Easing into a healthier lifestyle

Ease Into a Healthier Lifestyle

The hardest part about trying to get healthy can sometimes simply be figuring out where to start. Here’s a few tactics that helped me change my own family’s lifestyle.

Start talking…and reading

Start talking – to anyone and everyone who has the type of life you want to achieve. See what brings them peace and wellness. See if it could work for you. Research the things that pique your interest and filter out the ones that don’t. You want to find the things that  work for you, and you won’t stick with them if they simply do not mesh with your personality. That being said, I always try to give everything new at least a little bit of time before deciding whether or not to keep pursuing it. You never know when you’ll become a convert to something you may not have liked at first. The people you’ll meet along this journey and the stories you’ll read about will stick with you, often blow your mind, and open you up to a whole new world.

Don’t look for easy

Switching over to a healthier lifestyle will come as a shock at first, because, truthfully, everything does take longer when you are cooking most of your food from scratch, making some of your own household cleaners, reading labels, and just being a bit pickier in general. It does take some adjustment. You might say, “But I want easy!” Well, it all becomes easier as you go on. And as long as you don’t stress yourself by coming too fast out of the gate, you can achieve a healthier lifestyle over time. Which leads me to my next point.

Pick one thing at a time

I started with changing my son’s diet. Then I started researching supplements. Then I slowly started to change my own diet. Only after I felt knowledgeable in that arena did I start researching and replacing household products that I knew were not good for us. Then I tackled finding healthier hair products. And I am just starting now to really look through and replace my makeup products. I’m ok with the fact that it’s taken me two years to get to this point. I make sure I acknowledge that I have made a ton of progress overall. Try to take one step forward each day, and before you know it, you’ll look over your shoulder and see that you’ve traveled a mile.

Be okay with imperfection

I am a self-proclaimed perfectionist, so this one was hard for me. Don’t let imperfection cause you to throw your arms up in the air and quit. It’s not like a switch just turns on one day and you never go back to your old ways. I still eat chocolate too often. I don’t always want to do yoga. And sometimes I just want that extra glass of wine. It’s easy to tell yourself that you don’t meditate enough or that your yoga poses aren’t up to par. It’s easy to think others do everything better. I don’t know about you, but that kind of attitude brought nothing to my soul in years past, and only when I pried myself away from negative thinking did real change begin to occur in my life. Good enough often really is good enough, and letting go of an often draining perfectionist attitude gives you the energy to continue on your journey.

Pick a starting point

Many of us spend our lives putting things off until we have more time, less problems, etc. I used to do that all the time, giving a million excuses as to why I wasn’t going to make health and happiness a priority. These excuses kept me in a mind frame of of negativity and anxiousness, depleting any energy I had left for the things I really wanted to achieve in life. Have you ever heard the term fake it till you make it? Sometimes you have to do that. There is something to be said for putting a smile on your face and making a concerted effort to focus, if only for a few minutes a day at first, on something positive that can turn your life around. Something that will bring you to where you want to be. Why not start now?

I’m excited for my future and I’m excited for yours too!

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