Each day I coach athletes and clients on an individual journey of health and fitness. In my practice, true health includes the body, but it also includes the mind. It is obvious to see how diet and exercise may effect our health, but many do not see exactly how important our attitude and mindset is in our quest for all of the outcomes we desire. Ideal health really means having a lifestyle that includes several modalities daily that contribute to our mind and body’s ability to thrive. More precisely, this means living in a body that performs well and feels good, but also means experiencing an emotional world that predominantly feels good, loving, secure, happy and excited. Our emotional health will end up dictating how far we are willing to pursue any of our dreams especially in the midst of challenges and setbacks. But the health of our mind also allows us to deeply appreciate all of the aspects of our life. This is the most important piece of what I teach all my clients and athletes. If we can’t deeply appreciate where we are now, then it is almost impossible to deeply appreciate our destinations in life, let alone recognize them when we arrive. We are more than just bodies and we are more than just consciousness. We are both. And so we need to take care of both if we wish to thrive. If our minds are soured then sooner or later the other areas of our lives will taste just as bitter.
The three most important modalities I recommend for encouraging a healthy mind are: – 15 minutes of daily meditation- Plan out everything and write it down (less thinking about how and when to do something means more doing)- 8 Hours of sleep nightly (this is an important down time for our brains too)