Even though we all want to be healthy individuals in mind, body and spirit, getting the job done isn’t always easy. Life can be hard.
We make plans, we daydream about how different it will be this time, start out with great intentions, and then quickly get sidetracked and then discouraged when nothing happens.
It weighs on our self-esteem. We think “wellness isn’t something I am strong enough to do.” We watch our weight creep up, and each year our voices get a little more difficult to control or sustain.
We don’t feel stronger, that luggage is too heavy to haul around, we stop taking the stairs and we tell ourselves “oh, well, it’s just part of aging.”
If this sounds like your own life, don’t give up yet. When you mind your body, you mend your mind — and therefore your life — this is a promise I can keep!
It isn’t about making changes, it’s about making the right choices. If you’re interested in turning your health and life around, start with small incremental steps!
The picture of me below is me ruck sacking…huh? What is that you ask? Well, it is hiking or walking carrying 10% of your body weight on your back in a well-made good backpack that is meant to carry a large amount of weight. Notice it is clasped at my chest and waist. This is so the weight is evenly distributed.
I have stenosis of the spine and was told I would be in a wheelchair unless I had major spine surgery. They wanted to fuse four of my vertebrae. I told the doctor “no thanks” and walked out (well, barely), determined to change that outcome’s probability. That was almost three years ago.
I did not have that surgery and I began making small incremental steps to change the health of my spine. Not only did that decision make my spine better but my entire health – Mind, Body and Spirit.
It all began with small achievable changes.
Some of the changes I made:
- I started doing squats every day while I brushed my teeth (6 minutes daily)
- I cut out all foods that could cause inflammation in my body
- I began taking supplements for connective tissue
- I stopped hating going to the gym, by choosing one that made me feel like I was going to the spa
- I found an accountability partner
It is so easy to overestimate what we can do in a month and underestimate what we can do in a year. If you make small incremental improvements on a daily basis the impact is HUGE!
Too often, we tell ourselves that big success requires big action. We think we have to deny ourselves, make big sacrifices, stay hungry, put our bodies through excruciating punishment in order to see results. Whether it is losing weight, building a business, getting a degree, winning a competition, get cast after the auditions, writing a book, or achieving any other goal, we put an enormous amount of pressure on ourselves to make some inspiring improvement that everyone will talk about.
If you are like I was, it may come down to just not wanting to be in pain every – single – minute to shake things up. When I look back at it I am both grateful and sad. Grateful to be better and excited about the future and sad that it took debilitating pain to get me there.
My advice? Don’t wait for pain of any kind, whether it is mental, spiritual or physical. Make those small steps now, to get a new lease on the passion and optimism you can have about your life.
“I had the privilege of working with Dr. Bernardini in the Healthy Voice Initiative, and I learned so much in such a short time. From day one, I immediately saw the difference in the way I viewed my body as an instrument.”
Professional Singer and Artist
“Denise is a knowledgeable, passionate, and kind instructor. Her work condensing several breath and wellness methodologies into a course targeted for the singer is invaluable. I had several moments of insight regarding my own singing and wellness and that of my students. Additionally, her sense of humor and warm personality infuses all of her teaching with compassion and joy.”
J. Polman, Professional Singer, and Educator