What do you see as the top health challenge facing WNC?
I think there is a collective anxiety in the nation. I know I feel it; I see that my clients feel it. Stress manifests in the body in very negative ways, and right now there’s a generalized anxiety about what’s going on in the world.
What’s the best thing you’ve done for your own health lately?
Stop reading the news first thing in the morning. Taking that time for quiet reflection and meditation.
Is there something new you plan to do to boost your health in 2019?
My wife is a health coach, and she and I just did a nutritional cleanse to ring in the new year. The cleanse is nutrition- and protein-rich at the front end, and then there are two days of fasting with a little bit of nutritional support with herbs in a drink. We’ve committed to doing that quarterly — processing out the crap and putting in the good.
What piece of advice would you give others to help them have a happier, healthier new year?
Enjoy the beauty of the mountains. We have so many resources for that here. The people I see on a regular basis who feel really grounded and joy-filled are active and enjoying those resources, whether it’s by hiking, running, biking or getting on the river. I recommend that to everybody.
Steve Mohrman is the owner of the Hands on Health Massage Therapy Center.