As we head into a brand new year, it is obvious that the Pandemic Pause has us all living a bit differently. Now, more than ever, it’s important to our health to do good things for ourselves.
How can we make getting fit, eating healthy, meditation or mindfulness less daunting. Commit to it just for today. When you put a big X on the calendar, and do a happy dance, you’re celebrating success! Then, as James Clear says in his best selling book, Atomic Habits, “Don’t break the chain.” When you commit to doing something, just for today, then track it, you’ll build momentum.
Once you’ve got a few days under your belt, missing a day is painful! A couple of years ago I decided to do a stretching workout every morning. I set a minimum for what would count toward success. I have missed, maybe, two days! And, most days I do far more than the minimum I set for it to count … momentum! (There’s nothing like the image of a missing X to get me moving!) I’ve got a few different tracking sheets if you’d like one. Here’s a link to my favorite! (It’s the one above.)
Gary Keller and Jay Papasan share brilliant ways to focus on your One Thing in their book of the same name. Find that One Thing that if you do it regularly, it will make everything else easier or unnecessary. You want to move closer to your goal.
In their book The Consistence Chain, authors George Campbell and Jim Packard recommend having a substitute habit for times when your habit choice isn’t practical. For instance, if your ‘thing’ is to go for a walk every day, it’s not practical for you to head out in bad weather, so line up a selection of workouts to do instead. Practical substitution makes sense!
So, what’s one SIMPLE thing you would like add in, take out, or change daily to improve your wellness? I thought I’d toss out a few ideas:
- Walk around the block
- Get up ten minutes earlier than the family and savor the quiet
- Track expenses
- Read spiritually centered material
- Make your bed
- Reach out to someone
- Start every day with a JP+ Complete smoothie
- Try new fitness activities online. Tai chi? Yoga? Low impact aerobics? Strength?
- Read uplifting books
- Listen to or read personal development material
- Read a daily devotion and journal your thoughts
- Take Juice Plus+
- Have a side salad at dinner … even if dinner is McDonald’s
- Figure out a budget and set aside time daily to make sure it’s accurate. (Make it fun!)
- Learn something new
- Eat veggies at every meal
- Check in with friends
Working with a health coach can help you to determine your one thing, and how to implement it. Having that accountability, even when it comes with a dose of kindness, ramps up motivation.
I’d love to support you in your journey to wellness. Feel free to reach out via my website at: http://www.nancyoglesby.com