What is your Why?

KNOW YOUR WHY

 

What is your why? This may sound like a simple question… and it is, really. But, the simplicity of the question should not take away its importance. It is a VERY important question.

Your why is what will MOVE you to creating goals and not giving up. Your  why is what will MOTIVATE you when the going gets tough. Your why brings purpose and passion.

 

So what is it for you… What is your why? Why is healthy living important to you? It can be different for everyone. My why for healthy living is so that I can be the BEST me. I feel at my best when I am moving more, nourishing my body with lots of fruits & vegetables, sleeping well, meditating, kicking stress to the curb, socializing with my friends/family regularly, giving back to others, giving love to my pets, and the list goes on. My list for living a healthy, happy life. I am sure you have your list too.

This topic was on my mind over the weekend as I was making a video for the company that I work for. I do not make videos as my job and I think I would shoot myself if I did. Video creating and editing is tough work. I got so frustrated SEVERAL times. But, pushing that aside, I created a video with some of my co-workers “why”. I had surveyed my co-workers last month and asked the very question, “What is your why?” I loved the responses I received! It was so overwhelmingly encouraging and motivating. I share it with you on the blog in hopes that perhaps one or two may stick out to you. It may motivate you to create your own why.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic. Comment below what your why is or why you think having purpose is important.

My Weakest Link with Healthy Living

My Weakest Link

Weaknesses. We all got ’em. And we don’t always like ’em. Am I right?!? So, I talk a lot about healthy living and wellness. It is a wellness blog, after all. But, I also try to make a point that even within healthy living, perfection is NOT the goal.

I think it is important for people to talk about the hard stuff. Let’s take shame out of the equation by opening up and sharing obstacles, barriers, weaknesses, and feelin’ straight up like poo. Yes, I just said poo. I know you feel like it sometimes. I do. Although, do we really know what poo feels like? Probably not. But you get me.

So today with the Dish the Fit link up (thank you The Fit Switch and The Fit Pepper), I am going deep with one of my weakest links with healthy living. Drum roll, please…

STRESS

When I am a little stress cookie, my personality changes. I turn into a little monster. I have a short fuse, feel like the world is crashing down on me, want to be alone, and often eat more than my fair share of sweets. I can easily get into the “all or nothing” mentality during high levels of stress too. Meaning… “Don’t have time for a workout? Fine. I won’t eat healthy either. And add a Root Beer with a side of cookies to that order. Thanks!” Quite frankly, I take a day to not be me. I don’t feel like myself when I am stressed so often cope with ways that are totally outside of who I am.

And you know what? I think it is supposed to happen that way. Eating differently and not having a desire to move are not the issue. They are symptoms. They are my body’s way of telling me… “Hey Bri, you kinda need to do something with this stress. I mean, like, NOW. Deal with it!”

Since I know I turn into a different person when I am stressed out, I see two options to improve this little bad habit of mine. 1) Reduce my stress, especially if I am seeing more of the stress cookie personality than I would like in a given month. We can’t completely eliminate stress, but reducing and managing stress are important. 2) Change the way I feel about stress. Instead of crippling into this different personality, I can take time to truly feel the stress and dissect it. Why am I feeling stressed? What would truly make me feel better? Getting help from someone, changing up a deadline, taking a creativity break, talking it out with someone, etc? Wow, so many options!

Or perhaps a good combo of both options would do me some good. Some things in life are way easier said than done, but are still worth a shot. Again, it’s always about progress and not perfection. I may still have days where the stress cookie shows up. Hopefully I can learn to punch her in the face. But, until then, I know that one day is not going to kill me. Getting up and at ’em that very next day (or in two to three days) is better than giving up the healthy life altogether.

Before I sign off, I have to say one thing… Love yourself, weaknesses and all. That’s way more important than anything else within health and wellness. Loving yourself is the foundation. Moving more, eating right, getting sleep, reducing stress, being financially fit, and all of the above are secondary.

So, now that we are sharing… what about you? What is your weakest link? It’s okay to talk about it. No shame, here!

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