What motivates you to be healthy? Have you ever pondered this question? With the new year well under way, have all of those well meaning new years resolutions gone out the window or fallen by the wayside already?
If so, maybe all you have to do is ask yourself the question, what makes you "want" to be healthy? Is it for your family, is it so you can run that marathon you have always dreamed of, maybe you wish to age well (who doesn't?), maybe you have a demanding work life, do you want to trek Nepal or Machu Picchu, increase your energy and stamina, would you like to manage that autoimmune condition better or live a life without illness.
So many questions, are there any answers?
There is always an answer to every question, it's just not always the answer we want. Here are some ways to get around that
- Take an inventory of what inspires you to take action or make the necessary changes
- promote a positive inner dialogue with yourself, as opposed to a sabotaging self destructive tone
- Its human nature for motivations to change, this could be a day to day occurrence, and that's ok, just keep the inner dialogue positive which promotes a healthier outcome
- ask for help, create a supporting team of friends and practitioners to get you healthy
- be honest and vocal about what you would like to achieve, it's ok to speak up or write it down, how will the universe know otherwise?
- there really is no excuse for an excuse
- set backs happen, they are a part of life, learn from them and move on
- if you think you are too tired and busy to be healthy, then that is probably what needs to be your motivation
For most people, their relationship with food is what is holding them back. Remind yourself regularly of a great quote by the novelist JG Holland "the mind grows by what it feeds on". In other words, food is your foundation in which to live, find motivation, provide strength in times of illness, create energy, stamina, manage that auto immune condition and maybe even climb mountains.
Chances are you have already experienced a healthy time in your life, think back to how you were living your life then, where were you, what type of foods were you eating, what exercise were you doing, were you meditating, practicing yoga, pilates, running, walking, filling your soul with great books and films, did you have more time to cook? There would have been a group of these, maybe three or four that were part of your regular routine and they made you well. What were they?
These are questions to ask yourself in order for you to find and keep your motivation, just ask yourself what makes you "want" to be healthy to start the process. Visit us and have a chat to our friendly pharmacist, naturopath and nutritionists.