Mind. Good Health. Happiness.

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Self-esteem.

Health

Health. Emotion.

Emotional fitness is an important part of good health. What goes into your mind is an important as what goes into your body. Even if your physical body is healthy, if you’re imbalanced emotionally, your self-esteem can be affected. Therefore, investing in the care and feeding of your mind is a critical step to good health.

One consequence of not taking care of your mind is depression, a buildup of unaddressed, unacknowledged, and unheard, unappreciated, alone, as if you lack control over your life, ill-equipped to handle life on its own terms – these are conditions that often drive us to depression. And some of the symptoms are not eating, overrating, isolating, or resuming an old destructive habit, such as smoking, drinking, or gambling. At some time or another we all face problems – financial, personal, family, health, spiritual – and must deal with the realities of depression. How we handle depression and how long we remain in it are determined by our willingness to take certain actions.

While it would be easy to say all depression can be remedied with one solution, that’s not true. However, the following suggestions have worked for me and countless others, and may work for you too. However, if you are severely depressed and have had suicidal thoughts, please contact a health care professional.

  • Take Action: For many people, action is the key to alleviating or eliminating depression.
  • Be Patient: It’s normal to want instantaneously results after you’ve taken an action. But in truth, results rarely happen immediately.
  • Enlist A Friend: Having someone to talk to about your feelings is important.
  • Read Daily Mediations: Consider beginning each day with selected readings from positive, uplifting books.
  • Spend Quiet Time Alone: By allowing daily quiet time you create a balance between the doing and the being aspect of your life.

What can you do right now, this moment, to move your closer to better health? Perhaps getting a physical exam or just making an appointment with a doctor, or quitting smoking or drinking?  Eating a green salad, buying a quart bottle of water and drinking it all, making a spa appointment, going for a brisk walk outside or on the treadmill?

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Emotional Fitness

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Good health. Yoga woman relaxing by seaEmotional fitness is an important part of good health. What goes into your mind is an important as what goes into your body. Even if your physical body is healthy, if you’re imbalanced emotionally, your self-esteem can be affected. Therefore, investing in the care and feeding of your mind is a critical step to good health.

Taking Care of the Mind.

One consequence of not taking care of your mind is depression, a buildup of unaddressed, unacknowledged, and unheard, unappreciated, alone, as if you lack control over your life, ill-equipped to handle life on its own terms – these are conditions that often drive us to depression. And some of the symptoms are not eating, overrating, isolating, or resuming an old destructive habit, such as smoking, drinking, or gambling. At some time or another we all face problems – financial, personal, family, health, spiritual – and must deal with the realities of depression. How we handle depression and how long we remain in it are determined by our willingness to take certain actions.

While it would be easy to say all depression can be remedied with one solution, that’s not true. However, the following suggestions have worked for me and countless others, and may work for you too. However, if you are severely depressed and have had suicidal thoughts, please contact a health care professional.

  • Take Action: For many people, action is the key to alleviating or eliminating depression.
  • Be Patient: It’s normal to want instantaneously results after you’ve taken an action. But in truth, results rarely happen immediately.
  • Enlist A Friend: Having someone to talk to about your feelings is important.
  • Read Daily Mediations: Consider beginning each day with selected readings from positive, uplifting books.
  • Spend Quiet Time Alone: By allowing daily quiet time you create a balance between the doing and the being aspect of your life.

What can you do right now, this moment, to move your closer to better health? Perhaps getting a physical exam or just making an appointment with a doctor, or quitting smoking or drinking?  Eating a green salad, buying a quart bottle of water and drinking it all, making a spa appointment, going for a brisk walk outside or on the treadmill?

Feel free to join my conversation on FacebookFacebook Esteemableacts Fan Page, or my Facebook Law Page, you can also interact with me on my Twitter Esteemable Acts page, Twitter Law Page, or on LinkedIn.

NYC Marathon. Running. Goal Setting.

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Marathon RunningAs I watched the NYC Marathon this past Sunday, I thought back to my participation in two marathons and some lessons I took away from that experience.

Running. A Different Perspective.

When I ran I finished both races in around six hours, and believe it or not, for the longest time I was down on myself for being so slow. Then a person who only wished they could run a marathon helped me to see things from a different perspective.

That fact that I had a dream and the fact that I did what I had to do and stayed the course to complete my goal made me a success. I actually finished two marathons in my forties when folks told me that couldn’t do it! This taught me that finishing is the key and that as long as you complete what you started out to do, you are a winner.

NYC Marathon Results.

Another important thing I took away from my marathon days was that things are not always as they appear. Women’s winner Mary Keitany lingered behind the frontrunners for the longest time until she picked her spot and began easing towards the front. In fact, both Mary Keitany and second place finisher, Jemima Sumgong, were not in the top 5 for much of the race. But these women had a plan, stuck to it, and never gave up! If you were to judge their performance simply on the early part of the race, you may have thought they didn’t have a chance. Again, it’s the end result that counts!

Then there was Kurt Fearnley, who once again finished first in the Wheelchair Division. Kurt was born with a defect that prevented parts of his spine from forming, but has still managed to become a world-class athlete. How easy would it have been for him and all the other athletes competing to say – “I can’t do this?” How many of us simply give up before we even try?

Goal Setting.

Although the road may be very difficult and things may take longer than we would like, the fact is we can do anything we want only if we are willing to try. Watching the race on Sunday reinforced my realization that our goals are much like the marathon. It’s not how you start but how you finish, regardless of how long it takes.

Until next time, I’m Francine Wardattorney, coach, author, and speaker.  I invite you to join my conversation on my Esteemable Acts Fan pageEsteemable Acts Twitter feed, or in one of my LinkedIn Groups.

 

Move your body. Exercise. Self esteem.

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Move your body. Exercise.

Move your body. Exercise.

Move your body. Exercise.

The heaviest weight I’ve ever been is 145 pounds, and I was only 26 years old.  I went from a size 4 to a size 14 almost overnight. For some people, that’s not a lot of weight.  But for me, with my small frame, that was a lot of bulk to carry around.  And while I want to blame my weight gain on my mother, the weather, the TV, McDonald’s, or tell you that the popcorn just popped into my mouth, the truth is–I got there by design.  It wasn’t a conscious plan, per se. But, when you couple no exercise with more than enough food, you get a heavy body.

Not everyone cares about being a few pounds lighter, or having more energy, or feeling healthier.  So if that is not of interest to you, then don’t read anymore of this blog post.  In fact, many folks are happy just where they are.  BUT, if you are like me, or have struggled with your weight as I have, and you want to do something about it, then read on.

Move Your Body. Exercise.

First, you can’t go back and change the past.  So stop whining about where you were or what you didn’t do.  You didn’t exercise, you ate too much, and you ate a lot of garbage.  Okay, it’s done. What you can change is the present, which will ultimately change your future. This blog post only focuses on one action: move your body.

By no means is incorporating a daily practice of movement been easy to implement.  There will be many times that you will slip back into the “no movement consciousness.”  But if you keep Move your body uppermost in your mind–just for today, by the end of today, you will feel great. Se;f esteem comes from DOING Esteemable Acts, and it’s an Esteemable Act to move your body.  It’s hard to say you love yourself when you don’t tend to the proper care and feeding of your body.  Move your body.

Self esteem. Esteemable Acts.

Here are a few things I do to get back on track, when I fall off the beam. Maybe they might work for you, too:

  1. Create the intention to move daily. It all begins with a thought, a desire to take action.
  2. Visualize your movement. See yourself dancing, running, jumping rope, or doing some activity that requires movement.
  3. Plan & schedule your activities in advance.
  4. Alternate activities. Do something different each day.
  5. Take small actions every day. Baby step your way to success.
  6. Workout with a friend. Exercise goes better with friends.
  7. Keep your agreement to you. There are always valid excuses for not going to the gym, running five miles, or playing volleyball; there is no excuse for not moving your body. You simply have too many options.

What will you do today?

Excerpt from my book, 52 Weeks of Esteemable Acts: A Guide to Right Living.

 I’m Attorney, Speaker, Author, and Coach Francine Ward sharing real world experiences  to help you change the way you see yourself and build self esteem. Join the conversation on my Esteemable Acts Facebook Fan PageEsteemable Acts Twitter Page, or in one of my LinkedIn Groups. Also, feel free to pin on my Pinterest Page.