Baby Steps to Wellness
Usually when someone decides to improve their health and wellness they aren’t quite sure how to go about it. I remember when I was starting my own journey and I had no idea what I was really doing!
The desire to change often comes from a place of desperation or fear. Something may impact our health or we worry it is about to, or we may become unhappy with how we feel or look. So, we decide we need an overhaul! We then might join a program, enlist help from a professional and/or make a plan of how we are going to achieve our goals.
We decide we need to commit 100% for x weeks. Even if it is hard and we hate it, it’s only x weeks right? We know can do it. Because if we don’t we are simply a failure, again. Right? Does this sound familiar? It is certainly how I have felt in the past.
So, we come up with a grand plan to wellness! Before we know it, we have decided to follow a new diet, exercise 5 times a week, sleep more, indulge less, hydrate more, join yoga, be kind, be grateful, grow our own veggies, brew our own kombucha and make our own skin care!
There is nothing wrong with having grand plans, in fact it is admirable, however for one’s own sanity I highly recommend taking baby steps! There is plenty of time to grow your own veggies but first simply try and incorporate them in your diet daily.
Choose to work on or change something that impacts you every day and when you feel comfortable with that change, choose another.
Give yourself permission to be imperfect because it is going to happen anyway. Then when it does, you can move on without the guilt and shame, because you had already prepared for that moment. That moment doesn’t mean you have failed. It means you have been given an opportunity to learn a lesson and grow!
Your journey to wellness should come from a place of love, not fear. It should be about pleasure and joy not deprivation and punishment. Embark on the journey because you deserve it and because you want to feel amazing. When love is the driving force you will make the right choices more often than not.
Before you know it those baby steps will be bounding leaps!