Yesterday I wrote about Steph Gadreau's podcast Harder to Kill, and something from the episode I shared has been stuck in my mind just nagging at me ever since. Pilar Gerasimo shared a statistic about the percentage of Americans who said that they regularly eat healthfully, exercise, and get adequate sleep. Take a moment to guess what that percentage might be. I'll wait. Ok, ready for the answer? It's THREE PERCENT. Out of every one hundred people in this country, only three of them regularly eat well, work out, and get enough sleep. Listen, I know that trifecta is tough to meet, and I can think of lots of reasons why people might miss at least one. It's hard to eat healthfully when you're not financially secure. On the other end of the spectrum, a lot of high earners don't ever sleep enough. Lots of people who exercise regularly eat poorly because they think that's a manageable trade off (think: I run for cake). But still--eating well, moving your body, and resting enough are pretty basic pillars of health. Are we really in such a bad place as a country that only three percent of us are meeting that standard? Guys, how do we do better? No, seriously, how can we improve this sorry state of affairs? This is the question that's fueling me this week.
Coincidentally, it's also national mental health awareness month, and I clicked on an article today about how to improve your mental health. The point of the article was to offer a starting poing for people who are unhappy and know their mental health needs to improve, but don't know where to begin. You know what three tips the article gave? Seriously, not making this up: 1) get enough sleep, 2) improve your diet, 3) exercise. I'll just leave that right there.
Alright--typically I include something that might be of interest to people in Fueled Up Friday posts, and I do have one lil recommendation for you this week. It's an app called Stop, Breathe & Think, and it offers free guided meditations.
As you can see, I've used this app a total of one time so far, but I really like it. When you open it up, it asks you how you're doing and asks you to choose a few emotions that describe your current mood. Based on what you choose, it offers a few guided mediations (that are 5-10 minutes each) that would be good for you in that moment. I am not a big meditator but understand that it's a good practice, so I downloaded this app to make it easier to add a little mediation to my life here and there. It's free, so you really have nothing to lose, and I really liked the mediation I tried this morning. Download it and give it a try when you're waking up in the morning, or going to bed, or if you have a few minutes elsewhere in your day. Because it's mental health awareness month, and because I'm sure all of us could stand to meditate a little more.
Have the most wonderful weekend.