by Sherrie Laryse
Last month I turned 40. I’ve been casually learning about the human body since my 20’s and have been solidly focused on human behaviour since 30. At 40 I feel qualified to share some wisdom with you, which, as it turns out, begins and ends with sh*t. Quite literally.
Anyway, here are 18 gems of wisdom worth knowing and sharing for improved wellbeing in 2018.
1. Never push a poo
I’ve talked about this in length with many a doctor. Hemorrhoids, incomplete elimination, undue pressure on the pelvic floor. The point is, let nature time it’s bodily functions, not your client meetings. Consider investing in a Squatty Potty or Proppr for a more natural and efficient posture.
2. A year from now you will wish that you started today
Whatever it is that you’re procrastinating about or thinking it might be too late, just put your name down and get started already. This includes learning, saving, dating and changing your lifestyle.
3. Take a multi vitamin
Have you ever looked at the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals and worked out how much you’d need to eat to fulfil that list? Eat well and take a multi. Done.
4. Breathe more deeply.
It detoxifies your lungs, will give you more oxygen, more alertness, more energy, tighten your abdomen and loosen your shoulders.
5. Find an inspiring challenge to sink your teeth into
Prostate cancer is common in retired men as it is related to low testosterone levels. As a retired man, the best thing you can do is to stay challenged with something that inspires you. Build a back patio, learn guitar, improve your golf game…the critical factor is that you find a challenge that you love as this will help rebalance your testosterone levels.
6. Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand
Implementing a new habit with your non-dominant hand will increase your brain’s vitality and strengthen neural networks. This helps your memory, motor skills and generally stops the mental decline that can come with age.
7. Self-righteousness raises blood pressure.
The opposite lowers blood pressure. A balanced perspective is key.
8. 90% of our genes are bacterial
Maybe don’t buy the antibacterial soap after all…..seriously. The bacteria on your hands is one of your frontline defense systems.
9. Water fasting is a great way detoxify and reduce inflammation
One day, every now and then, just drink water. It’s like a reset for your system and (if you’re anything like me) it’s amazing how much extra time you gain in your day when not concentrating on and preparing food!
10. Wait 2-3 hours after eating dinner before lying down.
Eating then going to bed impacts your diaphragm, thus influencing the position of your heart, gall bladder and colon. Wait an hour after a snack or 2-3 hours after a meal.
11. The flu shot increases the chances of getting the flu
The mercury contained in vaccines is such a strong immune depressant that a flu shot suppresses immunity for several weeks.
12. Allergies are reversible
Allergies are often nothing more than repeated negative associations to what it is you’re allergic to. All reversible by resolving the previous associations. Wild? Yes.
13. To stress is to regress
The greater the stress in our lives, the more our physical body regresses into more primitive states of immune systems. To clarify though, I’m talking about ‘distress’, which is what we commonly refer to as ‘stress’. There are two types of stress though. Let me introduce you to eustress: ‘Eu’ meaning ‘good’ + stress. In other words, beneficial stress.
Eustress, as opposed to Distress, is the stress you experience when you tackle inspiring challenges. So, take the time to consider how your current stresses are benefiting your overall goals so you can find inspiration in them and convert distress into eustress. This is a game changer for your health. I promise.
14. Illness and disease is a sign of health
A healthy system gives you feedback of what is out of balance. Tell me what and where the illness is and I can talk you through the psychosomatic angle, which may or may not be the cause, but it might help you heal faster anyway. At the very least, you get to resolve something you didn’t know was hanging around in your psyche.
15. Resolving anger from your past just might save your life
Denial, rage, overwhelm, frustration, sadness, guilt, shame and manic states all impact our health and have their roles in putting our physiology in imbalance (see #14) . Yet all of them are able to be resolved.
And when I say “resolved” I mean coming to a place where you can look back on a situation that made you angry/sad/resentful/etc and say ‘thank you’. That is resolved. Nothing less. I can talk you through this one on one. Call me.
16. Go out for breakfast, not dinner
Our metabolism is faster in the morning. Reduce your meal sizes throughout the day so the evening meal is light.
17. Find the horizon
When your eyes are focused within your immediate environment, so too is your mental focus. It’s weighted toward what is happening in your life right now. If you want to expand your thinking and reach beyond your immediate focus (out of a problem or into big picture life plans), then go somewhere you can have an expansive view. See sky. See the horizon. Ocean. Mountains. Fields. Rivers. Lakes. Cities. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking at, as long as you can feel a sense of distance, of perspective, and your eyes can look beyond your immediate environment. This solves problems and makes greatness.
18. Swear more
Anything that liberates you from rules and regulation will generate endorphins, which block your pain receptors. So, the next time you stub your toe, swear your little heart out. The more inappropriate the swearing, the greater the endorphin rush and the greater the pain reduction.
And remember, life is about experiences. If you have a life rich in experience, you’re doing it. Experience. Grow. Love. Resolve. Find gratitude.
With love for 2018,
About the author:
Sherrie Laryse is a teacher and mentor with a background of 10+ years studying and working in human behaviour, neuro linguistics, grief, trauma, psychosomatics and mental illness. In consulting with clients, as well as applying everything she’s learned along the way to her own life, Sherrie has positioned herself a leading teacher on how to process our experiences -our external environment- in order to control our emotions, our health and our state of being –our internal environment.
Sherrie mentors teenagers and consults with adults individually as well as teaching group workshops. She has shared her wisdom via online programs which are designed to help people resolve guilt, blame, self-judgement and her signature program, Eudaimonia, designed to help people draw out the truth of their purpose in this life and define their direction.
For Sherrie, life is a fluid gift that reshapes itself as we change our perceptions. It is this philosophy that gives rise to Sherrie’s grounded wisdom and ultimate inspiration to others. www.sherrie.com.au