By Jen Gendron: Health & Wellness Coach
Yes I really do mean this!! In both the literal and figurative senses that you are likely taking from this title! Are you feeling like life is spinning out of control? That you can’t seem to keep up with your daily to do list let alone take on any additional projects or even think about your health or “self-care” (what the heck is that??) Well I am here to say that if you do not make time to make your health a priority, illness or burn out will soon find you and make the time for you – I can tell you that first hand!
While it may not feel like we have the time to look after our health and incorporate daily routines and rituals that will protect us in the long run ensuring we have long and healthy lives, when it comes right down to it, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. So why is it that some people seem to be able to make the time they need to look after their health as a priority and the rest of us struggle to barely find the time to get our teeth brushed in the morning let alone incorporate any other “self-care” in to our days?!? It all comes down to mindset and priorities. What will it take to shift your mindset and lead you to make YOU a priority? Will it take a health scare? A burn out? An illness or disease? Or are you ready today to start to make the small, incremental changes needed to get you there one little step at a time?
By making small changes that you incorporate on a daily or weekly basis, you can begin to slowly but surely improve your health and your habits and you will be pleasantly surprised by the results! While many of us focus on goals such as weight loss when we decide we should “get healthy”, there are so many other factors that are so much more important that will result from the changes you implement. Reducing stress, increasing our “happiness” (yes honest, you are only one workout away from a good mood really is true!!), better sleep, increased energy and the list goes on!
So what small changes can you implement today to begin to shift your health to a positive place? Here are a few examples:
1) Slow the fork down! And I mean this both figuratively and literally! By slowing your fork down and practicing mindful eating, you will not only improve your digestion, but you will most likely end up eating less as your stomach and your brain will actually have time to communicate so you know when you are full and avoid over eating AND,
2) if you take that the other way and start to slow the f#%k down and take some time for yourself every day, you will be surprised how your mindset and your outlook begins to change! Take a few minutes each day to practice some deep breathing or meditation, take a hot bath, read, go for a walk – anything that you enjoy and that helps you to slow down your body and your mind, and lastly,
3) make a commitment to moving your body for just 15 MINUTES each and every day! I know it is asking a lot as you are already busy and overwhelmed but if you can make a solid commitment to taking these 15 minutes each and every day, you will be surprised just how quickly you start to see results!
These are but a few of many things you can start to slowly incorporate in to your day to live a healthier, more vibrant life. There are lots of other small changes you can begin to make on a consistent basis to achieve big results. Stay tuned for more!