The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
Even though most of us talk a good game about desiring change, if you asked more poited questions, at least 90 out of 100 people would tell you that they do not enjoy change. Change is not easy because we humans are, for good or bad, creatures of habit. You want to continue living in a certain routine once you have conditioned your body and mind to function in that way. This makes you feel comfortable with your surroundings and your decisions.
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Even if you do not like change, there are ways to make some of those important, and needed, healthy lifestyle changes easier. There are also tools that you can use to welcome change into your life, even when you are entering into new and uncharted territory.
Here are 3 ways to help make lifestyle changes easier for you:
1. Pros and Cons. Look carefully at the pros and cons of the situation. If you know that you need to make changes in your life and you really are not looking forward to doing so, you can do a fairly simple exercise that will make the change easier to handle.
Take out a sheet of paper, and on one side write “Pros,” and on the other write, “Cons.” On the corresponding side you will write the pros and the cons of the change so you can see what the benefits and drawbacks may be.
You may come to realize as you complete this exercise that the very thing holding you back is your fear of change itself.
Seeing the pros and cons will help you clearly see how it will benefit you to make the change you have in mind. This gives you an opportunity to warm up to the thought that change actually might be a good idea!
2. Go slow. Incorporate the Change Gradually. Another way to make lifestyle changes easier is to work your way up to them.
For instance, if the healthy lifestyle changes that you need to make center around stopping your habit of smoking and drinking you may not want to quit cold turkey. Instead you can, and should, work up to it. Stop drinking every night with dinner, and then stop drinking for a few days at a time. You can do the same thing with smoking so that you aren’t struggling so hard with the lifestyle change.
Preparing yourself both physically and mentally will help you to ease the change into your daily routine.
3. Use Affirmations. Another way to help make lifestyle changes easier is to use positive affirmations. Positive affirmations are statements that encapsulate the way you would ideally think or behave.
You can either create your own affirmations or come here every Saturday and Sunday to share ours. The key is that you find an affirmation that speaks to you personally.
Words have power. And, when you repeat the same words over time, they begin to resonate through your mind. When the words are positive you will find that you can tap into the positive thought anytime and anywhere.
If you are concerned about making a healthy lifestyle change, you don’t have to be. Instead, you can remind yourself of why you want to make the change by saying something like, “Change is healthy. I do not get stuck in the same routines.” When you repeat this often enough, it will eventually become your response to the anxiety you feel. This makes changes easier for you to handle.
Some lifestyle changes are more difficult to make than others. Someare harder to become accustomed to even when you desire to make the changes. Many times any one of these tips will help you to implement the change, while at other times you may need to use a variety of methods to feel at ease about the change.
Use the “pro and con” method to see the benefits. Then bring the change into your life gradually while you accept it through your affirmations. These techniques will help you feel confident so you can enjoy the benefits of your new lifestyle.