A (really) fun and simple way to improve your health

Jazz Fest is my spirit animal. It’s a bold statement, but I stand by it. I love it so much and this year was just as great as last year. The food. The music. The times with friends. It was all so magical.

Now I’m back and, as you imagine, I’m detoxing and started the week a little slower than normal. But it doesn’t bother me because I’m more productive in the hours I work as I have a lot more clarity than I did before Jazz Fest. Not to mention, I’m healthier than I was before.

I know that last statement shocks people since my vacation was in New Orleans, but, friend, being healthy requires you to have some fun, to get away, to relax. In fact, downtime is critical to your health. But don’t just take my word for it (even though it’s a pretty good word). Study after study shows that taking time away significantly reduces stress and improves sleep – two things that play a major role in your health.  

I’m going to focus on stress for this post as it’s a big reason why so many of us hold on to weight and why so many of us have gut issues, sleep problems, and health challenges. Between my work with clients and all the literature out there, I know your belly pouch, your IBS, and your insomnia are stress-related. And I want you to know that too. 

And I want you to know because it means you can fix most of these things naturally. But downtime has to be part of the solution. I hope that excites you as downtime is a super simple and fun way to improve your health (and you don’t always get those in health). 

That being said, I know many of you reading refuse to take a break. And, honestly, that’s ridiculous. I get that we’ve been conditioned to believe that if we take time off we’ll miss an opportunity, that our business will crumble, and that the sky will fall, but none of those things ever happen. We think they will, but they don’t. Roughly 99% of the time, we pick up where we left off and do so healthier than before and with more vigor.

So, if you can’t remember the last time you took time off – figure out how to squeeze in downtime. Doing so will up your health, which in turn will up your productivity, focus, and drive because that's what improved health does. So, really, stop fighting a super simple and fun way to improve your health already. And if your boss fights you on it, tell them your health coach told you you had to. 

Erica Ballard is a Healthy Living Expert and Coach who helps working professionals increase their productivity and success through food. If you liked what you read, and want more of it, sign up for her newsletter today.