Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Starting your journey towards a healthy lifestyle is easy, but sustaining it is another task altogether. With our fast-paced lifestyle and commitments, it is often difficult to maintain a balance between living healthy and sorting through our daily tasks.
Tips to lead a healthy lifestyle
Here are some strategies that can help to coax yourself and others to lead a healthy lifestyle, much of the battle in adopting a healthy lifestyle boils down to the shifts in mindset and the ability to cultivate these changes into habits that last.
Number 1, using real life case studies.
Showcase real life case studies of individuals who succeeded, follow their example and make them your guide. Individuals have different preferences when it comes to choosing who to follow, but the tip is to look at those who share their experiences that you can closely relate to.
Number 2, Understand your barriers.
Take the time to list out all the reasons that are keeping you away from being healthy and active. Aim to eliminate those low hanging fruits, those that are easier to resolve before proceeding on the tackle the harder ones. This not only gives you confidence as you move up the ladder, it also ensures a systematic approach towards addressing the issues on hand.
Number 3, What are the pros and cons of your current lifestyle?
Make a list of them and compare this list with the ones when a healthy lifestyle is adopted. You will definitely find areas that will motivate you towards shedding your current lifestyle while aiming towards the benefits of living healthily.
Number 4, Live towards your personal values.
For example, if at the top of you list of values is the well-being of your family and loved ones, then live healthily so that you can not only inspire them to follow your footsteps but also make sure that you are around to take care of them in the long run.
Number 5, Do not contradict yourself.
Once you have made up your mind and listed out your personal values to work towards, try not to engage in actions or activities that contradict these values.
Number 6, You do not have to be perfect.
Avoid the perfectionist quality. Progress and not perfection is key. For example, instead of an extremely strict diet, strike a balance, find the middle ground which you know can be sustained in the long run.
Number 7, Embrace lapses.
Understand lapses are common. For example, there might be periods where binge eating occurs (for example during a festive period), manage it positively and do not treat it as a failure in your diet planning.
Number 8, Seek professional help.
Ask questions to the right professionals so that you can make the correct decisions catered to your needs and progress. Consult a doctor, fitness trainer or nutritionist
on what are the options best suited for you and also work with them to devise a strategy to keep you on track to your healthy lifestyle plans.
Last but not the least, engage in healthy competition.
Join a community of like-minded people so that all of you can support and challenge one another to do your best.
Dr Shawn Ee.
BSc. BPsych. DPsych.(Clinical), Clinical Psychologist & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Registered Psychologist (AHPRA; Australia)