Healing, Health & Happiness Through Gratitude

Read On For How To Cultivate A Healthy, Happy & Healed Life With Gratitude

Do you want to know how gratitude can help your health? Are you interested in the ways gratitude can heal you from your pain? Do you want to know how to increase gratitude in your daily life? Are you looking for abundance in your health, love, relationships and life?

If so, read on for this Thanksgiving-inspired newsletter! Dedicated to my wonderful American patients, friends and to all those who are looking to cultivate a healthy and healed life by incorporating gratitude and living in appreciation to delve into a new realm of health from within!

American Thanksgiving is a holiday of gratitude and it’s such an incredible opportunity to turn inward, reflect, and appreciate all the good in life. When you live your life with gratitude, it it much easier to enjoy the spirit of giving; to those around us, to those less fortunate, to those who you can make a difference to the lives and futures of, and of course – to yourself.

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The simple practice of giving thanks each day will help you to create a continuous cycle of positivity, happiness and good health. And when we cultivate being thankful, making it a part of who we are; our mindset shifts, which in turn makes you feel healthier, happier and more connected to the world, yourself and those around you.

So here are my tips on how to cultivate gratitude for your health, this holiday season:

How Does Gratitude Affect Our Health?

Boosts Immunity: Reduces your stress and supports your immune system
Inspires Joy: Erases your worries, turning your frowns into smiles
Increases Energy: Helps you sleep better at night
*Research has shown the above and also that you’ll be able to cope better with daily problems, stress, and improve health behaviours!

How To Be Grateful For Your Health By Practising Self-Care:

Eat Well: Drink more water, eat more plants and reduce processed foods
Sleep: Dim the lights and switch off from all electronic goods before bed & make your bedroom comfortable
Exercise: Choose activities you love and walk more
Be Happy: Prioritise joy, make time for play and think positively
*Also, change the way you converse with yourself. By having a more positive inner conversation, your mood will also be higher!

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How To Be Grateful For Your Relationships By Cherishing Them:

Share Time: Visit your family and spend quality time with them
Call Them: Give your parents or siblings a call – they would be thrilled to hear from you!
Meet Up: Reconnect with dear friends
Express Yourself: Give hugs and tell friends and family that you love them
*When you focus on specific things you love and appreciate about the close people in your life your relationships can improve!

How To Create Abundance By Being Grateful:

Abundant Thinking: Staying open to new and unexpected of prosperity helps you see new opportunities when they show up
Appreciate Work: Thankfulness for work helps you do a better job – turning it into a job you love or attracting a career of your dreams
Celebrate All Wins: Cheering on successes of family, friends, and colleagues helps you recognise and attract your own successes
*When you celebrate the beauty that exists in your life by appreciating the love and support that is here for you, we don’t focus on the love or support you feel is missing. When you focus on what is present, it will increase & intensify. So the way to abundance is to accept and celebrate what is, through awareness that you are worthy & good enough!

How Can You Pay It Forward?

Give: Do something nice for an unassuming stranger. Simple gestures like holding the door, giving up your seat, or letting them pass you in line can brighten up their day
Volunteer: Read to the elderly, clean up local parks, serve food to the homeless, or use another special skill you have. Search for volunteer opportunities in areas that are close to your heart
Mentor: Be a positive role model – help a child by mentoring through a program or show the way to success by mentoring someone starting out in your field
*Giving back is such a beautiful act within itself, when you’re filled with gratitude, it inspires kindness and connection within you; so provides transformational life changes.

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Gratitude Mantras – I Love These!

Repeat these great daily mantras, or craft your own throughout the holiday season and beyond! Remember the conversations we have with ourselves, in our minds are so strong, they have the ultimate power to change our minds and who we are.

– I am thankful for my HEALTH. It’s more valuable than money or any superficial wealth
– I am thankful for my FAMILY & FRIENDS. There support of me is heart-warming and knows no end
– I am thankful for EACH DAY IN TIME. My youth I will cherish, but for it, I will not pine
– I am thankful for the FOOD I eat, whether it’s a big hearty meal or a tiny tiny treat
– I am thankful for my warm bed in MY HOME. It’s the place I rest and dream, and can call my very own

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So here are my holiday season and health challenges for you over the next month; with Christmas around the corner and prospects of a stressful and busy few weeks; I would like you to take time every day to give thanks for 3 things and write them down in a journal. The second challenge is on each of those days, for you to take a moment to give a grateful gift to someone – in the form of a compliment, a smile, a kind gesture, or perhaps a helping hand.

In addition, I want you all to know how incredibly SPECIAL you are! Your unique presence, gifts & love in the world are cherished and valued! And I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you! Leading women out of pain to live their vision of a healthy, happy & healed life and being given the honourable opportunity to work & serve you makes me feel so blessed and grateful!

So have a wonderful & gratitude-filled weekend ahead and send me your thoughts on my challenges for you over the next month. I would love to hear your thoughts and how this has affected your happiness, health and outlook on life.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

All My Best & Wishing You Good Health,

Manjot 🙂

If what you have read today resonates with your health & wellness vision and you or anyone you know who would love to have a complimentary discovery consultation with Manjot please email: info@mkdosteopathy.com and we will arrange this for you.

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Is Pain Affecting Your Sex Life?

Read On For How To Free Yourself From Physical Pain Into A New Realm Of Intimacy
Do you experience physical pain? Is this stopping you from being intimate with your partner? Is your relationship being affected by this change in intimacy? Are you fearful or unhappy due to all of this? Are you getting frustrated by trying to maintain a healthy sex life? Many of the millions individuals who suffer with back pain will experience this.

If this is true for you or someone you know, please continue reading for my great tips ways to alleviate this pain, reconnect with your partner and bring happiness back into your life.

Firstly, I want to reassure you that you are not alone in feeling this way. Chronic pain can lead to sexual problems and when you’re in pain; the last thing you probably want to do is be intimate with your partner. However, a key component to healing this aspect of your life is to remember the importance of remaining close to your loved one. A healthy, intimate relationship can positively affect all aspects of your life. And a healthy and healed body can make a big shift in this important area of your life as an opportunity to welcome a deeper level of intimacy.

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The good news is that back pain doesn’t have to mean no sex, though it may mean taking a different approach to lovemaking, which can be a good thing for your relationship. The first important step is to get a back pain diagnosis from your doctor or health care professional. Remember that sexuality is an integral part of normal, healthy relationships. So I am always happy to answer any questions about how a specific back condition might affect it and the greater impact on your life, for you to follow the advice to take forward.

And I have some great tools below that will reassure you and help you to take the next steps towards healing from your pain.

Many people living with pain often have fears about sexuality and intimacy with their partners. I have tips below for the 3 biggest fears:

Fear of rejection by a partner: It is so common for people with chronic pain to feel that their partner is no longer interested. You may wonder if a partner is less attracted to you because you are in pain.

Tip 1: Share your feelings and fears with your partner and listen to your partner’s concerns and be open to accept support. Communication is critical and will help address anything unspoken to reach a resolution. This is so important otherwise, one partner may mistakenly interpret a reluctance to engage in sexual activity as an excuse for not wanting to be close, which can lead to feelings of rejection and resentment, which can then spill into other aspects of the relationship. Be open and clear so your partner can understand what you’re experiencing.

Fear of pain associated with sex: It is natural to worry that sexual intercourse will cause you more physical pain, especially if you’re already in pain from movement.

Tip 2: You can address this concern by experimenting with different positions that are more comfortable. Depending on your specific pain, where it is and how it progresses, it’s very important to understand what position is better for you and which position could cause more harm. For example, if it is painful to bend forward, positions arching your back may be more suitable. Whereas if it is painful to bend backwards, positions lying on your back and bringing your hips towards your chest may help. The use of pillows under your head, back and stomach (if lying on your front) is also an important tool in getting comfortable. Also, remember to keep everything slow and gentle as any movements that hurt should be avoided or consider light touch to start or a shower to relax your body before.
Please consult with me if you have any questions surrounding this, as it’s vital to use these tools to aid healing, not facilitate pain. Please Note: Never “push past the pain” as this can make your pain a lot worse!

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Fear of failure to perform: Pain, depression, medications and alcohol can all affect sexual performance or the ability to get aroused or have an orgasm. Sometimes, failure or difficulty to perform is caused by stress and anxiety. In addition, physical pain is a huge component of stimulating stress in your body, so it can feel like a ‘Catch 22’.

Tip 3: It’s important to reduce the tension and create an atmosphere where neither you or your partner feel rushed. In many cases, patience and understanding can help in overcoming performance problems. Stress management and learning to listen to what triggers your pain is important for healing and also finding the right comfort to break through the barriers that are causing anxiety within you. Start with a simple relaxation technique, such as to lie on your back and begin with slow deep breathing for a few minutes; this helps calm your anxiety, relax your body & mind and increase oxygen levels.
If you suspect a medication may be affecting your sexual performance consult your GP.

My last tip: Try to enjoy this new phase of exploration with your partner. Just because back pain may limit one’s physical abilities, it doesn’t have to limit sensuality. Trying new positions can be a rewarding journey of exploration that leads to a new intimacy between partners. Never underestimate the power of candlelight and soft music to create a relaxing and comfortable ambience. The negative effects that pain has been causing in a couple’s sex life can sometimes spill over into other aspects of the relationship. Therefore, being able to restore healthy sexual relations will lower stress, and lower stress often leads to less pain. The ultimate combination:
Personalised Advice + Happiness + Fulfilment = Less Stress = Less Pain.

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Send me your thoughts after you read through. I would love to hear your thoughts and how this has affected your life and relationship.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

All my Best,

Manjot 🙂

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