Tricia sat alone and still. She chose her favorite spot at Hillside Park. It was quiet except a few birds and squirrels scurrying about the trees. In this place, Tricia was always able to focus. She was more aware of herself. Things were clear here. Tricia knew she needed to make some changes in her life. The stress of her job and the dissatisfaction she felt about her body and life goals ate at her day and night. In her journey to find some measure of happiness, she often settled for things that were temporary fixes with no real certain sustainability. Tricia was aware of how she had lived her life to this point. Now, she needed something that would not only bring her health but also sustain her each day.
Set in Your Ways?
Sometimes when we have done things a certain way for so long, it is hard for us to do something different. Sometime we even justify what we do so we don’t feel so bad about it. You may have heard someone say, “I’m just set in my ways.”
When you think about your health, success and reaching your goals, do you ever think it’s too late? Tricia knew she had to do something. The stress was closing in on her. She had to get to a spot where she could be fully aware of how she had been living and see that it wasn’t working. Once you become aware of health risks, don’t second guess yourself. An intervention is needed.
More than Temporary Fixes
One thing Tricia had to unlearn was settling for temporary fixes. This practice was not benefiting her in any way. She always ended up wanting. Many instances of this exist in our lives. For instance, going on a crash diet for three weeks before an event to lose a lot of weight fast instead of adopting a healthy lifestyle that will sustain you throughout your life. Here’s another: being in a relationship that you know won’t last nor is good for you. But, you continue in it because you don’t want to be alone.
When unlearning don’t forget to unlearn the triggers that feed into your past decisions. Self-talk like “You are not worthy,” or “You might as well give up,” are common. Replace these and rehearse new self-talk like, “I am more than enough,” and “I am living my best each moment.”
Now is the time for you, like Tricia, to reorient the path to success. Your lifestyle of well-being will include a new way of coping with stress. Perhaps meditation and relaxation could work. A healthy lifestyle that incorporates a healthy diet and physical activity will make you feel more satisfaction. See yourself as worthy and deserving of your goals as aspirations. Settling is not an option for any part of your life. Remember, your health includes all of you and all the things in your world that affect your health.
Here are some points to consider as you consider your health journey:
- Take a moment to step back and become aware of where you are with your health.
- Realize awareness is not a chance to beat yourself up or dismiss your progress continually defining a new start point.
- Practice daily awareness like writing progress down in a journal. It will keep you consistent with your goals.
- Before adopting any new habits, research them and learn about them to know if they fit for you.
- Encourage yourself daily. Know you are worth the success seek.
Find a path in your health journey that benefits you. Be alert to your conscious thoughts—your existence. Accept the success you see for yourself through sustainable behavior, positive thought, and consistency.
[Taunya is nurse, author, and a two year homeschool veteran. She is currently working on two books, the 3rd in the Brady Boe series, and a writing challenge novel entitled, Take Me Off the List. Find her author page at facebook.com/authorTSW]