Make Lifestyle Changes This Summer
By Rachel Shouse
While it's never too late for you to make healthy changes in your life, there's no time like the present. That being said, a lot of folks start out really strong when they make changes. It's unfortunate, but a lot of the time that strength fizzes out. There are ways to combat that mentality/cycle. Preparing for both good days and bad days can help deter you from quitting. In order to help you make these changes as simple as possible, here are five steps and tips to new goals and sticking to them.
Prioritize Your Health
Life can sometimes force you to put your health on the backburner. This article is your sign to try and change that. If you have a stressful job, children, schoolwork, and/or other challenging obligations that just shows that you're needed. So, prioritize your health.
Self-Evaluate Your Health
Making this a habit can take time. Going to the doctor and finding out what you can do to improve your physical health is a great starting point. If you feel like your mental health is becoming a struggle, talk to a mental health professional. You can only fix a problem if you know what it is.
Set Realistic Goals
Having big goals for yourself isn't a bad thing. Going above and beyond what you're capable of can cause a multitude of problems though. Check how your goals are going currently. If they're nowhere near where you want to be, think about giving more focus to fewer goals. It's hard to stick to a plan when it's too difficult.
Self-Control and Motivation
These concepts don't come easily to everyone. Learning how to tell yourself no or tell yourself that it's time to do this task or that activity, is a goal in and of itself. If you struggle with this in particular, I greatly suggest that you start small. For example, if you drink three glasses of water per day, try for four and then five and so on. Every goal you reach will make you stronger.
It's Not All Black and White
We as humans have a habit of getting our mindsets all messed up. We either feel like we failed or succeeded. During hard times, give yourself grace. If you need to change your goals on a daily basis in order to keep your morale up, do it. Not every day has to be the same or every week even. Don't let your new lifestyle get too boring. Switch things up from time to time.
Congratulate yourself on making an effort to improve your daily life. Celebrate all of your success. You'll reap the benefits soon enough.
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