Life Coaching Blog How to Make a Big Difference in your Health
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson
How to Easily Make a Big Difference in your Health
When we want to get healthier, we tend to think of making sweeping changes in our lives. We want to drop 30(or more) pounds, we give up gluten, we promise to wake up before the sun every day of the week and go to gym. In short, we get dramatic. In a way, this makes sense, because we want to feel dramatic differences in our health. We want to lose a lot of weight, we want to feel so much better in our bodies, that we assume the only way to do that is to make very big changes.
The truth, however, is that very big changes and very unlikely to stay with you. There is an energy to our current patterns that seems to pull any attempt at change back after even short amounts of time. There is however, a way around this kind of anti-change gravity. It’s called making very small changes. No, they are not dramatic. No, reality TV won’t cover it. Yes, these small changes can give you dramatic results. The secret is that you have to give them enough time for the drama to unfold.
Ask yourself, “How do I want to feel in 6 months?”
Answer that question as honestly and specifically as you can.
Next, consider what you would have to do to feel that way. Would you have eat differently? Would you have to exercise more? Would you have to give up smoking? Would it mean you would be getting better quality sleep? Consider the full spectrum of what would be happening in your life in order to feel that way. If you feel lost at this point, get some help. Enlist a wellness coach, personal trainer, or even a friend who is into healthy living to give you ideas.
Think of following areas of your well-being:
- Stress Management
Which one calls out to you immediately as needing some attention? Choose up to 3 areas to focus on at one time.
Then, slowly and surely, make small changes in each area. For example, if you chose Fitness, Positivity, and Sleep, you might decide to make the following changes:
Fitness: Walk 10 extra minutes per day
Positivity: Make a list of 3 things I’m grateful for just as they are at the end of the day
Sleep: Turn off any screens an hour before bed, and go to sleep 10 minutes early
Track your changes using any of the popular apps available, or simply giving yourself a gold star on the calendar. Tracking will keep you accountable to yourself. You either did it or you didn’t, and you get to be totally honest about it. You can also team up with a group of a buddy; being social is a proven way to stick with changes.
If you make these small changes every day for a month, you’ll notice a huge difference. You can then add on small changes in other areas of your life. It’s a way to get around the inertia of your lifestyle habits that may have been with you for a long time.
At the end of six months, you’ll find that those small changes you implemented have radically shifted not just your lifestyle, but also the way you feel.
“The Well” Kalia Kelmenson