Improve Your Health and Vitality With 3 Simple Questions
By Kristen Buckley, Leadership Coach
Kristen Buckley is passionate about supporting people to live their best life. She is an accomplished businesswoman and leadership coach with over 15 years experience leading individuals, teams and organizations to improved performance and fulfillment.
Have you ever stopped to consider that perhaps the root of your less-than-ideal health has something – or perhaps everything – to do with what’s going on between your ears? When’s the last time you checked in on your emotional well-being?
I love that we’ve collectively come such a long way acknowledging the mind-boggling impact that food and natural medicine has on our health. I know from my own experience that the more I take care of my physical body through physical activity and taking care of it from the inside the more vibrant I feel.
There have been times, though, where my health has been sub-par. During those times I’ve been so grateful to have both the traditional and non-traditional physicians input to improve my health. Their knowledge and expertise has made a huge impact on my quality of life.
In some cases though, the most marked difference in my physical health, energy and well-being was not attributed to any influence that came from outside of me. It was shifts INSIDE of me – letting go of emotional blockages weighing me down – that made the biggest impact on my health. The most remarkable example of this was during my eight-year fertility journey with three rounds of IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment. In each round I was overseen by a medical doctor, visited a naturopathic doctor, underwent acupuncture, various tinctures – the full gamut.
There was nothing different in the treatment I received between the first two rounds and the last which led to a successful conception and birth of two beautiful twin boys. I am convinced that the success of the last IVF was attributed to my mindset and emotional well-being.
I can honestly say that as brutal as that journey to conceive was the learning out of it has been invaluable and changed me – for the better – forever. The key to unlocking this was embracing wise, timeless teachings that I repelled for years: “surrender yourself”, “let go of attachment to the outcome” and “go with the flow”. Sounds simple. And it is. Though definitely not easy to implement.
And don’t just take my word for it. There is medical proof that the stuff that goes on between your ears and the emotions associated with it manifest in your physical body as various ailments.
In the book, “Mind over Medicine” by physician Dr. Lissa Rankin, she describes her quest to uncover the truth about how people can heal themselves. She investigated existing medical research supporting her belief in the power of self-healing from years as a family physician witnessing her patients transform their health.
The most compelling evidence was the clear link between the stress the mind experiences, including emotional turmoil, and the breakdown of the body in the form of illness. The missing piece in this group of patients’ healing puzzle was not bad genes, poor food or exercise choices but rather emotional-related aspects of their personal life.
Many of theses patients whose health and well-being suffered were gut-wrenchingly lonely, were stressed out about work or hated their job, wanted out of a relationship but were afraid to leave, were out of touch with their life purpose or needed more “me” time and self-care rituals.
The tricky aspect about our body’s response to stress is that often it operates so subtly through low-grade dissonance it can be unbeknownst to us. That is why it is so important to take the time to stop and check in on your emotional health just like you do when you listen to your physical body for queues you are not well or are not thriving as much as you could.
Three questions to tap into your emotional and spiritual well-being:
- How much of my life is ruled by “shoulds”? Examine activities you engage in not because you want to but because you feel you “should”.
- How am I getting in my own way of what I want most – to conceive, lose weight, improve energy, living with effortlessness, energy and vitality?
- What do I need to let go of or surrender to?
List ONE change you can make today to improve your emotional well-being and get you closer to what you want the most.
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Kristen inspires vibrant, abundant lives rooted by intentionality, not default. The secret to a well-lived life is to envision what will make our deathbed self gush with pride and courageously weave that as a mainstay into our everyday lives. Learn more about Kristen at her website, on Facebook or Twitter.