Spring and summer is a time lots of people make massive changes to their lives and their health, but my advice is not to wait until a vacation, or summer weather to make healthy changes. It can be so incredibly overwhelming to try and pack everything into a short span instead of spreading it out throughout the entire year. You can start today by making one small change at a time. Pick one thing and put it into action.
I hate feeling sick, sluggish, having belly aches, and basically just blah. One of my top core-desired feelings is to feel healthy, which in turn also makes me feel happy. “You can’t have a healthy mind without a healthy body.”
Having a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about losing weight for a trip or after-holiday binging. It is to prevent from gaining weight at all, and prevent chronic diseases. What would happen if you changed your focus from losing weight to maintaining your weight? What would happen if you changed your focus from reacting to an illness to preventing an illness? Think about how amazing it would be to feel healthy and throw away all those yo-yo diets, pills and trends. That is what making one simple change at a time can do. Healthy Living is a lifestyle. That means forever. It doesn’t mean putting a Band-Aid on the problem with pills and fad diets.
Take your health as an example. Having a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about losing weight for a trip or after-holiday binging. It is to prevent from gaining weight at all, to feel healthy, energized and vibrant, and to prevent chronic diseases.
One simple change applies to all areas of your life, not just your health. This concept is 100% transferable. For example, focus on one life area at a time. If it’s your health, put all your focus into getting healthy. What often happens is that we try to focus on everything all at once and become so overwhelmed that we give up. When I work with clients, I work on one life area at a time – focusing on the area that is the absolute most important to them. What tends to happen when things start to improve in one life area is it automatically improves other areas as well. For example, when I started to focus on my health, my career started to improve. I was so unhealthy that it started to affect my productivity. Think about how many sick days you have to take when you are constantly getting sick throughout the year. Remember, the mind-body connection is really strong. That fact cannot be denied.
In life, you have to be willing to change and change and change. Until you get it, until it feels right, until you can YES! This is the life I want, keep changing and keep doing the things that work for you. Never give up!
Here are some things you can start today to incorporate the concept of one simple change. At the bottom of this post, there are 3 related posts that will help you take it even further. You can do this. I believe in you.
1. Pick one thing that you know is affecting your health and work towards improving that one thing. When I started my own personal health journey, I decided that I wanted to work on my digestion issues. There were other things I wanted to heal my body from, but it was so much easier to focus on one change at a time. Once my digestion improved, I felt encourage to incorporate even more healthy changes into my life.
Q: What is that one thing that is always on the top of your mind?
2. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Changing a habit doesn’t happen over night. It will take time, patience, learning and personal growth. If it feels like a challenge at first, don’t worry, it will get easier as you go. Just don’t give up!
3. Get an accountability partner. Partnering up with someone is an amazing way to stay committed. You will inspire, motivate and keep each other on track. Partnering up also reduces the stress of making a change because you can share your feelings with each other. It is so much easier when you don’t feel alone.
Q: Who do you know that is either doing what you want to do, or has been talking about making the same changes?
4. Every week, incorporate one healthy habit into your routine. Challenge yourself to do one per week. This could mean, adding more vegetables to your meals, limiting your intake of sugar, learning about nutrition, giving up soda, or replacing one hour of television to prepare your meals for the next day.
Q: What is one healthy eating habit you could incorporate into your lifestyle today?
5. Get moving! We sit for way too long throughout the day and our bodies are designed to move. You could start walking during your lunch hour, get up from your desk every hour to stretch, create an exercise routine that you love, join a group class, or replace one hour of television with something active. Get creative. It doesn’t matter what you do, just get moving.
6. Commit to the change. It will become your new job. Getting healthy is your new job. Your new daily mantra can be “I am committed and willing to change and to act upon it.”
If change is difficult for you, watch my 40-minute guided video on Creating & Embracing Change.