Things you can do.. or not do... it's up to
Start an exercise program with your physicians consent and advice
Take all medication as prescribed, and learn about them to find out when the
best times to take them are, and learn about the side effects and ways to
avoid and/or manage them.
Have some body measurements taken, including a Bioelectric Impedance Analysis
(BIA) test, and plan out a program if needed and/or desired.
Start eating better, and adjust your diet to your needs. Food can be
good medicine. By eating the right kind of foods, and avoiding certain ones
can even help manage side effects and avoid opportunistic infections like
yeast overgrowth. Many consumers find that a low fat, low sugar, and high
protein diet works best in conjunction with a good exercise program.
Start taking nutritional supplements with the help of a qualified health
Start a meditation program / exercise routine. This can be as simple as
sitting quietly and paying attention to breathing, or more involved such as Qi
Gong, Tai Chi, Yoga, etc...
Start a stress reduction program. The key is to reduce stress by
enjoying life more. Stress effects the body as well as the mind. This is one
of those gray areas.
Get a good massage.
Visit a health spa.
Practice safer sex, and avoid re-infecting
your self with HIV and/or other STD's and infections.
Find a good counselor/therapist to help work out issues that may be
bothering your peace of mind.
Take a class or enroll in a curriculum
to keep your mind active and alert.
Enjoy stimulating and meaningful conversations with friends
Join a positive support group.
Research and learn all you can about HIV, living healthier and happier.
Listen to soothing music, guided meditations, and gentle sounds.
Find a good clergy person minister/priest/rabbi, shaman or guru to help
work out issues that may still be bothering you about your concept of God
and/or the Universe, and your connection to it.
Find a place of power
where you feel very connected to the Universe (ie. like at a beach, forest,
meadow, mountain, etc..)
Read about and research different religions and practices to find one
that works for you.
Look for the good in all things and in all people.
Join a spiritual support group.
Practice the golden rule, and become as loving as possible.
Practice random acts of kindness and anonymous acts of service.
Help others to help themselves.
Get involved in working toward equality and justice issues for all
Find your purpose and meaning in life, follow your destiny.
The bottom line is that there are lots of things you can do to improve the
quality of your life. We talk about Body, Mind, and Spirit as if they were
separate things. They are not. They are parts of the whole you, and doing
things to benefit one area is going to have ripple effects into other areas.
Like calming the Spirit, is also about soothing the mind and relaxing the body.
Do you have some tips on living well and living long with HIV/AIDS?
Email them to us and specify "tips for the body, mind, and spirit" in
the subject line. See our contact page for email
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