Be the captain and build your team

Lauren Vandermeer Blog Post
February 2, 2017
Lauren Vandermeer Blog Post

I hope you took time to watch the video, and now we’re going to unpack what it means to “be the captain and build your team.” There are 3 parts to this key to emotional wellness:

Part 1 – Don’t settle for medicating the symptoms. Go after the root cause.  Channel your inner 2-year old and keep asking “why?” until you get to root issues. This is the point behind the story I shared with you in the video. It’s probably true that no one is going to care more about your wellness than you do. So, be your own advocate and don’t settle for treating symptoms. Keep pushing until you figure out what’s behind the way you feel.

This includes your emotional symptoms as well as your physical ones. If you’re feeling anxious, hurt, angry, bitter, etc. take the time to explore that. Emotions are one of your body’s ways of letting you know that there are things you need to deal with. Find a friend, a pastor, or a counselor who can help you sort through what you’re feeling so you can process and let go. Remember the lie I mentioned in the very first video? Don’t think that keeping emotions stuffed is less painful than revisiting them for the purpose of letting them go. The longer you hold onto them, the more you jeopardize your long term health.

At the same time, don’t try to force the healing. Be patient with yourself. It took time for you to get to where you are now, and it’ll take time for you to heal. The good news is that you CAN. It won’t be perfect, but it can be better.

Part 2 is to keep looking until you find a medical practitioner – or a team of them – that believes your conditions and feelings are real AND is willing to tackle the root cause rather than just drafting a prescription. Sometimes a prescription is necessary for temporary relief, but don’t just settle for treating your symptoms. And, don’t think you can figure it all out by yourself. I promise you that will take much longer than looking for qualified help. Just because you’re the captain doesn’t mean you can play the game all by yourself!

So Part 1 – take charge of getting to the root of your issues – whatever they are. Be the captain. Part 2 is to build the right team. Find the people that will work with you to find and solve the underlying things that are contributing to your problems.

While you’re building your team, don’t be afraid of “the road less traveled” when it comes to treatment. In addition to doing my own research, I’ve been tremendously helped by chiropractors, acupuncturists, a NAET practitioner, a naturopath, counselors including pastors, and therapeutic grade essential oils. If someone with credentials tells you it’s all in your head or you just need a medication or two, RUN.

Third – and this is super important – if something isn’t working, speak up! You know your body better than anyone else, so don’t let someone intimidate you into sticking with a regimen you KNOW isn’t working.

Your wellness is worth it – so be the captain and build the team that helps you win! If you’d like my help in figuring out your next move, let me know. I’d love to hear from you! For starters, which of these things stands out to you the most?

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