- What do you look like at your ideal weight and level of fitness?
- What is your ideal level of stress? Don’t say none, because some level of stress is good! A stress-free life is unrealistic. We grow by challenging ourselves, and feeling a little stress can help us to be at our best. Imagine the feeling of being able to handle stress without getting overwhelmed. How does it feel to be in control? Remember that how we view stress itself is key to how we physically handle stress. If you don’t believe me, watch this interesting 15 minute TED talk by Kelly McGonigal, psychologist.
The name of the talk is “How to Make Stress Your Friend”. Answer? Two great interventions:
1. Create courage. View stress in s more positive light; say to yourself: “This is my body, helping me to rise to this challenge.”
2. Create resilience. Remember that another stress hormone is oxytocin, a hormone that makes you crave social connection. Your stress response wants you to reach out to others, so DO! By reaching out to others, will help your heart and body (since oxytocin is heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory) and will allow you to better handle life’s challenges knowing that you don’t have to face them alone.Now, back to continuing to creating your vision:
- Do you have more energy and vibrancy? Where are you spending that extra energy and productivity?
- How does your physical appearance reflect your health? Are you muscular? Flexible? Able to keep up with your kids or grandkids without running out of breath?
- What does good health mean for you spiritually? Do you feel connected to something bigger than yourself?
- How are your emotions? Are you more balanced? Are you honest with yourself?
What is the ripple effect of this vision? How are your relationships with your family, at work, and in your community affected by your good health?
Only you can answer these questions as you make your own vision of wellness. Remember to use all of your senses as you answer these questions.