I am not a health professional or trainer. In other words, I am not what you would consider "super crunchy." What I am is very aware of my health and what my body needs for peak performance. This awareness has been an ongoing and continuous learning process that I believe everyone should be engaged in and exploring, too.
Regardless of your business; whether your website or blog is focused on business, spirituality, art, psychology, education, or athletics, I firmly believe it should also be about health.
I've been coaching and training people in a variety of different businesses at different stages in their lives, and there are certain trends and habits that I see in everyone, whether high achievers or low achievers—the good, the bad, and oh yes, the ugly.
The most common thing that I witness is when an individual starts to get "busy" in their business, they start to slip with the food choices, sleep, and exercise almost like a trade-off for the time spent with work. Stress itself can bring on a myriad of illnesses, as it can wreak havoc on your body’s ability to fight off microscopic invaders or to operate the way it is supposed to. (That's encouraging.)
If you are anything like me, your schedule is full, your mind is going a mile a minute, and you have at least three people depending on your decisions at any given moment. You are planning, goal setting, leading, and looking ahead every day. Here's the tricky part. In that schedule of building your business and taking care of your family, you need to somehow find the time to eat right, get enough quality sleep, drink enough water, exercise, take the right supplements, don't overeat, don't drink too much alcohol, and avoid toxins and drugs. Seems easy enough, right?
Believe me, like most of my blogs and random writings, this also serves as a confessional for me and what I could be doing better. As I previously mentioned, I am acutely aware of the best choices for me. I will also be the first to admit that I fall short. A lot. It's a non-stop learning process and habit re-forming process to stay healthy. I've read books and blogs and watched documentaries and infomercials in search of what's best for me because that's the most important part: what's best for you.
I have re-shaped my life in a number of ways to make better, healthier choices for myself. One of the things that I am most proud of is the fact that I have perfected the art of organic sloppy joes. Hey, that's a big deal for me. I really like sloppy joes.
I also get really good sleep most nights of the week. I stick closely to a sleep schedule—going to bed and waking up at generally the same time each day. I've even added a charcoal sleep mask (that I got as a gift) and dab a couple of drops of essential oils on my toes at bedtime.
Several years ago, I had a full panel blood test done to see what might be missing in my diet. I was actually in search of hormone answers and ended up learning a lot about my lack of iron, vitamin D, and a few other small things. Knowing this information was huge in knowing what I had to eat or supplement to get these levels to where they needed to be. These are just a few things that I have changed for the better.
Do you want the list of everything that I do wrong? Too bad. It might take too long, and then I wouldn't get my exercise time in today.
Here's the thing... We attend seminars and study about how to improve our sales, reach our goals, improve our communication. We read about business and money to invest in our futures.
This is a "pay for me now or pay for me later" issue with your mind and body—seriously important stuff. It's not a matter of if, but a matter of when we will have to pay for the bad choices or our lack of knowledge.
You already know some of the changes that you need to make. We all do. I encourage you to learn more and do more for yourself and your future self, too. Don't try to do it all in a weekend like cleaning out your closet. Start somewhere small. You have to start somewhere to get anywhere, right?
Here are a few quick steps that you can take to improve your wellbeing:
Get educated. What does your body need for peak performance?
Understand food as fuel.
How do sleep and stress play a part in your health?
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