As a Certified Health Education Specialist and Wellness and Health Coach, I can tell you the four key components to improving your health:
- Eat Well
- Manage Stress
- Move Your Body
- Establish Healthy Relationships (Loneliness is detrimental to health and well-being)
I want to share with you one technique to help you manage stress. Each day, we have a set amount of emotional energy. When we diet, we spend a lot of our emotional energy on our food choices. If our emotional energy is drained, our diet goes out the window. Which helps explain why we are more likely to go off our diet after a hard day. One strategy to help reduce the amount of emotional energy spent, is to approach life with a proactive attitude.
One way to be proactive is to handle N.U.T.s (Nagging Unfinished Tasks). NUTs are all those pesky "honey do list" items that nag at us. They distract us, contribute to our chaos and stress and often serve as hurdles in our health improvement journey. Sometimes these tasks are big projects, but what I am talking about today are small inconvenient chores. Too many of these NUTs will drain our energy, energy we need to have in order to focus on our health improvement.
Some examples of NUTs are; a cracked windshield, an overdue car inspection, that loose front brick on your walk way, a disorganized desk, the winter jackets still hung by the front door in summer, paper work that needs attention, the fridge in need of a clean out etc...
The list of your NUTs is truly unique to you, so grab a piece of paper and start listing all your NUTs. Then take a look at your list. Identify each item on your list. Your NUTs will fall into one of four categories. You choose to either: Deal with it; Delegate it; Discard it; Decide if it really needs attention. Once you have them in their categories begin to tackle each NUT.
As you finish each task , cross it off your list. You will be amazed at how much lighter you feel. Doing this exercise, reducing what you tolerate, will help you build the feeling of self efficacy. That is an important emotion to have when trying to improve your health and wellness.
I teach these strategies and more in the Health, Wellness and Chocolate Membership Community and in my E-Book, Stop Dieting and Make Peace With Food. I would love to work with you to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Be Well!