“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle
Our bodies are designed to derive maximum nutrition from fresh, natural, whole, organic, plant-based food.
When it comes to exercise, consistency is more important than quantity or quality.
Cleanse the body of toxicity through your food, personal care and household products.
Adequate sleep and rest are natural healers. They rejuvenate the body and mind.
Many of our habits are driven by what we say to ourselves inside our heads. Improve the conversation!
We take life too seriously. Learn to enjoy your creativity, play time and laughter with loved ones.
When we learn to love and accept ourselves, we can fully love and accept others. This is a universal law.
We become the average of the company we keep. Our loving relationships with others nourish our hearts.
Our bodies are designed for optimal health and wellbeing. All we have to do is learn to listen.
We often forget that we are Nature. Meditate on Nature and allow it's guidance to revitalise your soul.
Be present in each moment. Take time to feel the pleasurable moments fully and celebrate being alive!
We are all one. Let’s expand our circle of compassion to include all living beings.
How to Adopt a Healthy Habit in 5 Easy Steps
Even a 5 year old can tell you what is healthy food and that exercise is good for you. Yet, we have so much trouble as adults to stick to our best intentions of taking care of our health. A case in point is New Year Resolutions – the laughing stock of all gym and health club owners…. Enough said!
The secret is that forming healthy habits is not so much about willpower, but it is learning how to manage your mind!
So, I have come up with a simple method that helped me change my own habits. I use these steps even now, when I want to adopt better habits in any area.
Step 1: Focus on just one habit at a time
Pick one habit from the above cards that you want to adopt. Pick something easy and something you can foresee doing for the rest of your life! We are not looking at creating temporary changes, only to abandon them soon. We are looking at creating a sustainable lifestyle change…. for the rest of your life!
So don’t say you will exercise daily and sleep on time and meditate everyday AND stop snacking between meals (especially if at the moment you are not doing any) – just pick one at a time! When you can do it automatically, then you can move on to the next.
Step 2: Set a small goal – a teeny-tiny one!
I mean it! A really tiny, mini goal at which there is no chance of failing. This is the minimum you can commit to doing each day.
For example, instead of committing to a 1-hour walk or run each day when you are not doing any, is over-commitment. Commit to 10 minutes, 5 times a week or even 5 minutes, 3 times a week. I am not kidding!
You see, when we fulfil our commitments to ourselves instead of constantly failing, we send a message to the mind, “I can do this! I am succeeding.” And this positive sub-conscious message has the power to propel you forward to do more and in the direction of your health goals.
Step 3: Make it enjoyable
Our mind is wired to run towards pleasure and away from pain. This is why most people leave gyms soon after paying up. It’s just too hard and effortful and not fun. Those who stick to gyms enjoy them. This is their secret.
Commit to something you enjoy. For example, I love nature and looking at flowers and trees. So, when I faced resistance from my mind before going for a walk, I said, I am just going to enjoy the trees and flowers. The fact that I was walking was incidental.
Step 4: Reward yourself each time
The reward does not have to be anything big. Give yourself a pat on your own back or a high 5 with your partner or best friend. You can even say, Well done… (your name). Any small gesture that signals to your mind, “I did it! Yesss!”
Step 5: Do it consistently
Commit to your teeny-tiny goal and do it consistently. Some say 21 days or 30 days, others say 40 and yet others say 66 or 90. It doesn’t really matter as you are going to do it for the rest of your life!
So commit to one day at a time and JUST DO IT, Nike style! It’s so small that you cannot really fail! Pat yourself on the back. Make it something you enjoy and you are on your way…
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