How To Make Lifestyle Changes Without Depriving Yourself
Without a few basic healthy lifestyle tips, self improvement is a challenge no matter how much we want it. At first we might start with enthusiasm, wanting to make big changes in our diet or fitness routine, or avoiding procrastination. But after a few weeks, or a few days, we find ourselves back to our old habits. Sound familiar?
If you want to make a change for a healthier and happier life without punishing yourself, try these healthy lifestyle tips.
Listen to your authentic desires
Take time to reflect about your true desires. This is your starting point to find out what aspect of your health needs more attention. What does your body need? Are you yearning for more rest? Do you want to feel more vitality and joy? Focus on what you want, not on what you “should” or “must” do. Once you listen to your desires, chose a specific aspect of your health to make your lifestyle change. This aspect could be diet, stress management or fitness.
Name your intention
Express what you want in an affirmation. Avoid using phrases such as “I want,” “I would like to,” or I’m going to.” You want to send a clear message to your brain.
If you want to start a fitness program, your intention can be: “I enjoy each minute of my exercise routine. My body receives its benefits in harmony.” Say your intention with conviction every morning in front of the mirror. You can also write your intention and post it where you can read it every day.
Choose an emotion to fuel your intention
Your emotions play a vital role in your capacity to make changes in your life. An uplifting emotion, such as joy or love, will literally magnetize the desired changes. Feel as if you already have the healthy life that you want. You are already eating healthy. You are already taking care of yourself. How does it feel? That’s the emotion you want to activate as often as possible. Fuel your affirmation, your thoughts and actions with that loving emotion.
Do your research
What are the health tests you must have this year? You should know the state of your physical health before implementing any action plan. Then find out information about different ways to make the lifestyle changes you want. Ask people who have been successful in the past. Find out from the experts.
Design your action plan
How are you going to manifest your intention? When and where? A concrete plan to make your lifestyle change is essential. Divide your action plan into phases and small steps. What are you going to do the first month or every week during the first month? Be specific and reasonable, and have short and long-term goals.
Create a support system
Get expert help for more healthy lifestyle tips, guidance and coaching. Share your intention with your loved ones and ask them to support you in specific ways. If you know that you will need encouragement, ask your spouse or best friend to do that for you. If you know that you will need more time for yourself, get help in order to free some time in your schedule.
Celebrate every small success
Lifestyle changes take a long time. Avoid punishing yourself when you have a setback. Instead, keep your motivation up by celebrating your accomplishments. Reward yourself with pleasurable activities that support your healthy lifestyle.
May your lifestyle changes be successful!