Before I start this blog post, I am not a fitness guru neither do I claim to be so! I am a big yo-yo when it comes to eating and exercise! Always have been and may always be – however I am always trying to be healthier and fitter and it is slowly going in the right direction (yay!).
I firmly believe in the fact that a healthy body = healthy mind! Now you do not have to have the perfect beach body image that is always forced upon us. You can be healthy in so many other ways than striving for a 6 pack!
The healthy body = healthy mind connection is key to a happier life! Our body and mind are incredible – you have the power to change negative thoughts into positive and motivating ones. You are responsible for achieving these feelings of positivity and that in turn will boost your chances to achieving what you want in life! The bonus is you get a fitter, healthier and happier lifestyle as a result of it!
A balanced diet and exercise is the key to feeling great! Stop doing these diets that you stick to for 6 weeks but then binge for a month afterwards – we have all been there!
If you’re just starting out on your journey of balanced diet and exercise then my BIGGEST advice is to set yourself small but consent goals! If you set yourself a goal of looking like Debbie from down the road and in 6 months time you don’t then you will snap back to old ways. Small steps lead to big leaps! Once you have the balanced diet sorted then don’t feel too guilty to have a treat day every now and then! These treats will help you stay focused and stay balanced over the long term!
STRESS! It is a killer! Both figuratively and literally. Stress takes such a toll on our mind and bodies! Everyone handles it differently, some just brush stress off at the end of each day and BOOM they have reset themselves back into the positive mindset. For others it is harder, much harder, stress can lead to feeling low and sluggish and see you reaching more and more for the pizza and burgers!
There is a simple formula for relieving stress! Anyone can do it, no matter their age, weight, height, job…etc. The secret is exercise! Who would of thought that doing something that makes you sweat, burn and feel like you are about to drop dead can make you feel like a million dollars once you are finished! When you exercise your body releases chemicals known as endorphin’s. These chemicals basically interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain, but they also trigger a positive feeling! These endorphin’s are what help reduce your stress levels, they can literally clear your head of the days worries!
If you keep your health a top priority then your mind will be more relaxed and less stressed! Remember your greatest asset is your health! There is no point working all the hours of the day if you’re going to have a major burn out in a years time!
I made a youtube video about this very topic last year – Give it a watch! You must have 4 minutes to spare!
I have always been one to make lists, scribble down things and overuse the Notes app on my iPhone. However until recently I had never kept a proper journal! For the past 6 weeks or so I have been keep a record of what has happened that day, how I am feeling and some other annotations that have cropped up in my mind that day.
Why did I start? The simple reason was that two people in the space of 24 hours suggested I should do so! Mainly I think because I mentioned to them I wanted to write a book at some point – it is an obviously way to help you look back remember and reflect.
Does writing a journal help me? Absolutely yes! Like I said I have always been one of those people to write things down to help clear my head, often If I am having trouble sleeping it is because I am thinking about too many things and i would have to write some ideas down.
Now I don’t write in my journal every single day, perhaps 4 times a week is the average at the moment. I don’t see the need to write down every single detail. But what I have found is that writing these key points in my day, what I am thinking and feeling is certainly helping my frame of mind! Just like going for a run clears my head so does using the journal. This little red leather bound book is becoming a vital part of my life!
Why should you write a journal? Before I started writing a journal I would never of suggested to anyone to do so, I always thought it was just a bit of a silly thing that teenagers do after their school discos. But now I would suggest writing a journal to anybody and everyone! If you’re thinking “I wouldn’t be able to write anything” then i challenge you to a start tonight and keep it up for a week! Really think about the things you have done that day, how they made you feel, what your plans are for either the weeks ahead or projects you’re working on.
Writing a journal is a key way to help clear your mind in both business and personal life! It will allow you to reflect and see things in a different way!
I am kicking off 2016 with launching the new stevenhaggerty.com website! It has taken longer than expected with the design and creation, but I am extremely pleased with the outcome! Compared to the old website it is so much more welcoming! The bonus of the new site is this blogging section, which will appear on the home page!
2016 should be a great year, with lots planned! I am looking forward to connecting with as many of you as possible!
The beginning of this year has felt different from previous years, I have more excitement than I usually do. Perhaps this is down to the relaunch of this fantastic website (Excuse the plug!) or perhaps it is down to how focused I am with the projects I have planned!
As this is the first blog post of 2016 I shall keep it short and sweet! But don’t be a stranger! Connect with me on all the social media sites and I will always chat to you!