October used to be a difficult month for me. The promotion of Breast Cancer Awareness Month was a constant reminder of a painful and a scary experience for me. However time (and counselling) has helped alleviate those raw feelings and allow me the hindsight to embrace Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Therefore this month’s blog post is a list of some of the active, holistic steps I’m taking to hopefully prevent the cancer returning.
I have made daily life-style changes to boost my immunity. I no longer take my health for granted and aim to eat healthily with a balanced, nutritional diet. Exercise is a key part of staying healthy and following chemotherapy I struggled to be strong enough to walk the 5 mile Race for Life. 10 years later I’ve completed a triathlon and ran the Race for Life this year.
Stress can be an immunity zapper and I did tend to worry and fret about anything and everything. Using Reiki as a spiritual practice has allowed me to stop, take a breath and ‘see the bigger picture’. I also use crystals, meditation, aromatherapy oils, massage and EFT to ensure I stay calm and relaxed wherever possible.
Counselling was a life changer. Admitting I wasn’t coping with constant, niggling worries of the cancer returning prevented my new life from evolving. I contacted my Breast Cancer nurse who referred me to the local Hospice for counselling.
One of the most important elements in the prevention of breast cancer is regularly checking your breasts! If you find a lump or thickening (or any of the symptoms in the picture below), pop to your GP and have it checked out.
Finally, I try to reduce the number of toxic products in my environment. I use eco-friendly household cleaners (some home-made with essential oils). The products I place on my body (as our skin absorbs a vast percentage of what we place on it) are based on organic, natural, and ethical health and beauty products. I’ve found the Neal’s Yard Remedies range so amazing I am now a stockist of their products and use their products in my treatments. You can find these products here:- https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/HeatherWinterton
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Quick disclaimer; I am not a medical practitioner so therefore I’m not prescribing. All of my blog posts are based on complementary therapies and not as a replacement for conventional medicine.