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A place for messages of insight and inspiration from our director, Dr. Roz Roach.
Using The Elements To Heal April 3, 2021
This week, I thought of taking the time to reflect on the distance that I covered on foot from October 2019 to present. I also focused on the benefits that I achieved during this period of my documented “marathon”, if you will. Those who know me, know that I am an avid hiker. I can live in the wilderness or along the water with true comfort and awareness. I have been doing this for most of my adult life. I hike every day regardless of the season and weather conditions. I shuffle my trips between morning, noon, or evening, depending on my professional responsibilities and work schedules.
About fifteen years ago, I charmed and convinced my sister-woman-friend Gale to join me from time to time on my hikes . She trusted me and became my regular hiking partner. From then onwards, you can regularly see Gale on the trails with me – reflecting, breathing or even doing a tough cardio workout. Together we have covered and discovered many provinces, states, and countries on foot. It is out of our many journeys, experiences and challenges along the way that “LEARN, EARN AND RETURN OUTSIDERS” was born.
I hike or trail a minimum of 8 kilometres to a maximum of 18 kilometres each day. On a given day, I can push it to 20 or 22 kilometres depending on time and the happenings of the next day. Occasionally, I am forced to skip a day or two due to unexpected professional “rumble jumble. “ When this becomes the case, I will over extend my distance the following day. The day (or days) that I get stuck in the office is referred to as “a heavy day.”
From October 2019 to December 2019 my feet, heart, lungs and brain allowed me to cover over 500 kilometres.
From January 2020 to December 2020, my happy body, mind and spirit covered over 1500 kilometres.
From January 2021 to March 2021, my holistic self became a partner to the elements. I easily covered over 600 kilometres.
Now, one might ask what are the benefits of hiking? Spending time moving my body and connecting with the elements allows me to think, process, breathe and heal. As my legs automatically move, my lungs expand and my heart beats in rhythm, I can quickly feel free, light, energized, and genuinely glad. The burden on my brain is lifted and my body shows the results for it. It is clearly documented that hiking can strengthen the core which is the staple of the body and lower blood sugars and pressure while stimulating the brain to clear the fog and produce clarity. I can attest to all these benefits and more.
On May 29th 2021, I will be leading a hike. A hike for all enthusiasts. A health and wellness event where sharing, consulting and supporting will be happening as we journey for 15 kilometres along the Wasaga Beach. The Learn, Earn and Return Outsiders crew will be hosting this event to educate, socialize and raise funds for Dr. Roz’s Healing Place, a Centre for abused women and children. Register now and spend the day with us while shifting your state of being and helping a worthy cause. I am looking forward to seeing you.
“We owe it to ourselves to be well.”
~ Dr. Roz
Keep Sharp & Self Care March 29, 2021
I try to read two to three books a month, depending on the volume, and recently I just finished reading KEEP SHARP by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, MD. Now, you must know that Sanjay is a neurosurgeon and a journalist. I have been following his work for quite a long time so it is easy for me to listen to him and absorb his teachings. I do not see him as a celebrity. A father, a husband, a son, a friend, (not to me directly but to the people in his world) he has proven to be an invested researcher, practitioner and a clear communicator. He manages to reach the world with a sharp ear for listening, a keen eye for seeing and readiness to share knowledge and findings. He claims that KEEP SHARP is a book for anyone who believes that their brain can be better regardless of age and that the brain is resilient. The brain can be trained and made equipped for any of life’s challenges. This however, can only happen if you self-care.
As I read this book, I thought Sanjay was writing my biography. I found myself in everything that he spoke to and I even passed his SELF ASSESSMENT TEST with flying colours. He positioned his lecture with the underlying message of the importance of self-care which is a strong belief system of mine. I believe that “You owe it to yourself to be well.” I believe that if you can’t take care of yourself, don’t pretend to know how to take care of others. Clearly, if one needs and wants to live a long and high quality life, one must begin with knowing and wanting to self-care. I often say to the people in my world that if you make the choice to live, you must try and be the best that you can be within your circumstances.
So many of us get caught up with the day-to-day routine and forget to thank and celebrate ourselves for being a provider or caretaker. We forget to appreciate and commend ourselves being able to do what we do for others. We forget to show gratitude and praise ourselves for being able to do what we do for our partners, children, aging parents, friends and community large. We give of ourselves. We empty our containers and often don’t know how to refill or replenish. We are repeatedly left hungry, unable to eat and don’t realize it. We can do better. In fact, we must.
In Sanjay’s book, he spoke about the miracle of movement, the power of purpose, the value of rest and much more. When I speak to the value for self-care, higher quality life and longevity, I am bringing attention to all of these pieces and more.
Take a moment! Whoever takes the moment to read this blog – join me in the movement to care for yourself FIRST. Take the time to fill up so that you will be able to love, share and support others.
“You owe it to yourself to be well.”
~ Dr. Roz