“Time And health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.” Denis Waitley
Health and happiness are tightly woven together. People who exercise are going to benefit from the post-exercise benefits for as much as 12 hours according to an article in U.S News and World Report. Twelve hours of positive benefits from moderate exercise (20 minutes) per day helps increase brain mood, or happiness.
How much exercise are you getting on a daily basis?
Another important factor is sleep. Regular, routine sleep of 7-8 hours. That makes a big difference. People with adequate sleep experience less stress and are able to handle stress better. The Huffington Post gives 11 reasons why sleep is beneficial. Creating new sleep habits, having regular times for sleep will provide long-term benefits. Instead of reading one more email, watching one more movie or doing one more extra thing at the end of the day, stop and go to bed instead. Getting the sleep you need will have long-term and short-term benefits and will improve your happiness as well.
How much sleep do you get each night?
Finally, diet. How many times in an average week do you find yourself at the counter of a fast food restaurant and most food chains qualify as fast food? In the US obesity is an epidemic. Cheap high calorie food for those who sit more at work and at home is contributing to increases in lifestyle diseases such as type II diabetes. In one report it is estimated that the current generation of kids is likely to have a shorter lifespan than their parents, reversing a long trend of longer lifespans. Eating cheap, available high calorie foods is not helping our kids, our families or our health. It may be convenient to stop and get a quick meal in the rush to cram a little bit more into a day, but eventually there is a high price to pay, and that will be quality of life. Lifestyle diseases are not easy to or cheap to fix. It pays to spend time preparing and eating healthy meals.
How much fast food is in your diet?
Health is a choice, getting 30 minutes of exercise per day, getting enough sleep per night and eating the right foods are all choices people make. Some people make those choices without thinking about the long-term consequences of those choices.
Being healthy leads to greater happiness, and it also leads to a higher quality of life. Think about your health habits, what could change to make your life better?
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“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may bet better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge now exists to make things better.” King Whitney Jr.
You started your day off well and things were just clicking when suddenly something happened and you were emotionally hijacked. What happened when you thoughts shifted from having a great day to being plundered by a series of negative thoughts. With the pressures of daily life increasing stress is taking an increasing toll on people.
With an estimated 30% of Americans feeling extreme stress in their life and feeling like there is little they can do about it, it is no wonder that it is easy to be emotionally hijacked. There just isn’t enough time to decompress and relax.
People are worried about their finances, their jobs and the economy. Concerns about the future and aging are starting to ripple through the Baby-Boomer generation.
Stress is showing up in poor eating habits, less exercise and less sleep. Those three items are foundational for dealing with the higher levels of stress and at the same time as stress increases the more people are likely to eat poorly, sleep less and exercise less.
While creating healthy habits is a good idea and most people would agree that more exercise, better eating habits and a good nights sleep are important they don’t do the things they should be doing to live a better life.
We live in a society where stress is only going to increase and for many people that means increasing the bad habits even when they know that those habits aren’t good for them. What do you do?
It takes structure and focus to create or recreate the habits that are necessary for maintaining the core foundations for healthy living. Being accountable to some person who is going to support your efforts to get life back under control is one way to start reducing stress. Coaching is one of the better tools to use to start creating healthy habits.
If you find yourself being emotionally hijacked during the day, look at your stress levels. Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 (1 = low stress, 10 = extreme stress) and if you score yourself higher than a 7 you might want to consider getting your stress under control. Start today!
“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”
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Who is coaching for?
It is for people who want to become better at who they are on an accelerated track. It is not unusual for people who have a coach to have a quantum leap in personal happiness. This happiness may be driven by achieving more significance in their lives whether it is at home, at work or in the community.
In general most well adjusted people will benefit from having a coach. There are some though that a coach should not apply their method of Socratic inquiry. There are some who would benefit from therapy. Sometimes the trials of life create disappointment and perhaps even period of depression which is beyond the skills, training and expertise of a coach. There are times when a coach should recommend that a client seek out professional treatment.
For many people the results of their experiences will be in many respects mostly positive. Life will be good, not great but good. For a few very motivated people they might even rise to the level that someone who is coached would attain but that would be a rare occurrence.
Often we don’t know what would generate a quantum leap in personal performance. We might be missing the questions, the discipline or the accountability to go it alone and to find what truly makes us happy.
Looking at the chart we can see time moving along the horizontal axis and as we reach the zenith of our careers, family or community life we should be at some elevation that is higher than it was when we first embarked on our journeys. As our story unfolds we should see things steadily improve as we gain in wisdom in knowledge.
There are some factors that interrupt our journeys and those could be illness, job loss, family crisis or other significant life events that cause our path to deviate from its planned destination. There are those who can help people navigate the crisis which helps people with significant interruptions in their journey to reengage with life.
If there is a desire to fully experience life then think about getting a coach to help you realize your goals.
Karen Lamb said, “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
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