Global Wellness Day is Saturday, June 8. The day urges people to slow down, appreciate their lives, and think about their choices.
Listen To Your Body. Get Moving. Speak Up!
Global Wellness Day (GWD) is an entirely not-for-profit day with the fundamental purpose of making us aware of the value of our lives. It's one day a year to stop and think, and to get away from our bad habits to find peace within ourselves. The second Saturday of every June is now celebrated in some 150 countries with free events and activities, all designed to educate people to a readily available wealth of wellness options. Thyroid cancer survivor and founder of GWD, Belgin Aksoy gives her personal tips below.
Listen to Your Body
If something feels off, don't hesitate to insist your doctor check it out. In my case, I had to find new ways to adjust after my thyroidectomy, even though my doctor advised me to just deal with my symptoms. If something doesn't feel right, look for a solution that suits you, personally.
Yes, move - as in exercise. It's the answer to almost every health question. Do anything that gets your blood flowing and lowers your blood pressure, like walking, yoga, or any kind of aerobic exercise. Exercise also improves your mood by stimulating the production of endorphins: chemicals in the brain that are natural painkillers and mood elevators. Make whatever you choose to do as routine as brushing your teeth.
Speak Up and Express Your Feelings
Swallowing our words and suppressing our emotions isn't healthy for the overall wellbeing of our bodies. Don’t hold those feelings inside; let them out.
Put Healthy Eating On Your Personal Menu
Clean eating is essential. It’s eating more organically grown and seasonal foods, and fewer processed or refined foods. No canned foods. Eat at home more often and prepare food in healthy ways. Pack food to eat away from home when on the road, at work, or at activities. When you do eat out, choose wisely.
As Aksoy says, "Thyroid cancer was not the end of my life. In so many ways it was the beginning. I am grateful it hit me in my 20s; it was a great wake-up call. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today, and there wouldn’t be a Global Wellness Day impacting millions of people. Today, I look back on my journey since the discovery of my cancer in astonishment. Not just at how my lifestyle has changed, but at how long I lived with unhealthy habits, oblivious to so many options at my fingertips. I’m told it could come back; being cancer-free is never a done deal. But I'm always ready to beat the odds."
Thanks to the Dr Oz website for the above.
To learn more about Global Wellness Day, go to their website:
In order to make Wellness a lifestyle, Global Wellness Day aims to adopt the following seven simple steps. What is important is not to implement all of the steps all at once, but to incorporate at least just a few of them into your daily life on a regular basis.
You can find their 7 Step Manifest at:
One day can change your whole life!