If you want to start making healthy changes in your life, start small, really small. When we talk about new years, birthday and holiday resolutions, we usually set ourselves up for disappointment.
Do any of these sound familiar?
"This year, I'm going to get in shape".
"I'm going to eat really clean and organic foods only".
"I'm going to lose 30 pounds by next year".
"I vow to stop eating all sweets".
"I will go to the gym 5-6 times per week for the next year".
"No more fried foods for me".
"Chocolate. Please, I'm never touching it again".
While it's wonderful that you want to improve your health, I don't want to see you get discouraged because of potentially not meeting your (overwhelming) wellness goals. What can we do to avoid this?
Tip of the week: Stick to small action items, one at a time
What do I mean by this?
Instead of telling yourself that you're going to fit into a size 4, 6 or 8 jean by next summer, establish one small action you can stick to on a daily, weekly or monthly basis with the goal being taking overall better care for yourself.
Great examples might include:
Drinking 2 cups of water on en empty stomach every morning
Meditating for 1 minute upon waking or before falling asleep (rather than promising yourself that you're finally going to start doing those 30 minute meditations you never seem to get around to...)
Adding a side of greens to at least one meal every single day
Adding a tablespoon of chia seeds to your water bottle for extra fiber and protein
Taking a probiotic supplement each morning to boost microbiome proliferation and diversity (helps with overall digestive and immune health)
Replacing one cup of coffee from your routine with herbal tea
These are some great action items to start with. Think about what may make each day in YOUR life that much more energized, joyful and easy. Perhaps it's implementing one of the action items above, or maybe you have others in mind.
The key? Choose one at a time and once you do that one regularly and don't have to think about it, you can add another, slowly building up. Over time, you'll notice you've been taking action after action, taking your time, and slowly reaching your health goals in a sustainable, non-disruptive way.
I'd love to hear your action items and how they go over time. Feel free to say hi or send me and update to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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