Our very own Dr. Lesley Tate-Gould was interviewed by Candice Georgiadis of Medium and Authority Magazine as part of their “Women in Wellness” series. In addition to Dr. Tate-Gould’s story and how she co-founded Lido Wellness Center, the two discussed effective and practical ways to support one’s journey to wellbeing. Lido Wellness Center is a premier wellness Center in Orange County California. We work with patients all across the US.
Here is a summary of Dr. Tate-Gould’s top 5 lifestyle tweaks! You can also read the full interview on Medium.com.
Lean Into Discipline
Change doesn’t happen to a person; it’s a choice. Taking that bold step and going into therapy signals to themselves and others that they’re taking their wellness seriously.
However, negative beliefs around how we experience difficult situations can stifle any crucial early momentum before it really gets going. Promoting personal discipline removes how one “feels” from the equation, so they can focus on what they need.
Select a project or behavior that you desire to begin or stop in your daily life. Create and commit to practical, actionable steps that will move you closer to your goal every day.
It’s important to choose attainable goals. Even small habit changes can be transformative.
This topic always gets mixed responses, but it’s one Dr. Tate-Gould always comes back to. Practice doesn’t make perfect; it makes progress. Meditation is no different. Meditation is not a technique that will magically cure one of anxiety, trauma, or stress.
Meditation is simply the act of creating space your mind, body, and spirit need to discover how often you operate in one channel over another. Space mediation happens most successfully when you can focus on the space itself.
Dr. Tate-Gould says, “For example, when I have a very busy week ahead, I may notice that my thoughts during meditation are louder, more involved, walking me through my long list of items needed to see me through the week. Whereas, when I practice meditation at other times, I may notice greater access to a feeling or sensing state. These access points have delighted me when I will be greeted with a spontaneous solution to a problem that has been rolling around my mind for days, even weeks.”
The goal of meditation practice is to experience a greater sense of connection to ourselves and the divine. This is one of the most fulfilling ways to navigate life on this Earth.
Though not everyone will want to meditate, we do urge our patients to at least give meditation a try at our wellness center in Orange County. They may just find that meditation was something they were missing out on all along!
Reconnect To Play
As adults, we often lose that sense of play and wonderment we experienced as children. Many adults are surprised to learn that we require the art of play for survival, just as much as children.
“Play” isn’t something that someone can just teach someone else. It’s inherent. Adults just do not permit themselves to participate in playful activities.
We can still learn so much just from observing the antics and imaginations at work in the lives of children at play. Instead, adults often try to use the opportunity to play as a reward after another accomplishment.
Play should be viewed as the restorative nourishment it is. Something essential to life, not something optional you must earn. Quench the thirst for play and reinstate it as a normal and necessary activity.
Nature For the Win
It’s no coincidence that when people adventure and plan a vacation, they choose places that are inherently abundant in natural beauty. When we connect with the Earth, we are fulfilled and restored.
- Feeling the dirt between our toes…
- Watching the sunset over the horizon…
- Seeing the creatures scurry about in their natural habitat…
- Soaking in and feeling part of vast bodies of water…
- Enjoy the natural paintings flora and fauna create…
We have been built to enjoy and take inspiration from the great outdoors. Our wellness center in Orange County takes this into consideration during mental health treatment. We aim to connect with nature as often as possible.
Prepare and Eat Meals with Your Family
Sharing a meal is a cross-cultural experience. Every tongue, nation, culture, and people can understand the connectedness that occurs when you share a meal.
This same experience is propelled even further when the preparation and work are also shared. This custom is a simple and healthy way to practice mindfulness and patience while waiting for delicious food to take shape.
Parties share in a mutual anticipation and experience a sense of accomplishment that is also enjoyed in eating the meal.
A Better Journey Towards Better Wellbeing with Lido Wellness Center
There was so much more unpacked in this wonderful interview; if you’d like to read the whole thing, you can check it out at medium.com.
At our premier mental health and trauma treatment center in Orange County, Lido Wellness Center practices a whole-body, holistic approach to wellbeing. Everyone’s mental, physical, and emotional needs are different, and so should their wellness journey be. To learn more, contact our offices today and schedule a consultation.