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Be a Healthcare Rebel - September 2016

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September 2016 - Eliminating Clutter and Negative Energy

rebel-blog-201609"We also need to be willing to make room in our lives for the impending birth of our dreams. This might mean emptying our life of clutter such as wasted time, energy, resources, or draining relationships. These things can jeopardize our dreams by distracting us at a time when we should be more focused than ever."
~ Christine Caine, A Life Unleashed: Giving Birth to Your Dreams

Drowning in paperwork, can never find your keys or glasses, always needing to add more to your data plan, beginning to worry that you may no longer be a "collector" and that hoarding tendencies have begun to set in? Still holding on to that grudge from so long ago that you don't even remember what you were mad about? Fantasizing about seeing what goes around comes around for that one "special” person" (although it often seems it doesn't at all)?

Your physical and mental clutter takes its toll over time – draining your energy, serving as a distraction from what you really value, stopping you from being truly present because you spend so much time in the past, robbing you of future joy because you are constantly on the search for something you have lost or having to redo work because you can't locate the original copy. And then, of course, there is the corrosive stress of it all, which is further exacerbated by the negative energy generated by anger, resentment, disappointment, disillusionment, and loss of hope.

So where to start when you're ready to make a change? I know it seems both trite and obvious, but the first place to start is at the beginning:

  1. Acknowledge your life has entered a clutter zone.
  2. Recognize it will take time to declutter, just as it took time to become a “turbo-collector.”
  3. Identify your collection triggers – so much going on it's difficult to catch up, sentimental attachment, insecurity - "I might need it one day." – "Waste not, want not." – a state of chronic overwhelm, keeping up with the Joneses, reluctance to face your anger/rage, disappointment, depression, dysfunctional relationships where the costs far outweigh the benefits, an unconscious habit, mindlessness, and myriad other root causes or combinations thereof.
  4. Develop a plan and set a timeframe for unburdening your physical environment and traversing your emotional obstacle course. Be realistic, be specific, solicit support, track your progress and celebrate any forward momentum (which may sometimes mean just avoiding any back-stepping), and visualize the future state you want for yourself.
  5. Some resources to aid in your journey:

Be a Healthcare Rebel - August 2016

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August 2016 - Moving Instead of Sitting

rebel-blog-201608Our bodies are designed for movement, and when we don’t go along with the plan, there is a price to be paid. Here are just a few examples of the potential outcomes of too little movement and too much sitting:

  • musculoskeletal disorders and avoidable aches and pains
  • impaired brain health
  • a negative impact on metabolic and vascular health
  • for women who sit more than 6 hours per day, a 40% higher risk of premature death, independent of physical activity level and meeting weekly guidelines

So... I completely understand that the less you do of any one thing, the easier it becomes to do even less of it and then begin to talk ourselves into a myriad of reasons why it just can’t be helped. But, guess what? It is also often true that the more you do of any one thing, the easier it becomes to do more of it. The trick is to figure out a way to flip the switch to do more moving and less sitting.

1. Hear John Ratey speak about the Importance of Movement.
2. Learn from Kelly McGonigal about the Science of Willpower to gain insights into ways to start moving and keep going.

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