At 32 years young, I found myself in debilitating physical pain. I was secretly icing my low back in my cubicle at work. I was embarrassed. I didn’t want anyone to know. I was tossing and turning all night long. Going to bed became a dreadful experience. I just wanted to get a good night’s sleep. I kept thinking, I’m too young to feel this old. I started my day with three cups of coffee, cream and sugar. Lunch was usually a microwaved meal, after I finished a workout at the gym. I ended the day at the bar with a few glasses of wine. I thought I was healthy. With a loving nudge from a co-worker, I decided to seek the advice of a medical professional.
After many scans, pills, shots, patches and PT scripts, I found it curious that no one was asking me about my food, my relationships or my lifestyle. I desired a more holistic approach. I began working, twice a week, with a physical therapist and a personal trainer. Needless to say, I was tired of working out without much improvement. I continued stay curious as to ‘why’.
I began researching health and took control of my well-being. I made it a habit to start my day with how I desired to feel and to end my day with reflection. Once I started focusing on the connections between some of the key elements of life - physical, mental, and spiritual, it began to make more sense to me. If I eat this, I feel energized vs. If I eat that, I feel sleepy. If I surround myself with this experience, I feel energized vs. surrounding myself with that experience and feeling depleted. I began to understand that I had a choice. Each day was a new opportunity to choose better and to feel better. I began experiencing longer periods with no physical pain. I began sleeping through the night.
Today, I am one week from completing a year long coaching program focused on the other aspects of health I felt were missing from my personal and professional repertoire - social and emotional intelligence. When I entered the program, I didn’t know know much about emotions other than to suppress all the ones that weren’t joy. I didn’t know that I had yearnings and that there were tools for me to get them met. And, I always thought some one or some thing was supposed to make me happy. I learned that I had a few seemingly harmless habits, also known as soft addictions, that were costing me over $100K per year!
"Soft addictions are those seemingly harmless habits like over-shopping, overeating, watching too much TV, endlessly surfing the internet, procrastinating—that actually keep us from the life we want. They cost us money, rob us of time, numb us from our feelings, mute our consciousness, and drain our energy. And we all have them." — Judith Wright, author of There Must Be More than This
At 44 years young, and after two recent hospital stays, my life continues to be one of holistic practices. My healing is one of physical therapy, yoga, NUCCA, cranial sacral, walking, mindfulness, CBD and whole food nutrition.
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