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What’s On Your Plate? by Michelle Bybel

When you think about what nourishes you, do you think about food? Most people do however, what nourishes your life may be more important than the proteins, carbs and fats you ingest. True nourishment comes from your relationships, career, finances, spirituality, recreation, relaxation and physical activity – it’s about your hunger for life. When you are not feeling fulfilled or balanced in all of those life areas, you often need more nutrition for your soul to discover, or rediscover, true meaning in your world.

How to Thrive

Do you sometimes feel like you are just surviving and not thriving? This is when seeking the help of a health or life coach can be very beneficial. Coaches are trained to help their clients identify what is out of balance in their life, what they want and how to achieve those goals.

Coaching is a unique process of goal setting, skill building, implementation and overall personal growth. Coaching looks at where you are now and where you want to be in the short and long term. It is future oriented and is focused on making positive changes that will enhance your life. It moves at a pace where you will see measurable change in a short amount of time to help you stay motivated.

If you would like to start on your journey to wellness right away, here are few tips that can help.

• Gain awareness into the areas of your life that may be out of balance. There are many great tools that can help you with this. Begin by creating a list of the different areas of your life such as career, family, finances, health etc… and then rank your satisfaction in each area. Use this as a starting point for where you need to focus your energies.

• Start setting limits and boundaries by practicing the word “no.” This is very challenging for many people because we have an innate desire to want to help and be everything for everyone. However, if you keep saying “yes” to requests, especially ones that you really don’t want to do, you will spread yourself to thin and become overwhelmed. Always remember, that saying “no” to something you really don’t want to do will open up time for you to engage in activities that you find pleasurable. This will do wonders for your mindset and set you on the right course for balancing your life.

• Make time for yourself. It is not selfish to set aside time for yourself. Putting yourself first is the greatest gift you can give yourselves and your loved ones. The fact is, until you take care of you, you cannot take care of anyone else. When you ignore your needs there can be significant consequences such as becoming resentful, bitter, frustrated or lonely, or developing a poor self-image and lack of confidence. This in turn can lead to the use of ineffective coping skills such as emotional eating to comfort and distract from those feelings.

Practice this skill by setting a time each day for you to do something that you enjoy. It can be as simple as interacting with friends, exercising, taking a walk, reading a magazine, really savoring a meal – it does not matter as long as it is something you enjoy. It is important to make this a priority and commit to being kind to yourself every day.

We focus so much attention on the importance of nourishing our bodies with healthy food and while this is very important, it is necessary to remember that our soul needs to be nourished as well. Focusing attention on your needs will provide you with the energy, satisfaction and motivation to live a happy and abundant life.

Michelle Bybel is a local licensed clinical social worker and certified holistic health coach. She specializes in working with professional women/entrepreneurs. She recently published a book about overcoming emotional eating. She can be reached at info@healthymindsetcoaching. com or 888-570-5751 or visit

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