Self-Coach Sunday 16: Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

Simplifying is one of the best attraction techniques out there. When we eliminate the complexities of life, the constant rushing around and the busyness of life, than we can see what is really important and design our lives and that. When we create space in our lives, we attract all sorts of wonderful opportunities.

Here is a great quote from Elaine St. James’ book, Living the Simple Life:

“One of the things that made it possible for me to keep going at high speed until I simplified my life was an innate ability to race through my day on automatic pilot. I think this is true for a lot of us.”

She points out that we’re used to rolling out of bed in the morning, dashing through the shower, eating breakfast while reading the paper, packing the kids off to school, driving to work on automatic while thinking about everything else, going through our work day, etc. Then back home again we fall into an evening routine, dinner, clean up, television, all on automatic. And, while weekends might present some break from the routine, we end up going to the same restaurants, see the same people, and go to the same places.

St. James points out that “Living on automatic pilot is often what makes it possible for us to do all the things we feel we have to do. We squeeze into our days new chores or commitments, adding another errand here, another lunch date there, without considering whether we really have the time to do them, let alone the desire.”

Her solution: put some air in back in your days so you can take the scenic route to work and enjoy the drive or have a leisurely breakfast with the family instead of a rushed scramble. The key is to eliminate the tasks and activities that you don’t really enjoy and orient your life around your real pleasures.

If we simply run through life on automatic pilot, we aren’t really present and we aren’t really enjoying life. We are just passing through. In my own life, I’ve noticed that I’m not enjoying our morning routines and in fact, get quite irritable with my daughter. No matter how much time we have, we always seem harried and rushed at the last minute getting the girls to nursery school. And evening meals can be a harrowing experience as well as we seem to rush through our meal so we can clean up and get the kids in the bath and read the stories. These are the two most precious times of the day.

This week, simplify a few things so that you have some breathing room in your schedule (try hiding the TV for just one week) and then start to consider how else you might simplify your life.

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Wellness Coaching Pointer: Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

Simplifying is one of the best attraction techniques out there. When we eliminate the complexities of life, the constant rushing around and the busyness of life, than we can see what is really important and design our lives and that. When we create space in our lives, we attract all sorts of wonderful opportunities.

Here is a great quote from Elaine St. James’ book, Living the Simple Life:

“One of the things that made it possible for me to keep going at high speed until I simplified my life was an innate ability to race through my day on automatic pilot. I think this is true for a lot of us.”

She points out that we’re used to rolling out of bed in the morning, dashing through the shower, eating breakfast while reading the paper, packing the kids off to school, driving to work on automatic while thinking about everything else, going through our work day, etc. Then back home again we fall into an evening routine, dinner, clean up, television, all on automatic. And, while weekends might present some break from the routine, we end up going to the same restaurants, see the same people, and go to the same places.

St. James points out that “Living on automatic pilot is often what makes it possible for us to do all the things we feel we have to do. We squeeze into our days new chores or commitments, adding another errand here, another lunch date there, without considering whether we really have the time to do them, let alone the desire.”

Her solution: put some air in back in your days so you can take the scenic route to work and enjoy the drive or have a leisurely breakfast with the family instead of a rushed scramble. The key is to eliminate the tasks and activities that you don’t really enjoy and orient your life around your real pleasures.

If we simply run through life on automatic pilot, we aren’t really present and we aren’t really enjoying life. We are just passing through. In my own life, I’ve noticed that I’m not enjoying our morning routines and in fact, get quite irritable with my daughter. No matter how much time we have, we always seem harried and rushed at the last minute getting the girls to nursery school. And evening meals can be a harrowing experience as well as we seem to rush through our meal so we can clean up and get the kids in the bath and read the stories. These are the two most precious times of the day.

This week, simplify a few things so that you have some breathing room in your schedule (try hiding the TV for just one week) and then start to consider how else you might simplify your life.

Screen shot 2015-01-03 at 3.59.59 PM

 

If you are interested in coaching or have questions, please feel free to contact me.

Please visit my Facebook Page.

what is health and what is wellness? Help me answer the question.

health wellness question

I will start the answer to the question about what components make life well and meaningful. Obviously, health – mental, physical, emotional, financial and spiritual. Our careers can be meaningful as well. Our social network too. I wonder if it is all under one thing? Health. What is the difference between health and wellness? Is health a condition and wellness a feeling or assumption we have of ourselves? Health is a state, and I guess wellness is a state too. Maybe health is body and wellness is mind. In those terms health is concrete and wellness is perceived. Where do the two separate? This is all becoming confusing. I may have to look up the definitions to see the difference. There must be a separation if people use both of them in a title or description. Here is the the first definition: Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. Wellness: The scientific meaning: health, freedom from disease. Or this: Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence. I really like this last one; it makes more sense to me. Here are the components:

*Process means that improvement is always possible

*Aware means that we are continuously seeking more information about how we can improve.

*Choices means that we consider a variety of options and select those in our best interest.

*Success is determined by each individual to be their collection of life accomplishments.

This speaks to me. I like the last definition the best. I think it is much different than the health definition. What are the types of health and of wellness? Here are some subcategories of wellness:

Social Wellness

Occupational Wellness

Spiritual Wellness

Physical Wellness

Intellectual Wellness

Emotional Wellness

Environmental Wellness

Financial Wellness

Mental Wellness

Medical Wellness

health wellness circle

These all lead to health. Health leads to freedom of illness, injury or pain. Or this: a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Three things that make up health:

*Lifestyle: the aggregation of personal decisions (i.e., over which the individual has control) that can be said to contribute to, or cause, illness or death;

*Environmental: all matters related to health external to the human body and over which the individual has little or no control;

*Biomedical: all aspects of health, physical and mental, developed within the human body as influenced by genetic make-up.

This is beginning to make sense to me and clear up some of the blurred lines. I will refer to this as I continue my work. My wish today is that everyone experience a life of balanced health and wellness. May you work towards that each day and be granted success in that movement. May your mind, body and spirit expand with health and wellness and may you help others obtain the same.

If you get a moment, please add your definition of health and wellness.