This past week I went to RISE Business Conference in Charleston, SC. I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting, but what I got was a swift kick in the booty to get out there and just be myself- my true, authentic, kind, helpful, caring but shoot it straight self. It was three big days of inspiring, motivating content plus practical business ideas from freaking awesome people like Rachel Hollis, Ed Mylett, Brendon Burchard, Dave Hollis, Amy Porterfield…. The list literally goes on and on and I have SO MANY things I want to share with you all that I carried away from this experience. I’ll start here.
One of the biggest takeaways from the weekend was the fact that your health is your wealth. As Rachel Hollis put it, “If your body doesn’t work, nothing else does.” There are so many different aspects that can be wrapped up in the big blanket of health. There’s physical health, mental health, emotional health. There’s diet, and exercise, and therapy and eating for your body type and figuring out how to use gym equipment and how often you should work out and should you eat a lot of fat or no fat or a little fat…. Should you eat beans?! What are you supposed to eat? And how often? And who decides?! Wait, I’m spiraling.
The point I’m trying to make is this- when we start thinking about taking care of our health it can get really overwhelming to even begin thinking about how to get started so many of us don’t get started at all. Have you ever felt this way? Maybe you have achy joints and your pants don’t quite fit anymore plus also you’re still carrying around some emotional baggage from the past as well dealing with a chemical imbalance in your brain resulting in a little depression. You’re certainly in no shape to go (forgive me, I have no better expression here) ‘balls to the wall’ trying to improve it all, all at one time.
I have some practical tips here for you to just get started.
- Move your body. Move it every day but move it with intention at least 4 times a week. On the daily, can you park a few spaces farther from the grocery store or walk up the two flights of steps to your office instead of taking the elevator. Four times a week, just take it up a notch. No, you don’t have to join a gym. Go outside, walk around in a loop for thirty minutes. Boom. Intentional movement. Feeling frisky? Go walk up the bleachers at a local high school stadium. Little things first.
- Eliminate one thing- and only one thing- from your daily food intake. Not broccoli. It can be coffee creamer, or cheese, or diet coke, or leftover Halloween candy. Pull something out and keep it out for like a week. Then, stretch it to two weeks. Keep it out for four weeks and then eliminate something else. Be sure as you are eliminating things you’re upping your water intake. Hydrate when you get a craving for that DC or mini snickers. It’ll pass.
- Meditate. I mean it. Meditate. Did I just lose you? “Oh, Mindy’s fallen off into the hippy dippy deep end.” It’s not like that. Just take ten minutes a day to get quiet, sit still, plant your feet, relax your shoulders, and just breathe. That’s all there is to it. You can even download an app on your phone to guide you through those few minutes if you have trouble calming your racing thoughts. I absolutely love the Calm app (the first five to click that link get a free 30-day guest pass.) You can find it in app store on your iPhone and I’m sure somewhere else on those other phones…. I’m not techy, I’m sure it’s there.
That’s it, y’all. Three things. Great things sometimes start small. The overwhelming feeling of never being able to do it all and do it all at one time often holds us back from doing anything. The cool thing is, just making these few changes first may just leave you feeling like you can take on the world at the end of month one.
Are you willing to try this for a month? I’d love to hear from you! Let me know the three little changes you can commit to making work for you. Small things add up to greatness, friends. I’m confident.