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The value of simple "STOP therapy" for your health

24 Apr 2017 12:19 PM -

I can’t lay claim to the term “stop therapy”. It comes from one of my naturopathic lecturers when I was completing my degree. But I am reminded of it frequently when I am working with my naturopathy clients here in clinic. And it is such a simple concept, I wanted to share it with you. I think it is something many of us could benefit from on a regular basis.

 

We could all do with a bit of “stop therapy” from time to time


The simple definition of stop therapy is to just stop doing one thing that is not serving your physical or mental health.

 

Why is "stop therapy" important?

Just stop doing bad stuff. It sounds obvious really. We generally don’t go around literally hitting our heads against a brick wall because we know it’s not good for us. But sometimes with all our focus on the things we think we “should be doing” for our physical or mental health we overlook some of the things we could stop.

 

Let me explain

Many people are attempting to be more health conscious these days. If you are reading this blog, then you are likely one of them.  Perhaps you just do a couple of things like add an extra serve of vegies into your day or you do a yoga class when you can. Maybe you go all out and try every new “superfood” or health fad that comes along.  Perhaps you love a good health “program”, do “cleanses” on a regular basis, go to health spas for your holidays and generally invest a lot of time and money in your health. If that is you, and you feel great for it then good on you.  Keep up the good work!

The problem for me arises when I see people loading themselves up with all these good ideas/foods/supplements/intentions/goals/plans etc etc. Sometimes it is to the point of unsustainable overwhelm (physically and/or financially). Eventually, trying to keep all those plates spinning becomes an impossible task and so you crash, give up and maybe feel bad about it. But it’s not your fault, you were trying to do the impossible!

Instead of loading yourself up with all those things you think you should be doing, perhaps you might be better off doing a bit of “stop therapy”. Maybe your health would be better served if you released the pressure valve that is the endless quest for the one food/supplement/drug/program/exercise in the hope that it will change your life and solve all your health issues. Perhaps, instead, change your focus to stopping some of the bad stuff. Maybe you wouldn’t need all those extra things if you just practiced some “stop therapy” and gave up the choices that aren’t working for you.

 

There may be a limit to how much you can achieve towards better health if you don’t stop some of the things that are holding you back

 

Are there any things on this list that you would benefit from stopping?

  • Smoking

  • Soft drinks (diet or otherwise)

  • Late nights

  • Partying

  • A reliance on take-away food

  • Biscuits or lollies or chips

  • Daily alcohol or weekend binging

  • Sugar in your coffee/tea

  • Spending time on programs or apps that end up making you feel bad about yourself

  • Doing a job you hate

  • Spending time with people whose company you don’t enjoy

  • Saying “yes” to every invitation/request for fear of missing out or offending someone

  • Putting up resistance at every opportunity

  • Rushing around from one thing to the next

 

What else would you add to that list? Is there something that, if you stopped, you know you would feel better for it?

I don't always advocate "stop therapy". Often I prefer to add things in and let the bad stuff just get crowded out but occasionally it is the stopping that is more important than taking more on.

Maybe you would find it easy to stop or maybe it would be difficult. It may take more than one attempt and you might need some help coming up with strategies and tools to make those changes. That’s where naturopathy and health coaching can help. But it could just be the thing you need to do in order to get that sustained improvement in your health that you seek (without chasing the elusive magic bullet).

 

In good health,


Kaye Wright
Naturopath
Melbourne CBD

 

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