We all want to live a happy, healthy life, and these days it’s becoming possible to live healthier and happier even longer than ever before. Making changes in our daily habits can make all the difference, but that may mean stepping outside of our mental comfort zones. I remember watching my Grandfather “Papa Roger” as he got older. He lived to 93, but it was very clear that he became pretty uncomfortable in the last part of his life. I wish that he could’ve had more years of comfort and better function. If he had changed his habits early in his life, he may have been able to get some more life out of all those years. The choices we make early in life and the habits we create will decide the quality of our later years.
Often we have to make change to develop positive habits and change is transformation. Everything we do moves us closer to or farther away from our goals and ultimately the person we want to become. Stop to consider whether a habit is serving your highest good. When you commit to making change you are in essence parenting yourself in a meaningful, conscious way. Be supportive, patient and nurturing with yourself, but hold yourself accountable and know that you are capable of change. If you are completely committed then there will be no parts of you left to self-sabotage. Move at a reasonable pace and make realistic choices. “It is better to make many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” ~Proverb
Have some self-compassion. There is no such thing as perfect, so give yourself a break. Don’t speak meanly to yourself, it’s important to love yourself and remember that self-sabotage is toxic. At the same time, be sure to feel your emotions and know that talking about your feelings is like detoxing your spirit.
The new healthy embodies a wholeness of mind, body and spirit working together to create and support your best self. Finding balance and sustaining it can be delicate and satisfying yet grueling work. Your self-talk creates your reality and your body knows how to heal itself. The greatest habit you can adopt is learning to relax into your body and get out of it’s way. We all have a lot of freedom and with that freedom comes the responsibility to make positive choices. Ultimately life is beyond our control and constantly changing. Learning to adapt to the new idea of healthy is a good habit to develop and nurture.
photo above is of my Papa Roger in his 90’s