Burnout is sadly a concept that is familiar to far too many of us. And it’s burnout that propelled MindBodyGreen founder Jason Wachob to reexamine, and ultimately overhaul his life. After graduating from Columbia, Jason found himself on Wall Street making millions. By all accounts he was living the dream, successful, wealthy, but unfulfilled, unhappy and most importantly – unwell.
From there, Jason decided to transform his life, devoting time to his mental, physical, and emotional health. He built cult-followed website, MindBodyGreen, and quickly became one of the most sought after experts on how to live well.
Of course, as is the case with many entrepreneurs – once Jason began addressing his own personal needs, health and happiness, success followed. We invited Jason to join us at Grind to talk about his new book, Wellth. Our GrindLife program is working to integrate health and wellness into the coworking experience we offer our members. We asked Jason to share his tips on how to build a wellthy life of your own.
These were some of our favorites takeaways from the book -- which we suggest you add to the top of your reading list:
- Eat: Remember that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to diet, so pick an approach that works for you. That said, mindfulness matters, think about each bite, taste the flavors and textures and enjoy. If you slip up, don’t rake yourself over the coals for it - just start again tomorrow.
- Move: In terms of overall health, moving everyday is a must! Activities like yoga in particular are great as they address both the mind and the body, but find what works for you. Often opting to workout with a buddy - or in a group like GrindLife’s class offerings - can expose you to different activities so it’s easy to find something you really like.
- Work: Stay in tune with your body and understand that physical symptoms of stress may be signs that you need to reevaluate your work situation. If you’re an entrepreneur in our community at Grind, Jason suggests you focus on what you really want out of the business, and how you’re going to create value for yourself as well as your customers.
- Believe: Only with hindsight are we able to see that things have worked out for the best in our lives, so try to see the positive side of what you might call “bad luck.” Visualization has three components - believing, seeing, and doing. You won’t get to your end goal without using all three.
- Explore: Remember that in order to follow your passion you first need to define what it is. Be patient - discovering what it is that makes you tick can take years. In the interim, become a master of the art of living, making little distinction between work and play.
- Breathe: The mind-body connection is one of the most powerful and healing. Tap into practices like meditation to help reduce stress and bring about personal transformation.
- Feel: Social groups exert power over all of us, so think carefully about the five people that you spend the most time with and whether or not they are giving you positive or negative energy. Also, always stay in tune with your instincts - they can be powerful indicators of what you should do.
- Love: Three types of soulmates exist: a romantic soulmate who temporarily helps us along life’s journeys; a forever soulmate; and a friend soulmate, with whom we have a deep connection. All three kinds are crucial in our journey to a fulfilling life.
- Heal: Pay attention in particular to the health of your gut. This impacts almost every aspect of your overall health. If you do need the help of a professional doctor, check his credentials, and if something seems off - do not hesitate to get a second opinion.
- Thank: You cannot be wellthy unless you’re able to feel grateful. A great way to do this is to keep a daily gratitude journal and write down something you’re thankful for each day.
- Ground: Grounding is an easy way to appreciate being in touch with the earth. Try to schedule regular breaks in which you take in the beauty of the natural world.
- Live: Our time here is fleeting - and when it comes to an end for a loved one, remember there is no right or wrong way to grieve. We all have to go through it in our own way.
- Laugh: There are sure to be some bumps in the road along the way, but remember that at the end of the day, life is pretty great, and even the bumpiest of roads is manageable if you find some laughter in the potholes along the way.