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Top 5 Health Needs You’re Probably Neglecting

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Most of us are guilty of neglecting our health from time to time…myself included, embarrassing so.

The question I guess, is how much damage are we doing to ourselves? Short-term? Long-term? I’m not sure that can be measured…though there are many organizations working very hard to do just that. But while they’re arguing over the data, we can all agree that it’s a quality of life issue…

Namely, we are either improving our quality of life…or we’re harming it…there is very little room in between.

(Feel free to tweet that)

The Big 5

 

1. Sleep – Get good quality sleep in sufficient amounts (varies a bit by individual, but don’t kid yourself, most people need 7 -8 hours to live a full quality life.)

2. Doctor appointments –This includes dental and eye exams and even that chiropractor who eases your back pain. Be proactive with your health, rather than reactive.

3. Clean up your diet – You don’t have to be perfect, just make better choices most of the time. C’mon…You know what you should be eating…..and what you shouldn’t.

4. Some form of activity or exercise – No marathon running necessary, a daily walk, swim, yoga, bike ride, Zumba class, whatever gets you moving. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. It’s easier to maintain fitness than to get it back.

5. STRESS RELIEF – Anything you can do to lower your stress levels will benefit your health in particular and your life in general. Try meditation, yoga, journaling, vacation or maybe just a daily walk with your dog. Stress is, at best doing serious damage to the quality of our lives, at worst, it’s literally killing us.

Start with just one of the Big 5 if that’s all you can do. Once you start building good health, the next steps come a bit easier.

I don’t know about you…but while I’m here…I’d like to have a good life…and have it for a long time…this is a good place to start.

Share: How well are you doing with the Big 5? What are you neglecting?

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A Better Life is Within Your Reach…The Mission Begins…

Let's Do This!What if someone told you that you could change the quality of your life just by making one small change each week. Would you do it? I mean who doesn’t want to have a better quality life – live better, work smarter, be happier and all that goes along with that.

Well, this year, that’s exactly what I’m going to do, along with hopefully many of my “reader friends,” (yes, that’s you.) We’re kicking off a yearlong series of weekly mini-missions, (we’re all busy after-all,) broken down into manageable chunks – smarter choices, actions, steps we can take improve the quality of our lives one week at a time. Practical. Do-able. (If you’re thinking you’re life is already pretty good, I challenge you to raise the bar!)

Here’s the thing: I bet quite a few of us know what we need/want to do to have the lives we envision. We’ve heard the experts, read the tips, seen the studies, bought the books even, but we already have so much going on…and there’s just so much information and advice out there. It’s just too much…too much to take on.

The more we learn about goal achievement and change, the more we discover that our greatest odds of success are achieved when we make small incremental changes in our lives and build, build, build.

The problem is that for many of us that path to growth, (personal or professional,) seems too slow. I don’t know about you, but I can be very impatient, I want change NOW. But, that said, I think you and I are both smart enough to recognize that it’s wiser to use the strategy that works…even if it takes longer, than to find ourselves in the same place week after week, year after year…because significant change takes too much time and energy.

Let’s bite the bullet and get it done…week by week, bit by bit, we can make those small changes that are standing in the path of a Better Life…a Better You…and a Better Me.

Over the course of this year we’ll tackle things like –  Health and Wellness( Fitness, Energy, Stress,) Money Management,( Earning, Saving, Financial Stewardship,) Developing the Potential of Your Mind,(Attitude, Shifting your Mindset, Expanding your Knowledge and Skills,) Cultivating more Positive and Meaningful Relationships, (Deeper Connections, Better Communication, Expanding your Social and Professional Networks,) Organization and Time Utilization (Focus, Organization, Action, Planning, Being Productive, Follow-thru,) Fulfilling Worklife, ( Success, Rewarding Career, Balance,) Responsible Living (Environment, Community, Contribution,) and Life Juice, (Joy, Happiness, Passion, Creativity, Fun, Gratitude, Meaning and Purpose.)

You don’t have to tackle them all of course. Pick and choose…take what you need…try what you like, but as with anything in life, you’ll get out of it what you put into it. (I’ll be doing it right along with you and I can’t wait to compare notes…)

*Speaking of notes…Got ideas, problem areas or requests for what you’d like to see in upcoming weekly missions, feel free to drop me a line or post on our Facebook page. (Just joining us…Find all of the Better Life Mini-Missions here…)

Now, to borrow a phrase from one of my favorite authors, Danielle LaPorte…

Life’s Too Short, Let’s Do This

Mission #1:  Rest…Sleep…Zzzs… Let’s figure it out once and for all.

There’s a reason this appears on nearly every list of goals, resolutions, things to do, habits…because it’s the foundation of everything else we do in life…and most of us are still doing a terrible job of it.

It’s not just about getting more sleep (we’ve heard that before,) it’s about knowing the best sleep solution for us personally. The problem may very well be that we don’t really know how much sleep we need, or what sleep pattern works best for us, let alone how to get it.

This week take the time and effort to figure it out. Don’t make any other changes. Just experiment with how much sleep works best – make it a priority just for this week. The good news…not everyone needs the often-recommended 8 hours, many do just fine on less, and some actually need more. Moreover, it might not even be the amount of sleep; it might just be the pattern or timing.

Tactics to Try:

Go to bed 30 minutes early – you’d be surprised at what a difference it can make.

Squeeze in a 20-minute nap during lunch.

Shift your sleep pattern – For example, instead of going to bed at 11:30 and getting up at 6, try going to bed at 10:30 and getting up at 5:00. You might be able to get more done in the early AM anyway.

Trouble falling asleep? Try some wind down tactics – do some yoga, stretching, meditate, read a boring book, whatever calms your mind.

You know the drill…avoid caffeine, alcohol, news, electronics, and work close to bedtime…

There are many over the counter sleep aids that might help – natural and pharmaceutical. This may be a temporary solution, especially if you’re going thru a stressful time.

If you’re truly suffering from insomnia or chronic poor quality sleep, this is the time to make an appointment to see your doctor. Prescription sleep aids should be a last resort…but that said…you have to sleep. And a sleep study may uncover an underlying issue.

Sleep really does affect everything from attitude to weight to productivity to brain function.

We are just now discovering that sleep deprivation actually shortens our life span!

Just experiment. You may actually not need to change your sleep habits as much as you think.

This will not be easy for me…and it may not be so easy for you. My days are filled and I imagine yours are as well…and when I do get down time, I really want to decompress and read (my favored leisure activity,) but in all honesty, I need the sleep more.

So let’s give a try…you and me…

What are your sleep issues? Obstacles? Do you know how much sleep you need? Can you remember a time when you felt well rested?

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(Just joining us… Find all of the Mini-Missions here…)

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The One Thing That Determines the Quality of Our Lives

Our life experience is determined by the choices we make every day…the good, the bad and the ugly (very ugly some days.)

What is happening in our life right now, today, is in large part determined by the choices we made in the past and so our future will be determined by the choices we make today. One day or one action may seem insignificant and often they are when examined alone, but the patterns of our choices are what shape the direction and quality of our lives, our success, and our happiness.

In plain terms – Our choices drive our lives.

What actions we take…or don’t take.

Whom we love, help, collaborate with, associate with, hire, work for, and spend time with.

Whether we pursue our dreams doggedly…or let them languish in the “someday” pile.

How we take care of our bodies and our health.

What information we choose to put into our minds… and what we do with it when it gets in there.

The attitude with which we treat other people and ourselves…are we kind and generous…or are we critical and complaining.

How we spend our time…enhancing our lives, taking steps towards a goal, having fun, or passing the time on some mindless activity that will not matter tomorrow.

Taking risks…or playing it safe.

Where we place the majority of our focus…planning for the future, remembering the past, or living for the now.

It’s important to remember that all of our choices are valid. It’s also important to remember that the choices we consistently make every day are what matter most. That said, we must be willing to accept responsibility for what we decide…and don’t decide, what we do…and what we don’t do. Often the choice we don’t make is more impactful than the choice we do make.

It’s not about anxiously overthinking every choice we make or beating ourselves up for the choices we’ve made in the past. It’s about being honest with ourselves about the choices we make and how those choices affect our future.

Simply notice. Pay attention to the choices you’re making.

…Then you have two options

Accept the life experience chosen without complaint.

Or

Make different choices next time.

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Why Its Important To Reexamine Everything You’ve Been Taught

Reexamine all that you have been told in school, or in church or in any book. Dismiss whatever insults your soul. ~Walt Whitman

Dear old Walt has it right. We internalize what we’re told and what we’re taught from childhood on, in school, in church, by our parents, and our peers. We know intellectually that we are a sum of our experiences, but we don’t often stop to question whether what we’ve been told feels right for us.

Taking the time to reexamine some of our beliefs through the filter of whether they “insult our soul,” can provide great insight into the areas of our lives where we feel stuck, frustrated, or discontent. Think about all of the “truths” you believe.

Do they resonate with who you are now? Or do they feel a bit like someone else’s standards?

It may sound a bit like we’re embarking on a New Age journey to enlightenment, but it’s really just learning to think for ourselves, to take ownership of the ideas that are “ours” and to discard the ideas that were pushed into our brains, but really belong to someone else.

Learn to question what you have been told or taught

The most obvious place to look, of course is in our political and religious beliefs, but what about other more subtle messages…

Which careers are “legitimate” and which aren’t

What constitutes a “waste of time”

What a good marriage looks like and what the defined roles are

What makes someone a “good parent

What exemplifies an appropriate work ethic

How money should be managed and how much we need to be making a “good living”

Our standards of organization, cleanliness, health, and beauty

What goals and dreams qualify as appropriate for us and which are foolhardy “pipe dreams”

Self-examination can be scary. We might be afraid of what we’ll find, but the valuable insights into our limitations and obstacles, our successes and failures, all those things that stand in the way of our goals, is well worth a little discomfort. Don’t you think?

Do you have any insights to share?

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It’s All in the Attitude: Choose it Wisely

What attitude have you chosen today?

Have you chosen to be Optimistic? Curious?  Generous? Patient? Cheerful?

Or did you choose to show up Complaining? Frustrated? Resentful? Angry? Critical? Bitter?

They’re all valid choices. The wondrous thing about freedom of choice is that we get to choose how we experience our lives. We may not always be able to choose the circumstances, but we can choose the attitude with which we experience them.

The other fabulous thing about freedom of choice is that we can change our mind at any given moment. If your day didn’t start out so well and you don’t like the way you are feeling right this moment, try on a different attitude. In this one aspect of your life at least, you always have the power.

What attitude will you choose today?

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