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This Expert Explains The Essentials of Taking Care of Yourself



Last week I had the chance to chat with Jackie Boyd, an expert in the field of holistic health and wellbeing at Boyd's Alternative Health.  The knowledge she brings to the table of wellness is a valuable asset to The Five You Need. Jackie is a devoted wife, mother, and successful business owner who was able to grow her passion into a living whilst also positively impacting the lives around her. She is known by all as a charismatic, supportive person and I am incredibly thankful for the time she was able to lend me.

Below are some of the highlights of the interview and at the bottom is full audio of the conversation!

Jordan: I've known you for over a decade now, but if you could introduce yourself and explain a little bit about what it is you do?

Jackie: I've known you for over ten years. I myself have 4 kids. I'm a mom, I'm a wife. As a job I'm a holistic practitioner, I have had a business on our property here for 18 years.

Jordan: So health is the biggest theme here obviously.

Jackie: Yep! What ends up being the most prominent thing in the majority of people is their emotional health, and unfortunately there's no pill for that. So we can help people along the way, I think it's very important.


Jordan: That's something that resonates with me, as this endeavour that I've set out on is predicated on emotional wellbeing and mental health. It's become just as prominent as physical injuries and I think they needed to be treated the same way.

Jackie: It's actually become more prevalent. It's amazing to incorporate emotional health as well as physical health.

Jordan: So where does wellness and wellbeing fit into your life, how are you proactive in fitting it into your life?

Jackie: It has to be your life. You can't choose it now and again. It starts with food, if you don't fuel your body with real food, you can't expect it to continue to do what you want it to do for all your years. I've preached this to my kids, you, I'm sure your coaches have preached it- it has to start there [with your team of people]. When I talk about a team of people, after food I believe I believe it takes a team. My chiropractor, massage therapist, an acupuncturist, and even though it might sound vain- my hairdresser. Those are the people who help my world go round.

Jordan: Wellbeing is not just an option, on the side, this is something that has to 100% at the forefront of your life- it's a lifestyle.

Jackie: It is a lifestyle. If you don't live this lifestyle you have to choose to make the changes, and that is a choice. In order to truly have that well-rounded mental health, it has to become a lifestyle. Everyone has a struggle, mine is fitting in time for exercise. You don't have to have this massive routine though, even getting outside and getting some fresh air- nothing clears your head quite like that.

Jordan: I agree. Would you agree that the societal stigma around mental health (and wellness) is changing? You see this type of stuff all the time, do you think these concepts of wellbeing are popularizing?

Jackie: I believe it is popularizing. I guess the downside is that we want to believe that it is becoming more acceptable to look at getting help- it's still stigmatized. I think we need to change that. I often hear "Well everyone's got a problem." Partially that's true. And if you're waiting to have a perfect life, that's never going to happen. But there's always going to be somebody that uses that problem to their advantage.

Jordan: So in your eyes, we've made a couple steps but there's still a lot of work to be done.

Jackie: Yep. I see people in our clinic and I would say about 80% of them struggle with emotional pain of some sort. Every one of us are going to have emotional struggles- thats just life. It's the types of stress that we just can't get our own grip on that we need to learn how to handle. I have a different approach with a lot of people [which is] the diet we've created for ourselves- that's the start of so many problems.

Jordan: One of the things that I've always loved about your field of expertise is how you tie in the interplay between physical health and emotional wellbeing. A lot of the time with other professions it's seen as either or and there's people who treat physical ailments and then others who treat emotional unrests but I live how a lot of what you do to can be for both. You stress how the two are interrelated and play together.

Jackie: Absolutely; always.

Jordan: As an expert in your field, what is something you can pass on that is unique to your field?

(Jackie humbly attempts to deflect the 'expert' moniker here, but as an 18 year veteran in holistic health, I don't buy it)

Jackie: Self-care is caring enough about yourself to make the changes that you haven't made to make yourself feel better. Just about the food, the team around you, and really learning to accept yourself. There's so many things that go into self-care.

Jordan: Those are very valuable words. Well thank you for your time Jackie, and I'm super grateful you were able to take time out of your morning and talk to me to today.

Jackie: You're welcome, I really like what you're doing Jordan. It's an interesting read!







Boyd's Alternative Health is located on Highway 9, east of Beiseker. Jackie is an experienced alternative health practitioner who beautifully ties in the importance of physical and mental wellbeing into her practices. For more information on any of the products or services she offers, call Jackie at  (403) 947-2389



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