Oh yes, lying in the sick bed, formulating the tactics. I had that broad mandate, of course:
- Restoring balance: mind
- Restoring balance: body
- Restoring balance: ego
First off, I determined which of my current lifestyle habits might be useful to retain:
- Curiosity (The urge to learn and change)
- Acupuncture (which I've done intermittently since my teens)
So, from my bed, I researched and found my naturopath, a doctor whom I've recommended a thousand times since, and got the ball rolling. I'll spare you the details - is that possible at this point??? - save mentioning that she (via 2 hour-long intake interviews and numerous blood and other tests) corroborated that I had nutritional and hormonal imbalances (including thyroid), a virtually non-existent immune system, a crappy diet and a seriously stressed out body.
To combat these, she recommended, based on my preferred activities and resources:
Balanced Mind Tactics:
- About a zillion vitamins and supplements, to be discussed
- Yoga (about which I already knew quite a bit, happily)
- Acupuncture (Ditto)
- Walking (Ditto)
Balanced Body Tactics:
- All of the above PLUS:
- Actual healthful diet, one major premise of which was...
- ...Cutting out sugar and refined foods(what a nightmare)
- Maintaining a food diary
- Getting more sleep
Reader, please note: When I go for something I don't fuck around. I followed every recommendation the good doc suggested, to the letter of the law, and I slowly noticed measurable improvement.
It was not a quick fix, but over the next few months, not only did I feel much less anxious, I stopped being sick all the time, became more svelte, my skin and hair improved, my energy levels increased. All of which went miles to improve my sense of self!
See, all you need to do is have a huge psycho emotional transformation, research an improvement methodology, take tons of tests, change your diet, sleep patterns and exercise habits, swill vitamins up the yin-yang, spend a reasonable wad of cash, wait out the transformation and it's easy as 123! :-)
Oh, and you can never really let up on the tactics. Did I mention that?