If you look up ADDRESS in the dictionary you’ll find – “To direct the efforts or attention of oneself” and “to begin to deal with.”
My question to you is, “have you started to ADDRESS yourself?” Have you began to deal with yourself?
Have you looked at your Attitude and mentality on life? Do you try to make the best out of situations? Do you think positively? Do you actively do things to improve your emotions, your mental health, your outlook on life, and probably more importantly, your outlook on yourself? If you think you need some change in this area, EFT, which stands for emotional freedom technique, is a proven way to improve your emotional and mental wellbeing.
Have you addressed your Diet? Do you consciously decide that you’re going to eat healthy, or do you let social conditioning, advertisements, flashy labels and misguided agencies creep their way into your subconscious and determine what you eat? If you’re not taking control of your diet you know who is in control? Pepsi Co, Nestle, Kellogg, CocaCola. And if you think that these companies have your best interest in mind, you better think again and do some research.
Have you addressed your Direction? What do I mean by direction? I mean your purpose. Why are you here? Don’t know? What are you good at? Nothing? What do you want to be good at? What’s the purpose of having a good diet if you have no purpose or direction in life? Where are you going? What is the reason for you doing the things that you do? Going against the grain and everything that society pushes on us, be it junk food, pharmaceuticals, partying all night, not getting any rest, getting something for nothing, having an attitude that we can do whatever we want without any consequences, saying we should focus on a million things at once, or whatever else society fills our mind with… going against this is hard. It’s difficult. It requires you to stay on point and be consistent with your values, your goals, eating right, getting enough rest, moving your body every day, reducing the stress and noise in your life, and getting in what your body needs on a daily basis. In order to do all of that, you need some sort of direction. If there’s no reason for you to be here then what will be the reason for you to go against the tide and do the necessary things to be great?
Have you addressed your Rest? You go to the gym, you don’t build muscle in the gym. You tear it down when you work out. You build up your muscles when you sleep. When you take a break. When you recover. Are you recovering? Are you resting enough? Are you getting in the 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night? Are you giving your body the necessary rest it needs to heal and function at its best? And are you taking breaks in your life? Some of the greatest people in the world would take week long vacations, stepping away from their multi million dollar businesses, to rewire themselves and recharge themselves so they can step back in and do their job. Are you giving yourself the breaks you not only deserve, but that you need in order to be great?
Are you addressing your Exercise? You can eat the best food in the world, but if you’re not moving your body, forget about being in great health (the opposite is also true). We’re creatures that evolved walking, running, hunting, and constantly moving. Sitting for 5-7 hours a day isn’t our natural state. Being active is. A new study came out saying that sitting all day was worse than smoking. If you sit all day long, consider getting a standing desk. Upgrade it by getting a treadmill desk or something to help you constantly move and not lock your joints like a fluidstance.
Are addressing your Stress? We live in a stressful world. There is constant buzzing all around us. Responsibilities pile up. People do things we don’t like. Stressful events happen. With all of the noise that is being thrown at us, it’s up to us to actively take measures to reduce it. The best way I’ve found to reduce stress and live a more peaceful and centered life is to meditate. I practice transcendental meditation. There are other ways too. Nature walks. Regular walks not in nature. Sunbathing. Massage. Acupuncture. Talking things out. Writing things out. Getting clear with exactly what you are doing and why you are doing it. Many times just bringing some clarity to something reduces loads of stress. Seeing things from other people’s point of view. Playing an instrument. Working out. Practicing yoga. Singing. Dancing. Reading. Doing emotional freedom technique. The list goes on. Although meditation is, in my opinion, the best way to reduce stress after eliminating the energy robbers and needless things from your life.
Are you addressing Supplements? We live in a toxic world. Let’s face it. We’ve royally screwed up our environment. And the way we live our lives is not conductive to health either. From the constant stress we’re under, to the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe, we constantly increase our need for proper nutrition. A hundred years ago I wouldn’t be writing about supplements. And I still think that there might be a few outliers who don’t need them. But because of the toxic burden that’s on our bodies in todays world, and the need for nutrients that we are no longer getting form our food (because the soil has been degraded so much), I’m an advocate for supplements. If you’re healthy, maybe just a multi, omega 3 and some vitamin D will do. But considering that nearly everyone has some form of dis-ease going on, a few more supplements might be necessary. Anyway, supplements are the last part of ADDRESSing yourself. If the others aren’t down first, supplements probably won’t be the thing that really gets you to great health.
D – DIRECTION
D – DIET
R – REST
E – EXERCISE
S – STRESS-REDUCTION
S – SUPPLEMENTATION