REAL health is balance.
My youngest LOVES the teeter-totter, especially standing in the middle of it (over the pivot). She leans to one side, then the other side. Back and forth, balancing herself, and grinning ear to ear. She’s flowing, she’s happy, she’s at ease. Total FREEDOM!!! That’s my visual for REAL health: BRIGHT, BRAVE, and beautifully BALANCED.
In medicine, we call this balancing act homeostasis. We can’t just call it balance, c’mon! Homeostasis is our body’s way of adapting to change to keep it in-check, like shivering when you’re cold to stay warm. Overall, balance is our body’s way of adjusting to an ever-changing environment so we can stay healthy and happy.
We must adapt to stay balanced.
Now visualize your child on the teeter-totter, balancing, happy and at ease. If you sit on one end (thud!), she has to move from the middle to the opposite end to get the teeter-totter to move again. To stay balanced, she adapts to the change in her environment. Balance ensures her stability and gives her the ability to adjust to the next change.
Life is full of change.
Some change will affect your child’s balance (rock her boat), while others won’t. For example, when she’s exposed to a cold virus: does she get a runny nose, cough, and get over it like it’s no big deal? Or is she stuck wheezing and require medication to help her breathe easy again?
Symptoms are a sign you’re outta balance, not adapting.
Nagging symptoms, like wheezing, are a sign that your child’s body is stuck and struggling to find REAL balance (or health). Some kids wheeze, others have waxing/waning rashes or headaches. Some can’t fall asleep or stay asleep. Others can’t concentrate in school or have the emotional stability of an eggshell.
Pay attention to the signs!
It’s important that we pay attention to our child’s symptoms. When we ignore symptoms, or just treat them without finding and healing the core problems, dis-ease follows.
A.C.T. (Action Changes Things):
Take a minute and visualize your child on the REAL health teeter-totter.
I’d love to know…
Is she happy and at ease? Easily balancing herself – back and forth? Or is she stuck (thud!) with symptoms: constipation, recurrent tummy aches, headaches, inattention, waxing/waning rashes, or a nagging cough?
If you’re feeling brave today, leave a comment and let me know.
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Keep it REAL.