December 2022

definition of challenge as opposed to stress

Stress and Its Relationship to Courage & Resilience

Do you believe that stress is harmful to your health?

I have always been taught that this was the case. But, Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist reveals some very interesting findings in the TED talk I will post below. I’ll jot some highlights down in case you don’t want to take the time to watch it.

In a study that tracked 30,000 U.S. adults over 8 years it was found that people that had high stress AND believed that stress was harmful for their health had a 43% risk of dying. On the flip side, people that had high stress and believed that it was not harmful for them had a lower risk of dying – even lower than those who had very little stress. Crazy!

In the post-talk interview, Kelly says, “Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort.” And she gives the advice to,

“Go after what it is that creates meaning in your life and then trust yourself to handle the discomfort that follows.”

The bottom line is, your belief about stress can make a difference in your life expectancy!

laying a foundation of bricks

Creating Your Foundational Habits

We all know that establishing good habits is necessary for good health and for living your best life. Sometimes we work on habits that are more fun to build and we neglect the foundational habits that are necessary for our health and growth. Over the last couple of years, I’ve let some of these foundational habits slide and my body and mind have felt the difference. Unfortunately, you don’t always notice a slowly developing shaky foundation until something grabs your attention.

Many of us are struggling to stick to healthy habits that we KNOW would help us look, feel, and perform at our best.

In fact, the United Health Foundation found in a recent study that 70% of adults in the U.S. report having at least one unyhealthy habit they need to break…and another study showed 61% of adults picked up bad habits over the last few years alone.

📱 Spending too much time on screens and not going outside

💪Having trouble sticking to a workout routine

🍟Eating takeout more often than you’d like to admit

🍪🍷 Reaching for sugar or alcohol to cope with stress

🥛 Buying cute water bottles and forgetting to fill them

…the list goes on

Or maybe you just feel like you could stand to eat a little healthier, get a few more workouts in each week, carve more time out to take care of yourself, and start putting your health first.

The 21-day Habit Challenge might just be right for you. Make bite-sized shifts in your habits to create lasting results.

When you join the challenge you’ll get:

📄A 21-day Habit Challenge Success Guide to help you implement healthy foundational habits and give you the tools & strategies you need to hit your goals faster.

💻 21 daily “deep dive” coaching emails to keep you inspired each morning

✅ A daily online habit tracker to track and celebrate your consistency

🕣 An evening reminder to check off your completed habits

🖐 And a private Facebook group with more encouragement and a like-minded community

Join the challenge here for instant access: