Online Wellness Challenge: Day 4

It’s Time to Get Real

Now that you’ve taken yourself to a deeper place of self-knowing, our focus on Day 4 is on getting real.

1. Take some time today to look at your Whole Life Health.  What is really working in your life, what needs some improvement, and what needs a complete overhaul?  Consider your work-life health, home-life health, relationship health, spiritual health, emotional health, mental health, financial health, physical health (nutrition, fitness), stress management, balance of work and play, and your sense of purpose in life.  Rate each of these areas on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being excellent and 1 being poor.  Then choose an area (not your hardest, most challenged, but one that you feel motivated to change) and choose one action step that you can take today to make that aspect of your life it better.  For example if my work life feels chaotic, I might choose to clean my desk, do some filing, and add something grounding and inspirational to my office such as a nice stone, affirmation cards, a photo of a place in nature that I love.  Or I might vow to get started on a task that I’ve been procrastinating or dreading.  Hopefully you get the idea.  The goal is to take one small step toward making an of your life a little bit better today.

2. Aim to eat only REAL food today that is prepared as simply as possible. Ideally for these 24 hours, you’ll eat only what is homemade from scratch, or if purchasing prepared foods avoid those containing heavily processed ingredients (bleached flours, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, super-refined sugars, and even “natural flavors”).  Notice how few packaged snack foods fit into this REAL category. Try snacking instead on carrot sticks, pumpkin seeds, or a piece of fruit.  Take notice of how you feel without processed foods in your body. Come on, it’s just one day, you can do it!

3. Take 20 minutes to listen to this guided meditation.

4. Add an extra 10 minutes to your form of workout today, and when you are exercising be present with how your body feels, how you breath is moving, and any negative thought patterns that arise.  Getting real is not always pleasant, but the rewards of freedom on the other side far outweigh the temporary discomfort.

5. Contact me to check in about your experience of these tasks and anything else that feels REAL that you want to share.

Keep up the good work!

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