3 Truths for Busy Women to Prioritize Their Health – Episode 26


In this episode, Maven Miara shares three reminders for busy women on how to prioritize their health. She emphasizes that health is not just about losing weight but encompasses various aspects. The first reminder is to gather a team of medical professionals, trainers, and nutritionists to navigate the changes that come with age. Miara highlights the importance of having a support system to guide and provide accurate information. She then discusses the significance of preparing for doctor’s appointments by consulting with a health and wellness coach. Miara also talks about adjusting workout plans based on individual needs and the importance of having an accountability partner. Lastly, she encourages listeners to be gentle with themselves throughout their health and wellness journey.

Key Focus Areas:

  • 04:24 Preparing for Doctor’s Appointments
  • 05:21 Adjusting Workout Plans
  • 06:47 Having an Accountability Partner
  • 08:14 Being Gentle with Yourself 

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Nurturing Health as a Keystone of Success for High-Performing Women

In the bustling rhythm of corporate leadership and entrepreneurship, health often becomes a footnote in the story of success. Yet, in our latest podcast episode, “3 Truths for Busy Women to Prioritize Their Health,” we unfolded an essential truth: for high-performing women, health is not a luxury; it’s the bedrock of sustained success and fulfillment. This article delves deeper into the three pillars of health for busy professional women, offering guidance and inspiration to integrate these practices into your demanding lives.

Mindful Nutrition: Fueling Your Body and Mind

The ancient adage, “You are what you eat,” holds profound truth, especially in the high-stakes world of professional leadership. Mindful nutrition is about making intentional choices that fuel both your body and your mind, providing the energy and clarity needed to tackle your day.

  • Plan and Prepare: Amidst a tight schedule, planning your meals can be a game-changer. Dedicate a portion of your weekend to meal prep, focusing on balanced, nutritious options. This not only saves time during the week but also ensures that you’re fueling your body with what it needs to thrive.
  • Hydration is Key: Often overlooked, hydration plays a critical role in maintaining energy levels and cognitive function. Keep a water bottle at your desk and set reminders to drink regularly. Remember, when you’re well-hydrated, your entire system operates more efficiently.
  • Small Steps, Big Impact: Start with small, manageable changes. Swap out that mid-afternoon coffee for green tea, or replace a sugary snack with a piece of fruit. These small steps can lead to significant, lasting changes in your overall well-being.

Integrating Physical Activity: A Catalyst for Energy and Creativity

Physical activity is much more than a means to physical fitness; it’s a catalyst for mental clarity, creativity, and stress relief.

  • Find Joy in Movement: The key to consistent physical activity is finding joy in it. Whether it’s yoga, a brisk walk, or a high-energy spin class, choose activities that you look forward to. This makes exercise less of a chore and more of a cherished part of your day.
  • Schedule It In: Treat your workout like an important business meeting. Block out time in your calendar and honor it. Remember, this isn’t just about staying in shape; it’s about giving your brain the break it needs to come back stronger and more focused.
  • Movement as a Mindfulness Practice: Use your exercise time as an opportunity to practice mindfulness. Focus on your breath, the movement of your body, and how you feel during and after the activity. This practice can provide a much-needed mental reset in the midst of a hectic day.

Prioritizing Mental Health: The Silent Power Behind Success

In the relentless pursuit of professional goals, mental health often takes a backseat, yet it’s the silent power behind long-term success.

  • Cultivate Stress Management Techniques: Identify stress-reduction techniques that work for you, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or journaling. Even a few minutes of these practices daily can significantly reduce stress levels.
  • Set Boundaries for Work-Life Balance: Learn to say no. Setting boundaries is crucial for mental health. It helps in managing stress, preventing burnout, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
  • Seek Support When Needed: Whether it’s a professional therapist, a mentor, or a trusted peer, don’t hesitate to seek support. Sharing your challenges and gaining perspective can be incredibly relieving and empowering.

As a high-performing woman, your health is your greatest asset. It’s the wellspring from which your energy, creativity, and resilience flow. By integrating mindful nutrition, physical activity, and mental health practices into your life, you are not just taking care of yourself; you are setting the stage for sustained success, leadership excellence, and personal fulfillment. Remember, in the symphony of success, health is the harmony that brings the melody to life.


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Maven Miara (00:03.17)
Hey, hey, Maven nation. Welcome back to another episode of success with saneness So, uh, this episode, I'm going to be sharing three, three quick reminders for you on how busy women like you and I must prioritize or can prioritize our health. I know. And when I say health, trust me, I am not talking about just losing weight. Like we've become,

So program that health weight, health weight, that's a piece of the puzzle, but, but that's not the only thing. Okay. So let's jump into these three ways. So the first area of focus that I want to chat about is gather your team. Okay. What does that look like? Um, if you have your medical doctor, maybe you have, um, a trainer, a nutritionist, whatever that looks like for you, gather your team.

I will say is I've gotten older, the plus 50. I definitely can, I don't think I would be able to manage without feeling so overwhelmed and literally just throwing up my hands and quitting my health without a teen. Because as we get older, our bodies are changing, things are happening. Sometimes quickly, we don't understand, we don't know why. The things we've been doing no longer work. And...

the team is who's going to help me plow through the right information for me. Because listen, there's a lot of information out there on the interwebs. Okay. Um, and some of it's true. Some of it's absolutely false, but, but how do I, how do I know I'm not a medical professional or a medical practitioner? How do I know exactly what is right or wrong?

and what a plan would be to get it to work for me, right? So that's why I say having a team is so important. Now here's what my team looks like. I do have my medical doctor, my primary care doctor. I have a gynecologist and my gyno really has helped me more specifically with my hormones. What do we need to do to get those little babies back in some normal level, right?

Maven Miara (02:29.77)
We know as we start approaching going through perimenopause, menopause, the hormones are all over the place. That causes a lot of things to change and shift in our physical bodies, mental state, all of those things. And so my gynecologist helps me stay on top of that piece. Okay. I have a health and wellness coach. She's also my personal trainer. So here is how I use my team.

So, you know, my primary care, just, you know, the regular, regular things that I might need in the health space, sinus infection, let's call it that. Okay. My gyno, you know, your annual PAP, all of those things. And for me specifically around this hormonal balance. So my gynecologist is going to give some information and pieces and all of that. I then

And really I talk to my health and wellness coach before I go to my doctor's appointments. Because I want to have a bit more information on how, what the doctor might want to prescribe or give me. And how is that going to affect me in a more holistic way? How is that going to affect me physically, maybe mentally? All of those things.

So I will have that conversation with my health and wellness coach before going to the, okay, I'm headed to the doctor. This is the appointment. Here's what I'm going for. We have that conversation. So that when I'm at the doctor's office, if I have questions, I can get those questions answered while I'm in the visit and not have to schedule another tele-visit later or send an email or whatever needs to happen. I

Nine times out of 10, go into my doctor's appointment with questions spelled out in my notes app in my phone so that I can get those questions answered while I'm actually again in the session. I've kind of gathered those questions because I've already had a conversation with my health and wellness coaching, whatever research I've done on the interwebs and all of the things I want to have.

Maven Miara (04:51.634)
If I have questions, I want to take those into that session with my doctor and get those answered. So those are kind of the three primary pieces that make up my wellness team. Let's call it. Um, also, you know, what type of workouts I, my health and wellness coach literally changed my whole workout plan. I used to do the 60 minute big hit, full sweat,

workouts, which I absolutely love as much as you can love them. Right. So we had to completely move away from that and do more low impact 30 minute workouts just to get my stress levels, the cortisol, which causes your body to retain fat, get those levels down. And maybe in about, you know, so we've been on that for about nine months and we thinking about, you know, maybe another three or four months, we'll be able to

go back up maybe to 45 minute workout. But it were very, she's very intentional about the type of workouts, the plan that I'm on because the literary for me, I started one of my first indications that the pair of the men are all one of the policies was happening. I started gaining weight while working out. What does that happen? So, so that was my indication that something is happening, changing my body.

because the things I have been doing were no longer working. So yeah, it's a no-no to be working out and gaining weight that whatever. So that was a big indication for me that my body was doing something different. So that's number one, gather your team. Number two, get an accountability partner. Now, because I have a trainer, my health and wellness coach, she is my accountability partner because our workouts are on my calendar. They're scheduled, they're paid for. I have to show up.

on time, get my pre-workout done and stretch and all of the things. So that's a form of accountability to me, for me. And also, um, that group of women, we don't work out together, but there, we're all in a group. We can check in on each other, hold each other accountable, all of those things, because your wellness journey is literally a journey. Our bodies are changing, adjusting, life be life, and all of the things that happen.

Maven Miara (07:16.974)
Um, be flexible on that journey. What works this year might need some tweaking adjustments or complete abandonment for the next year. So be aware, pay attention to your body, what it's telling you, what it's telling you to do, not do when it's telling you to rest or since you need more water, you feel you're a little dehydrated, whatever those things are. Be attentive to yourself and have an accountability partner. If you need one. I know for me, I need one.

I have to have one to stay consistent at, um, trying to keep my health and wellness in a good space. Number three, almost most important as number one and two, be gentle with yourself on this journey throughout your health and wellness journey. Again, um, our bodies are going to be changing. Uh, life is going to life.

all of the things that we go through in life normally has some level of effect on our health, our total wellness. So be gentle with yourself. You're going to have to be flexible. You're going to have to make adjustments. There are things that might've worked for another maven that you tried that don't work for you. It is frustrating. It is annoying. You got to be gentle with yourself.

You got to stay on it and keep making the tweaks, the adjustments, so that you don't, you don't give up. You don't quit. Okay. So gather your team. Number one, number two, have an accountability partner and number three, be gentle with yourself on this health and wellness journey. You deserve it. Maybe you deserve to be able to live your best life with some level of good health.

for as much as you can. So remember, stay on this journey. Hit reset, gather your team and do the things you need to do to remain gentle with yourself. I wish you good health, great wellness and joy around all of those things. So until next time, Maven, even on this health journey, keep doing your BAM thing.


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