9 Steps to Staying Physically Fit

In an article by Amy Ozols from The New Yorker of Jan. 2009 issue, she proposes her foolproof system of staying trim. Take a moment to examine the steps that would help you be more fit and avoid weight gain.

1. Avoid "emotional eating"
2. Visualize yourself think.
3. Get rid of your "fat clothes"
4. Refrain from consuming food.
5. Surround yourself with thin people.
6. Drink plenty of water.
7. Buy a pet.
8. Exercise.
9. Build self-confidence.

Of course, this is what Amy proposes. In a nutshell, I would add the following to your strategy to remain fit. 1. monitor and moderate your consumption, 2. avoid the idea of deprivation, 3. focus on lifestyle change, not diet and 4. become mindful of enjoying simple pleasures. The obesity epidemic in American does not have to include you.

Emotional Baggage

If you are still carrying around emotional baggage, it may be time for you to come in for a visit to free yourself up.

Psychological Hardiness

Understanding the following 3 principles will help determine your ability to cope with stress.

The 3 C’s of Psychological Hardiness
1. Control
2. Commitment
3. Challenge

Look at what you can control and let go of what you can’t control. If you are committed to a plan of action, you are more likely to succeed. Lastly, challenge yourself you learn, grow, and increase your self-esteem.

I discovered I always have choices, and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude. “

--Judith M. Knowlton

Building Hardiness:

Have a written life blueprint.
• Take your emotional pulse regularly.
• Think positive!
• Check your toolbox.
• Take time to laugh.
• Build your support network.
• Take time to relax and do nothing (without guilt!)

Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Mindfulness provides a simple but powerful route for getting ourselves unstuck, back into touch with our own wisdom and vitality. It is a way to take charge of the direction and quality of our own lives, including our relationships within the family, to work and to the world, and most fundamentally, my relationship with myself as a person.” Jon Kabat-Zinn. Work on your own happiness and mindfulness by utilizing some of the tools listed below.

Required Life Tools

How to say “No”
• Deal with conflict
• Express feelings
• Ask for help
• Eat enough fruits and vegetables
• Exercise
• Relax
• Play
• Build relationships
• Reach out to others
• Remain social
• Practice moderation
• Focus on positive thoughts
• Forgive

Developing Psychological Resiliency

Resilience is the ability to return to the original state or form after being stretched, compressed or bent.
It is the ability to recover from adversity. It means buoyancy; elasticity. Needless to say, developing resilience is a highly desirable quality in today’s ever-changing world.
Becoming more resilient may be the key to surviving the new workplace. In his book Resilience: A Change for the Better, Daryl R. Conner outlines five characteristics of resilient people. They are:

• Focused
• Flexible
• Organized
• Proactive

Happiness Formula

Recognize Your Choice

“Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: some things are within our control and some things are not. It is only after you have accepted this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and cannot control, that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible.” Epictetus (50-183 AD) Martin Seligman wrote a book on enduring happiness. One of his findings was the following formula.

Positive Emotions (Pleasure) + Engagement Gratification) + Meaning (Sense of Value) = Happiness

Take some time today to examine if you are seeking happiness with this formula or expecting happiness to arrive at your door.