Physical health is very important when it comes to chronic disease prevention. Nutrition is equally as important. Information related to this is readily known and understood. When working to balance our health, we often lose focus on the implications, physical and mental stress has on our bodies, Releasing substances like cortisol and other stress hormones the reek havoc.
When thinking about wellness, surely the first thing that comes to mind is food — my favorite! And exercise of course. I am a firm believer that what we put into our bodies is what we get out of them and how we treat our bodies is how they will perform. Would you believe me if I told you, the foods you choose to eat influences your mood?
Have you every considered how mental clarity and joy influences your abilities to achieve your fitness goals? Coping — one of Many building blocks to finding balance in challenges we face on a daily basis. I am sure, it can be agreed that everybody’s stress level is different — but who doesn’t love checking off the boxes of things to elevate stress.
In my own search for peace and balance I have chosen to research and practice minimalizm and being one with the things that are most important. Time management and gratitude for personal and financial independence are major factors that influence stress reduction. Working full time has its perks — a steady paycheck, a consistent job to go to and a routine. Woot, woot!
I am thankful to LOVE my full time job, I love the people I am surrounded by and the ability to talk and educate openly about the human body — but its fair to say, it fulfills only the tip of the iceberg as it relates to health and wellness. Communicating here, brings a ton of joy — something broader then the classroom. It is amazing to think you have the power to guide your own personal health and well being. Have you ever been around someone who is so balanced and positive that you can almost feel it radiating off from them. YOU can be this person too!
Remaining mentally focused takes time and practice. Just as a diet and exercise takes time to become a habit so does the practice of mental well being.
While I was exploring my own journey I stumbled upon a pretty enlightening podcast with the topic of Finding the Balance in Your Own Life. I thought it helpful to share the four main point….
- Less is more — declutter you home. If you haven’t used it in a year then you don’t need it. Donate it or give it away. When you have a lot of anything you likely are unaware of all that you have. I could personally attest to this as there were a multitude of clothes and shoes in th back of my closet that have now found a new home in the local donation bin. “A cluttered home is a cluttered mind”.
- Schedule quiet time for yourself. I know, I think I just saw the eye roll — the same one I did myself. Hahaha. I am so with you. You want me to do what? With two young kids, a full time job, building a company and renovating an old home…. After thinking of just how important this is to do on a daily basis even if it is just 10 minutes to sit with a “hot” coffee, try be conscious to carve out this time. I’m certainly trying, I’ll be sure to let you know how it works out!
- Celebrate date night REGULARLY. This was outlined as super important. In a social media age, much of what we do is electronic and we often lack human interaction. Now add in busy schedules and you and your significant other are likely running in opposite directions giving high fives as you pass. Adult time is important. Don’t have a significant other — schedule time with favorites. You will thank yourself for the much needed break.
- Find a side gig. Multiple funding streams are essential and side gigs can be fun and exciting. Whether you are currently finding yourself in a pickle or experiencing financial freedom, having a side gig that supports your beliefs and values is extremely important. Not only do you get to earn additional income but you are also able to bond and find a network of like minded people to surround yourself with. Humans by nature are social beings and thus we need to flourish to support our mental health.
When reflecting on these four recommendations, I found I had a lot of work to do and I wasn’t truly sure where to start with all of them. I found that since having our second child I wasn’t doing any of these. I kinda felt like I barely had time to sleep. Over the last few months, I have started to MAKE THE TIME to initiate each one of these and I can honestly say, it has been a huge success and relief. Life is so much less stressful when everything has a home. I held onto things for the “just in case”. Unfortunately, I was paying for it in other ways.
I have started working out again. WOW, added bonus! It is kind of an unspoken word in our house that if mom is short or appears to feel overwhelmed mom needs to make sure she gets her run/workout in. Some days are better then others but like anything else I am continuing to try to make sure my physical and mental being align.
Date night. Another conscious effort here being made. While I love this time aways, I found this step to be challenging. As a working mom who adore my kids it is a real challenge to leave them yet again. After doing this a few times and having an absolute blast, I am reminded that I am more then just a mom and need to be a wife, friend and person independent of them as well. Truth is, having this time makes me a better mom, and allows me to be more present and focused when I am with them.
A side gig. This one I found to be the most difficult. After starting Refocused Fitness and nutrition, I really struggled with what I wanted to do that wouldn’t take me away from the family more then I already am and yet supported my core beliefs. I have tried side gigs in the past, but kinda felt that I couldn’t fully support the mission and thus chose to move one. What I did learn however from this though process was I needed to find my nitch. Something I believed in but more importantly wanted not only for myself but for my family.
For me that nitch was Shaklee — a company that is founded on environmentally friendly cleaning, nutrition and beauty products, you can check them out at https://refocusednutrition.m.myshaklee.com/us/en/whyshaklee.html. Its simply a company that works for me and my family and love the results and safety I have seen with them. Whatever you choose to do, I encourage to find your nitch and run with it.
Remember, you don’t have to start in any specific order, each person walks a different journey. Where ever you choose to start seek to make sure you give yourself time, demonstrate patience and build upon you strengths both to progress forward and to forgive yourself for your imperfections. Each step you take to reduce you stress load, brings you one step forward in the direction of health, healing and overall balanced wellness. God Bless!