Gaining Health, Inside and Out

Gaining Health, Inside and Out

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Learn about the eight life balance pillars that were a game-changer for our life coach columnist and how they can help you, too.

 
“When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.” ― Augusten Burroughs, Dry

When you hear the word “health” do you immediatethink about your physical body and overall wellness? Sure, most would. 

What if you were told that your body is only one part of being healthy?  

As a business career woman or momprenuers, the focus on ourselves is often put on the back burner.  

I learned along my journey there were many times I felt I was juggling so many balls and the expectationsto getting everything done, and done well, were overwhelming.  

Usually my health would suffer with not sleeping, overeating, drinking to numb out, and just feeling sad and depressed. The struggle was real.

Then I discovered a better way to BALANCE all the responsibilities and expectations on my terms through the support of a coach and learning about the life balance pillars – game changer.

How you do one thing is how you do all things, as I know to be true, so of course I couldn’t be focusing on one area of my life without including all areas.  

Here’s what I share with you to get back to living a life by design and how you can make it happen.

The key is Balance in all areas which includes the following eight.

1. Career Work
2. Recreation – Leisure – Fun
3. Spiritual – Personal Development
4. Family and Friends
5. Money – Finances
6. Physical Environment
7. Spouse – Relationships – Significant Other
8. Health – Physical Well-Being

The goal is to achieve equal balance in all eightareas.  How is this possible you ask? By simply being willing to commit, show up, act, and do the work you are well on your way to finding the balance.

The process begins with getting clear on where you are in each category and finding ways to increase your overall relationship in each of those areas.

Using a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being you have a good handle on this area) identify where you are now by scoring them accordingly.

The areas that score low need your attention to improve the relationship.

For example – you score yourself low for Money and Finances because you of the following questions: do you have enough income, are you saving for unforeseen situations, are you accumulating a lot of debt, do you desire more, are you hiding out from your money and finances, are you putting your head in the sand hoping it will all workout?

Take this awareness and begin finding ways to improve relationship with money and finances bymaking simple adjustments which may include auto bill pay, balance your accounts monthly, set up a budget, talk to a financial advisor, find side work for additional income, etc.

The same is true with the other seven areas.  You find where you are not meeting the overall relationship with that area and then find ways to change to improve that relationship.

Don’t get overwhelmed and try to make all areas a 10 by next week.  Take your time to really analyze each pillar and pick on or two and begin there.  Make it a priority and stay focused on simply raising the connection in all areas knowing you can create the business and life you love from being doing this work.

And please remember allowing balance to be your focus, and not the punishment, will offer what you need in order to tap into creating a life by design, and one that you love with passion and purpose.

For additional support I am offering a free assessment available to Chic’er through May – schedule your time here.

Melissa Kirkpatrick
Melissa Kirkpatrick is a Transformational Coach and Motivational Speaker. She’s been featured in Cincy Magazine , CincyChic online magazine and is the author of the impactful self-help book “5 Steps to Your Own D.R.I.V.E.” Melissa offers one-on-one services, motivational speaking and hands-on workshops, allowing individuals and teams to shift their drive from stuck to unstoppable. To learn more, visit http://www.findyourowndrive.com or email missy@findyourowndrive.com.

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