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 This webinar describes ways to achieve optimal physical, emotional, and financial wellness, and ways to overcome barriers to health behavior change.

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Rachel Pauli: Welcome to today's webinar, Take Control and Improve Your Health. My name is Rachel Pauli and I'll be the host for today’s webinar. Please remember to get a copy of the PowerPoint as well the tip sheet under the event resources section. If you have any questions, you can submit those through the Ask a Question box.

Our presenter today is Kris Hooks. Kris is a licensed professional counselor, a marriage and family therapist, a certified Employee Assistance Professional and a certified wellness coach. Kris has provided and managed employees in behavioral health field over 30 years. She has written and facilitated seminars and webinars for hundreds of organizations and many Fortune 500 companies. So without further delay, Kris, I'll turn things over to you.

Kris Hooks: Rachel, thank you very much and I commend you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to focus on what you can do to actually take better control of your health and well being.

I'd like to start just asking you, are you in your very best health? When you think about it, you ponder on that, what areas would like to make improvement in? Putting forth effort in those areas that you'd like to improve or have a great return on investment, I promise you. This webinar, probably has the greatest potential for return on investment of any webinar, I get to help with. So, right on for being here, let's dive right in and see what were going to cover today.

You're going to have, I would say a broader definition of health then you might have right now. When I ask you, are you in your best health and what would you like to improve, many people’s area of focus if more of a physical nature. They’ll focus on feedback they may forgotten from their doctor, numbers they see on a scale when they climb on, if you climb on and we're going to really focus on how health is so much more than that.

To choose strategies, very practical steps, what can I do right here and now to help improve my health? The areas, we're going to focus on, are physical, emotional and financial health that we’ll be going over the definition, coming up.

And then, what are the barriers? I think from many of us, we have a lot of ideas about, I know what to do, I have done this in the past, it’s not really part of my life right now if I could just get back to that place or in my tool bag, how to make my health better, I got a lot of tools in there. I just can’t think to get my bag open or reach in there and get the right one out, what comes out when I reach in. I don't know, Oreos or Twinkies, that's the problem.

Why does that happen? What are those barriers or challenges to getting healthy behaviors in place, to incorporating them to the point that they become habits and they're not so hard, we definitely, get a cover of that. So let’s really start by defining health, when I ask you at the beginning, are you in your best health, what did you think of? Did you think well I am not running a fever, I'm not recovering from a virus or an illness. I'm not injured. I'm not recovering from surgery, maybe if you are, you might thought of those things.

You might thought well, really I am kind of avoiding going to the doctor because I know some of my numbers aren't in the place I’d like them to be or if you've been to the doctor, the doctor pointed some of those numbers and said, hey, you need to make improvement. That’s a more typical definition of health that we think of but health is so much broader than that.

Let's take a look at what the World Health Organization tells us about health. Health is a complete state, okay look at all that it includes, our physical health, our mental health which would be our emotional health, our cognitive function, kind of intellectually how we're doing, our social well being. It’s not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. It's just not being sick or not being injured.

Look at the second part. It’s the extent which we or the group we are with, realize that our aspirations and needs can be satisfied. And that we are not in victim mentally but we're empowered to create change in our lives, and cope with the environment. That's a much broader definition. Although, in this webinar, we're going to be focusing on physical, emotional and financial health, many times those pillars extend to occupational, career health, spiritual health.

You create your own definition. You think about — when I think about my health, what do I come up with? Really, no one’s definition would parallel anyone else’s, that's would be unique to us. That is based on our value system, our beliefs. Do you believe that you can create change in your life? I’ve worked with lots of people over the years and I know some people are more inclined to be like, oh yeah — I can make a difference in my own life and other people like, you look at my gene pool, look at my family, look at the person I'm with or my friends, how can I be healthy when all these things are lined up against me.

That maybe a belief or a value that you need to look at more closely to help get the feeling of empowerment and positive energy around your health so, what’s your vision? Hopefully, that has to some proactive aspects. We're going to talk about goal setting today. How do you get some traction with healthy behaviors? That should be part of your definition of health and understand that health is a continuum?

Every pillar, I mentioned — we're moving all the time. We're even moving toward improvement in that area. We could be staying kind of the same or we may be sidestepping, back-stepping, kind of moving in a direction that's not the place we want to be going. Again, this fourth bullet reminds us consider all these aspects of your health, your physical health, emotional health, financial health, intellectual health, your social well being, spiritual well being.

There's a ripple effect when you make improvement on one area, many times, there's improvement in other areas. So, in this webinar, the three areas as I mentioned that we're going to focus on are physical, emotional, and financial health.

Let just start about looking at some definitions. So, when you think about, optimal physical health. Again, we don’t want to see ourselves as a victim. We want to feel empowered. We want to be able to take responsibility, maximize healthy behaviors. In other words, get healthy behaviors in place, in our lives where it doesn't feel like, this is a short term change so I can get some positive results rapidly and then I'm going to back to my old ways because that's really the way I want to be living.

We should live in a way, where we don't feel like we're on a short term diet or short term exercise plan. But this are healthy behaviors that we know, help us to be the way we want to be, help us to feel the way we want to feel, be able to do the things we want to do.

Emotional health, look at this one. We really need to know what’s going on inside of us. What I'm thinking about, what kind of feelings are there, what I'm doing? A lot of times, we go through the motion, we're get in rut, we're not even paying attention to ourselves in terms of emotionally what’s going on.

Expectations, it is a difficult as humans, to set expectations in realistic places. As I'd mentioned, we're looking for quick fixes, buy this, join this, do this. You can achieve, maximum quick results, again you can, it’s a billion dollar industry, you can buy lots of stuff to try to set yourself up for success. None of that is really recommended.

How are you doing with stress? Stress is inherent. In this life, on this Earth we will have stress. Part of being in our best health means that we manage that well. Resilience, we all be not bounce sometimes, and sometimes those who do not bounce are worse in other times. Are you able to get back that, when you do, do you get up with a greater understanding with more learning from what kind of took you of course?

And can we make application so in the future, we feel stronger and better able to handle what comes our way. How are we doing with regulating emotions? We are humans, we have tendencies to be either be passive or be aggressive, that's kind of a human way. Well either blowup or withdraw. We got to get better at that, be assertive, know what’s going on, be able to set healthy boundaries, take care of ourselves, express our needs in respectful way.

What about empathy? You feel connected like you can express care and compassion for others. How do you feel about yourself? You feel positive, and enthusiastic about yourself and your life. And I'm not saying that everyday, your like whoa, no I'm there but generally, our baseline ought to be in a place where we feel good, about getting out of bed in the morning, hopefully we’re getting the sleep we need and we're kind of rocking on and connected, feeling like we have purpose, there's meaning and satisfaction in our lives.

Again, all of that is part of the broad definition of health. So what about financial well wellness? It's really pretty cool that we're focusing here. More people are stressed out about money today than ever before? People, earn more money. They have more possessions generally, but that can increase stress in life.

If you feel like happiness is going to come from, your 401k account or bigger house, or a newer car, that's kind the American way, that may not be serving you well in terms of your health. So we're going to talk now about strategies. What can you really do in each of these 3 areas to improve your health and as I talk through this, I want you to be thinking very specifically about yourself. If there's a strategy that we talk about that you’re like, Oh I really need to put forth some energy here, make note of that.

And I don't want you to end up with a list of 50 strategies in different times together. I want you to come up with, 2 or 3 big ones, ones that you really want to work on and then we're going to talk how to put, set a goal break it down so you can get good traction.

So, optimal physical health; what can you really do to improve your physical health? We need to move from a place of being reactive to being more proactive to trying to use prevention techniques. A lot of these we know but there are inferences, there are reasons that they're not happening in our life. So as we go through the list, think about you, what's going on with me, am I onboard with this preventive strategy? If not, what’s going to help me get onboard?

Alright, so get your doctor’s number out and your dentist’s number and your eye doctor’s number, and schedule whatever needs to take place. We know that regular checkups with our healthcare providers make a difference. There's a connection between oral hygiene and heart health, imagine that. Things like getting your vaccines up to date, flu shot, HPV if your eligible shingles vaccine whatever those are, consult with your medical professionals and follow what is recommended.

What about sleep, oh I could see when I ask you, are you getting adequate sleep? I would guess the majority of people who are shaking their head well maybe on the weekend, you know maybe sometimes but not consistently. I know it's hard. It depends on what your life is like, why you're being squeezed but try to get in bed at a reasonable time. Most times, when we need to get out of bed, doesn’t change but we definitely need to get seven to eight hours of sleep. That is the recommendation from the National Sleep Foundation.

We need to use sunscreen, and I know there's lots of reasons that people don't. When I was growing up, this will date me I know, but baby oil with iodine we just basically coated ourselves with what’s equivalent to cooking oil and tried to roast, the darker the better, yeah. But we know better now. Sunscreen is a good thing.

What about tobacco products? I don't know anybody using tobacco products, who doesn’t understand that that's not good for them. You have so many resources available to help you quit. Both ones nationally and through your company I would -- also through your Achieve Solutions website, I would encourage you to look for those and use them. Start small if you've tried it before and were not successful, consider that a learning opportunity and keep on trying. Average person quits seven times before it sticks.

What about alcohol? Really do we have to put that on here? Drinking moderation, what does that look like? According to the National Institute of Health, that is no more than one drink a day for women, two drinks a day for men and now I got to tell you that size of the drinks, that's an ounce of liquor, a 12-ounce beer or 4 ounces of wine. I have now same glasses that will hold an entire bottle. That is not the serving of alcohol that’s being recommended here.

What about those numbers? Find out what your numbers are. Breakthrough denial; I know people who are like, well, if I just lose 10 pounds, then I will go to the doctor because my Body Mass Index number will look better. Don’t wait, it’s a reality check, breakthrough the denial, know those numbers that you know your starting place so you can make improvement. Those numbers are important because they point to risk in our lives when we have an overweight Body Mass Index, or an obese Body Mass Index or blood pressure is high, or our blood sugar fasting, or the A1C is elevated, or cholesterol total or LDL are over the recommended numbers.

That means we have an increased risk for things like Type II diabetes or heart disease. I would add, know your family history. You know get your any kind of preventive, conduct test on Pap smear, mammograms, colonoscopies, whatever is being recommended.

Continuing with physical health, oh, look at this one, we got exercise on there. We know that promotes weight loss, it helps with, you know breathing, heart health, it'll increase endurance that helps us manage stress, it improves our energy and our sleep. A lot of times when people get stressed or squeezed with time, this is when it goes out the window.

So I would encourage you to try aim for that 150 minutes a week, or 2½ hours a week of moderate, intensity cardio. Again, 30 minutes, 5 days a week will get you there. And if you don't have 30 minutes block, do 10 minutes at a time, go for a quick walk, take the stairs if your body is able to. If you can't do those things and you have access to water move in the water. Mow your own grass, wash your own car, clean your own house. You know if you take a public transportation, if the weather is okay, get off the stop early, walk, walk at lunch, all kinds of ways to increase cardiovascular kind of movement in our lives.

String training twice a week is recommended, work out all major muscle groups, you do not have to belong to a gym, you can if you want to. You can get from hand weights, bands, you can even use your own body weight if doing things like a push up or a plank on the floor, it's hard, do it against the wall. You can Google, Youtube, find recommendations, always make sure it's okay with your doctor first.

Stretching, that's the third component that many people do not do regularly but very helpful for us. Oh look at that second bullet, this would be my daughter's favorite, she is a dietitian. So get nutritious well balanced meals and snacks in your life. Learn how to read a food label, understand when you see a list of ingredients that goes on for five or six or ten lines, that's a lot of processed food. You want it, try to eat closure to be the earth is what people, who knows say that means whole foods, things like fresh produce, lean protein, beans, healthy fats.

Those kinds of fats come from things like nuts and avocados, and olive oil and eat lower fat dairy. Again, all of that, lots of times we know, but that's not typically what's coming out the window with the drive through restaurant. So we need to kind to have a plan, if we're going to make an improvement in this area.

Mindful eating, that means slow down, use your senses, anticipate the food before you eat it. Focus on chewing more than you normally would. Focus on taste, texture, really increase your satisfaction with less quantity. When you use mindful eating, you can do that. You know become better educated about nutrition, about food groups, about dietary guidelines, choose my plate is wonderful resource. There are so many apps available now that can help you with this. Again what I don't recommend is go out, use a search engine Google and buy some product that guarantees you're going to lose 10 pounds in 7 days, that's not what's recommended here.

What about managing chronic conditions; if you happened to have diabetes or high blood pressure, high cholesterol, any of those, stay on your medication as recommended by your doctor, work with your healthcare providers. Make sure you've stay in touch, do not let that wall of denial build up or that kind of you know what, I don’t have time or energy to think about this now, just think about this later. That is not serve us well.

So what about your emotional health? What can you do here? Again, how many of us have ever said, you know you just make me so mad. Of all these things, if I could just get a wand out and zap some of these people around me I would be better able to manage my stress. Well, in reality, we've got to look at there is no wand that works on other people, the wand only works on us. So we've got to take responsibility, we've got to work on.

How I can I proactively managed my stress better? You know what kind of self care techniques can I get in my life? On a regular basis, can I start the day with three slow deep breaths? Can I work on you know counting blessings, things I'm thankful for, thinking about what I'm making improvement in or things that are going better in my life, even going right instead of human nature which is to focus on the whole other end of that continuum.

So try to get some energy around good emotional health, try to put things in perspective, ask yourself, is this is going to matter as much in five minutes or in five hours, or five days, or five months, it depends on how far out you need to go, maybe five years or fifty years. Use humor, again never anyone else’s expense but just good, positive, be able to put things in perspective.

Laugh, find some people and hang out with them. People who are able to do that where when you're with them you just feel better. Bring activities that you enjoy. Lots of times we know those, but we're just not practicing them. So get some of that going in your life.

Monitor your thoughts; we have thoughts running on a conscious, sometimes subconscious level all the time. Tune-in; know that you're in-charge. We cannot change our feelings but we can totally work on what am I thinking about, what am I saying, and what am I doing. Those are areas where when we focus positive attention, conscious effort, we can make a big difference.

Listen, emphasize with other people. We don't have to agree to be able to be there for someone, that giving and receiving support can help us in the emotional arena so much.

What about conflict and stress? You better not set your sights on thinking these are not coming your way. These are so coming your way. We need to get better at handling those over time. And that does not come with more birthdays. That comes with conscious effort and learning from where we walk. Alright, so what else can we do to help improve emotional health?

What about paying attention to our emotions that we don't go to those ends of the continuum that I mentioned, becoming aggressive where we store up, little thing happens and hoosh the volcano erupts or we just withdraw, we become better, or resentful, or have kind of this undercurrent of anger, that's awful for our health. The impact is not only to our emotional health, that can impact our physical health as well.

In the same way, I mentioned the ripple effect when one area gets better others tend to improve also, the opposite can be true. If you are storing up a bunch of negative stuff, you can be pulled down in a lot of areas of your life.

What about learning to compromise, think flexible, admit when you are wrong. You know be able to be accountable and honest, and ask for forgiveness, make amends, be able to grant forgiveness. Forgiveness is a choice. We don't have to feel like forgiving someone, to have forgive them, and honestly, granting forgiveness helps us many times even more than when we ask someone else, you know for forgiveness. Again, two-way street, good to do both, but work on it.

Be respectful; you now communicate assertively, set those healthy boundaries, kind of look at what's my default mode, how am I doing. In terms of my communication with other people, we can make improvement here, that mindfulness, not only with food that in our lives living in present moment.

If you find yourself looking backwards a lot and feeling really guilty, frame that up as what can I learn from where I walked? If you are looking ahead a lot and feel anxious about the future and worrying a lot, kind of in the present moment, what can I do to help better prepare for me for that? If there things I am worried about that are out of my control, how can I let those go and focus energy where I can make a difference.

Take time everyday to unplug from devices. I just read an article about smart phone addiction in women and how females are to smart phone addiction so if I ask you how much have you been on if you are on safe time, Instagram or Twitter any of that? Be attentive if that’s the way that helps you feel you connected, I would never say don’t do it, but if you find yourself using social media and you feel worst, stop, get a handle on it.

Actually I've known families to have cell phone baskets, where they have drop electronics in the basket, and they actually eat at a table, not in front in the television but making eye contact. Imagine that! Really I see people in restaurants, they are not even talking to each other, they got phones in their hands, they are texting, they’re looking up stuff. Try to connect with humans, look at them, talk to them. People in near and dear to us we should spend as much time in communication with them if possible, as we do texting people.

Alright seek support; know that it's okay, kind of deep bunks the mess up, I shouldn’t have to ask for help here. It's okay to ask for help. Let shift to financial health, so far we have talked to physical wellness; we have talked emotional health and wellness. Be thinking about yourself, strategies that you might want to incorporate in your life.

Financial health, we can’t live reactively financially and think that we’re going to achieve our financial goals. We need to determine what are those goals? We actually need to break through the denial and look at things like that income ratio, look at things like retirement, opportunities, how can we contribute to retirement account? How can we use the resources to know how to make wise investments?

Track your spending; there's a lot of tools available to help us do that, from online banking, to apps, to things like Quicken.

Establish a budget; we need to know where our money goes. Sometimes the first step is actually tracking, where is my money going? Lots of tools available to help us do that.

Credit card debt; I know many people who get wrapped up in, well, just the impulsiveness of, I want it now, and they end up using credit cards, and their credit card debt just mounts, and then they are paying such high interest, it's very hard to get things back in balance.

So what’s always recommended by financial planners is get those credit cards paid off. The whole kind of living debt free, that movement, that is always step one. So you have resources available to help you figure out how to do that.

Online, through your Achieve Solutions website, there are resources available. Check the resources available for your company. There may be additional ones there.

With retirement accounts, there is sometimes a vendor who can help you with investments. Have targets; for your savings account, we all need an emergency fund. Those retirement accounts, absolutely.

Make sure you know what your balances are and make sure in the positive direction those are growing.

Do not connect your feelings of success, your feelings of worthiness or your happiness to how much stuff you have accumulated or to account balances. People can get wrapped up in that, to the point that they get on the hamster wheel of life and just more is better, more, more, more, and they start neglecting themselves, their relationship, other aspects of their life. Keep things in balance.

Don't let money be the driving force in your life. And make sure you use, again, those resources. Consult with a financial planner. Become more literate, know what investment opportunities are available to you and take advantage of those.

So why is it hard? If I ask you, yeah, these things sound so good. I want to do this and this and this. Then I ask you, so what are the interferences, what are the challenges for you? What in the past has tripped you up? We need to really identify those areas so that we can make a plan to proactively keep from falling into that trap again in the future or to really kind of set ourselves up for success, kind of avoid it altogether.

So look at the first one, fear of failure; now the success part we will talk about in a minute. So if you have things running through your head like, you know, I have tried this before and it just doesn’t work. I will never able to do this. With success, lot of times people don’t think about this when they are like, why would I be afraid of success? There can be an element of fear, like if I get this area of my life going better, that might bring this and then I have a lot of fear around that.

I worked for 12 years in a medical weight management program affiliated with a hospital, and as people would lose weight, sometimes relationship in their lives would change or the way they were treated would be different. And there was a lot of emotion around that that sometimes was at a subconscious level, where they would actually sabotage themselves and regain lost weight.

So again, depends on you and what the health behavior is. Just know that you need to peel back and look more carefully at the roots, if you find that you keep kind of falling in, in an old rut.

What about time? Time is a huge one. Lots of people that's the number one reason. Like, you know what, I know what to do, I just don't have time to do it. So again, we are going to talk about strategies on the next slide, but just know that’s common. I don’t know anyone who is ever going to get an extra hour or two just added in their day, like, okay look, now you have time, you can be healthier during this block of time everyday. We have got to carve it in, figure it out, schedule it.

What about, I just don’t have the energy? When I get home I am just tired. I just want to sit on the couch. I do want to get my phone out and be checking out stuff on the Internet. I am just not motivated. Or I don’t have confidence. Those are all huge obstacles.

What about I don’t know what to do? I don’t know where to start. Or my list is so long I feel overwhelmed.

I am just apathetic, yeah, tomorrow, always tomorrow, just don’t -- not feeling it today. Just don’t care that much. You can kind of see how some of these overlap.

What about, you look around at your friends and family and go, you know what, if it wasn’t for them I can totally get healthier. That’s a common obstacle. You may not be able to change any of them, but we can work on ourselves.

What about there's just not enough of you to go around? Maybe you have young children or people in your family who need a lot of you. Or you have aging loved ones or people with health concerns and you just feel like, yeah, I just don’t have enough minutes in the day now, how am I going to take better care of myself?

All right, let’s talk, so what can you do to overcome these barriers? Look at that first one. As I mentioned, you have got to peel back and look, what are my underlying fears here? In the past what have been the behaviors that have sabotaged me? How can I make a plan so I don’t land in that place again?

What about scheduling time for healthy behaviors, just like you would a doctor's appointment? Or you if you need to be somewhere for your child or for someone else, you are not going to not be there. What you do for yourself should be that important.

What about your self-talk? It’s going on anyway, tune in. Make sure you are talking to yourself like you would talk to a friend, be a good coach.

What about you want to do 30 minutes of something, but all you have got is 5 minutes, or you know, I am on the couch, I have got walking shoes on and I just don’t feel like going for a 30 minute walk, so walk 5 minutes. Star small, take a 5 minute break at work. Go work for 5 minutes. Build that up over time. Do that three days a week, then move to four or five, increase the time from 5 to 10, 10 to 15, that's the way we get good traction and make progress. We don’t have to achieve what the ultimate goal is on day one. We can work toward it.

What about accurate information and resources, I have mentioned that, make sure you use what's available. Do not purchase products or join places that promise quick fixes, quick results. In the long run it’s not a good investment of your money or your time.

Instead of focusing on what you are giving up, identify what you are receiving in terms of your health and what's in it for you. It is harder and takes more energy to be healthier, absolutely, you have to put forth conscious effort, but when you think about the return, what are you after, that makes such a difference.

Seek support. Find some positive role models around you. Get an accountability partner. Encourage each other. Use apps, devices, things like the Apple Watch or a Fitbit or a MyFitnessPal, all of those can be tremendously helpful.

Carve out time, both for yourself, and then for the family and friends, and try to do that where it’s quality time, where you don’t feel so scattered like you are jumping from one thing to another.

All right, so what are some overall tips to really help get you to the place you want to be? As you have identified a strategy or two, really make that a SMART goal. SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound, we got that, because we set those at work.

But also ask yourself, how important is this goal to me? How motivated am I to achieve it? And how confident do I feel? And kind of rate on a 1-10 scale on those three areas, with 1 is, I don’t even know why I am saying it, it's not important, I am not motivated and I have got no confidence around it, to 10 is, I am all in, 100% there.

The magic number in each of those areas is a 7. If you are not at least at a 7, rework your goal, break it down smaller.

Small changes over time reap results. Start small, build up, as I have mentioned. If you sidestep, use language that helps you get back on track. A sidestep is not a collapse. It’s not a, oh, I have made no progress, I am going to give it up, kind of that all or nothing thinking that comes very naturally to people. Sidestep is a sidestep. If you were on track Monday through Friday and the weekend everything just got lost, find it on Monday. Don’t go, well, you know what, now I have got this on Thursday and that next weekend. I will think about this the first of next month. I really like it when the 1st falls on a Monday. I wait till the 1st of the month is Monday. No, we really get derailed doing that.

Balance and moderation are key when we focus on, I will never have another, I don’t know, whatever it is, as long as I live or become very obsessed with whatever that is.

Stay accountable. Use those websites, apps, and tracking devices that I mentioned.

Recognize effort. Small improvement over time. As I mentioned, that reaps results. Reward yourself, and not with unhealthy behaviors, but really track your progress and tell yourself, wow, look at this, look at where I started and where I am now. I am moving in a positive direction.

A wellness vision is awesome. And you can Google on the Achieve Solutions site and find more information about wellness vision. This is where you actually put in writing why you want better health, what specific improvements you are after, how are you going to feel when these improvements take place, what will you be able to do. You identify the limitations. You get a plan together for how to overcome them, focused on strengths, strategies, and resources. That is an awesome exercise. As a wellness coach I encourage you to do that.

So points to remember. Look at that first one, it’s so important it’s listed three times there, work on prevention. There are things that you can do that help prevent medical conditions, or if by chance you have some of those chronic conditions, manage them as proactively as you can. Don’t wait for your medical professional to tell you, you need to change your lifestyle, start right now, start today.

With this renewed sense of commitment like we have talked about, the return on investment can be great for you. As I mentioned in the beginning, you can reduce those risk factors. And again, we just do it one step at a time, one choice at a time.

Work on the things we have talked about that will help you, not only with the length of your life, but with the quality of your life. You can get better synergy around work/life, greater meaning, satisfaction, contentment, fulfillment, joy, all those wonderful things we are after.

And remember, there is no finish line with healthy behavior, it’s a process. It takes time and practice, you don’t have to be perfect, you just want to be trending in a positive direction.

I want to close with something a patient told me once, and then with a quote. So this patient I had worked with over a period of time, he had made great progress. And one day he came to see me and he said, I want to tell you that I know what I have got to do. He goes, this is going to be so big, you are going to want to tell everyone. I am like, okay, let me just take this in.

He goes, I have got to get my know better and my do better living at the same address. You know what, that’s the ultimate goal for any of us. We have got to line up what we know and what we do in terms of our heath to be in our very best health.

And I love this anonymous quote, “It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you are not. So overcome whatever those underlying kind of hurdles might be to get to a better place. The return on investment, it’s there for you.




By Kris Hooks, MEd, LPC, LMFT, CEAP, and Rachel Pauli, MA, CHES ©2017 Beacon Health Options Source: World Health Organization, 1948 and 1984; www.myquestis.com/what-is-financial-wellness

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