Why exactly are we motivated to achieving our goals? And How are we going to get there? First let’s start with The Why. The Why is our purpose - the engine that propels us towards our dreams. The How is our direction - the map that guides us how to get there. With clear purpose and direction, every decision we encounter is made simple. We know where we are trying to go and we know why we want to get there. Everything else falls to the side and we move forward. We may not know exactly where we want to end up - And that’s okay! But with each decision we make, our purpose and direction become stronger and we are on the path to purposeful living.
Don’t forget to breathe! Our natural response in times of stress is Fight-or-Flight. Our muscles tense, our heart rate goes up, and we are prepared to act! We react with more intensity than needed and are left feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and out of control. Our mind and body are disconnected. To regain control requires us to be conscious of our thoughts which are leading to these intense emotions. Learning to be conscious of our breathing is paramount to reducing stress, improving immunity, and letting go of what we cannot control. Breathing consciously keeps us grounded, brings us self-awareness, and allows us to solve problems with our minds instead of our muscles.
To get to where we want to go, we first need to appreciate where we came from. Thank you for the basics - the air we breath, the water we drink, the home in which we live. Thank you for our health, our family and friends, and the opportunities we are given every day. Gratitude gives us hope and keeps us grounded. It reminds us where we came from and puts life into perspective. As we work to achieve our goals, gratitude keeps us grounded and true to who we are.
While strength training and cardio exercises are often emphasized for our physical wellness, our busy lives don’t always make it easy to do so. Creative solutions, like stretching a few minutes per day, allow us to fit appropriate physical activity to every lifestyle. Physical activity relieves pain, increases energy levels, increases flexibility, increases circulation, relieves stress, improves posture, and brings a greater sense of well-being.
We live in a world of instant gratification. Carbs! Carbs! Carbs! But achieving wellness means making conscious choices about our energy sources. This means knowing what to eat and when to eat it. Healthy carbs for breakfast, like bread, give us the energy we need to perform at our best throughout the day. But too many carbs for lunch and we have a mental crash that lowers our mood, decreases our energy, and kills our motivation. For some, food is a way to deal with stress. The problem is that it’s temporary and we can fall into a vicious cycle of overeating, feeling bad about it, and then eating more just to cope with the negative emotions. To achieve nutritional balance, WellPsyche providers help clients attain emotional stability, improve impulse control, and make conscious choices for every meal.
Resting our minds is just as important as resting our muscles. No one would expect a marathon runner to just keep running day after day. Our brains are even more delicate. Anxious dreams, difficulties falling or staying asleep, needing to take naps in the afternoon, or having difficulty with focus and concentration often stem from an overactive mind. We emphasize the importance of sleep with all of our clients as it truly is the Make-it or Break-it when it comes to mind and body wellness. Healthy sleep helps us perform at a higher level, for longer time periods, and more consistently.
Quality time with family and loved ones is more than occupying space with one another. It’s difficult to share a meal as a family when the children and parents each have their own mobile device and there is a TV show playing in the background. Family time means Family Time! Being conscious of the electronics, budgeting time to spend with each other, and being mentally present when we are together improve our overall health and wellness. Time with loved ones gives us purpose, support, and happiness.
As social animals, relationships are fundamental to who we are. Relationships teach us about others, teach us about ourselves, and help us find purpose. Through relationships we learn to trust others and be trusted by others. To respect others and to be respected by others. To love and to be loved. Relationships can be emotional and emotions are not always logical. So choose wisely. Relationships represent who we have chosen to become.
Balancing Mental and Physical Wellness is an Art and a Science!