Studying to be a Health Coach really opened my eyes to the importance of a holistic approach to health and wellness.
AND then trying to heal my body and mind from a heart condition and anxiety opened my eyes even more…
I want to talk about health – and all the different ideas of what health is to different people.
The portrayal of healthy that we see on social media, or in magazines, may not match up to our own personal ideas of what being healthy really means; and can actually be unrealistic and make us feel worse about ourselves.
So what does being healthy and happy mean to you?
Have you thought about which areas of your life contribute to your health?
- Is it having a healthy, fit body?
- Is it feeling good in your skin?
- Is it good nutrition, eating whole, fresh foods?
- Is it having a fulfilling, rewarding career or hobby?
- Is it having nourishing, loving & supportive relationships?
- Is it giving and receiving love?
- Is it intimacy?
- Is it good mental health?
- Is it feeling grounded and connected to yourself and the universe?
- Is it joy?
- Is it having a healthy relationship with money?
- Is it having leisure time?
- Is it having a safe, loving home environment?
- Is it having good health, free from ailments or sickness?
- Is it being able to express your creativity?…
My guess is that it’s going to be a combination of all these points + many more.
Health is not just what we eat, it is about so much more.
Which means that when we are feeling out of balance or unhappy, we need to look at all areas of our life to identify which ones need some attention.
Going on a diet or joining the gym (whilst this might be helpful), will not alleviate all of your unhappiness or health concerns alone.
A great way to work out which areas of your life are out of balance is to score each area out of 10 with 1 being not satisfied – and 10 being extremely satisfied.
Once you have done this you will see which areas require the most attention and you can then one area at a time, make a list of 2-3 goals that you would love to work towards to improve your level of satisfaction.
Next, it is a great idea to list 3 things that you can do right away that will help you move towards your goal, for example: say you scored your exercise/fitness as a 2; and one of your goals was to run a 5km event, then your steps could be something like: going for a walk 3 times a week, running up your street and back twice a week, or downloading an app that can help you build up to a 5km run.
Alternatively, say you scored your relationships as a 3: and one of your goals was to spend more time with your friends/make new friends, then your 3 steps could be texting a friend to organise that coffee catch up that you have been promising each other for the past year, joining a social or sporting group that involves getting out of the house and meeting up each week, or simply just picking up the phone and calling a friend for a chat.
If you are feeling less than happy with your diet/nutrition, and one of your goals is to eat healthier foods and less sugar, then your 3 steps could look something like: making sure you eat 2 pieces of fruit each day, preparing your snacks the day/s before so that you have healthier options on hand, or substituting your night time couch snack block of chocolate with a healthier alternative such as dark chocolate.
I believe that this approach works so much better and creates longer lasting change, rather than telling yourself that you have to cut out all sugar and only eat fresh foods immediately; which puts a lot of pressure on you and is inevitably harder to maintain.
You are looking to create healthy, sustainable habits. (I will be sharing more information on this topic soon).
If you would like to work with me to build & implement your goals together, you can find out how to do that here.
The key is to create a plan and build momentum towards your goals, no matter how small the steps.
Bridging the gap between where you are now – and where you would like to be, or more importantly: how you would like to FEEL.
It’s not a race!
If you would like some more ideas and examples of how you can implement this technique in your own life, please just shoot me a message, I’m here to help!