Deciding to change your life to reform poor habits can be a major change in your life. You may feel ready to implement healthy changes this spring by getting rid of the processed food in your cupboards and join a gym, but have you ever stopped to think that this may have the opposite effect on what you are trying to achieve?
Dramatic lifestyle changes have long been considered unsustainable. Attempting to do too much all at once can lead to you feeling physically and mentally exhausted and demotivated.
Although willpower and motivation are admirable traits, you want to make sure that you make sure that your actions have a long-lasting and sustainable impact on your life.
HOW TO IMPLEMENT HEALTHY CHANGES THIS SPRING
MAKE SLOW CHANGES
Going to the gym little and often will help you make long-term improvements rather than jumping right in to work out every day and overdoing it. If you do this, you may sustain an injury and require physiotherapy.
ADJUST YOUR DIET SLOWLY
Try not to cut too much at any time. Work towards more significant changes by cutting down on unhealthy foods and gradually adding more fruit, vegetables, and healthy snacks. Depriving yourself is only going to make you want something more.
SET SMALLER, MORE MANAGEABLE GOALS
Do not get too hung up on the end goal. Instead, set realistic goals, so you do not lose your drive. Do not be too harsh on yourself if you crack. If this happens, rethink your goals and look at the progress you have made so far in your journey.
KNOW YOUR, ‘WHY’
When you lose weight for the wrong reasons or just go to the gym for the wrong reasons, odds are you will not keep this up for too long. Think of it as a long term improvement for your health rather than short term weight loss.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Many of us are guilty of not listening to what our bodies are telling us, particularly if we lead busy lives. We can put off having routine check-ups and only pay a visit to the doctor when something does not quite feel right, at which point, it can be much harder to manage.
Stress can exhibit itself in your mind and physical body in several different ways. From headaches to high blood pressure, mood swings, and changes in your appetite. Many health conditions can be caused or worsened by stress. Building a meditation practice is a great way to reduce stress, increase mental clarity and improve productivity.
GET MORE SLEEP
Very few of us get enough sleep, and the rest we do get is often not good enough. Aim for around eight hours of restful sleep every night whenever possible. Adequate sleep is more likely when implementing a strict bedtime routine, such as restricting caffeine in the late afternoon or evening, no screens, and going to bed and getting up at the same time every day.How to implement healthy changes this spring #selfcare #growthmindset #spring #holisticcoach Click To Tweet
By implementing these seven tips, you will begin to see a significant improvement in your overall health and wellbeing.
What are some of your favourite go-to health tips?
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