Why do some of our healthiest, daily practices get set on the back burner? At first it seems like “no big deal”, until your health or something in your personal world starts falling apart, signaling that one of the 4 areas to Living healthy is off track. A simple tweek maybe all that you need for these mighty 4 ( Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, & Spiritually) team members. But if your noticing health issues or a drop in energy and attitude, then your daily routine may need a good re- evaluation and restructure, to spark the glow and restore your health and happy motivation.
I don’t believe you can single one of these four out and still have the same positive effect. Each area lends itself to the other creating a support team of health, that prepares you for those moments in the day that can become really tough. However, giving each enough time to edify you and sustain a balanced energetic attitude is the real trick.
How can you tell when one area is out of balance? Let me answer this question by a personal story. Picture yourself leaving work early to jump on a bus full of energetic, loud, excited teens. You are heading off to watch these teens participate in a basketball tournament. 7 hours later, you are back on the bus riding home. It’s dark and cold and the events of the day start to set in. Rather than a peaceful ride home, the air is filled with energetic voices engaged in loud talking, joking and lots of laughter. You tell yourself that you have only an hour and half left until you can curl up in your warm home. It’s 10:00 pm and you only have about 15 or 20 more minutes. You try not to pay attention to the time, but your whole nervous system is counting the SECONDS. All of a sudden the bus pulls over for a 10 minute stop to drop someone off. Ok, deep breath, you can do this. You wait, you wait, you wait…but then you notice that progress has not resumed, because of a conversation that has engaged over situations that could easily and should be discussed tomorrow.
YICKS! That’s it….your emotional thermostat rises. You lift your head from the texting that has kept you occupied on your phone and without hesitation out of your mouth comes the words spoken firmly…. “Let’s get going!” Everything comes to a pause, as startled looks are sent in your direction. Then people begin to move to their planned destination. You however, begin to feel bad that you even opened your mouth in the first place, let alone said it with stern force. To keep yourself from feeling like such a jerk, and counter-act your dropping emotional attitude, you begin to justify your actions with thoughts that roll through your head. “It’s really late and I am just overly tired”, “I must be getting too old to sit on a bus 7 hours, full of teens”, “I haven’t eaten and I am starving”, blah, blah, blah the excuses keep coming.
I knew those were all symptoms, but not the real root of the problem. The error lies in that I had not allowed myself time to prepare in all areas of my life that day. Therefore, rather than acting and speaking my words in a tone of positive influence, which would have been non-abrasive, I reacted and went straight to FORCE, offensive and abrupt. The after-shock I created not only affected them but also me, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
When life is on a steady, “everything is going my way” direction, or even during those slightly bumpy times, I can easily stay gracious, funny, and patient. But, that is not my goal. I am creating the ability to live in an attitude of real, positive action, and a feeling of peace during those long drawn out moments when I am really under pressure. Therefore, I could easily see that it is time to re-evaluate my system of daily preparation.
And there is no better time to really spruce up on it, than right before the holidays. That time of year when the emotional stress meter rockets up in the sky. So, come be a part of the “prepare for the holidays” event. Set your plan in motion to feel happy and jolly, supporting your mind and body to live in an attitude of healthy.
Join me and 6 other amazing women share some powerful strategies to keep you feeling beautiful, warm and gracious through the holidays. http://realpositivechange.com/glow-celebration