I had a woman ask me today: “Why is my life so hard?”
She had experienced a string of stressful life events including a health scare. Her problems were directly related to her lifestyle though, and could be alleviated if not completely cured by a change in eating and by introducing exercise habits.
How many of us suffer needlessly at our own hands, slaves to self-defeating habits?
An honest self-appraisal of our habits could be in order. Have we fallen into robotic behaviour that leads us to reach for a “drug of choice” to boost our mood and help suppress uncomfortable feelings? Sugar and starch, booze, drugs (recreational and prescription), shopping, and gambling, say, can all provide temporary escapes, but what is that daily bottle of wine, or weekly trip to the casino, doing to your physical, mental and emotional state?
Realize there are many different tools to give you a meaningful and lasting boost but one of the easiest things is to develop a new habit. It could be as simple as waking up fifteen minutes earlier in the day so you’re not in a mad rush to get out the door, or substituting fruit for chocolate as your afternoon snack. Do an honest examination of what you’d like to change, visualize your happiness at success, and then start small.
One small step – a new, productive habit – can improve the quality of your life. Easy, eh?
Well, solutions are easy but change is hard, painful even.
In future blog entries I’ll look at steps to help facilitate positive changes to create your whole new, happier life.
I welcome your feedback, and please share your experiences on how you have tackled change in your life. Share the enlightenment and we’ll all benefit.