As Lou Holtz, the famous college football coach, once said, “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” We all create our own tension because we buy into some idea of who we are supposed to be, who others are supposed to be, or some expectation of what things should be like or how they should go. When things don’t go as planned or life drops an unexpected surprise in our lap, it creates tension and stress. But it’s not actually what does or doesn’t happen that creates the stress; it’s how we react to it that does. Going one step further, I would say that it’s actually our resistance to what is or isn’t happening that creates the stress.
We are all going to experience setbacks in life and things that challenge our belief in ourselves; and that is why the stories we tell ourselves matter. Those stories are based on what we think we can and can’t do, or who we think we are or aren’t. This not only impacts how we approach a new task or challenge, but also the decisions we make on a daily basis. Fear of failure is a driving force behind self-doubt; yet failure is deeply misunderstood by most of us. Contrary to what you may think, failure is a necessary component of success. If you don’t fail, you can’t get better. Failure provides you with an opportunity to reflect on what worked and what didn’t. It gives you a chance to learn, explore, and tweak. Nearly all successful people have failed, multiple times, before they were considered a success.
We make decisions every day that affect how we feel, what we do, and the quality of our life. Many of our decisions are largely influenced by defaults. In most areas of life, 80-90% of us accept the default option. Defaults are typically the easy, go-to options that are readily available to us. Default settings are everywhere, and more often than not, they make decisions for us that we’re not even aware of. In order to get different outcomes, you can’t just accept the default that has been created for you by someone else. You have to customize the settings so that they work for you and your interests; so that they promote health and quality of life.
Wellbody, a health and wellness startup founded by Austin couple Brandon and Lori Miranda, today announces the launch of the Wellbody app. With a mission to inspire and support people to live healthier, happier, and more meaningful lives, this app is the first of its kind to take a holistic view across the five pillars of health and wellness -- nutrition, exercise and movement, sleep, stress management, and connection -- and make it accessible to everyone. Wellbody is a daily practice app that uses guided audio sessions to help build a strong foundation across the five pillars of health and wellness -- focusing on small, sustainable changes that make healthy living simple.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “there will be sleeping enough in the grave.” Some variation of this quote is often used to justify or even brag about skimping on sleep in favor of doing more of something else. If you are anything like me, you have probably pulled an all-nighter at some point, or stolen time away from sleep in order to meet a deadline, stay out with friends longer, or because you just didn’t want to go to bed. We’ve all done it at some point and many of us do it on a regular basis.
Prioritizing or even recognizing the importance of sleep is not something most of us do. While nutrition and exercise are known keys to health and wellness, sleep is often talked about far less but has HUGE implications for health and wellness. In fact, every major organ, physiological system, and every process that takes place in the brain is either enhanced or impaired by the amount of sleep you get. Getting insufficient sleep for just one week can impact blood sugar levels so dramatically that you can be classified as pre-diabetic. Poor sleep has been linked to a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, depression, lower testosterone, reproductive issues, inflammatory bowel diseases, and obesity. On the flip side, good sleep positively impacts problem solving skills, memory, athletic performance, creativity, heart health, metabolism, and weight. If that isn’t enough, good sleep is associated with longer life spans and overall quality of life. So, yeah, sleep is important.
Magnesium may be small but it is mighty. It doesn’t take up much room in the body - about 25 g of magnesium is in an adult body - but it’s the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, and helps the body function in almost every capacity. Specifically, it helps keep the heart beat steady, keeps bones strong, maintains normal nerve and muscle function, regulates glucose levels, and supports a healthy immune system. It contributes to energy production and the composition of teeth. It also helps regulate other nutrients within the body, like calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. Magnesium is a powerhouse and people should start paying attention to it...especially considering an estimated 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.
You know the word cholesterol - you’ve heard it before and probably know a little bit about it. Odds are you probably know someone with high cholesterol who is taking a statin drug, like Lipitor, to help lower cholesterol. And when you hear the word cholesterol or read it in this sentence, my guess is you immediately have a negative connotation with the word. Cholesterol=bad. Something to manage, avoid, or lower. But cholesterol is actually a very necessary part of your bodily functions and kind of a cool reminder of the beautiful, complicated organism that is your body.