Wellness Wednesday: How Do I Start?
So we’ve talked the last couple of weeks about how our lifestyle is impacting our health. And many of you are like yes Dr. Cori, I get it, I’m on board, how the heck do I start? I mean that’s the hard part right. Starting and sticking to habits when our life gets disrupted is where the work is.
So here are my 3 suggestions for getting started.
Pick one goal. There are tons of ways you can improve your health. And everybody experiences health differently. So I can’t tell you what goal to pick. You have to decide that for yourself. And don’t pick the thing that people are telling you that should pick. I’m sure someone on the internet has told you to stop eating meat. Or maybe a health care provider told you to stop eating meat. Do you want to eat meat? If yes then pick something else. I’m sure there are other things in your life that you know need work and you actually want to work on them. Examples I heard recently in a talk I did were stop drinking soda, decrease alcohol intake, eat breakfast.
We have to stop looking for external validation of the things we want and focus on the person we want to be not the person someone else said we should be. We need to be more internally focused. There’s a blog post about that. Read it here.
I am working on sleeping for 7 hours. I travel a lot and my schedule can be all over the place. My flight could be delayed. I could be flying in at night and back out again the next morning like I did yesterday.
So after you pick one, find a trigger to remind you to stick to your goal. For example, my trigger for getting 7 hours of sleep is to take melatonin at 9 pm. That’s my body’s signal to go to bed.
Do it no matter what over a length of time. There will always be extenuating circumstances where that won’t apply but usual activities of daily living aren’t extenuating circumstances and extenuating circumstances by definition don’t happen on a regular basis. And a length of time is important. We have to get away from expecting results without consistent action.
And that’s it. That’s the 3 things. Pick one thing. Make sure it’s something you actually want and do it no matter what.
So if you like this content and find it helpful, please share because it’s not enough to just focus on our own health, we have to help the people we love and create a lasting healthy legacy for our families and our communities.
And if there is a topic you want to hear on Wellness Wednesday, let me know and if I can help, I will discuss live on my Facebook page or catch the replay on IGTV, Vimeo, or on my blog with the notes at CoriCooper.com.
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