As a health and wellness Coach, I empower my clients to transform their thoughts and mindset so they can achieve the health goals they have set for themselves. I encourage them to learn new ways to manage negative thoughts to be able to jump the hurdles that are holding them back from getting well. I listen to them tell me their reasons why they “can’t” achieve a healthy lifestyle. I push them to get uncomfortable by searching their mind and soul for the answer to their question “Why Can’t I do it? Why can’t I lose weight? Why can’t I get that job that I want? etc….” I used to tell myself they were making excuses for not fulfilling their dreams. Then, I had an epiphany!!!
Yes, some people make excuses for why they are not doing something, we have all done it! But, others really do suffer from a mental block. They are mentally unable to take the necessary steps to work on what they want to change. Do you find yourself talking yourself out of doing something? Do you notice that when you start to think about losing 40lb it overwhelms you so you quit? Do you find yourself searching for a quick fix so you don’t have to work so long or hard on something? Do you talk about eating better, but you never start to actually eat the foods that are healthy for you? You are not alone!
Mental health is as important if not more important than your physical health.
I think you cannot achieve overall physical health without working on your mental health. If your judgment is skewed or you have anxiety or depression, your mind will not be able to work with you and support you on your wellness journey.
It took me years to figure this out! I pushed myself so hard in every aspect of life. I never gave myself time to stop, rest and reflect until just a couple years ago. Do you know what happens when you do not learn about yourself your likes, wants, desires? You spin in circles trying to accomplish something without ever reaching the end result. That’s what I did. I would workout for hours but never achieved my fitness or weight goals; I would eat all the right foods at meals but snacked on sweets all day long; I talked myself into thinking I was healthy. Well, I proved myself wrong in the past year when I became very ill with some autoimmune stuff. My body had enough!
It was time to work on my mind! I realized that I had a form of anxiety that I was not recognizing as anxiety. I had fears! Fear of failure. Fear of achievement. Fear of death. Fear of life. Years of working in medicine, I saw so many bad things happen to people. I witnessed death and dying on a daily basis. I how accidents left people without their loved ones. People would suffer from diseases that left them without limbs or other body parts. This is a form of PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder. Witnessing people struggle was making me want to prevent me or my loved ones from becoming ill. Prevention was key. So would think about the “what ifs” all the time. What if you fall off your bike? What if you get sick? What if you ……. My life was all about the what if. I thought this was me being proactive in life. I was able to prevent acute illness in my patients and families because I was thinking about what could go wrong, then I would do what I had to do to prevent something from happening.
This is a form of anxiety. It caused me a great deal of prolonged stress. Fears can take over your life if you don’t confront them. I was getting to a point where I could not have fun with my family and friends because I focused so much on the “what ifs”. When I realized this, I had to work on my mind. I taught myself how to do breath work and meditation. I started journaling my “what ifs” which in reality were fears. I was able to conquer these thoughts for myself and also helped my daughter to the same. I have been able to help numerous clients dig deep into their minds and learn about their thoughts, work with their thoughts and achieve their idea of a well balanced life.
Life is freeing when your mind is free. I notice that I am calmer, more focused and I have been able to lose weight and keep it off.
Do you suffer from fear, anxiety, depression and it’s holding you back from reaching your health goals? I can help you get to a good place through coaching you to change your mindset to positive thoughts so you can get to where I have been able to be, if not even further!
Go to my CONTACT page and message me so we can talk about how health coaching can work for you!
Tina Butt, Health and Wellness Coach and Healthcare Advocate
Qualified Wellness Solutions, LLC