The Challenge of Change
Why is it so easy to make excuses and not take care of our health?
I have the answer. I can express it as a feeling of being completely overwhelmed with continuous new information that goes against what we thought we knew, while simultaneously being too busy to research answers for ourselves.
Did I get that right – too much information and too little time?
A healthy lifestyle is quite the controversial topic these days, as the fundamental information being released is non-stop and ever-changing. Can women weightlift to become leaner without gaining masculine muscle tone? Yes. Can you really achieve higher brain function through main meals consisting of bacon, eggs, butter, cheese, and avocados, as the Ketogenic diet entails? Yes. A high protein, healthy fat, and limited carb diet has many proven benefits aside from weight loss. Has it really been proven that you can also obtain the same nutritional value and protein levels by becoming a vegetarian, as well as ruling out all animal products to become a vegan? Yes – controversial, but true.
Our great-grandmothers would never have understood these things, whereas our generation is still grasping the concept. Having been born at the cusp of our diverse technological generation, I can sort of comprehend how it feels difficult not to get overwhelmed on where to begin a journey of health, not to mention the challenge of trying to maintain any type of routine with fast food being so convenient or attempting to squeeze in a gym class within your family’s school and work schedules.
And that, my friends, is how easily excuses surface and prevent any forward motion.
I’m guilty of “starting tomorrow” more times than I’d like to admit when it comes to tougher regimens.
However, I’m also passionate about maintaining my well-being. When it comes right down to it, the reality is that our health is a huge gauging factor in how much time we have here. This is why it’s so important to start making “you” a priority.
Here are five uncomplicated ways to get started on your conscious and intentional health journey, without any hard and fast rules:
1. Drink more water
2. Eat more food grown from the earth
3. Take short walks around your neighborhood or office
4. Put a plant in your indoor living space or office
5. Reserve 30 minutes each day with no screen time to do something for yourself, whether it be to read, journal, or water that pretty new plant
Remember that living healthy doesn’t have to involve a strict diet or intense workout routine – it’s also defined as well-being. We grew up watching our great-grandmothers take care of the family, as well as anyone who walked through the front door, for that matter. However, we rarely witnessed her doing anything for herself. The biggest challenge with many of us who have so many excuses is the simple act of establishing change in our own personal self-care routine.
Slow down. Create healthy habits, not restrictions, and I promise the rest will follow.
Shawna Sabedra is a freelance writer, editorial assistant, wife, and mother of three young, energetic boys