Today I’m going to discuss value in relation to health, quality of life, and a persons core values. Value is critical in our emotional well being and ties directly into motivation for change of any kind, specifically maintaining and improving health and quality of life. When we live by our core values, our deepest convictions, we live full lives. When we become indifferent to them or stuff them deep inside our selves, we live lives full of search and unfulfilled desires. There is a tendency to have guilt, numbness, misdirection, and other negative feelings vs. positive feelings and authentication when we do live by our values.
Value has numerous definitions depending on the use. Value refers primarily to the worth, monetary worth or usefulness. It also is defined as a person’s judgment of what is important, their ethics and morals.
When we consider something valuable, it is worthy of our time, energy, appreciation, money, and sacrifice. We all live full and busy lives, so to add anything to them we typically need to make room by giving up something else. Hence, we make a choice of what is valuable. An experienced wellness coach guides people to recognize and live by their core values, it is the heart and soul of coaching. In meditation, people become open to recognizing and possibly even re-defining their values. As you can see, there’s a strong connection between core values and the services NutriWell Coaching™ & Yoga provides.
How would you define your core values? What is most important to you as a person? What would be worth sacrifice? Examples of core values are honesty, love, compassion, caring, spirituality, nature, community, freedom, creativity, fairness, equality, passion, Eco-conscious, intelligent, integrity, and much more. Perhaps you’d like to take advantage of the Taste of Coaching each month and determine what your core values are and steps to ensure you’re living by them. Check our calendar for dates.
An Exercise In Self Discovery
Most of the people reading this blog are fortunate to be able to afford more than basic shelter and food. Yet many are living by what they afford vs. their core values. I would ask the question, which is most important to you:
- To miss all of family events and activities to afford the “best” (you fill in the blank- car, home, clothes, vacation,..) or to work hard to provide for your family and be in their lives?
- To take a pill for a chronic disease (diabetes, pre-diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure) or invest a small amount of time eating healthy, moving your body, and decompressing from stress?
- To eat out more nights for convenience or to prepare quick and tasty meals and manage your weight, health, and quality of life?
- To purchase the latest “it” workout clothes (Lululemon, Onzie, American Apparel, Nike, Sweaty Betty and more) or invest in yoga or fitness classes or memberships?
- To lose weight quick and find it just as quick or to stop the dieting cycle and choose foods that are tasty and nourishing?
- To spend hours exercising off every morsel or enjoy nourishing and tasty foods in amounts appropriate for you?
- To live each day in stress and “needing” fast paced or to slow down and savor life?
Recipe of the Week:
Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach- delicious!