Imagine, for a moment, you are flying in an airplane. Everything is smooth sailing, a refreshing drink on your tray and white fluffy clouds outside your window. Now suppose a storm begins to brew, the ride becomes bumpy and the oxygen masks deploy. In order to help those around you with their oxygen masks, you must first put on your own or you won’t be able to help anyone else. The same principle is true for prioritizing our own health and well being. We can’t possibly help anyone else if we don’t help ourselves first. How can one pour from an empty cup?
Most of us know what to do in order to live a healthy lifestyle- eat well and keep our bodies active. But we don’t always commit to that lifestyle, do we? Sugary food tastes good! Working out is hard! Yet we know those people who somehow manage to eat all their vegetables and go to the gym. How do they do it? What keeps them motivated? Where does one begin?
Some of the greats, the people we look up to, those who are successful and thriving, use certain methods to stay productive, healthy and on track. According to world-renowned, self-improvement expert, Tim Ferriss, it can start with something as simple as making your bed first thing in the morning. When you complete one small task early in the day, you’re more motivated to follow it up with another, and then another, until your whole day has been productive. Ferriss says of this, “At the end of the day, the last experience you have is coming back to something that you’ve accomplished.” That feels pretty good! It reminds us that when it comes to our wellness, even the little things in life matter.
German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once said, “He who has a why can endure any how.”
What is your “why”? Perhaps it lies somewhere along the path to a job promotion, material objects, or, especially, for the sake of your children. In order to even nurture or achieve these things, we must first prioritize our well being.
Our “why” needs to be strong enough to keep us on track. Job promotions can keep us from doing things that truly matter with our families. Material things only bring us temporary joy.
According to an article published by Harvard Business Review, workplace stress has been linked to health problems ranging from metabolic syndrome to cardiovascular disease and mortality. By prioritizing a self-care regimen, you’re almost sure to not only be healthier but happier and more productive at work.
To connect with your inner “why” first think about your natural strengths, abilities and passions you’ve always had. Following those is what will truly make you come alive to reveal what motivates and interests you. Treat yourself like a good friend and write down a list of 5 things you’re good at. Give yourself some credit!
To quote civil rights leader, Howard Thurman, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Yes, be well to achieve your potential. Be well to fit into that tailored suit or dress that makes you feel good. Be well to be there for your children. But do it from a place of contentment. Your boss, your family, and people on the street will all notice when you’re doing it for the right reasons.
Once you have found your “why” it will become easier to stay motivated to commit to whatever wellness plan works best for you. That’s where Personal Evolution comes in! We are here to optimize your mental and physical well being by tailoring a therapeutic regimen to your specific needs. By combining good mental health with a physical regimen, you are sure to feel your absolute best so you can be your absolute best!
By taking care of ourselves, especially if we all did a better job of it, the world could be a place of peace and harmony. While it begins within each one of ourselves, it goes far beyond that. To take care of yourself is to take care of everyone. We only get one body in this lifetime. What are you doing with it? What legacy will you leave? Every day is a new chance to have a fresh start. It is never too late! Make now your time to *evolve!*