Self-care takes different forms, depending on the situation and person. Lighting a candle. Enjoying a slow coffee and breathing deeply. Taking a walk. Spending time with a friend. Choosing healthy foods. Each of those has its place. But when life feels like it's spiraling out of control, self-care may be the first thing to go. How do we stop that from happening, to make ourselves more … [Read more...] about Is it Self-Care, or Is it Stewardship?
When we decide we're ready to take a healthy step forward, we set out determined. We prepare to take action. Inside, we're not sure we actually can reach our goal, perhaps, but we jump in anyway. Call it optimism, or craziness. Our resolve may last five minutes, five weeks, five months. We have fits and starts. And it can be easy to beat ourselves up over the fits and restarts. But as we … [Read more...] about Step 31: Celebrate Each Success, and Begin Again
What reminds you to chase your dreams? As children, most of us had an innate curiosity and believed that one day we could be and do anything. Then somewhere along the way, some of us lost sight of those beliefs and dreams. So now, sometimes we need reminders. We may need to reflect on where we are - both personally and professionally. And think about what our lives could be like if we … [Read more...] about Step 25: For Better Health, Chase Your Dreams
Got a headache? Drink water. Think you're hungry? Drink water. Feel lightheaded, dizzy, or brain foggy? Drink a glass of water. Water may not fix your problem, but it's a good start. Because most of us don't get enough of it. U.S. youth in 2005-2010 drank an average of 15 ounces of water per day, and U.S. adults drank an average of 39 ounces of water per day. That's according to the … [Read more...] about Step 21: Go Drink a Glass of Water
Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. -Robert Collier Routines help create healthy lifestyles, because they free our brains for other tasks. Even if the idea of a routine seems boring or stifling, establishing habits for a few less-enjoyable tasks gives you more time to dream, problem-solve, and choose fun. For example, nearly every day for breakfast, I eat the … [Read more...] about Step 19: Create Some Routines for Overall Health
Today, I want to help you seek out and sniff-test some new ideas. But first, let's review our roles: You are the expert on you. I am an integrative health coach. And if you hire me for that role, I partner with you to create healthy lifestyle behaviors that you've been unable to put in place alone. But it's not me telling you what to do. It's a partnership. My other role is as … [Read more...] about Step 17: Seek Out (and Sniff-Test) New Ideas