Here’s how what you SAY can impact your health and your feelings.
“Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer.” Radhanath Swami
I am honored and privileged to introduce my friend from London and a colleague from our shared mission with the Health Coach Institute as my next guest blogger on her perspective on language. How are these ideas of language, health & sleep connected you ask? Please welcome, Kelly Swaby of Kelly Swaby Coaching to share her wisdom with a few comments (in parenthesis). I’d also love to hear your thoughts on my guests, topics and what you’d like to talk about.
Language is a powerful tool that actually has the ability to play a huge role in our mood and energy levels; alongside other lifestyle factors of course. The way we describe or talk about ourselves, things, situations, life, in general, will have a huge impact on how we see and feel about the world.
For example let’s say you are sat in a room full of people who are using negative language, bad-mouthing or trying to put others down. How do you think you will feel, once you are able to leave the room? Pretty uptight, maybe wound up, angry, upset etc. which let’s face it, is not positive by any means.
The same notion applies to the way we talk to ourselves. If we are constantly criticising ourselves, saying we just aren’t good enough or could have done better, it just doesn’t feel good, does it? (Language can help us frame and develop a growth mindset)
“Language literally does have the ability to lift our spirits or zap us of energy.” Kelly Swaby
As Autumn slowly moves into the colder months of winter it isn’t uncommon for us to start feeling a little low on energy. There is a pull to somewhat hibernate and snuggle down, which funnily enough mirrors what happens in nature, as the last leaf falls and the trees prepare themselves for what winter has to throw at them.
When you think of winter what is the first word that comes to mind. I asked some family and friends the same question and three guesses what the most popular word was? Cold. Some even went as far to say they hate winter, a very strong word to use to describe a season don’t you think?
Dependent on the language we use to describe winter will play a role in how we look and feel about it. Using the notion that language can affect how we feel and see the world, then wouldn’t it be a good idea to use positive language to help boost our energy levels during the winter months? So rather than saying I hate the winter, how about flipping the script on this and saying I love the fact that winter gives me the opportunity to recharge my batteries or I love the opportunity to wrap up warm during the winter months.
“One kind word can warm three winter months. “ Japanese Proverb
Of course, flipping the script will take practice, especially if you aren’t someone who naturally enjoys what the winter months have to offer. The best way to do this is to be mindful of the language you do use over the winter months and recognising how it makes you feel. Another way to do this is to journal your day and read back on the language you use to describe it.
On a personal note admittedly, I was someone who didn’t use the best language to describe winter. I would moan about how cold it was all the time and say I disliked the dark nights and mornings here in the UK. Using such language certainly did not help my mood over the winter months and I found myself getting quiet down and feeling lethargic. Sound familiar?
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness.” Audrey Hepburn
Changing the way I talked about the winter months and the language I used to describe how I feel about it has certainly helped how I see it. Alongside implementing other lifestyle habits that support my health and energy levels I now love winter and all that it brings with it (including a bit more sleep).
Next time you find yourself talking about this time of year, recognise the words you are using and then go one step further and be mindful and how using that language makes you feel. (neuroscience today proves feelings of happiness improves your health, immune system and even your sleep)
“Winter is just another season to be enjoyed and the language we use can only promote that.” Kelly Swaby
Below are some positive examples of what winter can bring us:
- Cozy nights in
- Log fires (my fav)
- Hot soothing drinks
- Scarfs and holly hats
- Fresh walks outside
- A chance to recharge our batteries
- Out with the old and in with the new
- Splashing in rain puddles – yes not just for kids
- Fun in the snow
- Ice skating
- Christmas (in Northern Hemisphere)
- Wrapping up warm
Here’s to enjoying all that winter has to offer us.
Thank you so much, Kelly! You can contact Kelly here and we’re here in service!