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Staying Well in an Unhealthy Healthcare System

Staying Well in an Unhealthy Healthcare System

The facts about healthcare in the United States can be discouraging. Our country is notoriously lagging behind in terms of our health outcomes when compared with other countries with similar resources. We spend substantially more, but have worse health. 

There are many smart, capable people that mean well and work hard in our healthcare system. Unfortunately, the system itself is set up in a way that doesn't promote wellness. It's a GREAT place to be if you need a high-tech diagnostic test or intervention — but we're not known for promoting well-being. Ironically, as providers are pressured to see more patients, they invest less time in conversations that help people create the healthy lifestyles that promote health and prevent disease in the first place.

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How to be Well-Aligned

How to be Well-Aligned

If you've ever had a car with an alignment problem, you know that it can make for a bumpy ride.If not addressed, the misalignment will also cause unnecessary wear and tear on your tires.

Our life journeys also go smoother if we are in alignment. Misalignment between the big questions in our lives can provoke stress, and the unnecessary wear and tear that it brings.

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Four Smart Ways to Hone your Health Journey

Four Smart Ways to Hone your Health Journey

While most people would agree that good health is important, the level of time and attention that we devote to cultivating our well-being varies widely. Perhaps this is because our definitions of "good health" can be quite different. For some of us, good health means operating at the peak of our physical conditioning. For others, it is about being able to fulfill our daily responsibilities without difficulty. I have found that, despite their variety, personal definitions of health often revolve around having the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual freedom to participate in our lives in ways that affirm our core values.

People may choose to increase their investment in their well-being for any number of reasons. They may be inspired to tackle a challenge that requires more fitness or stamina. Perhaps they have a vague sense that their level of health is slipping, or maybe life has delivered some kind of "wake-up call". They could have received unwelcome news at a health appointment. They might have accompanied a friend or family member through a difficult health challenge.

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Six Ways to Get the Support you Need

Six Ways to Get the Support you Need

Here is it July - halfway through the year. For many people, the new year's resolutions that seemed like a great idea in January are now a distant memory.

When it comes to making changes, getting started is only one of the hurdles. For most people, the hardest part is the stretch in the middle. When the enthusiasm wears off and obstacles arise, it is all too easy to give up on our dreams. Has that ever happened to you?

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5 Ways to Engineer Greater Well-Being

5 Ways to Engineer Greater Well-Being

What do fast food, TV remotes and Facebook have in common?

They all provide quick and easy ways for us to get what we want! (food, entertainment, and social connection)

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Creating Your Own Context

Creating Your Own Context

Have you ever tried to stop an old habit or start a new one and it feels like swimming upstream? You want to be more active, but your job involves a lot of sitting. You'd like to get more sleep, but you find yourself staying up to watch TV. One of the reasons that change is challenging is because our lives are organized around the context in which we live! Sometimes we are able to notice the context, and that gives us an opportunity to alter it. Other times, the context is so pervasive that it is invisible to us. We "don't know what we don't know." Like fish swimming in a lake, the water around us is just a part of life. We can't really imagine what it would be like to be breathing air!

I had a great lesson in this phenomena when we returned to the U.S. in 2007 after living in northeastern Brazil for three years. We'd been in a small town in a rural, semi-arid region, and there was a lot about life there that was different. Everything in town was close together and people often walked to do their daily activities. That meant that there were always people on the street. A trip to the big Saturday market was a social event, for you were sure to run into lots of friends and spend time catching up on the events in their lives!

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New Year's Resolutions: Dream Big, Plan Small

New Year's Resolutions:  Dream Big, Plan Small

Sticky NotesAs we draw closer to the end of the year, many folks start to think about their hopes and plans for the New Year. The New Year brings an opportunity to recommit to those things that are important to you, or to start something new entirely. For some of us, we may frame these commitments as New Year's Resolutions.

The bad news about resolutions is that, too often, our best intentions don't get us the results that we want. Research confirms that more than half of resolutions aren't sustained for longer than six months, and some suggest that that percentage is even higher. If you've failed to maintain a New Year's resolution, or seen someone else fail, you might be inclined to avoid making a commitment. After all, that way you won't be disappointed!

The good news is that people who make resolutions are far more likely to achieve their goals than people who aren't.

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What do you DO?

What do you DO?

I was in a meeting the other day with a group of other women business owners when one of them admitted to me: "Julie, I STILL don't know what it is that you DO!"

After ten months of meeting together, perhaps I should have felt embarrassed... Instead, I appreciated her honesty, and felt grateful for the opportunity to provide clarity. It left me thinking, though -- Perhaps you wonder the same thing! What is coaching anyway? More importantly, why would anyone want to be coached?

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