Do You Have this Disorder?

Sometimes I have to tell clients to take a hike. 

And, I literally mean, take a hike.

It's often one of the best remedies for whatever's ailing them.

Nature-Deficit Disorder
For many of us, our modern lifestyle has removed us from nature disconnecting us from her rhythms and cycles and leading to what's been coined "nature-deficit disorder." As a result, we experience higher levels of stress, low energy, weaker immunity, mood swings, brain fog, behavioral problems, and more adverse health conditions.

Can you relate?

My Outdoor Habit
From my coastal hikes to sunrise runs in Golden Gate Park, spending time outdoors both grounds and uplifts me. It calms my mind, energizes my body, gets my creative juices flowing, miraculously diminishes my problems, and fills my heart with gratitude for all the gifts Mother Nature grants us each day.

Quite frankly, I can be pretty cranky without my daily dose of M.N.

Mother Nature's Healing Touch
Numerous studies have found that communing with Mother Nature can elevate overall health and well-being, including:

  • decreasing blood pressure and heart rate

  • boosting immunity

  • alleviating depression 

  • lowering stress, tension and anxiety 

  • improving self-esteem, focus and attention (including ADD)

  • enhancing cognition and creativity 

  • bestowing a sense of connectedness, meaning and purpose 

More than anything, Mother Nature nourishes our soul. She wisely reminds us that we are never truly alone. She rejuvenates by attuning us to the earth's natural rhythms.

The Best Remedy
We instinctively know that Mother Nature is good for us on so many levels. Yet, our fast-paced, indoor, screen-addicted culture makes it so easy to forget how essential she is to our vitality. 

Let me be a little birdie on your shoulder gently reminding you that sometimes the very best remedy for an unwanted condition or state is not in your medicine cabinet, refrigerator, wine rack, or some diet book. It's literally just outside your door.

What small step can you take this week to reconnect with Mother Nature?

Something Oprah Told Me...

Let me tell you something Oprah told me. Well, not exactly to my face, but it certainly felt like she was speaking directly to me during her final show a few months ago. Here's what she said:

"We are all called. Everybody has a calling and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it."

Do you know what your calling is?

Do you ever think about it?

I didn't much until I was laid off a few years ago. For the first time ever I didn't have someone or someplace to report to. No boss, no teacher, no parent. What I did have was an incredible opportunity to start over. To cultivate a life that was in total alignment with my morals, values and passions.

At this time, I also realized that I had spent the past 15 years in various marketing gigs simply because of a decision I made when I was 18 to major in advertising. Crazy, huh?

I was content at my jobs, but I wasn't very inspired or fulfilled. Eventually I looked for fulfillment in other places, in particular in food.

I became obsessed with food blogs. I'd sneak bites of them throughout my work day to keep me going. They delighted me when my work didn't.

I also started micromanaging every little morsel I ate. Doing so gave me a sense of purpose and control. In bed at night I'd review my intake for the day, deciding if I'd earned a gold star or not.

Restoring Food to Its Rightful Place
Unhealthy habits and obsessive behaviors manifest when something in our life is out of balance. For many it's our jobs. Work can be one of the most dysfunctional areas of our life.

When I got clear on my purpose and started following my calling--supporting others on their journey toward optimal health--I became more emotionally and spiritually fulfilled and mentally stimulated. As a result, food has been restored to its rightful place. It's still important, but it no longer demands the enormous head space and energy it once did.

Fire In My Belly
My work as a health coach puts fire in my belly and gives my life deeper meaning. I now have greater congruity between my heart and soul and my career.

Your life's purpose does not need to be attached to a paycheck, however. I also believe it evolves over time. Everything does. The first step is to figure out what it is. The second is to figure out how to start doing it.

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman

What makes you come alive?

What puts fire in your belly?