Doctor of Pharmacy, Holistic Health Coach, Functional Medicine Specialist, Integrative Health Practitioner.
Christina is a Doctor of Pharmacy, Holistic Health Coach, Functional Medicine Specialist, and an Integrative Health Practitioner. She helps individuals who are struggling with digestive symptoms, skin issues, hormonal imbalance, diet, and lifestyle changes so that they can live a healthy life.
More About Dr. Kristina Telhami
During her college years, Christina had various health problems such as amenorrhea, anxiety, depression, and digestive issues. She sought help from multiple medical doctors, who only tried to mask her symptoms with medications, but never identified the underlying cause of her problems.
After discovering Functional Medicine, Christina was able to identify the root cause of her issues and address them without the use of prescription medications. She is excited to help others on their health journey and suggests starting by filling out her intake form and scheduling a 15-minute free phone consultation to learn more about her approach and how she can assist. You can take the first step towards a healthier version of yourself, beginning with completing Christina's intake form on her website https://www.drkristinatelhami.com.
How do you define self-care, and what does it mean to you personally?
To me, self-care is about putting YOU first. It doesn't just mean bubble baths or facials, but actually taking care of your mental and physical health. It means putting up boundaries and saying no to people or things that may not be serving you. When I feel stressed, I put everything else aside and make sure that my mental health is in chec. It means taking care of my body physically by eating well, exercising, and going on walks outside.
In your opinion, what are some of the most important elements of a successful self-care routine?
A successful self-care routine is one that is sustainable. If you cannot do your routine daily or anywhere you go, then it may not be right for you. Something simple is just getting outside in the sunshine daily, or putting your phone away earlier at night. If your routine is something that is hard for you to do, then you need to change it up.
How can self-care practices help individuals to manage stress and prevent burnout, both in their personal and professional lives?
When we truly take care of our mental and physical health, everything else in your life becomes manageable. If you're in a relationship with a partner, friend, or even family member who is causing you mental and physical distress, put boundaries. One of the best things I ever did for my health was cutting ties with those who made me feel less about myself, or who didn't bring out my full potential. Sometimes we don't realize that one person could be negatively impacting our health. Putting boundaries not only in relationships, but also work, can also be beneficial for our well-being. As someone who works for themselves and is a Type A personality, I have to really make sure I do not work myself to the ground. I make sure I put my phone away and schedule time for myself. People do not understand that stress alone is a huge underlying factor of chronic diseases. Just managing stress will be helpful for our sleep, mental health, physical health, and even our gut health.
How can we promote self-care and mental health awareness in our communities, and what are some strategies for building a more supportive and inclusive culture around these topics?
I think people need to stop thinking that self-care routines are supposed to be "picture perfect." Literally just turning your phone off earlier or turning on later in the morning can be a self-care routine. Maybe it's just having a nighttime routine or going for a morning walk every day. We really need to share these real life experiences rather than something that is perfect to see on social media. As an "influencer," I try to make my routine and lifestyle relatable. I think sharing REAL life is something I wish more influencers did, rather than share something that just looks good on their social media feed.