The importance of maintaining balance and a positive mindset while pursuing your goals for health and well-being
By: Mark K. Jordan
In previous articles, we discovered that health and well-being include more than just diet and exercise. We discussed a healthier well-being approach that provided steps (as in three-week cycles) that can be used and adjusted in order to reach new health goals.
We noted that mental and emotional components of wellness play an important role in reaching new goals. We also mentioned the importance of minimizing stress, adding routine relaxation and enhancing quality sleep as components toward successful changes in health and well-being.
Other things can contribute to healthier well-being such as social and environmental wellness factors. We will cover two additional areas that are important, but often overlooked.
What do I mean when I say, “balance”?
The first involves finding a balance in your wellness approach. What do I mean by that? Let’s say that you’re at a stage in life where you have a lot of stress and very little time to relax, and you aren’t getting enough sleep. In addition to that, you want to lose weight and learn more about eating healthy.
If you put all of your efforts into just exercising and trying to eat healthy with no attention to the stress and lack of sleep without relaxation, your approach may be out of balance. In a balanced approach, you’re addressing all five, which can provide a more significant impact on the success toward improving overall well-being.
Here’s the other thing that can happen: Balance can mean less time overemphasizing just one part (such as exercise) that won’t provide the result that it used to provide – no more two- and three-hour gym workouts (as if we had time for that, anyway). This balanced approach can represent a shift from an older way of thinking that goes back to a time when it used to seem easier to get results by only changing how we ate and how much physical activity we did.
Let’s face it: As time passes, it seems to get harder and harder to do only those same two things and not even get the same results we got in the past. Does any of that sound familiar? If so, it’s because as we acquire time, we acquire other areas in our lives that become significant. It warrants making adjustments in those areas, too, as part of that balanced approach.
It’s very similar to putting less effort into more areas to provide the desired health and well-being benefits. Balance your approach by addressing many areas (not just two) that impact your well-being. It can make the goal results easier to achieve.
How important is the “mindset” with this approach?
The second involves having a positive and productive mindset to use with your balanced wellness approach. The mindset gives value and purpose to the desired health goal. It allows you to internalize the intentions related to your goal. The mindset takes the external guidance (and direction) and allows you to discover its personal importance.
It’s one thing to tell someone that healthy eating, physical activity and balance are important for better health and well-being – it is another thing to discover why that is important for you. Once you discover that personal importance, you become more self-driven, and the benefits can be longer in duration.
The key involves finding the resources that support a positive and productive mindset. Without that, you can have a situation where there are many resources available without the needed connection that supports your motivation to reach personal goals. The mindset connects resources to personal health goals. Services that support wellness programs and wellness coaching can be very beneficial resources for developing and supporting that very important mindset.
As you search for the right approach to start, maintain or improve your health and well-being goals, remember the importance of balance and the positive mindset as often overlooked keys to even better well-being.
Mark Jordan received a certificate for setting a Guinness World Record for most pull-ups done within 24 hours (4,321 of them at age 54!). He appeared on Dr. Oz in recognition of his wellness accomplishments. For more information about wellness consultations, coaching services or speaking engagements, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.markkjordan.com.