Do you make new years resolutions? Do you start the year with good intentions to make healthy changes, but find that after a few weeks those resolutions are forgotten, or worse yet, not followed through? How does a change become a habit? The hardest thing to change is the mind. Once you change your mind, all other changes are easier. Here are some tips to help you stick with your efforts to improve your healthy habits.
Cultivate awareness. First step is to notice what you are doing, or not doing. Keep a journal and don’t judge, just note. You may find you are doing some things well.
Let go of perfection. It is the cause and result of low self-esteem. You are already perfectly you. Celebrate every step you take toward healthy change, both small and large. Forgive yourself for being human.
Get more education. Do some research. If you have a disease or condition, learn as much as you can about what YOU can do on a daily basis to improve your health. Attend classes or find books to read that expand your understanding of health. We exist in the information age, but need to avoid the many infomercials that only want to sell us something.
Make a plan. Mark your calendar. Make appointments with yourself to take care of yourself. Make a weekly meal plan and a grocery list. Keep a diary and chart your feelings along with your progress.
Identify obstacles but do not dwell on them. Make a list of ways to get around them. Keep that list front and center and allow yourself to make changes to your list as needed. Think outside the box.
Get help. Find others who have the habits you want to have and learn from them. Have someone who will check in and keep you accountable daily or at least weekly. No one can do it for you, but you do not have to do it alone. Join a support group or start your own.
Small consistent changes will help you achieve your best health. If you need more help, call me at 510-658-9067 for an appointment. I have delicious recipes, resources, and sensible ideas to support you on your path to health. You can do it.