Heads up, busy executives! Are you successful in business, but lacking balance in your health and life
See below for five keys to restore balance to your life and health in order to get the job done.
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My clients have taught me that it is a real problem for many of them to maintain the energy level necessary to keep it all together at work and still be there for their families. They are successful at work but find that their health is slipping away from them and it is getting harder to get it back. Among the CEO’s and CFO’s with whom I have worked, they just don’t feel so great. Food, exercise, sleep and having enough energy are real issues. I have heard countless times that life is crazy. If you can relate, read on for an off ramp to frustration and a path to relief, energy, peace, and balance.
- Identify the problem. Jim Rohn says that all the positive talk in the world doesn’t make a difference if you are without a plan to make a difference. What are you really dealing with? Some keywords might include: exhaustion, skipping meals, on-going overwhelment, thinking about work all the time, pesky weight gain, poor nutrition, too much darn stress with no end in sight.
- Pick a place to start. Ask yourself where you will get the most mileage. Sorry, Super Stars, you can’t do everything to start. But if you picked just one thing to begin to turn the barge, that is a great strategy. Some ideas my clients came up with: stop mindless snacking and have real meals, connect with family after work instead of running to the fridge, go to bed earlier and make sleep a priority, declare a time when your work day ends and stick with it. You are smart. You’ll figure this one out.
- Let your intentions be known. Let your husband, wife, friends, family, employees, co-workers know that you must make your health and take better care of yourself a priority. Explore how they can support you. Some ideas from my clients: have your admin stock the kitchen at work with healthy fruits and not buy junky desserts; make some changes at home as to what the family eats at dinner; make a walking/exercise date with friends at work; tell the spouse no electronics in the bedroom (those bright screens are too stimulating and can prevent sleep); retire from being the family dessert and pastry chef and become a better role model. Again, you are smart and influential. You will get the people around you to support you.
- Move/breathe/stretch/perspire/strengthen. Everyone who makes time in their busy schedule to get the sweaty glow on reports feeling better. It’s fun, good for your heart, reduces stress, gives you more confidence and a more positive outlook, and turns on your resting metabolic rate, which is a fancy way to say your body will burn more calories and produce more energy during the day. You like a good deal, don’t you? This is one of the best.
- Remind yourself that everything counts. Even the so-called little things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator; switching from the devil-inspired sugary sodas to water and tea; having berries for dessert instead of cheesecake; anything and everything associated with increasing peace and relaxation in your life. At the end of the day, your feeling more balanced, more in control, healthier, happier, and more at peace is the result of these little things adding up. Never ever say that a good pro-health habit doesn’t matter. Wrong thinking! Everything counts, and so do you.
With love and encouragement,
Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
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