While you won’t find too many people saying that they don’t understand why being healthy is better, you will find many people admitting that changing their habits is too hard to do.
Unfortunately, you can’t avoid the hard part of altering a way of life that consists of well-ingrained habits. You can find comfort in knowing that anything that is truly worth doing is a struggle, and it is that struggle that will make you improve on the inside and out.
Change is constant. Are you going to have control over some of that change?
Determination, self-motivation, and beginning with the end in mind will get you on your way to a healthier life. It really is all in your head – well… what internalizes the need for change and the motivation to keep on track is all in your head – in your mind to be exact. The power of your mind can make or break your success in anything you aspire to achieve. Achieving a healthier way of life is no different.
Knowledge is Power
The first and most important step to getting in the right mindset is to arm yourself with knowledge and support. There is a wealth of information available on how and why to lead a healthier life and you need to soak in as much as possible. There are a number of different methods for effective information gathering. Depending on your preferences, you will find some or all of the options helpful on the following list:
Search the internet for any information about: leading a healthier life (search ‘healthy living tips’ ‘making healthy changes’), understanding the resistance to change (search ‘breaking bad habits’ ‘why it’s hard to change’), and connecting with others that are working towards a healthier lifestyle (http://bit.ly/2j4n4kG )
Find a couple of books that you can study to be well equipped with facts and tips for a health-focused lifestyle. The best type of book for this method is one that doesn’t necessarily need to be read from beginning to end and has tidbits of information as opposed the pages of paragraphs. Highlight sections and bookmark pages that are of special interest to you and really make the book your own by writing in notes about your thoughts and experience with the content of the book. Some examples of appropriate books are:
C The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy by Jonny Bowden
C 500 of the Most Important Health Tips You’ll Ever Need by Hazel Courteney
Record your thoughts and motivation to having a healthier life in your personal health journal or in a blog. Posting your healthy living thoughts online provides an added accountability factor and allows
the openness to be able to connect with others on the issue, which will provide you with lots of new insight and information about the many facets of a healthful motivation.
Watch documentaries and short videos on health issues. Learning through visual elements provides an opportunity to be effected in a way that allows many people to internalize the facts more effectively. If you’ve got access to Netflix, they have numerous documentaries on health and you can search online for health documentaries and find various films that way.
Get connected to people that are living in a much healthier way than yourself. You are influenced by the people that surround you, so talking with, and spending time with people that are making healthy choices will naturally rub off on you even if you don’t have in depth conversations about healthy living.
Get yourself an accountability partner that you will check in with regularly to let them know about your health-focused journey.
Although this could be someone that is already leading a healthy life as mentioned in the point above, this approach is usually more effective if it’s someone that is in the same situation as you and you can be each other’s accountability partner. It is so much more motivating to be checking in with someone that is in the same boat and you look to each other for support. This could be a great opportunity to assist someone in your life to go for a healthier lifestyle and be supporting them as much as they will support you.
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