3 Ways I Turned My Health Around and How You Can Too

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I was never a super-unhealthy person; rather, I was like scores of other people. I did not pay too much attention to being healthy, my diet was not terrible but it was not great, and I hid behind tons of excuses for not exercising on a regular basis. Then one day, it really hit me that I needed to step up my game if I wanted to live my best life. I developed a greater interest in personal development and I soon realized that I could not just focus on the internal realm—I needed to work on the physical as well, since the two are inextricably linked. Gradually I made positive changes and I now considered myself a bonified ‘’healthy person.’’ Here are three ways that I accomplished this goal.

Defined My ‘’Why’’

There are reasons why we want the things we want; the desire gets sparked because we know that getting this thing will benefit us in some way. If you feel the urge to change your lifestyle and ditch your unhealthy ways, there is a reason behind it, and a reason behind that and so on and so forth. When we have clearly defined our goals and the motivations behind them, it gives us a stronger resolve to make the changes we need to make. What is your ‘’why?’’ Get at the reasons that lie behind those reasons. If you want to lose weight, why?If you want to be a better example for your children, why?If you want to increase your confidence, why? You see what I am getting at. Keep questioning until you cannot go any deeper.

Made a Serious Effort at Stress Management

Stress is a part of life, and it is okay if we succumb to it sometimes. But, this idea that it must consume us ,and that we are powerless against it, could not be more untrue. We need to stop acting as if being ultra-stressed is something to be proud of and something to brag about. It isn’t. High stress levels not only cause all sorts of harmful physical changes in the body, they mess with our mind and make it harder to make positive changes in our lives. It makes us pessimistic and lazy; it makes us eat emotionally. It  makes us unhappy and leads us to make decisions that keep us that way. Once I started getting my stress levels under control, I was in a better space mentally, and I felt optimistic about my efforts at change; I felt better and that motivated me to make decisions that would keep me feeling better. I meditated, I took natural herbal supplements that are known to help reduce stress and anxiety, such as valerian root and passionflower. I made changes in my life that helped reduce the number of stressful experiences I had to encounter.

Set Clear Goals

If you want to turn your health around, you need to set clear goals; without a target to aim at, your efforts will be diluted and ineffective. Do not expect to turn everything around overnight—while it may be possible in theory, it is not likely in reality. There are too many bad habits, limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging behaviors to work through. Start with smaller, manageable goals and raise the stakes as you accomplish them. Tell yourself you will walk for 20 minutes every night after dinner; replace cake with fruit several nights this week for dessert. Make a concrete plan.

About the Author:Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys blogging about her own health journey to inspire others to make positive changes in their lives; she recommends visiting buddha tea for a great selection of healthy herbal teas.

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