Thursday, September 15, 2011

Are you really healthy??

So you exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.  That's great!!  But, are you really healthy?? 

A common misconception about wellness is that diet and exercise is enough.  In reality, there are five dimensions of wellness: physical, mental, emotional, relational and spiritual.  If we aren't addressing all five dimensions, then we are not living our healthiest lives.

I want to focus on the mental, emotional and relational for a moment because that it something that I am personally struggling with at this time.  Relationships/friendships can be good for us, but sometimes they have the opposite effect. Do your friends lift you up?? Or do they lean on you and drag you down?? Friends can make or break you. You become like the people you're around. Therefore it may be necessary to make new friends. Not everyone is healthy enough to sit in your front row, some people need to be loved from a distance.  It's amazing what you can accomplish when you let go of, or at least minimize your time with, draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships/friendships. 

The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you...the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of Your Life.

"If you cannot change the people around you, CHANGE the people you are around."

Remember that the people we hang with will have an impact on both our lives and our income. And so we must be careful to choose the people we hang out with, as well as the information with which we feed our minds.  We should not share our dreams with negative people, nor feed our dreams with negative thoughts.
It's your choice and your life..... It's up to you who and what you let in it...... 

It is also important to assess your work/life balance. Can you leave your worries/cares at the office or do you bring them home with you to worry and fret about all night?
"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy" 

Achieving wellness is a process. It is a lifestyle affected by every decision you make.  Therefore, make good decisions that promote health and wellness.  Make good food choices. Incorporate some physical activity into every day.  Assess your personal relationships and work/life balance. Lead by example. Think thoughts that are positive and uplifting.  Surround yourself with a healthy network of people who will support you along your journey. Don't expect changes overnight, but with focus and determination, you will be able to live your healthiest life possible.  Start today, its that easy.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Live healthy, live longer!

Happy Healthy Aging month! Did you know that just 15 minutes of daily exercise can add 3 years to your life?!