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  • Writer's pictureDr. Francis Battisti & Dr. Helen Battisti

The Zone - Volume 91

Wishing you a healthy 2022!

Symptoms can frequently give us insight into potential areas that may need more of our attention. One definition of symptom, (Oxford Dictionary), is “a sign of the existence of something, especially of an undesirable situation, for example, are declining sales merely a symptom of the real problem, which could be poor product development.” A more personal example can be a tooth ache that may indicate other illnesses that are not as apparent. Symptoms offer a window of opportunity to make a change. Whether the change is for a business, a community or personal, the insight we can gain from the symptomology is important.

An exercise that we use in one of our Human Potential Seminar’s programs is to guide participants through a relaxation technique that encourages an initial awareness of various parts of their body. This awareness expands the participants understanding of how their body and mind are interacting within themselves and the outer world.

Another symptom that can help us identify an area that may need our attention is our weight. Unplanned weight gain or loss can be a sign of underlying issues. They can be medical in nature, such as a thyroid dysfunction or the build-up of fluid or it can be the result of psychological stress.

Practicing self-care suggests that we examine all aspects of our lives. Unplanned weight gain or loss can have a detrimental effect on our mind, body and spirit connection. With the beginning of 2022 and our hope for a healthy year, perhaps now is the time to stop viewing weight as a problem and instead embrace it as a symptom that can help guide us to good health in 2022


Key Takeaways

  • Our symptoms can offer important information that needs to be addressed.

  • Self-care involves listening to our mind-body-spirit.

  • Unplanned weight gain or loss is telling us something might need to be addressed.

Best Practices

  • Pay attention to what your body-mind-spirit are telling you.

  • Seek professional assistance, if necessary.

  • Quiet your mind so that you can see more clearly.

Things to Limit

  • Sweeping symptoms under the rug.

  • Leaving your earbuds in too long.

  • Using google as your professional resource.


Quote of the Week

“Good health is not the absence of symptoms, it is the presence of peace”

Neale Donald Walsch


Our anticipation for a healthier year needs also to be met with our taking responsibility to seek more joy, happiness and engagement with self and others. By listening to our mind-body-spirit connection we can gain the insights to create a healthier self for many years to come.

Be well,

The paraDocs

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The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P and Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD, RDN, CDN, Chief Nutrition Officer, at SpNOD, Health Promotion Specialist, Research and Clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and former Assistant Professor.

We have developed "The ZONE", because that is exactly where you want to be during this pandemic. A place of focused attention to doing exactly what needs to be done to get you to where you need to be. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a nationally distributed weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.

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