The BYG Method has its roots in the ancient systems of medicine from the East as well as modern nutritional science more familiar to people in the West. By combining Eastern and Western wellness theory, our purpose is to introduce a holistic and integrated learning experience in caring for the mind. Although the information we will cover in our mind health series is relevant to all of us, we can identify three distinct elements that can provide a customized approach. There are great benefits to understanding the dominant element running the central nervous system.
We will define the mind as the brain in action. Think of it as the computer system of the body that directs ALL functions in response to our internal and external environment. We are all wired a bit differently and learned behaviors play a major role. However, if we look at the elemental tendencies, we see the fire element predominantly tends to react strongly to challenges leading to purposeful and resolute actions. They never give up and are very dynamic and goal oriented. Under stress, they will tend to feel anger or judgment as well as digestive disturbances.
The BYG mind health guide is aimed at helping you identify ways for conserving energy as well as strategies for creating more rest in your life. Since fire-natured minds aspire to maintain focus and energy throughout the day, the most important element is to properly fuel the hungriest organ in the body, the brain. Napping may be off the table but building in free time and creating a mindful, quiet morning routine are key aspects to optimizing good mind health.
- Sharp memory and attention to detail
- Information seeker
- Tendency towards irritability/anger/judgement (towards ones self and others)
- Sensitive stomach when stressed
Habits That Support
- Start a mindful morning practice! Before you head straight for coffee and news, hydrate and meditate.
- Pace yourself throughout the day to avoid burn out. Take a 30-minute power nap or horizontal break mid-day to re-energize.
- Get in nature (garden or exercise outside) to give the mind a rest.
- Incorporate grace and laughter. You don’t have to strive for perfection!
- Optimal bed time is 10pm and avoid blue light in the bedroom.
Foods that support
Water-loving fruits and vegetables:
- Aloe Vera
- Green beans
- Sweet potato
Studies show that a good,
hearty laugh relieves physical tension
and stress, leaving your muscles
relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.