Living in a 24/7 world of “busyness” creates a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows that your body perceives as stressful. This can leave you with one of your fight-or-flight hormones, cortisol, running the show, putting your health and your business or career at risk.
When this happens, you’ve essentially hired cortisol as your C.O.O. And cortisol is not world-renowned for making good decisions!
If health and stress management are not high on your priority list, the challenges of juggling your day-to-day responsibilities increase the likelihood of making less-than-ideal choices about nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management and other health habits.
This creates a vicious cycle. A lack of time and energy to devote to treating your body well leads to fatigue and a bad case of “I don’t give a crap.”
Before you know it, your body, with its toxic load of stress, worn out adrenal glands, processed food and flabby muscles has become a “bad neighborhood”.
This is important because your body is a complex network of systems. When one part of the system (say, cortisol) goes rogue, ALL of your hormones go rogue. Cortisol is made at the expense of your sex hormones (progesterone, estrogen, testosterone) during stressful times, so those levels go down when cortisol goes up. Ignoring this won’t make things better and could ultimately lead to a roaring case of burn out, wild swings in sex hormones or chronic illnesses.
No thanks to that.
So how does a busy, rock star life-juggler get back her health and energize her life? (And fire her C.O.O. on the spot?)
Make Your Health a Priority
Your health should be one of your top 3 priorities in life. Without it, you are unlikely to be wildly successful and able to fully rock your mojo. Give yourself the gift of a conscious commitment to creating the healthiest you possible!
Create Systems and Habits to Support You
We all know that infants and young children thrive on routine and structure. Why not apply this principle to yourself? Here are several great places to start:
- Get up and go to bed at the same time every day (even weekends). Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep. This allows your body to repair itself and keeps cortisol in check.
- Eat on a regular schedule. This goes a long way toward keeping your cortisol levels low. Set an alarm if you need a reminder.
- Schedule exercise time just as you would any meeting.
- Take frequent breaks from work. Sitting is the new smoking and actually takes years off your life!
Create a Plan
Creating good long-term health outcomes requires attention to ALL of you – mind, body, and spirit. Try applying the same principles to your health as you would to business: identify the outcomes you want, set reasonable goals and establish a clear path to achieve success.
Creating new habits takes time and a willingness to commit to consistency. The key to success is taking baby steps and giving yourself permission to be imperfect. No one gets it right all the time and that’s fine!
If you find yourself off track, regroup, tweak your strategy if needed and recommit. Before long, you’ll have created a “good neighborhood” that includes a healthy body with rockin’ energy!
And your former C.O.O.? She’ll be hanging out in the unemployment line.
In the comments below, please share one change you’re making to give your health higher priority (or where you’re feeling stuck in doing so).
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Dr. Anna Garrett is a menopause expert and Doctor of Pharmacy. She helps women who are struggling with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause find natural hormone balancing solutions so they can rock their mojo through midlife and beyond. Her clients would tell you that her real gift is helping them reclaim parts of themselves they thought were gone forever.
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