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The #*!*?! Keeps Coming

The #*!*?! Keeps Coming

By on Oct 21, 2013 in Facing Challenges, Healthovers Blog, Healthy Practices, Learning |

During life, most of us hold our breath and wait for a time that finally feels calm and accommodating to who we are. Do you know the feeling? We work, try, and grapple, hoping that times will change and things will get easier. After small periods of calm, we’re usually thrown back into the mix of stress and ups and downs. Just as you’re waiting to get off an emotional roller coaster, life often buys you a ticket for a new one. What’s that about? The truth is, the #*!*?! keeps coming. The illusion that if you wait long enough or try hard enough, that all the messiness and frustrations of life will stop is just that–an illusion. So what do you do? A big part of living in and staying healthy in reality is coming to terms with the #*!*?! Keeps Coming phenomenon. None of us have a human-desired control over life. We live in a world that is wild no matter how we try and contain it. When you live in the wild, you have to prepare. You prepare first and foremost by taking care of yourself. With the knowledge that storms, lightning, and droughts may be around the corner, you still have to keep up with physical and mental-emotional fitness as much as you can. Preparation helps you to get through new and stressful periods of time that you may not have foreseen (since we don’t have crystal balls at our disposal). You can also make more peace with the fact that #*!*?! Keeps Coming. Have you wanted it to be different? If so, in what ways? Ask yourself if the positive changes you’re hoping for live in fantasy land or in reality. Reality tends to repeatedly present challenges with a common theme if we’re ignoring the bigger picture. Unless we face the challenge head on here and now, we’ll often be met with it again. Finally, it’s okay to step back and not try so hard all the time. Trying your best is admirable. However, some forms of trying resemble banging against a wall over and over again. No matter how hard you try, the wall is still there and you can’t imagine it away. Try...

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The Turtle, the Rabbit, and You

By on Oct 21, 2013 in Everyday Health, Healthovers Blog, Healthy Practices, Work |

The story goes that the turtle was slow and steady, but he won the race. The rabbit was faster from the start line, but he thought he had a big enough lead to be able to take a nap when tired. While he was napping, the turtle won. The turtle was slow and steady and the rabbit was fast but lazy. This story brings up an interesting dilemma. How do you want to approach things? The fear of being too slow and behind everyone else can rear its head in life. It tells you forcefully that you haven’t reached where you need to be. You should be somewhere else. This somewhere else is in line with where everyone else is. The punch line is always that you’re not good enough. You might feel the opposite and more like the rabbit. You’re so fast that you’ve reached the end, the destination—without actually crossing the finish line. You can just stop where you’re at and nap without looking further. Do either of these feelings sound familiar? The pace you’re at in life is unique to you, but it can be easy to judge where you’re at. Very often the judgement is unfair and not helpful toward where you want to go next. How fast or slow can you go and still reach your goal? Does it matter what other people think about your decisions? Life isn’t a race. Ultimately, you are on your own path. Ideally, you don’t want to be so slow so that you can’t imagine the possibility of reaching your goal. In that case, fears and anxieties are most likely blocking your path. However, the steadiness of the turtle is helpful to emulate so that you don’t give up. You also don’t want to be so fast and hurried that you prematurely run out of energy and feel tired before you near the finish line. In that case, you’re probably running toward goals forcefully and somewhat blindly without a realistic pace. The strong potential of the rabbit, however, is helpful to see in your own life. Most likely, you’re somewhere in between the turtle and the rabbit and going at your own speed. Don’t worry what others say,...

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Playfulness and Health

Playfulness and Health

By on Sep 20, 2013 in Fun and health, Healthovers Blog, Healthy Practices, Mind-Body |

What is playfulness? If you’re reaching for the dictionary on this word, toss it aside! Playfulness can’t be described with words. It’s a feeling, and it’s one that can easily be neglected in this world and in health. How is playfulness good for your health? When you’re playful, you’re appreciating the lightness that can be experienced in your life. This lightness naturally supports a balanced body and mind, gets you looking forward to new experiences, and helps you enjoy interacting with yourself and the world around you. Naturally when stressful times arise it’s not always possible to bring out your playful side. On the other hand, how many days or weeks go by for people in today’s current lifestyle that aren’t riddled with stress in some way? Let’s be realistic and say that playfulness can sometimes appear on the endangered feelings list. Don’t forget to enjoy your personality along the way in life. Playfulness isn’t all about how you appear to the outside world. It’s more about the lightheartedness you allow in your own life, even when life presents you with a regular reel of challenges and missteps. It’s a secret joke exchanged without words. It’s that laugh you share with yourself or someone else. It’s watching yourself, someone else, or your pet do something unexpected and memorable. Playful moments aren’t frivolous, they last for a long time. Handle the daily routines, responsibilities, work, duties, and bills. Just don’t forget to play sometimes too.  ...

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No Such Thing as Perfect Health

No Such Thing as Perfect Health

By on Sep 18, 2013 in Everyday Health, Facing Challenges, Healthovers Blog, What is Health |

Is there such a thing as perfect health? Well, is there such a thing as a perfect person? The answer to both questions is:  NO. Human beings go through real life, real challenges, unexpected events, and uncertainty. During this lifetime, there is no such thing as perfect health. The way health is depicted in the medical community and media can sometimes be misleading in this respect. You see perfect specimens of health running down the beach in a commercial or health magazine, and you’re led to believe that every single day unfolds this way for truly healthy people. Commercials depict people who are happily on medications that bypass the need to look deeper into existing health imbalances. A woman eats a container of yogurt and her healthy weight and slim figure are set for eternity. While many of these tactics are marketing strategies, you still have to resist health propaganda out there in the world when the message doesn’t fit you as a person. Do you want to be a perfect person? Or would you rather approach yourself and your health from where you’re at in life? This is a tricky question. It’s undeniable that the shiny tune of the word “perfection” beckons each of us during life. Striving for it can lead to frustration, disappointment, and feeling stuck. Striving for perfect health is no different. Unless you approach your health from a realistic and approachable standpoint, it can always seem so far away, running away from you as you run toward it in its perfect fantasy form. Ever heard of “wabi-sabi”? Wabi-sabi is the Japanese view that accepts imperfection as a form of beauty and balance. To acknowledge wabi-sabi is to see that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. By accepting the wabi-sabi in your health, in your personality, and in your life, you can really appreciate what makes your health and your life tick each day. You can also respect the journey that you take as an individual to feel health in your life amid the very real challenges that come your way. Your health has strengths and it has weaknesses, it has room to grow, and it’s human just like you are. Don’t...

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Only You Can Do It

Only You Can Do It

By on Sep 18, 2013 in Healthovers Blog, Independence, Inspire Health, Practice Health, Strength |

There are certain things in life that only you can do. Want to turn your health around? Only you can do it. Have a desire to reduce stress? It’s up to you. Have you been thinking about improving your sleep, losing weight, clearing up your skin, or eating healthier? Again, all signs point to you. While you may find resources out there to help you along the way, the first step to getting what you want in health or any other area is the realization: Only I can do this for myself. No one else can do it for me. Life can offer openings for you to get what you want, but until you take ownership of what you want, these openings may be hard to find. The temptation is often to seek answers outside of you. What book will help, which video has useful information, what did your friend say the other day that her doctor told her to do? Education is important when it comes to health, but the first steps toward getting healthy are often simple and within your control. These simplest measures can be the most difficult to start even though they are completely within your hands. We’re taught to seek solutions elsewhere and doubt our own instincts when it comes to self care and healthy living. Your body, however, offers the most powerful clues on what to do to take care of yourself. When you ask yourself what you’re uniquely aiming for, even when no one around you is on the same boat, you’re taking care of your health. When you turn to yourself during stressful times and support yourself through it, you’re clearer on how to get healthy. Only you can do it. No one else can. Taking accountability for what you want helps you to own it and to take real steps to get there—no matter what. When you frame your goals outside of yourself and look outward for the answers, the challenging times can feel stuck rather than opportunities to learn and grow. This mindset can lead to a cycle of disappointment and discouragement. Look at your health goals square on, and ask yourself what you can do. Don’t turn to...

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The Guilt of Going for It

The Guilt of Going for It

By on Sep 18, 2013 in Expression, Facing Challenges, Guilt, Healthovers Blog, Practice Health |

Have you ever wanted something for yourself, and then felt guilty about wanting it? It could be an interest, a goal, a dream, a win, or just about anything. It’s common to want something and to experience guilt or fears of backlash about it. You might even wonder whether life will somehow punish you for following your dreams. The guilt and fear can snowball into a superstitious belief that going for what you want is taboo and dangerous. Sound familiar? Let’s look at this guilt in an open light. First off, what is guilt? Guilt is one word, but it can have many different shades of meaning. The dictionary describes guilt as:  “The fact of having committed a specified or implied offense or crime.” The dictionary says that when you do something wrong, or someone else claims you’ve done something wrong—you feel guilty about it. In fact, there are many other triggers of guilt that have nothing to do with wrong-doing. Guilt can actually come from right-doing. Guilt can result from wanting to do something right—by going for what you want in life! We’re universally taught that certain dreams are acceptable to strive for in life. It often includes a family, a house, an occupation, a cat and a dog. These desires are definitely important to the extent that you want them, but they are not all that life’s made out of. Each individual has unique wants and dreams outside of this picture. What are yours? It’s challenging to go after what you uniquely want, the things that no one else around you is striving for. Thoughts can pop up such as, “What will other people think about this?” or “Am I doing something wrong by going for this?” You might fear that you won’t belong anymore if you set off confidently in pursuit of your dreams. You may also have second thoughts such as: “Am I imagining the importance of wanting this?” or “Am I on the wrong track and hurting others by selfishly wanting this in my life?” The guilt can reach so far as to imply to you: “I’m a bad person.” or “I’m crazy for wanting this.” or even “When are the police coming after...

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