# 2 - HOW TO BEGIN "SCD" > CONSIDER YOUR EMOTIONAL NEEDS


Your body and your emotions are intertwined. Each affects the other in powerful ways. Caring for yourself emotionally, finding time for yourself, increasing your awareness of your resistance to change, and understanding that resisting change is normal for everyone are important aspects in your physical healing.

 

Emotional Vitamins

We all need the following emotional and psychological nutrients, whether we are sick or well:

 

Love
Encouragement
Praise

Touch
Hugs
Laughter

 

They will strengthen our immune system and contribute to good health. One way to get support and encouragement is through a support group of people who share your experience. You will find comfort in knowing you’re not alone. Join an SCD Support Group in your area or online.  You can find online groups at www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info  

 

Time for Yourself

 

All of us need our “alone time,” but it’s become very difficult to find quiet time for ourselves in our busy lives. This reflective time to let go of stress is especially important when you have a chronic condition like yeast overgrowth. It’s an important part of the treatment plan.

Here are a few ideas to squeeze those stress relievers into your daily life:

 

1.      Take a 15-minute early morning walk all by yourself. Smell the flowers. Listen to the birds. You’ll not only de-stress, but you’ll be getting a head start on your all-important exercise regimen.

2.      Get up 15 minutes earlier than the rest of your family and spend a few minutes in meditation, read an inspiring poem or sip a cup of herbal tea. The key is to do only one thing and nothing else.

3.      Take a midday break. You can even make it part of your lunch hour. Do some deep breathing exercises, close your eyes for five minutes or have a light chat with a friend, which is in itself a great stress reliever!

4.      Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Before you sleep each night, think of five things for which you are grateful. It might be something as simple as the smile on the face of a child or a small gift you were given or something big, like your health or the abundance that let’s you put a roof over your head. This exercise goes a long way toward banishing tossing and turning in the middle of the night.

 

You might at first wonder how finding time for yourself is related to yeast overgrowth and your general health. A healthy, balanced body requires replenishing your body daily with a fresh supply of energy. These suggestions will feed you physically, emotionally and spiritually. And YOU have your own ideas about what YOU need. Rely on your intuition to expand the list above.