit harder on you. In this episode we are going to cover 3 topics that Rosa and I found to be important: Mediation, music, and meaningful connections. There are many ways that you can start loving yourself, hopefully we will spark something in you to help set you on your journey to love yourself more.
Meditation has been around for thousands of years. During meditation, you focus your attention on one thing. You try to eliminate the constant thoughts that may be overwhelming your mind and causing stress. Meditation can give you a sense of peace that can benefit both your emotional and overall health. Some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, asthma, cancer, chronic pain, depression, heart disease, HTN, IBS, sleep problems and tension HA. So, let's go through some of the different types of meditation and what they are.
Music and brain activity have been studied extensively over the past decade. So much so, that it now has its own place in science, neuromusicology. We have firmly established that music can have a direct, physical, measurable effect on the brain. One trial showed that surgeons work much faster, more accurately, and with fewer mistakes when they have music playing in the background Topic 3:
Social connections are the pillar of lifestyle medicine. People are wired to connect. There is significant evidence that social support and feeling connected can help people improve overall health. Prescribing connection can help patients to add not only years to their life but also health and well-being to those years.
Self-care can allow health providers to serve a greater number of patients, improve progress towards universal health coverage, and reach people in humanitarian crises.
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