Nourishing Your 5-year-old Child

 

Nourishing Your 5-year-old Child

 

What is a Belief?

Our mindset is a key component of our health. With this belief in mind, Dr. Heather Bartos practices what she calls Mind SHIFT Medicine, the integration of ones mental, physical, and emotional health to care for the whole person. It’s a practice that she uses to treat patients, but it’s also a practice she lives by.

Heather Bartos, M.D. is a leading voice in the field of women’s health and wellness. Fascinated by how what we think affects how we feel, Dr. Bartos teaches women – and women’s families – how to thrive, no matter what their stage of life.

Beliefs steer our relationships, our choices, and every decision we make.

They are a big deal!

Psychologists and neuroscientists feel the imprinting stage—where our beliefs are set—occurs somewhere between the ages of 5 and 8. During this period, we are sponges that absorb what’s around us and accepting nearly all of it as true. Let’s say that you were told you were “bad” when you were 6. You may have taken this literally without putting it into context. Are you a bad person? Or did your mom really mean that your behavior was bad? Phobias often originate during this same time, generally from the years of 3 to 7. My dad took me to see the movie “Jaws” in the theater when I was four. And, it’s not surprising, I am truly phobic that sharks exist in every body of water I enter (even chlorinated). Ridiculous, but that’s how phobias work. This particular phobia made it a bit difficult when I was in the Navy!

Many sick behaviors form during this time as well. What is your “sick routine?” Do you believe chicken soup heals? Do you only drink ginger ale when your tummy is upset? Most of these ideas and beliefs about your sick health came from your childhood! Your views on sex and sexuality, your weight, how you care for yourself, all originate from this tender age group. Most often parents don’t even realize they are passing on these beliefs to their children (please don’t call your mothers to retract any Mother’s Day gifts—their beliefs are set from their parents, too). By the time you arrived at the age of 10, most of your core values – which stem from your beliefs – had been formed.

Our beliefs can empower us – or limit us.

The choice is completely ours to make. While many of the beliefs we acquired as children served us well, some are simply habituated patterns that sap our energies and continue to produce the same unwanted outcomes. Even the most remote of experiences can create a negative belief. Can you think of any that you have?

I hope you would never think about dashing the hopes and dreams of a small child. Dig inside and find your 5-year-old self. Are you living the life you hoped? Maybe you’re not a knight, an Olympian, or a princess – but are you living the ideals you dreamed? And what negative beliefs do you see yourself enabling in everyday life?

Heather Bartos, M.D. is a leading voice in the field of women’s health and wellness, combining care for the mind, body, emotions, and spirit to help women live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Fascinated by how what we think about affects how we feel, Dr. Bartos teaches women—and women’s families—how to thrive, no matter what stage of life they’re in.

Heather Bartos, M.D. is a leading voice in the field of women’s health and wellness, combining care for the mind, body, emotions, and spirit to help women live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Fascinated by how what we think about affects how we feel, Dr. Bartos teaches women—and women’s families—how to thrive, no matter what stage of life they’re in.

 

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