The Essence of Health

I have found Dr. Craig Hassed’s recommendations from his book with the same title practical and useful. Dr. Hassed often presents at Gowler’s retreat and specializes not only in cancer treatment, but in promoting the Seven Pillars of Wellbeing for  anyone:

ducation: The importance of understanding an illness, the prognosis, treatments and side-effects, as well as self-help strategies. It is just as important to educate yourself in how to change your mindset and behaviors. 

tress Management: means to be able to change our emotional and mental state, to include mindfulness and meditation into our ways of life and remove emotional blocks.

pirituality: gives meaning to our lives. Any form of spirituality that impacts us in a positive way has a major effect on our mental and emotional health and helps us to deal with potentially serious or life-threatening illness. 

xercise: Regular exercise and physical activity has a major effect on our physical and mental health, can treat and prevent illness.

utrition: Healthy, non-processed, natural foods have far reaching effects on treating or preventing disease in our body and mind.

onnectedness: Relationships and connection to family and friends have subtle and obvious effects on our wellbeing at every level. They also impact our ability to implement healthy choices in our lives.

nvironment: is more than the air we breathe and the water we drink. Apart from a healthy physical and clean environment we thrive on a healthy emotional and social environment.

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