Healthy: Mind, Body, and Soul
I like to think I am pretty healthy emotionally and mentally ;0) My work (which I love) requires me to be in a space where I am ready to help people heal from some pretty intense stuff. Not being in a good "head space" is just NOT an option.
Physically, I wouldn't have categorized myself as the picture of health. I would say I was "somewhat" healthy. Unfortunately, I KNOW that physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, etc. health are all interconnected. I had been a little stuck in getting physically healthy on my own- so last June I decided to get some outside help in my journey towards physical health.
I was completely amazed by the parallels in physical training and counseling! As a therapist going through the personal training processhere, I noticed the following:
- Having an expert in your corner REALLY helps! In our first free consultation she said something that stuck. If your car broke down and you couldn't fix it- would you take it to a mechanic or just sit and stare at it?" Being able to get great information and get my questions answered on a regular basis was invaluable in my process towards enhanced health. Where are you stuck?
- Making change is always REALLY hard in the beginning. Any change we make in any area of our lives takes a lot of energy to start. However, after a while, change becomes our new norm. I hope to write an article soon about our amazing brain and how it rewires itself- stay tuned! What change do you want to make?
- It is more fun making change when you have a great support network. Sometimes, people don't have great support networks in their daily life for whatever change they are making. While I have a good support network- I found the group personal training was an awesome way to get that extra motivation that I needed to stay committed to my growth. Making new friends who are on the same journey is also really fun. Identify your support network- or where you can go to beef it up.
- People can push each other towards greatness (or not). I just wrote a blog here about social contagion. A funny mini example of this inspiring pattern happened the other day. I was doing burpees (you can see an example here) with another student. I wasn't feeling particularly energetic- but I decided to push myself to "just keep up with my workout partner." I was able to keep an awesome pace and really got my heart rate up. Normally there would have been a lot more pauses! At the end of the minute I thanked her for inspiring me to keep going- only to find out that she was just trying to keep up with me!
- Noting your progress is important. It is really important to see where you are at so you can give yourself a KUDOS for all of the hard work you have been doing- and make adjustments when needed. Are you giving yourself credit for your progress?
- People can reinvent themselves and make change at any point in their life. There is a wonderful woman at the studio who is 82 years old and still training- I find that so inspiring. Although I have been active at many points in my life- I have never considered myself athletic. I am now reinventing myself as an athletic person- and I love it!
What do you need to change in your life? Is there a part of your life or your past that you would like to reinvent? What are you lacking from this list in reaching your emotional, mental, physical, or spiritual goals? I hope you are inspired today to take a bit better care of yourself in one area of your life.
Until next time- Miranda