It’s an amazing feeling when you accomplish some of life’s greatest goals. It takes an incredible amount of energy, determination, and sometimes a little luck can go a long way too. However, most people have one or two goals that seem nearly impossible for them to meet. We’re discussing how your health can play a significant role in you turning visions of the life of your dreams into a reality.
Signs Your Health is Holding You Back
Do any of the experiences below sound like you? If so, take a holistic look at your health. Viewing things from a new perspective can not only potentially give you the information you need to make a difference now but in the future, as well.
- You pass on social engagements due to a lack of energy, digestive issues, headaches, a lack of motivation, or other internal reasons.
- You wish you could play more with your kids or be more present with your spouse.
- It’s tough to connect with others because it’s difficult to focus, or you have little interest in engaging even though you want to.
- You don’t pursue career, educational, or growth opportunities as a result of a lack of desire or energy.
- Coffee is the only thing getting you through the work day due to insomnia or issues like persistent anxiety that stubbornly keep you awake.
- It’s hard to find the motivation to get work done, especially first thing in the morning or after lunchtime.
- Migraines, stomach issues, or other ailments cause you to frequently leave work early.
- You experience absenteeism as a result of chronic or acute health issues.
- You’re often late to work as a result of unpredictable IBS.
- You don’t give your best during physical activity.
- It’s hard for you to recover after exercise, causing you to neglect later workouts.
- You don’t feel motivated enough or lack the energy to exercise.
- If a social activity involves a lot of physical movement, you prefer to decline the invitation.
Passions and Hobbies
- You have passions and hobbies but do not engage in them because you don’t feel good.
- You organize your day around your symptoms and health challenges.
- You no longer feel you can physically do activities you used to love due to a lack of energy, digestive problems, headaches, arthritis, muscle pain, or other difficulties.
- Nothing really interests you anymore, not even the hobbies you used to love.
- You have a lack of interest in connecting with others, even your loved ones.
- You wake up wishing the day was already done and feel like you’re just “getting by.”
- You notice mood swings or emotional outbursts because you don’t feel well.
- You’re constantly preoccupied by your symptoms.
- You’re tired, depressed, anxious, unmotivated, or feel like you’re losing control of your emotions.
- You feel guilty about how your health has impacted yourself or others.
Feeling Stuck in Your Health
Homo sapiens has been around for approximately 300,000 years, yet evidence suggests that agriculture didn’t ramp up until roughly 13,000 years ago. The wheel was developed just about 5,500 years ago, a bit before Englanders began building houses. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb less than 200 years ago, and today, we can literally harness energy from the power of the sun.
The point we’re trying to make here is that humans have become incredibly adaptive over a short period of time. We snowball our collective knowledge and experiences to advance as individual humans and as a society.
We can adapt to almost anything, really; but sometimes that isn’t a good thing. On a personal level and even on a societal level, humans can develop unhealthy adaptations that help us cope with the challenges of modern life. But how much are they really holding us back?
Odds are, you’ve developed habits and attained a certain lifestyle to accommodate your busy schedule or needs. Some of these things may look familiar to you:
- Munching on quick, highly processed snacks.
- Frequently sitting at a computer.
- Eating take-out or frozen meals.
- Watching TV despite knowing you need to exercise.
- Drinking cup after cup of coffee.
- Putting goals at work or home on the backburner to maintain your energy levels.
- Handling extreme stress using meditation, exercise, or other stress reduction techniques to no avail.
Ask yourself: If you could wave a magic wand and have your dream life and perfect health tomorrow, what would that look like for you? Write this down. It’s important to get really clear on this before moving forward.
Whatever goals you have regarding your health, come up with a strategy. If you intend to lose weight, for example, clarify how you’re going to make it happen. Will you nix chocolate from your diet, go for a daily 30-minute walk, drink more water, or do something else? Be sure you can measure your progress and evaluate how the changes you’ve made have contributed.
Once you’ve envisioned your future health, create an affirmation for yourself. Repeat it every day. This could look like one of the following phrases or something entirely different:
- “I will make choices today that lead me to become stronger and more energetic.”
- “I am open to making radically different choices today so my life can look radically different tomorrow.”
- “Today, I will replace sweets with fruit to help me lose weight.”
We won’t sugar-coat it: There are no shortcuts when it comes to your health. It may take some time to reach the milestones you’re shooting for. When things get tough, remember: It’s hard to be the best version of yourself if you physically feel like crap. Health is the vehicle to living a full, inspired life! Any small changes you can make will add up over time.
So, what changes can you make?
Make Improvements to Your Health Now
Although this list is certainly not exhaustive, we’ve got a handful of ideas for you to consider when it comes to improving your health.
No shame in brushing up on nutrition! Much of what we learn throughout our lives isn’t accurate or targeted to our individual needs. There is a plethora of diets out there, but if you suspect you may have food sensitivities, the Whole30 Diet might be a good choice for you. At its heart, it’s an elimination diet designed to “reset” your body. At the end, you may even find out that one of your favorite foods is the culprit of your lack of energy, IBS, or even skin issues! This is just one targeted diet to consider. A qualified integrative health specialist can help you choose the right one.
If you need a full refresher on what to put in your body for optimal health, our online course Let’s Start With Food can answer all your questions and help you zero in on what you can do holistically to battle common health challenges. Your diet has a huge impact on your body and your emotions – both of which influence every aspect of your daily life.
Visualization is one of the most powerful tools you can utilize to help change your life. Understanding what you truly want and how a healthy lifestyle can help you get there can give you the motivation you need to make positive decisions.
Motivation is wonderful, but it’s even better with a plan! Really visualizing your life and the steps you need to take to achieve your goals will give you a sense of direction and can even help you head off potential issues.
Get that blood flowing! Move for at least 20 minutes every day and increase your active time as you feel necessary. Exercise can ward off weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, cognitive decline, certain cancers, sexual dysfunction, poor sleep, and so many more ailments. Although you might feel tired after a good workout, consistent exercise can improve your energy levels over time, helping you to be more motivated at work and more present with friends and family. Nobody wants to spend all their time going back and forth to doctors’ offices, and daily movement is one easy way to make a huge difference in your health.
You don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment to work out! Enjoy a walk outside in some fresh air or browse through the thousands of equipment-free exercise videos available on YouTube.
Seek Professional Help
Sometimes, the answers to our health questions aren’t always clear. Making healthier dietary choices and engaging in regular exercise might not be the solutions to your individual health problems. From food sensitivities to hormone imbalances and everything in between, there are other aspects of your health to look into.
Your health doesn’t have to hold you back! You deserve to have an energetic, joyous life. We’d love to chat with you during a 15-minute discovery call to help you uncover what hidden issues may be lurking in your health and how you can handle them to restore balance to your life.
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