Finding Joy in the Journey
Have you ever found yourself complaining about needing to exercise, eating more nutritiously, drinking more water or trying to get to bed earlier? Or, have you ever found yourself complaining about having low energy, sleepless nights, brain fog or aching joints?
Both examples might sound hard so, you have to choose your hard. In fact, a few months ago I wrote an email all about that! The first example clearly requires more effort, but the difference is that the effort results in a positive payoff. If you want to feel your best, you have to put in some work. But does it have to be as hard as you think? No!
The key is finding joy in the jouney. If you want to exercise but dread it, you'll never stick to it for long. If you want to eat healthy but gag at the thought of kale, it won't be sustainable. If you know you need to get to bed earlier but your only downtime is late at night and Netflix keeps calling, then it'll be really hard to feel restful during the day. I think you get the message....
So, how can you find joy in the journey? First of all, start small! Is it possible you can change your mindset around one of these things first? For example, if exercise is something you dread, figure out why? Is it because you associate it with things you don't like (ex: running or high intensity workouts)? You might be surprised to hear (and maybe relieved to learn) that one very best forms of exercise is walking! Especially as we get older, too much physical stress on our bodies isn't always a good thing. Don't underestimate the power of low intensity movement. Find something you like to do and stick with it. Can you walk for 10 minutes a day? If yes, start there! As you start to enjoy movement again, you'll be more inclined to begin focusing on other areas of life - like nutrition for example! Consistency is key though. Don't start something that's not sustainable in your life.
If you need help figuring out a plan that works WITH your lifestyle, I'd love to chat more. Schedule a free consultation and we can figure out what your next best step is (pun intended ;))!
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Certified Girlife Facilitator