Another Extraordinary Day

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How to take control of your health and wellbeing

Ever had a song stuck on your brain?  So very annoying. But it’s something that is in our consciousness and we keep on doing over and again. There are equally some things that we do on repeat that can become habit over time. Here’s where we insert the idea of ‘Another Extraordinary Day.’ After all, it’s not what you do when you walk through my clinic doors, it’s actually what you do when you leave that counts most. Of course, gaining expert consultation can be the turning point for understanding your body better and setting up a plan that is going to take you toward your health goals (you’ve set them out already, right?), but it’s what you do when you walk out of my office that really makes the difference – hence the “Another Extraordinary Day” concept.

Question: How are you making each day extraordinary not by grand gestures, but the simple things you do on repeat that are helping lead you to your health goals?

Here’s what I know – we’re all in this together especially as women, striving for the answers we need to make our lives sweeter (after all, we have a way different ‘piping and system’ than the lads).  We all get that much.  But so often we are waiting for our knight in shining armor to come along and save us from our health issues, and the reality of that’s as likely as me flying to Mars on a Unicorn. Really, the only person that can rescue you from average health, is you.  We have the answers within that can be found when we tap into that sweet spot.

I’ve three simple things to share that can help us to get there, that us ladies are actually very good at –  it’s just a matter of knowing how to use them.

1. Knowledge

The saying has it – knowledge is power and I firmly believe this to be true. Perhaps at some point in your life, you’ve sat in your doctor’s office and been told you have a health issue.  The immediate reaction is often fear probably because we don’t necessarily understand the condition, and that’s ok – we’re not all supposed to be endocrinologists or cardiac surgeons.  But as we research and gain a better grasp of what’s actually going on, the fear begins to dissipate. Worry of the unknown is no fun (and at times a little pointless) but we can use it as a superpower to create change.

We are lucky enough to be living at a time where it is perfectly acceptable to be the head cheerleader when it comes to your own body and health. It’s up to you to ask the nitty gritty questions, get informed and make decisions – not out of fear but by an educated choice.  There really is a great deal of power that comes from this.

Educate yourself and make informed choices!

2. Intuition

 It’s pretty refreshing to exist at a time where we are encouraged to tap into that sixth sense or gut feeling – us ladies are especially good at this. In my experience, my gut feeling has never let me down. Maybe you’ve tapped into this too? We’ve certainly all experienced the flip side. You know it; you’ve made a decision and within seconds you instantly feel the overwhelm, almost like being smacked over the head with a bat, because it was in-fact, the wrong choice for you.

Your body lets you know fairly quickly in these instances and you can be left feeling sick to our stomach.  But when we can gain confidence in knowing it’s a matter of drawing on our inner strength to trust what’s right for ourselves individually, even when you’re being told a variety of answers, our flow begins to take us somewhere really special. The more I practice my inner wisdom muscle, the more I’ve come to rely on it, embrace it and actually love it to bits.  When we apply this to our health, it’s like turning on our own internal GPS – it can take us exactly where we need to go. This means, questioning everything and getting to the bottom of the puzzle to come up with the answers that are once again right for you.

3. Choice

We all have a choice and it’s what we do each and everyday that really contributes to the concept of ‘another extraordinary day.’  Perhaps we’ve made decisions based on fear and we’ve chosen a treatment path that no longer suits.  I want to tell you, that’s ok! It’s ok to switch course, to reassess and choose again.  In fact, if we continue to do what we’ve always done and expect a different outcome, well that’s the definition of insanity – going around and around in circles and getting nowhere.

Maybe you’re not 100% sure on how to make a choice. Try this on: Imagine you’re the healthiest version of yourself – can you see her? List 5 things you need to do to get yourself on track to becoming her and slowly begin to tick them off.  She’s yours for the taking, it’s just a matter of what you do each and every day to become her that counts.

Choosing again isn’t failing, it’s just readjusting the course to get to your end goal.

Making informed choices based on sound research, asking the right questions and tapping into that inner voice, I truly believe, are the key elements in gifting yourself Another Extraordinary Day – a step in the right direction when it comes to your health and wellbeing.  Of course there will be ups and downs (thank your hormones for that!) but it means that you can have confidence in what you apply to each minute of the day, making sure your needs are being met and you are honoring your body.  It’s not always easy to begin with, but the more we take charge of our own wellness journey, the more in control we can be in steering our health on the right course.

 

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Nat Kringoudis

Nat Kringoudis is a doctor in Chinese medicine, acupuncturist, author, speaker and all-round natural fertility expert. She is also the founder of Melbourne women’s health clinic, The Pagoda Tree, and producer of HealthTalks TV. She prides herself on making women’s hormones happier than a Pharrell Williams song. Her mission is to educate and empower women, so they can get clued up on their bodies and take control of their health.

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