WHAT WE DO
When we don’t feel well, we get stuck in this vicious cycle where our behaviors make us feel worse, and when we feel worse we’re not motivated to make healthy choices.
Let’s take an example. Take someone who has no major medical conditions, but just doesn’t feel well and is always tired.
She wakes up in the morning and hits snooze on her alarm. Finally she pries herself out of bed, but now she’s running late. She gets ready quickly, yells at her kids all morning to get them off to school. And now she has a bit of a headache.
Now it’s 9am, and she opens her computer for her first zoom meeting of the day. She spends the next 4 hours at her dining room table working, getting up for occasional snack breaks but without time to cook a real meal. It’s ok, she can survive on coffee and granola bars for a while.
By lunchtime her back is starting to ache, her neck is hunched over, and her eyes are strained. She fixes herself a quick lunch but goes back to answering all the emails that were piling up all morning.
After working all afternoon, now the kids are back and need snacks and homework help and dinner.
So there are a few more hours of chaos to get through. And laundry. Oh, and shopping - did somebody go grocery shopping today?
Now it’s finally 9pm and everything is done. What a whirlwind. Exhausted, cranky, and totally worn out, she pours a glass of wine to decompress.
Her husband wants to go out with her and some friends, but she’s just too worn out.
Lets see what’s on Netflix. And maybe have another glass of wine.
Or 2 or 3. Finally, a little time to herself. One more episode. Ok maybe one more.
And at 2am her eyes finally close as she drifts off to sleep, dreading that next alarm that will go off in 4 hours to start the cycle again.
After months or years of this kind of cycle, it will start catching up with her, and maybe she’ll get sick more often, or end up with a chronic disease.
But here’s the cool part! That vicious cycle can be interrupted at any point, and then everything else around it starts falling into place!
Let’s just make one small change. Now, every day at 3:45pm before the kids get home, she’s going to go for a walk outside while she calls her best friend. Here we’ve introduced physical activity and social connection.
Now when the kids get home, she’s not quite as worn out. So she’s not as irritable at them. She’s more efficient at helping them with their homework, and it gets done a little faster. And that means they get to bed sooner.
Now she’s done and ready to wind down by 8:30 instead of 9. Plus she’s not feeling as burned out and cranky. So instead of 3 glasses of wine and 5 hours of streaming, she has 1 glass of wine and watched 1 hour of a show with her husband.
Now she can get to bed a little earlier. And since the alcohol and screen time both interrupt sleep quality, now she’s getting better rest in addition to more time.
The next day she wakes up when the alarm goes off at 6, and she has time for a healthy breakfast instead of all the snacks.
See how that all fits together?
When we meet with you, we will ask you to walk us through a day in your life. Because we need to look at the whole picture to understand what’s really going on.
Then we can take all those factors, and brainstorm where to start, where you feel the most confident that you can make a change and have an impact. It’s all up to you, and we start from the place you feel most powerful.
Your roadmap to wellness:
You set your goal(s)
We point you to the tools and methods you can choose to use
You take steps at your own pace
We follow and support you