I have to admit, I was very unfamiliar with the topic of integrative medicine, so I have layed low this month. I have learned a lot reading the posts of the other contributors. I appreciate that.
The one thing I have to contribute, better late than never, I suppose, is the way that taking care of yourself is really a lifestyle choice.
Just like on the airplane, where you have to give yourself oxygen before helping someone else, you have to take care of yourself, advocate for yourself, ask questions, and do what feels right, before you can even attempt to function for others. It is not selfish, it is self-preservation.
It weaves through all life aspects; eating, sleeping, working, playing, fitness, relaxation. Finding a balance is the essential key to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, no?
When I think about how that impacts my life, the one thing I come up with for me, personally, is yoga. When I have that going on in my life, I feel better, act better towards everyone, and am proactive in making healthy choices, especially on the nutrition end of things. You can not eat a bag of potato chips as your post-yoga snack, it would completely ruin the zen.
It is difficult however, to make drastic changes all at one time. So, for me, once I am on a roll with one thing, I am much more able to add in other things that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. The key is making it a habit, and the biggest motivation is instilling good habits into your children. I mean, really, your entire job is that in a nutshell. And in the end, everyone benefits.