Peaceful, engaged, service.
2. When do you feel the most happyhealthy?
When I am in a state of flow usually when I am active or creating (whether it be running, drawing, or developing ideas); when I am laughing (whether with friends or the pure joy you feel from the crazy, wondrous things that kids say); when my time is spent focused on something I value because of the change I think it could potentially make.
3. What strategies, both formal and informal, do you use to live a happyhealthy lifestyle?
- Training schedule. I find that when I do not have a specific training plan in place that I struggle more mentally. I need to have weekly running goals, a direction I am headed. I also stay active because movement helps with my anxiety, stress retroactively and even more so as a proactive measure. I have been using it as a tool since I was in high school actually.
- Stretching and listening to uplifting music as soon as I wake up. I recently implemented this to help me on those days I am really struggling and it has helped provide some more peacefulness to get going no matter what I feel that day.
- I randomly go on walks to take work breaks when I start to feel overwhelmed, tired, or just to get some functional movement in for my physical self! It’s a combo of the walk and Vitamin D :)
- Keep a journal to “brain dump” things – especially in the mornings and evenings when my brain is on fire with things I need to do/take care or ideas running through my mind. I don’t do it everyday, just when I feel I its needed. Sometimes it is helpful, other times I find it to not be.
- I struggled with ongoing headaches and stomach aches high school through to about four years ago. When I limited sugar, stopped eating gluten and things with additives it drastically changed that. I am so used to how I eat now that I didn’t think much about how I incorporate nutrition into my happyhealthy, BUT it is definitely a huge part of healthy for me (and I believe happy because the impact it has on your brain!). No medication would work for my headaches, which I hated taking anyways, and I would have to teach with extreme stomach aches, etc. Now, when I have something I shouldn’t, I immediately feel the impact. So my strategy is sticking to it and allowing it to be a lifestyle that becomes a part of me, not a fad. You won’t regret it! Anytime I get a taste of how I used to feel, I can’t imagine how I dealt with that almost daily.
- Seeing and experiencing new things and people. I try and plan opportunities to take my work and life elsewhere to serve and experience something new.
- I wish I could say I have non-negotiables like setting aside time for me but I struggle with that and have yet to be successful. It increases my feeling of overwhelm rather than alleviates it at this point in my life. The one thing though that I do stick to is staying connected to people. I am not always perfect at that by any means, but I really care about people knowing they have access to me and that connection is at the top of my value list. I guess, in turn, it supports my happyhealthy because 1) I love to learn from and meet people from all different walks of life and 2) I think humility, love, and putting myself second is important to my growth and mental health.
4. Is there a quote or mantra that you use to help put yourself in a happyhealthy mind frame?
I have a couple: each morning I stretch and think about Colossians 1:11--"Strengthened by all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness." Also, “anything is possible” when I am fearful of trying something new. And regularly, “Ask yourself what is really important and then have the wisdom and courage to build your life around your answer”.
5. Can you recommend any resources that you've found particularly helpful on your happyhealthy journey?
I listen to Brene Brown and Seth Godin sometimes, however most of the things I listen to or read are random and based on the work I am doing in that moment or area (knowledge or skill) I am personally trying to grow in. More related to mindfulness--I did The Daily Love’s Love University a few years ago and there were elements of it that which helped me have more focused reflection on my past and where a lot of my fears and anxiety stem from. I read encouraging articles from Propel Women and Believe I Am once in awhile. I also listen to Creative Live broadcasts or free classes on Udemy or in my local area to help get my creative juices flowing. Some good books I have read that might be helpful are: The War on Art by Steven Pressfield, The Successful Principles by Jack Canfield and Take Control of your Health by Dr. Joseph Mercola; if you are a scanner (i.e. extreme multi-passionate person of sorts) the book Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher will help you feel understood! I am a lover of documentaries related to nutrition and mindfulness, although I don’t think they necessarily make people feel very good at first, but they have the potential to make people more aware and feel much better if they decide to seek more truth or put certain principles into practice (The True Cost – a documentary related to mindfulness and consumerism is one people might not think is related to happyhealthy living, but I do!) I also find nutrition related resources on FoodMatters.tv.