Selfcare is Healthcare
By Dr. Hannah Force Conry, DC
What we do between visits to see our chosen healthcare practitioners is where the real changes happen. The most important piece of our healthcare puzzle is what we do everyday! Don’t get me wrong, having a great healthcare team is vital, but ultimately these are contractors to fill in those things that we need help with and should be utilized as a catalyst or a guide. Hopefully these people that we choose to guide and help direct our healthcare journey are offering customized selfcare recommendations based on the specifics of our constitution, genetics, and current needs.
There are two categories for selfcare. These are general and specific. General selfcare are those things that are generally regarded as important for good health for everyone. These would include getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, staying hydrated, bathing, brushing and flossing our teeth, etc. Specific selfcare is based on the needs we have at a particular time (such as a poultice for a sting or bite) or those things we need to do to stay healthy based on who we are as an individual (such as having an MAOA genetic mutation that requires riboflavin in order to be able to sleep soundly).
As a guide, let’s take a look at the categories of selfcare to take stock of how we are doing:
Hygiene-This includes all of our basics
Sleep-How am I sleeping? Do I remember my dreams? Am I restless or restful? Do I wake ready to take on the day?
Sustenance-What diet is best for me? How many meals? What about fasting? Need a cleanse? What about specific supplements based on my lab work, genetics, current needs?
Body-Am I moving enough? Does the movement I do feel good? Is it right for my body?
Mind-Am I making time for meditation, contemplation and prayer? Am I getting the support I need to be in my best mental state?
Spirit-Do I feel as though I am held and supported? Do I have connection to something greater? How am I being of service to others?
Play-Am I participating in hobbies and activities that bring me joy? Am I smiling often?
Connection-Do I have a supportive circle? Am I willing to put myself out there?
These are simply to ponder and by no means all inclusive. I know it can feel overwhelming to do all the things we need to to be truly healthy and thrive in the face of fitting it in between taking care of the family, working, errands, cooking, and cleaning, but I promise you it is worth the effort.
Dr. Mark Force & Dr. Hannah Conry
of The Elements of Health
At The Elements of Health, our work is to be a catalyst for healing of accumulated injuries - physical, chemical, mental - that limit us from natural and full expression of our natural and innate nature. Drs. Conry and Force are chiropractic physicians specializing chiropractic neurology, applied kinesiology, cranial osteopathy, clinical nutrition, and non-needle treatment of acupuncture meridians. Dr. Force has been in practice for 35 years and mentored countless chiropractic and naturopathic students and physicians. Dr. Hannah Force Conry is a chiropractic physician certified in Applied Kinesiology and Webster technique (ICPA).