BIOLOGY FIRST> What does that mean? You might guess rightly that when we want to ensure that we get the best out of our day, we must always ensure that we are doing our very best to take care of our biological needs first and foremost. Always remember: Your Body First. Without that, it can be more challenging to pursue our dreams/careers/responsibilities and achieve our goals.
HERE ARE SOME FOCUS POINTS TO REMEMBER:
Biological needs: there is a wealth of information for ways to develop suitable and effective ways to ensure adequate and appropriate: sleep, exercise and nutrition. Actively seeking to improve the ways in which you unwind and rest; stimulate your body in exercise and provide your body with nourishment are essential.
Needs vary: Do not fall for the trap of trying to follow plans and ideals because "so-and-so says I should have 8 hours of sleep". Our needs vary and depend on a combination of what our genetics have determined (e.g. how you naturally expend energy)
Regularity: Having regular patterns makes it less stressful for your body. The more adjusting your body needs to make, the harder it can be for your body to have free energy to spend on other things. It does not mean that you need to become militant about attending to your bodily needs, but that
Sexual Needs Are Part of It: Remember that we also have sexual needs that need to be integrated in our lives. Our sexual needs are also essential. Often, this is not talked about or simply ignored as a basic need. Different people have different ideas about what is the norm for them. Remember to respect your own level and form of sexual needs and remember that if they are also integrated into your life, being productive in other aspects of your life can become easier.
Enjoy and En-joy some more: Remember that if we are able to make our experiences enjoyable, it becomes less of a task and more of a rewarding experience. Even doing difficult or otherwise mundane tasks can easily take on a different feeling if we are able to reorient ourselves and instill joy / to "en-joy" our activities and responsibilities. After all, wouldn't it be a pleasure to experience less stress and more joy in our self-determined standards of the quality of our lives?
Medical Attention: Always ensure, to the best of your ability, that you are addressing your health issues and maintaining good care. Once again, needs here vary, and whatever you can do maintain your body's health in as far as your are able to do so - you are ensuring a wider scope for your mental and emotional health.
Remember: Your body and healthy functioning are a FOUNDATION for your improved performance and quality of life. Always: Biology and your body first!
These are some ways that you might find helpful as a crucial starting point for dealing with stress, anxiety, discontentment and/or mental health issues. For more in depth assessment and support towards feeling better and thriving, feel free to CALL: 514-594-1215 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ask a question or to book an appointment.
All the best and Happy Friday!
-Arash Kameli, MA, CCC