“Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.” – Greg Anderson
Are you going to the gym, eating healthy, yet you still feel tired, stressed and anxious?
Do you sometimes have a desire to get off the treadmill of life?
I know exactly how you feel.
Sixteen years ago, I found myself losing lean muscle and experiencing a lack of mental clarity. The reality was I felt horrible, and each day was a struggle. Caught in a vicious cycle, I worked long hours serving everyone else; my family, children, employer, and managing team. As a result, I had my head down, racing from one responsibility to another.
This week I shared the life-changing lesson I received while sitting in my doctor’s office. Find out why my mindset kept me caught in a cycle that caused me to be exhausted and on the brink of burnout.
“Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.” – J. Stanford
We live in a world where we equate good health with a certain kind of appearance. For example, some people believe they attain health once they’ve cut out carbs or give up processed sugars. While others may feel that they’re healthy if they are absent from illness.
I believe good health is more than just exercise and diet. It is also the mental attitude you have about yourself. So health is a state of complete physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.
Health, Fitness And Wellness
The three key areas to consider to achieve optimal health and well-being are Health, Fitness and Wellness. Understanding the distinction between your health, fitness and wellness and how they interact can impact your business, finances and your sense of self.
1- Health: Our conditioning has us believe health is our weight or physical appearance. However, what is happening inside is an accurate measure of health. Internal health is the body’s engine. Our body thrives when it consistently gets 90 essential nutrients, proper hydration and adequate sleep. When you combine quality nutrition with physical activity, you can maintain overall good health.
2- Fitness: This is the movement of your body combined with an adequate amount of rest and recovery time. Characteristics of a fit person include balance, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance and core and muscle strength.
3- Wellness: This is your mindset. Wellness has multiple parts, including the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our lives. In addition, wellness is how we cope with stress and the challenges we face each day. All of these influence each other and affect our sense of well-being.
Achieving wellness is about living a life of personal responsibility. That is our ability to manage daily stressors and remain conscious of how our choices impact our lifestyle. It is a holistic approach to life. It is to navigate and find harmony between work, relationships, play, recreation, and personal time. Although these parts are interconnected, each area requires quality time, focused energy and continuous nurturing.
Love yourself- Fill Your Cup Up First
True wellness requires you to love yourself unconditionally. When experiencing self-love, you will do what it takes to nurture yourself and stay healthy and well. I genuinely believe that it does not matter where your challenges lie; whether you are underweight, overweight, or silently suffering from a range of health challenges, your access to optimal health and wellness is self-love. It is to love and respect yourself enough to stop and put your care first. To fill your cup first and learn the power of giving from your overflow.
When it comes to health, mindset is everything. Your mindset determines how you relate to yourself while you go through the inevitable ups and downs of life. The way you think shapes your beliefs, actions and relationships. Because your thoughts dictate what your life looks like, they are instrumental in building a healthy life. For example, when I have thoughts that see my health as the foundation for all that I do, it encourages me to care for myself. These same thoughts create the strength, energy, and vitality that also fuels abundance in all other areas of my life. Change of any kind starts internally, within the mind. If you want to alter your life, you first have to adapt your mindset. A winning mindset becomes available when your thoughts, emotions and self-talk support exceptional habits, daily routines and self-leadership. Lets explore some simple ways shifting your thoughts can impact your behaviour and, ultimately, your results.
- Scarcity To Abundance! A scarcity mindset believes that there will never be enough, resulting in feelings of fear, stress, and anxiety. On the other hand, an abundance mindset exudes a deep inner sense of personal worth and security. It’s grounded in the belief that there is more than enough for everyone. An abundance mindset eliminates the need for comparison and unhealthy competition. It relieves fears and anxieties in these uncertain times.
- Busy To Productive! There is a massive difference between being busy and being productive. Busy is the “To-Do List.” It is when you must accomplish a long list of items each day. Unfortunately, you can be busy all day and still feel like you’re behind and unable to achieve your goals. Being productive is to become outcome-focused. Productivity focuses on the task that moves you closer to your goals. It is to be action-oriented and result-driven. Being productive versus being busy will be the reason you hit your goals.
- Working Hard To Working Smart! We are taught that working hard can help us achieve our dreams and goals. However, the most successful people work smart. They maintain the same level of persistence and drive while learning ways to do things more efficiently. We all have 24 hours in a day; working smart is to learn how to leverage your time, money, and expertise. It is to understand that your value is not tied to time. Instead, excellence and impact determine your value and separate you from the masses.
What is Success?
To many, success is winning or achieving a goal. We are socialized to believe it’s a winner-take-all world. As a result, we see people hungry for success chase their goals at the expense of their health, relationships and happiness. Does achieving your goals make you successful? Now think about how many people are considered highly successful, yet they feel alone, unhappy, overworked and unfulfilled. Consider success is more about the journey than the outcome. I believe success is an experience. The energy you experience when you rise from a challenge, discover your brilliance and embrace your uniqueness. It is to persist, to learn and follow through. Success is who we have the opportunity to become. It is showing up, attempting to move forward and being open to growth. Success is available when we live in harmony and commit to mastery in all areas of our life.
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