How often have you found yourself, heading out for vacation or taking a break and then becoming ill?
Whether it’s a cold that plagues you or a more serious illness, Dr. Gabor Maté offers insights in the physiological connections between stress, emotions and illness and the importance of listening to our bodies’ messages and signals. He suggests that suppressed emotions have unhealthy physical consequences and that without awareness about the effects of stress, there is no ability to control it until, “the body says no”.
This is not to suggest that we make ourselves sick or that it is our fault when we become ill. He offers an “A” list of steps including: acceptance, awareness, anger, autonomy, attachment, assertion and affirmation as a means of hearing and acting on our body’s cues and teachings as one mechanism for self-care.