Monday, March 16, 2020

Bad Habits To Stop And Good Habits To Adopt

                                           "We are what we repeatedly do.
                                         Success is not an action but a habit."
                                                           - Aristotle 

The strategies that I am going to share with you today, you already know about. It's not that we don't know what to do, but we forget to do what we know. This is simple but tried and true wisdom that I will share with you today.
Just a little reminder to get us all back on track.

Eat Less
Move More
Stress Less
Love More 

Simple ….but not always easy to do.
So let's go over this.

                               "It's easier ton prevent bad habits than to break them."
                                                              - Benjamin Franklin 

Eat Less.
We all know what eating healthy means. First we usually eat too much food and it's usually not the healthy food that we overindulge in. Who ever overate on celery or carrots sticks and suddenly gained 20 pounds??? Cut our SALT, SUGAR and white FLOUR as much as possible. Learn to love to eat vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains. Learn meat and fish is also recommended and limit your intake of processed foods. If you are allergic to something like dairy or gluten..... just to name a few....simply stay away from those kinds of food. Your body is letting you know that it doesn't want that kind of food. Be smart basically already know what is good for your body. What will give your body energy and maintain your health. Stay away from always eating out at restaurant or at least limit the times you are eating out. Get in your kitchen and start cooking up some healthy meals. Do it as a family. Have fun. Get the kids involved. Cooking your own meals doesn't have to be complicated and you can use it as an activity to get everyone in the household involved. 

Move More.
Get your body moving. Nobody will benefit from being a couch potato. I recommend that you find an exercise that you enjoy doing, or chances are that you won't do it. If you love walking, then walk. If you love going to the gym, join a gym. If you love swimming, then swim. If you love to dance, then dance. Figure out what you like to do and then do it. At least 30 minutes per day, five times per week. Nobody ever got in shape by watching people exercise or doing some kind of sport on TV. You actually have to do the work yourself. Hire a personal trainer or find a work-out buddy to get you going and to keep you motivated. Get your kids involved. Get your spouse involved. Get your friends involved and maybe you can get to know some new friends? The better you feel about yourself and by increasing both your physical and mental energy, the better you will show up for your spouse, family, friends and co-workers.
I will take good care of me....for you, and you will take good care of you.....for me.
It's a win-win situation. Get off the couch and getting moving again. 

Stress Less.
Time to get a handle on your stress. Do you really need to stay so busy all the time? Are you actually doing things that are helping you, that are a benefit to YOU, your health and your wellbeing? Or are you just being busy..... being busy? This might take some soul-searching on your part. Is there some things that you can take off your busy schedule to make some time for things that will help you relax and enjoy your life more? Chronic stress will eventually make you forgetful and even stupid. It will affect your brain and your body in an unhealthy way. When we are stressing around we are usually not having empowering thoughts about ourselves and our life. Negative thoughts increases the flow of stress hormones in our bodies, which will accelerate aging, decrease the immune system, increase the risk for anxiety, blood pressure, other diseases, pains and aches in your body.
Learn to say "NO".....or you body will do it for you the form of some kind of illness.
The body will always keep the score.

Love More.
Start by loving yourself first. If you don't have love and respect for yourself, it will be impossible to love and respect anyone else. You cannot give away what you don't have, no matter how hard you try. So start with YOU. "Stinking thinking" will increase the flow of stress hormones so we have to change our thoughts to change the flow of bad hormones to good hormones. Positive thoughts will strengthen us and negative thoughts will weaken us. We don't have control over much in life but we all have control over our own thoughts. Start by being loving and kind to yourself. Think loving and empowering thoughts about yourself. Don't say negative things about yourself, because your subconscious mind is always listening and it believes everything that you say about yourself, even if it isn't true. So watch your speech and your thoughts. Do loving things for yourself. Keep unhealthy relationships and toxic people away from you. Don't get involved in gossip, judging and criticizing others. When you feel good about yourself...... when you love yourself...... when you respect yourself, you will attract similar people into your life. So be kind and loving to yourself. Give love to others because you want to. Not because you want something back.

If you want to change, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable.


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