Week 35: Vol. 35. General Health & Wellness: Establishing A Firm Foundation For Flow To Emerge.

11 Sep

FINDING YOUR FLOW TOOLKIT
VOL. 35
GENERAL HEALTH & WELLNESS:
ESTABLISHING A FIRM FOUNDATION FOR FLOW TO EMERGE

“Be careful about reading health books.
You may die of a misprint”

 

-- Mark Twain

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In the quest to find our flow we often dig into the depths of spiritual, philosophical, psychological, emotional, time-based, and contextual principles, yet sometimes forget to inspect the foundations from which to construct peak experiences.

While working with high performers I’ve seen them look for that “one thing” to move their performance needle just 1%—taking a highly focused view to refine a technical process, but forgetting the big and common sense behaviors that support general health and daily wellbeing. Without this, flow has no place to reside.

Speaking to my father’s internist some year’s ago I asked him what constituted the single greatest health habit. He turned to me and said: “After 60 years in medicine and serving thousands of patients, 90% of them wouldn’t need me if they just drank 8 glasses of water each day.” This was something to ponder…

We all watch as family, friends, and colleagues live with physical and health challenges outside of their control, often limiting their capacities. Yet we also see too many of these challenges within their control—ones that intrude on daily functioning and focus?

We’re amazed when they cannot see the ramifications of their actions: the extra weight, excessive alcohol or smoking, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, basic hygiene, risky behaviors, lack of balance… you name it.

It’s easy to observe the gaps in others, but more difficult to see them in ourselves. Perhaps it’s time to look under the hood.

Today, let’s take a few minutes and raise your own awareness and consider any gaps that have been off your radar for a while. Some might be worthy of your attention.

With so many ways to build a health and wellness foundation, and no perfect formula to offer, I have included a handful of questions and resource links for you to consider. This is not an exhaustive list of questions, but should give you a broader perspective from which to build a more stable foundation. After pondering, see if one or more topics call to you.

  1. Are you familiar with the most relevant Leading Health Indicators?
  2. Are you aware of the many areas that contribute to your health and wellness?
  3. Are you familiar with your family health history?
  4. Are you getting enough physical activity?
  5. Do you need to take a look at your current eating strategies?
  6. Are you getting enough sleep?
  7. Are you doing what you need to maintain a healthy heart?
  8. Are you attending to potential cancer risks?
  9. Are you doing enough to maintain your oral health and hygiene?
  10. Are you concerned about your mental and emotional health?
  11. Do you find yourself struggling with or at risk for addiction?
  12. Are you paying adequate attention to your long-term financial security?
  13. Do you struggle with or would like to improve your feelings of happiness?
  14. Are you familiar with the best health and wellness websites?
  15. Are you interested in a broader look at health and wellness topics?

By growing your awareness of the topics and tools available, you are taking measures to ensure that, in addition to the many specific Finding Your Flow tools offered, you are building and maintaining a healthy foundation—making all of the other strategies possible.

 

EXERCISE AND PRACTICE:

  • Take 5-10 minutes today and review the resources above. Explore one area that you believe needs some attention.
  • Consider setting a specific goal to limit a liability or to grow a new health habit.
  • Consider building a daily and/or weekly scorecard to track your progress.
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