FAQ (frequently asked questions) I get asked a Wellness Coach often are about snacking and fatigue. Ironically, my broad view answer is often shrugged off even though it is priceless and cost nothing. It does require mindfulness and most likely changing one’s thought process which developed into a habit and now part of their lifestyle. Change isn’t the big problem, the mindset is.
The two things I highly recommend that can immediately impact your health (mental and physical): Drink more water and replace eating with activity. Embrace these two things and your mind and body WILL respond positively. Easy to do…easy not to do. Daily choices matter.
Dehydration impacts you physically and mentally. Common symptoms are fatigue and brain fog. Often the band-aid of caffeine or food are applied. The short-term fix might seem to work, but in reality, these are short lived and have negative consequences in the long run.
Secondly, get up and move. Your body will benefit mentally, physically and even spiritually as this derails stress. Perhaps you could go for a quick walk when you’re angry about something. Rather than hitting the vending machine for a candy bar or the chips, give H2O and movement a try.
Why it matters
Comforting ourselves with food is very common – who hasn’t eaten something sweet, salty, or fatty during (or after) an emotional situation? For many of us – especially those who were soothed with food when they were younger – the habit can become so ingrained that we reach for snacks before thinking about what else we could do to calm down.
Be prepared. When you are equipped and ready to deal with the snacking urge and fatigue, by having a positive plan in place, you can take action and reap the benefits of TCOY (taking care of you). *Remember my coaching techniques: Positioning, Preparation, Action and Follow-thru.
Turn up the music and dance to a song; it’s mentally, physically and spiritually uplifting! Great way to start your day and take breaks throughout it.
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Live life as if each day was your last…one day it will be! Coach Lucy