Seems counter-intuitive, but don’t worry, it’s not just you. I’ve been there, and I talk with readers and clients every day that feel the same way, too. There is so much information out there, so many books, and opinions…everyone “knows” how you should optimize your life or live better now.
And because it’s essentially impossible to implement everyone’s advice at the same time, all of that information can be paralyzing.
The problem is not with your commitment to living healthier. You know that you want to eat better, move more, and feel less stressed, but where do you start? If you’re ready to start making healthier choices, but simply get overwhelmed just thinking about all the ways you can change your life for the better, here are some tips and tools you can use to get yourself on track to a healthier and happier day-to-day.
1. Drop and give me 20.
Right now. Seriously! A push-up (or two) can be exactly what you need to break you out of the rut of sitting at your computer and gets your brain thinking creatively. You don’t have to do a full 20, but do as many as you can, and then take a little lie down on the floor for a few seconds. Do you feel your heart beating, your blood rushing? Can you hear your breath? You are ALIVE! How exhilarating!
Have you done your push-ups yet? It will take you less than 2 minutes, and you’ll truly feel great afterwards. Don’t worry – I’ll wait.
Done? Okay. Grab a drink of water and let’s keep going.
2. Start small.
Life transformations do not happen overnight for anyone. Once you can let go of the myth that you should have the willpower, resources, and ability to transform every aspect of your life simultaneously, it becomes a lot easier to take a small step forward, even if it’s simply to get to bed 30 minutes earlier, or to pack a lunch instead of going out to eat on Mondays.
Need help setting those tiniest goals? I’ve written before about how to set small goals that can lead to big changes.
Do you always set goals, but have a hard time sticking to them? Try this post about setting goals that you’ll actually follow through with.
3. Cut out the excess and get real about what’s feasible.
When we read about a new diet or secret to success, we automatically want to apply it to our lives. But the truth is, no blog post (including this one!) perfectly captures what is right for every single reader. So it’s time to stop thinking that every blogger out there knows what’s best for you, and to start critically evaluating what it is that you want to achieve.
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Decide what goals are worth your time and energy. One of my favorite practices for this is sketching out my perfect day. Now this activity is not about dreaming about your next vacation, but rather, about what your perfect day would look like for your life as it is now. Given your job position, family situation, house or apartment, what would take your day from ordinary to awesome? How would you feel throughout your day? What activities are missing from your current routine that you want to rekindle or to begin? Do a little day-dreaming, and put your goals into the context of your actual life to see what you truly want to prioritize right now.
I can also tell you from experience that talking with a coach can be a game-changer for achieving your health goals. With personalized attention and a relationship dedicated to helping you live your best life, we sort through all of the goals and concerns that have been swimming around in your head. You get access to the resources you need to get you on track, and we actually put together a plan that fits your needs. We take your perfect day dreaming and make it a reality.
4. Get into action.
When you are overwhelmed with all of the things you could be doing to live healthier – it’s time to pick one and just do it.
If you don’t know where to start – pick the easiest one. The one you can do right now. Whether it be flossing, walking around the block, or taking a nap – do the one thing right now that will put you in better shape mentally or physically (stumped? You could do another set of pushups!).
Then whatever you chose – do it again tomorrow. And the day after. And probably the day after that. Start working that tiniest, smallest habit into your day, until it is “just another thing” that you do on autopilot.
You see, when there are too many choices in front of us, we end up not choosing anything. The best way to break that cycle of over-analyzing is to simply make something happen.
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Chances are, whatever you chose will feel insignificant. Or way too small to make a difference.
Don’t worry about it. When you stick with this new habit, the small step you took today will become easier and easier and will lead to you bigger goals tomorrow.
Now I want to hear from you …. What one step you are taking today to jumpstart your health?
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,
Samantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach and yoga instructor who helps people eat, move, and live with intention. Learn more here.