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Road Warrior Wellness

Hey, Lena here from the Wellness Fast Lane.

I just returned from a whirlwind, fun, high-exposure week-long speaking tour of the left-coast. I met some great people, met people I only knew online and ran into people I hadn’t seen in years.  All in all, I had a great time.

From Las Vegas to Denver to Seattle to Phoenix, I learned a bit about maintaining my wellness lifestyle on the road – and I realized just how far I had come on my wellness journey.

A brief story…

Verne Harnish is a well-known management consulting guru – he owns a company named Gazelles.  Awhile back, he sent out a newsletter that explained why it seems that as soon as you go on vacation, you come down with a cold – or when busy people retire, that’s when they’re diagnosed with cancer – or some other horrible disease.

Although Verne does a much better job of explaining this than I can, essentially he said, that people run around with their adrenaline fired up all day, every day. Then when they take a vacation or relax, the adrenaline subsides and all the symptoms that the adrenaline was masking comes to the surface in the form of a cold or other nastiness.

I cannot tell you how many times this has happened to me – not cancer thankfully, but I’ve gone on vacation and by day 2 or 3, I’ve had a case of the sniffles or a sore throat. 

I never understood why this was so – and now I do.

But, something has changed. This past week when I was away, I didn’t get sick at all. Not once did I feel ill.

And, it’s because I’m slowly changing how I live my day-to-day life at home and as a result, I don’t get sick on the road.

I am careful about not “running on adrenaline”. When I’m stressed I take time to feel my feelings and then process them.  For me, skipping straight to processing is a source of stress. I have finally given myself the permission to feel sad, mad, boiling anger, repulsed, hurt and injured. I don’t dwell there, but I give myself a reasonable amount of time with these feelings. Many people don’t like the idea of ‘timing’ their feelings, but I know what’s best for me and I know how much time I’ll need…I know the difference in myself when I’m feeling my feelings versus wallowing in self pity. I’m famous for telling my friends, “I’m going to allow myself to feel like this for the next 24 hours/week/over the weekend and then I’m going to do what I need to do to move on and get over it.” 

I also have reaffirmed my vow that I will never do anything I don’t want to do.  Sure, there are some things that I don’t LIKE doing, but I don’t do anything I don’t WANT to do. Ever. Does that make me a bit spoiled? Maybe, but I work hard, I’m a good person and I deserve to do only things that bring me joy. In this way, I am not regretful or mournful about how I spend my time – because it’s a choice.

I’ve bumped up my supplementation. I take B-complex for stress, vitamin C to boost my immunity and kapha tea to balance my energy.

I’m also getting out more, engaging in different stimulating activities, reading fiction (as opposed to self-help or non-fiction only) and meditating.

And, while on the road, I bump up the number of hours of sleep I get (pretty hard to do!), I eat salads and veggies whenever I can, I don’t indulge in “airport food” and instead carry raw nuts, dried fruit and water and I make sure to see the sights at least once (this means walking!)

All these things make life more sweet and less stressed for me. Taking that trip has helped me to see that I *am* taking better care of myself. It’s a journey for sure and I’m not where I want to be, but that just means there’s still more to learn!

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  1. You’ve come a long way baby! I love the journey you’re on – interesting, energetic, personal, and it’s working! As I’m fond of saying, you Rock Lena!

    Your fan, Cheryl

  2. Lena West says:

    Cheryl:

    Thanks for being my constant cheerleader!

    -Lena

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