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FOURTEEN DAY LIFE BALANCE DIARY

Modern life for most of us is busy - and at times it can seem like there is no end to this ‘busy-ness’: work commitments, family commitments, financial obligations, social life, holidays, catching up with friends, festivities, and/or study. Whilst these activities in themselves are not an issue, problems can arise when this ‘busy-ness’ catches up with our nervous system, our mind, our body and our emotions. On top of this, an excess of modern media, the news, social media, screen time, and music has the tendency to overstimulate the senses, leading to imbalances in the body, mind and psyche.

From An Ayurvedic, Mind-Body Medicine and/or Yoga Therapy perspective, imbalanced lifestyle habits can include:

  • Overstimulation of the sense organs
  • Overstimulation of the mind
  • Ignoring the daily, seasonal, and life-cycle biorhythms
  • Irregular daily habits and lifestyle
  • Work-life imbalances with too little self-care, proper relaxation and replenishment activities, leading to prolonged exposure to the stress response
  • Any activity in excess (including sexual activity, travel, talking, screen time, TV etc.)
  • Blocking, ignoring and/or inability to face and process/release emotions
  • Intake of drugs, alcohol, stimulants (including coffee and tea), cigarettes

In addition to the above, Environmental Exposure to the following can also lead to imbalances and subsequent health conditions. These may be further exacerbated by the actions, activities and behaviours mentioned above, which can then compound and lead to further imbalances and/or aggravated health conditions.

Environmental Exposure can include (but are not limited to):

  • Environmental noise pollution
  • Mental and/or emotional trauma
  • Abuse (any form)
  • Continued exposure to stressful situations
  • Toxic work/home environment
  • Physical trauma, accident or surgery

The result from the above can range initially from an individual initially feeling a little ‘off’, to subsequently feeling: e.g. tired, depleted, stressed, anxious, fearful, worried, emotional, easy to anger, reclusive, ungrounded, unable to stop, and/or lethargic. If adjustments to one’s life, lifestyle and environment are not made at this stage, then over time, the body, mind and emotions stop ‘coping’, and more serious health conditions can start to arise.

SELF-CARE/SELF NURTURING/SELF-REPLENISHMENT
Most of us today are aware of the phrase Self-care, and for many it is a booming business – i.e. massages, spas, resorts, holidays, shopping, taking a week off work, a day out, and/or socialising with friends.

However, much of this form of Self-care is externally focussed, which means that the emphasis is on things that exist outside the brain-body connection (the place we need to connect with in order to rebalance and replenish). These externally focussed activities may provide short-term enjoyment (and there is nothing wrong with this), however, they do not get to the root cause of an issue or imbalance, nor do they provide the body and mind with the required ‘environment’ that it needs to allow the nervous system to calm down and move into sympathetic nervous response mode. This sympathetic mode (a.k.a the relaxation response) is the only pathway that gives the body the ‘environment’ it needs to allow for cellular repair, replenishment, and renewal.

To find balance, or move back from imbalance to balance within the body, mind and psyche, we need to find an equilibrium within all of the areas of our life. This includes sufficient ‘introspective’ downtime and Self-replenishment practices.

WORKING WITH OUR PRACTITIONERS
One of the foundational aspects of Ayurvedic Medicine, Mind, Body Medicine & Lifestyle Medicine, as well as Yoga Therapy is the interconnection of all things, including the mind, the body, and the environment in which we live. Additionally, (through education and Self-learning) they allow for the individual to take back control of their own health and wellbeing. As such, at Mandaram we place a very high emphasis on education with the clients that we work with.

Mind, Body and Lifestyle Medicine looks at the individual on an individual basis. No one size fits all – each individual is seen as unique, with a unique constitutional makeup.  Therefore, working with our Practitioners is about working with you to create lasting change, life balance and wellbeing.

As such, our consultation(s) with you generally cover the following aspects:

  • In a gentle and exploratory way, we will firstly discuss with you the issues and concerns that you have in respect to your health and wellbeing, as well as past and current health issues and/or conditions. 
  • We will ask you a number of questions that will help us to better understand your current situation, daily habits and lifestyle.
  • We will then discuss with you the options with respect to any recommended daily and lifestyle adjustments, answering any questions that you have, and discuss with you a forward plan that works for you; that also includes an educational/self-learning component to help you better self-regulate your daily lifestyle to maintain more balance, resilience and wellbeing.

Forward plans that our Practitioners can prescribe to you may include:

  • Work/Life balance modifications
  • Regular Self-replenishment practices into your daily and weekly routines
  • Guided self-study, as well educational courses for how to better self-regulate and maintain balance
  • Stress management and reduction
  • Yoga and/or Yoga therapy

FOURTEEN DAY LIFE BALANCE DIARY
In order to be able to understand your current situation and lifestyle, prior to your consultation with us, we ask that you undertake a fourteen day life balance diary. For us, it is imperative that we understand your routine(s) and lifestyle as much as possible, so that we can work with you to plan a way forward that is gentle, realistic and achievable – and which is also an enjoyable process for which you can start to better understand how important Self-replenishment and Life Balance are, including realistic ways as to how this can be achieved to better self-regulate your health and wellbeing in your daily-life.

On the following pages you will find:

(1)   Fourteen-day Life Balance Diary for you to complete

We ask that you fill this form out prior to your consultation with us – AND BRING THIS ALONG WITH YOU ON THE DAY OF YOUR CONSULTATION.  If at any time you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or message us on +61 (0) 490 666 064 and we will be happy to assist.

If you have any concerns about your health please be sure to consult an Ayurvedic Practitioner or your local health physician. See our Ayurvedic Practitioner Services and Consultation Page for more information.

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The above information is for information and educational purposes. As such we are not, diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before taking any form of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regimen, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.

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