What I've Learned In 24 Years Of Therapy

I’ve been in therapy for 24 years.

I am not ashamed to say it…

Because my 24 years of therapy has given my clients a secret gift for their health and fitness that they would never get at any other gym.

That is that at Inner Strength we know your health begins between your ears.

And that the quality of your physical health will never surpass your mental health.

Because if you have chronic pain, are constantly fatigued, don’t like the way you look in your clothes…

….there’s a natural level of depression and anxiety that go along with that.

If that’s you, let me say it again, there is nothing to be ashamed of.

All strengths start from a deficit.

That’s why I’ve always found it’s best to address what’s going on between your ears first before prescribing any type of exercise or food plan (if necessary of course.)

Because clearing that invisible hurdle (of mental health) gives you an uninterrupted path to better physical health.

Create & Act in Alignment of Your Core Values

Your core values are the traits you believe make up a “Person of Value”

Core Values lead us to putting our time, energy and attention in the right places.

And they are an indispensable piece of your success with your health and as a parent trying to raise a healthy, happy, successful child.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you value politeness. I’d say that’s a pretty standard value.

But every time you eat a piece of bread.

Every time you spend “too much time” watching TV.

Every time you put on a dress or button up that bulges in the wrong places…

…You allow the little voice inside your head to pass judgment on yourself.

Are you being polite to yourself?

Or let’s say you value hard work

Yet you’ve made it okay for yourself to find shortcuts in your exercise (or skip altogether.)

Or you’re currently spending hours numbing by distracting yourself with your phone and tv time.

Are you living up to your value of work hard?

Right here is where depressive thoughts infiltrate your brain

Which reduces serotonin levels in your brain.

And elevates cortisol levels in your bloodstream.

This results in that “lazy” or “incapable” feeling.

Which stops you from exercising and leads to “emotional eating.”
So here’s exactly how to stop this from happening today

First Sit down with your family and create a list of 3-5 core values.

This is the way your family is expected to act for themselves and for one another.

Then  go through some scenarios and what acting in alignment of your values looks like.

Make a list of one way each family member can act in alignment right away .

Finally establish how everyone will be held accountable, and how you’ll help each other when it feels hard to act that way.

After that it’s all followthrough.