I just got bit in the neck by a scorpion. I am ok, and because of this fact, I am determined to be a superhuman this and make wellness a priority.
Not in a hardcore, militant, stringent sort of way. But in an effortless way. I am determined to make my life easier. Here it goes.
What I mean is that I am determined to give myself all the tools I need to begin each day with affirmation, enthusiasm, clear intention, and focus.
This is where performance meets balance. It’s about mind-strength, not ab-strength. It’s about calm not intensity. It’s about experiments, not punishments. It’s about choosing to make wellness a priority.
We all have things we want to achieve. So what’s your strategy for making both happen at once without feeling like a failure if you don’t post up at the gym every morning at 6am?
Here are my 5 simple strategies for being an effortless superhuman. Hint: It’s about working smarter not harder.
- Clear the decks. I’m starting off with a simple detox. Like, tomorrow. Based on our 7 day program, I’m going booze/gluten/sugar/dairy-free not for my waistline but for my brain. We all have our boozy days – let’s face it. Now I need mental stamina and nothing clears the fog like a short and sweet cleanse.
- Make fear a commodity. I was lucky on my last vacation to spend some serious hours practicing yoga and meditating. In both practices I worked on manifesting fearlessness. Do you ever feel like fear and self-doubt are like an old item of clothing that you keep buying and selling back to yourself in a weird vicious cycle? Don’t sell yourself fear and don’t buy it. Meditate on releasing it for good.
- Live the N of 1 principle. The “N of 1” refers to the fact that in any study, the N, otherwise known as the denominator, is usually a huge group of people (a necessity in order to draw broad conclusions). But in life, the N is always 1 – aka YOU. For example, if artificial sweetener doesn’t cause cancer in 9 out of 10 rats, the N is 10, but from the perspective of the rat that gets cancer, the N is 1 – the odds were 100%. This doesn’t mean freak out about getting cancer. It does mean that at the end of the day nothing can tell you about your body like experimenting with it does. My experiment will be intermittent fasting 16 hours a day 2 days per week. I’ll have dinner at 8pm and not eat again until noon the next day, a max of 2 days per week, just to see what happens to my focus and metabolism.
- Hack your habits. My habit is to skip exercise when I get super busy. I am about to be super busy. So, I am scheduling yoga into my Google calendar like a meeting and making sure I get there 3 days per week as my new years gift to myself. What’s your habit of cutting yourself short? How can you hack making it a true priority to put yourself first?
- Ask for help. Sometimes I try to boil the ocean and take on the world, instead of leaning on the people who support me to help me be 100 times more productive. If your answer is “I’m soooo busy” when people ask how you are, you need help, and you need systems in place so that you’re not living under water. This month I am asking for help from everyone so I can create the things I am capable of. What do you need help with? If getting on track with your health is one of those things, work with one of our Parsley health coaches or sign up for a medical membership to get our team to help you. Doing this alone is probably less productive than doing it with support from experts. Instead of a new jacket you don’t need, get a new team in your corner.
Robin Berzin MD is a Functional Medicine physician and the founder of Parsley Health. Her mission is to make functional medicine affordable and modern, so that more people can access this holistic approach to health that both prevents disease and helps people heal naturally.