Making life changes, especially when it comes to our health, is not easy. If it were, we’d all be calm and collected, well rested, marathon runners who floss every day. Our habits and routines are as much a part of us as is our hair and skin. They even change our brain chemistry making them that much more difficult to alter. So powerful!
Such power doesn’t have to be a negative thing! Learning to change our behaviors one small step at a time can help us harness that power towards a physically, mentally, and emotionally healthier self. Small changes equal lasting results. It’s like that coin jar where we throw all our spare change. A penny here, a quarter there, and before we know it, all those little amounts of spare change add up to something of greater value.
One contemporary theory on the process of change suggests, when it comes to making changes in our life, we go through a series of stages. However, it also recognizes that the process is not a one way street. A setback is not failure! It is part of the process. Any effort made means something has been gained. It can be difficult to leave behind the all or nothing mentality, letting a setback discourage us from making any effort. Cycling through the stages of change at various times in one’s life is very common. It takes time, lots of time, to establish new behaviors and be rid of old ones. Lasting transformation occurs when we think long term – changing our lifestyle over time.
This series will bring us down the “Way to Wellness”, creating awareness and moving through the stages of change using small, practical goals and ideas toward building a healthier self. Whether we want to drink more water throughout the day, quit smoking, or run a marathon, it always helps to have some tools handy – some handfuls of spare change – to get us thinking about making lasting transformations and to encourage us along the way towards invaluable wellness.
Erin – Internal Wellness Guru