You’ve decided you want to lose weight, get fit, reduce stress, sleep better? That’s great! The next step is figuring out how to start. A quick search on the internet might lead you to the latest diet fad or the newest fitness gurus, each with their own personal recipe for success.
If you’re like me, you might get overwhelmed by all of this and wonder when did health and fitness get so complicated? Well, I am here to tell you that it’s not.
Achieving wellness can be as simple as making small changes in your life on a day-to-day basis and taking incremental steps towards something that will ultimately lead to big changes in your life.
It’s all about turning actions into habits. Let’s break this down.
Actions repeatedly regularly over time = habits.
To put it as simply as possible, to turn an action into a habit, you have to repeat it over and over again until it becomes second nature.
Like brushing your teeth: you brush your teeth at least twice a day, when you wake up and before you go to bed. But, you weren’t born this way. Your parents drilled it into to you from when you were a toddler, and then you did it every day, twice a day, for years until it became a habit and you stopped thinking about it.
The more you repeat something, the easier and more ingrained it becomes. Building a habit is a simple as repeating an action again and again until it becomes habitual.
Accumulated habits = lifestyle changes.
The thought of making big lifestyle changes can be overwhelming, but when you break it down, lifestyle changes are simply collections of tiny actions repeated over and over again that then become habits. When you think about it this way, it may seem more manageable and less overwhelming.
Rather than focus on the lifestyle change or large health goal you want to make, what about instead breaking it down into discrete actions and focusing on them one at a time?
One action repeated regularly over time makes a habit and an accumulation of habits makes lifestyle changes.
Lifestyle changes = wellness goals.
From these actions which we transform into habits and which then leads to lifestyle changes, we bring ourselves closer and closer to our wellness goals. It’s these lifestyle changes which ultimately bring us to our wellness goals, whether that be weight loss, reduced stress, detoxification, fitness or better sleep.
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