We hear the word all the time – lifestyle – when speaking about wellness. While it might be true that being healthy is a lifestyle versus something temporary like a diet, there are still bumps along the road that take us off course. Frustration seems to set in when we experience something that alters our course, like a vacation, an illness, or a busy schedule. However, remembering that our journey to better health doesn’t exist in a vacuum will help us get back on course once again, without beating ourselves up needlessly. Wellness is actually a lifestyle pendulum.
In a perfect world, our homes would always be clean, the sun would always be shining, and our weight would be the ideal. Reality is quite the opposite, isn’t it? But, reality is the same for everyone, not just you. A healthier approach to life involves lowering your expectations and adapting to what life throws at you. Take for example going on vacation. Many times we return from vacation heavier in weight than before. Vacation means overindulgence and lazy days for many of us. Rather than feeling defeated that we put on some extra weight on our time off, realize that it’s normal, weight will fluctuate, and you can get back on the right path once again. The key to living a healthier lifestyle is to acknowledge the imperfections in life and celebrate them. There’s nothing to be gained by doing anything but that.
So, the next time you find yourself off the wellness path, use these 4 steps to get yourself back on:
- Acknowledge where you are at.
- Accept that it will be okay and you will get back to where you were before.
- Ask for support and encouragement if you need it.
- Celebrate the small successes as you return to the life of wellness you want. Make your first success the fact that you are moving in the right direction once again.
Advocate for yourself. Be your biggest fan, not your worst enemy when it comes to living the life you want and deserve.