The Body as Sanctuary: Healing Metabolic & Hormonal Relationships
Often, our life is compartmentalized to keep up with a hectic schedule. When we have time to rebalance, we are often energized with new hope, ideas, and solutions to our daily challenges. A careful balance of healing restoration and activity is just as essential as the physical food, water, and breath that sustains us.
High Stress & Chronic Health Conditions
Finding time and energy to create healing space in our life can be difficult. A restorative, practice may have to wait to a specific day or time. We are taught to take care of everyone and everything else before we take care of our self. Ongoing stress (i.e, socio-economic, work-life, trauma, environmental/geopathic stress) and reduced sleep, insufficient hydration, and low nutrient dense foods may further drain our mind, body, and spirit. This often leads to burnout. Long periods of rest and activity imbalance strain our metabolic and hormonal relationships. Eventually, this leads to increased inflammation and chronic health conditions.
In October 2019, the Center for Disease Control indicated that six in ten adults in the US have a chronic disease and four in ten adults have two or more.
The 10 most common chronic health conditions (2018) and the National Health Impact percentage:
- Hypertension, 12.5%
- Major Depression, 9%
- High Cholesterol, 8.6%
- Coronary Artery Disease, 7%
- Type 2 Diabetes, 5.5%
- Substance Use Disorder, 3.4%
- Alcohol Use Disorder, 3.3%
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), 3.3%
- Psychotic Disorder, 2.9%
- Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis, 2.7%
Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are 1.5 to 2.0 times more likely to develop many of the major chronic health conditions. Diabetes, lung diseases, and serious heart conditions have been particularly relevant to COVID-19 risk (Price, J.H., Khubchandani, J., McKinney, M., & Braun, R., 2013). A 2020 study by John Hopkins found that chronic stress can weaken immunity, further increasing vulnerability to diseases like COVID-19 (and the underlying health conditions that increase the risk of COVID-19).
Restoring Personal Sanctuary
When we are healthy and experience wellbeing; we can optimally take care of responsibilities, solve problems, deepen personal relationships, and fully enjoy our life.
Holistic Health & Healing
Living Sanctuary provides phone-based and online 1:1 sessions, individual, and group courses for holistic health and healing (personal, family/ancestral, community, and environment). We help you to heal emotional pain and trauma as well as to improve overall health and wellbeing, manage chronic health conditions, and optimize your quality of life. We also support you in developing a way of being (not only habit/lifestyle changes) that nurtures and restores you. A restorative way of being provides an internal locus of motivation for sustainable, long-term change.
Home as Healing Space
Living Sanctuary: Heart and Home provides onsite resources for creating a home environment that cultivates healing, growth, and development. Positive changes (i.e., organization, color, design) in the living environment contributes to mind-body improvements. We begin with an initial consult to review your personal focus areas and identify ways your living space can more fully hold and support your transformation and evolution. Natural, sustainable aesthetics and color are applied to restore balance, uplift mood, infuse vitality, and create a living sanctuary for facilitating the desired changes.