Today’s post features a few key takeaways from a recent Wellness Your Way podcast interview. Find the full episode here and be sure to subscribe to Wellness Your Way so you don’t miss future episodes!
Guest Bio: Sonia Jhas
Award-winning Mindset and Wellness Expert, Sonia Jhas, is no stranger to adversity. As the cross-cultural child of immigrants, she struggled with identity, purpose, body image, and all the negative self-talk that comes from not being aligned with one’s values. Sonia knew instinctively that she deserved better and so, she gave up her skyrocketing corporate career and began searching for a new path that resonated with her core.
Through her journey, Sonia uncovered a deep passion for wellness as well as a driving desire to help others. Now as a Mindset and Wellness Coach, Sonia has taken these hard-earned lessons and made it her mission to help people live their best lives through online talks, speaking engagements, television appearances, and of course, coaching. She has accumulated an impressive 80+ million media impressions and continues to spread inspiration all over the globe. A sampling of her clients includes Girl Talk Empowerment Day, Scotiabank, TD Bank, IBM, and Deloitte and some of her long-list brand partnerships include influential companies such as Dove, Weight Watchers, Hershey’s, Best Buy, and many more.
As a wife and mother of two, Sonia’s clients resonate with her journey and have made her into the unstoppable force in health and wellness she is today. Sonia lives in Toronto with her family and is the author of “I’ll Start Again Tomorrow”.
Top Insights from Sonia Jhas’ Interview
- So many of us tell ourselves “I’ll start again tomorrow.” This mentality allows us to think that we’ll have it all sorted out tomorrow, there will be no roadblocks tomorrow, we’ll be more motivated tomorrow. This narrative keeps us bouncing from tactic to tactic and never finding peace.
- Breaking the cycle once and for all takes inner work. We have to realize that today’s version of ourselves sets the stage for ourselves tomorrow, and to dig through the mess of our motivation (or lack thereof) and why we’re running into obstacles. We have to realize our tendencies and our perfectionism and figure out how the narrative we’re using is really not serving us.
- We don’t talk about it, but we’re all in the vortex. We’re all dealing with shame, guilt, self-sabotaging behaviors, spiraling, doom scrolling, and more. There’s no need to put on a fake façade, or pretend you’re not struggling – you’re not broken, you’re human.
- You get to the point where you realize it’s not about the accolades. You are good enough to keep striving and accomplishing, but maybe you wake up to the idea that you don’t want that anymore. You deserve better!
- Getting in touch with your internal why helps you strike the balance between over-striving and being lackadaisical. You get to decide how you see your highest self. Sonia calls this the Mindset Manifesto, which breaks down how you want to feel, and how you can align your actions to that. You get to decide how you want to show up to the world.
- Sometimes we’re so busy chasing our goals that we use our goals as a distraction from the actual work we need to be doing within. When we get caught up in the chase of the goal (the “doing”), we pull ourselves away from the feeling. The feeling is the real work!
- We’re so tired of the social media #hashtag world because it makes us feel that we’re not good enough. When we get lost in this cycle, we try to patch over our feelings of emptiness with more doing and more tactics, but this never works. It all comes back to the same end – we have to go inside and find the answers within ourselves.
- Each person can find their own tactics to get closer to their internal “why,” but it takes some exploration. Sonia loves journaling because she can’t lie to herself while journaling, as well as affirmations that feel honest to her, and practices gratitude throughout the whole day.
Want to hear the full episode, including Sonia’s journey of treating, mistreating, and reclaiming her body, how an achieving mentality of perfectionism stands in our way, how mind work and body work are actually the same things, how Sonia sets social media boundaries, and so much more?
Head over here to catch the full episode with Sonia Jhas!
Now it’s your turn! What is one thing you learned from this interview? What’s one thing you’re committed to changing after learning from Sonia Jhas?