I call it Floating Head Syndrome. We spend more time in our head, anxious and overthinking, versus in our body.  Floating Head Syndrome, affects all Americans, especially among young people. According to one study, 73% percent of 25-35 year olds and 52%  percent of 45-55 year olds engage in overthinking that produces a wide range of negative health outcomes.  As a result our bodies have been put on the back burner (or left behind entirely) and we experience low energy, poor posture, poor movement patterns, unhealthy metabolism, possibility of joint discomfort, and a host of impacts on mental health. All of this dramatically affects our performance and how we show up in life.

 

These trends must be reversed if we are to thrive as a species. At the Taylor Group, we are committed to the flourishing of humanity, and of individual humans. This informs my philosophy as a Vitality Coach, where I take a whole-person approach to wellbeing. I operate from a paradigm that embraces the body-mind-heart-spirit connection. From that lens, here are three possible remedies for Floating Head Syndrome that can support you in being more present in moment (which is a better space to make wellbeing choices from), as well as nourishing your mind, body, heart and spirit:

 

  • Incorporate ways to connect to your body through daily movement such as frequent walks, stretching, standing while working at your desk, etc. so that you are countering the effects of too much sitting, as well as getting the blood flowing. This will also give your  brain a break. Many of my clients implement frequent walks outdoors each day, and add breathing practices such as box breathing for even greater benefits.  My dog helps me, whether I want to or not at times, to implement walks frequently during the day!  You will also be doing your mind and metabolism a favor as well!

 

  • Exercise regularly.  The benefits of exercise, such as aerobic conditioning and strength training, are abundant –  increased energy, supporting the recovery process, improved focus, healthier metabolism, etc.  While you are in your exercise routine, bring in mindfulness to connect to your body, rather than just go through the motions.  I help my clients bring this awareness into their workouts so that they embrace the moment they are taking for their wellbeing, as well as reinforcing healthy thought patterns.  Doing super slow movements is a great way to do that. It can be uncomfortable to perform at first, but is a great way to practice patience and awareness simultaneously.

 

  • Get out in nature. 93% of Amercians time is spent indoors, whether in a car or building.  The benefits of investing time in nature are precious for our mind, body, heart and spirit. Nature is a place that I stress to all my clients to embrace. It doesn’t cost anything and provides a judgment-free environment!  

 

  • Create an accountability structure. Whether it’s a workout buddy, a personal trainer, or an app-directed plan, find some way to create measurable structure to keep you on track to your goals. Our upcoming Heart Health Challenge is an excellent way to join a community of people that will motivate you and hold you accountable for your wellbeing intentions. 

 

You are not just a floating head. Embrace your value as a whole being by taking care of yourself, from your head, shoulders, knees to toes. In doing so, you can show up more fully in your contributions to this world, in every domain of life.    If you need ideas or inspiration beyond the recommendations above, reach out to me using the contact form below for a conversation. I have extensive experience designing individualized wellbeing plans. My Champion Coaching model takes a whole person, customized approach to help you see what is possible, then stay present to who you are becoming in the process of developing greater awareness over every facet of your being. 

 

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