Adventures in health | 5 little nudges out the door

If we’ve learned anything in the first half of 2020, it’s that our infrastructure is not up to handling crises, whether they are public health-related, political, or racial. It’s definitely felt like a slog, not an adventure.

And yet, we’ve known for years that there are serious problems with our healthcare, labor, education, and other systems, many—if not all of them—directly rooted in issues of social (in)justice

The problems have gotten too large, too entrenched to take on—it’s like slaying dragons.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how this is a reflection on a grand scale of how we treat our bodies—our personal infrastructure, composed of multiple, complex, interrelated systems.

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The idea of “getting healthy” can feel terrifying—many of us wait until we’ve hit rock bottom and gotten a scary diagnosis or some weird numbers or are completely burned out before we get serious about improving our health.

And then the journey feels long and difficult—not like an adventure at all.

I’m about halfway through an added certification in hormone health. It’s a deep dive into the endocrine system, and it really drives home the point that by the time our bodies are showing symptoms that something’s amiss, a lot of damage has already been happening under the radar.

And healthcare is expensive, particularly if we’ve waited too long and let things go too far.

Now you have to slay a grown dragon, not a little baby one.

the good news

The good news is that whether you’re really sick or would like to prevent getting that way, with a small mindset shift, your health journey can be an adventure! And I like to think about it as taming the health dragon, not slaying it.

Where to begin?

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

~Arthur Ashe

What to do?

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

~Theodore Roosevelt

Our world is full of resources—so full that some of us might be paralyzed by their sheer number and left with one foot outside the door and the other still firmly planted inside the house of habits that have gotten us to our present condition.

a little nudge out the door

If you’re referring to the incident with the Dragon, I was barely involved. All I did was give your uncle a little nudge out of the door.

~JRR Tolkien

As a health coach, I know that everyone is bio-individual—each one of us has a unique health history, has made different choices, and is at a different stage of our health journey.

And so I have a wide range of offerings—from intensive 1:1 coaching over 6 months to less rigorous group programs that last 3 months to free workshops and consultations.

I’ve found that sometimes, an hour-long workshop or conversation is all that some people need to get started on the road to optimum health: it’s like they just need a little nudge out the door.

make the connection

Whether you are healthy and want to make sure you stay that way for years to come or you’ve got a big health dragon to tame, I invite you to join me August 10–14 for a free five-day challenge I’m calling Goodbye, Burnout!

If your health dragon is big and scary, you likely won’t tame it in five days—and you’ll still get not one but five little nudges that will set your feet on the path back to health.

When you join, you’ll get an email each morning that week introducing a simple activity for the day (and I mean really simple—none of them take more than a few minutes). You can do these activities on your own, or you can check by email or in a private Facebook group about your progress.

If you join the Facebook group, you’ll have the added benefit of some group support and accountability, special bonuses available only in the group, and the chance to laugh at/with/near me (at a socially safe virtual distance, of course) as I take on doing a Facebook Live every day that week at noon.

Register here, and I’ll see you every day August 10–14!