Over the last few years I have methodically been changing over household cleaners, laundry products, and skincare products to those with less impact on my toxicity load. This leads me to asking the question, are you ever overwhelmed by the subject of health?
I recently had a conversation with a client about the health of her teenage daughter who has been recently diagnosed with digestive disorders. She shared that her daughter has been obsessed with researching all things that affect health and how our bodies react to them.
She shared her recent rant about the toxicity of laundry soup and did her Mom know just how bad it is for them. Of course her Mom did, but had tried making her own soap before but because they have hard water didn’t feel like it cleaned as well as commercial soaps did, so she reverted back to what was easy, not necessarily better.
Part of this same conversation was a disclosure of what her doctor told her about her daughter’s research fever and distress over everything health related. It was explained that persons who have health challenges tend to create more anxiety over their situation and can and often do go overboard and that she should limit her exposure to the internet and any source where she could read more.
Basically, stop reading and researching.
I have to tell you, this has sat heavy on me for days now. For one, we shouldn’t ever squelch someone’s desire to learn. I think that we should encourage and at the same time, make a priority list of things to work on changing.
I do agree that for some overwhelm sets in which creates anxiety and then more stress and nothing gets accomplished.
When you can create an actionable plan to tackle what you want and/or need to learn, break it down into bite sized pieces and check off items from your list, you’ll accomplish more than trying to do it all at the same time, which almost always leads to frustration and overload.
I did give suggestions for buying a commercial product that’s environmentally friendly and free from toxins for her laundry until she can research better options for her homemade laundry product to combat her hard water challenges.
This is just one area of change that most don’t initially think of and probably in the grand scheme of things might not be ranked right up there with must do things at the beginning.
What I mean by this is when you are first on the journey to better health, generally speaking, most of us would not initially think about laundry soap, household cleaners, air fresheners, etc. as our first line of defense.
Most of us would think of changing our diets and/or fitness regimes, correct? For others that have been on this journey for a bit and feel like this is the next best step, there is much to learn and tackle. Baby steps is always best.
Squelch overwhelm in its tracks. Pick one thing you’ll tackle first and master and treasure that sweet victory, check it off your list. Then pick something else and repeat the above process. Treasure the victory and keep moving forward.
The best suggestion I heard recently, keep a calendar with your wish list of health-related goals. Right a little goal each month, or there might be a couple of them. Make a note about how it went and what you accomplished.
If by chance you didn’t get something done that month, just move it to the next month and over a period of time you can reflect back on all that you’ve been able to accomplish and celebrate how far you’ve journeyed.
What has been your experience with tackling new health goals? Share below so we can all be on the journey together.
To your health,
Holistic Wellness Mentor