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OctoberME: Embracing Wellness Through Physical Health

October is recognized as a month dedicated to raising awareness about various aspects of physical health. During this month, organizations and individuals often focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging regular physical activity, and educating people about preventive measures and screenings. Here are some key areas of physical health awareness in October:

1. Breast Cancer Awareness: October is synonymous with breast cancer awareness, marked by the pink ribbon campaign. It aims to raise awareness about early detection, risk factors, and support for those affected by breast cancer.

2. Healthy Lung Month: This month encourages people to pay attention to lung health, quit smoking if applicable, and raise awareness about lung diseases such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

3. Bone and Joint Health Awareness Week: Promotes awareness of bone and joint conditions, including arthritis and osteoporosis, and emphasizes the importance of maintaining healthy bones and joints through exercise and proper nutrition.

4. National Dental Hygiene Month: Encourages good oral health practices and regular dental check-ups, emphasizing the link between oral health and overall well-being.

5. National Physical Therapy Month: Recognizes the role of physical therapy in rehabilitation and improving physical function. It also raises awareness about the benefits of physical therapy.

6. Domestic Violence Awareness Month: While not strictly related to physical health, it's important to note that domestic violence can have severe physical health consequences for victims, making it an essential topic of awareness in October.

7. Health Literacy Month: Promotes the importance of understanding and interpreting health information accurately, which is crucial for making informed decisions about one's physical health.

8. Healthy Skin Month: Promotes skin health awareness, skin cancer prevention, and skincare practices for maintaining healthy skin.

9. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: Encourages physical activity and fitness, emphasizing the benefits of regular exercise for overall health.

10. Healthy YOU Month: I added this one because it is our intention to transform unhealth into health so that you can prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.

These awareness campaigns provide opportunities to educate and engage communities in discussions about physical health, preventive measures, and healthy living. Many organizations and healthcare providers host events, offer screenings, and share information to support these causes during October. In honor of health literacy month, it's a great time to prioritize your physical health and participate in activities that promote well-being.

As I journeyed into 2023, my word of the year was HEALTH. I began a divine journey focused on improving my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Since this time, I have lost over 25lbs, improved my sleep habits, decreased inflammation and brain fog, created a healthy and consistent workout routine, and made better nutrition choices. I have much more stamina, energy, focus, and motivation to lead the purpose filled life that God has called me to lead.

Here at the Heart Centered Journey, we focus intently on wellness, and in October, we are launching a series called OctoberME. OctoberME is a monthly long daily challenge to grow and glow in our physical wellness. Each day, we will learn a new skill and practically apply it to our lives. Taking care of your physical health is crucial for several reasons, as it directly impacts your overall well-being and quality of life.

Here are some key reasons why maintaining good physical health is important:

1. Longevity: Proper physical health practices can lead to a longer, healthier life. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and avoiding harmful habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to increased life expectancy.

2. Disease Prevention: Many chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and certain cancers, can be prevented or better managed through a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining physical health reduces the risk of developing these conditions.

3. Improved Mental Health: Physical activity and a balanced diet have been linked to improved mental health. Regular exercise releases endorphins, which can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Nutrient-rich foods also support cognitive function.

4. Enhanced Quality of Life: Good physical health allows you to engage fully in daily activities, pursue hobbies, and enjoy time with loved ones. It reduces the likelihood of physical limitations that can impede your quality of life.

5. Energy and Vitality: Taking care of your physical health can boost your energy levels and overall vitality. Regular exercise can increase stamina and reduce fatigue, allowing you to be more active and productive.

6. Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for physical health. It reduces the risk of obesity-related conditions and can help prevent joint problems and mobility issues.

7. Stronger Immune System: Proper nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate sleep all contribute to a stronger immune system, helping your body fend off infections and illnesses more effectively.

8. Better Sleep: Regular physical activity can improve sleep quality, helping you feel more rested and alert during the day.

9. Pain Management: Staying physically active can help alleviate chronic pain conditions, such as back pain and arthritis, by strengthening muscles and improving joint flexibility.

10. Social and Emotional Benefits: Engaging in physical activities, whether it's team sports, group fitness classes, or outdoor activities, can foster social connections and a sense of belonging, which is important for mental and emotional well-being.

11. Positive Body Image: Caring for your physical health can promote a positive body image and self-esteem, which can have a positive impact on mental health.

12. Financial Savings: By preventing chronic diseases and avoiding medical expenses related to poor health, you can save money in the long run.

In essence, taking care of your physical health is an investment in your overall well-being. It not only prevents health problems but also enhances your daily life, enabling you to lead a more active, fulfilling, and happy existence. I hope that you will join me on YouTube as we journey through OctoberMe. You have been given a divine gift, and that gift is the ability to choose. I hope that you choose to spend the entire month of October with me, and commit to a journey towards Heart Centered wellness.

-Dr. Sha’

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