Stop making choices and start making habits – Geneen Roth said this to Oprah on her podcast: Super Soul Conversations. Before hearing this, I’d never heard what had been mulling around in my head for the past year be put into words. Stop making choices and start making habits.
Should I go to the gym, should I eat this Crunchie, should I call Pizza Hut and order a deep dish cheese pizza? Whatever it might be, making choices, and more importantly having them mull around in your head for hours is confusing, a little stressful, and of course it allows for the possibility of not choosing with our best interests in mind. If you take out the idea of choice completely and you just ‘do’ you form a habit.
Think about it, you don’t wake up every day and have an internal struggle to brush your teeth, it’s just something you do. You wake up, stretch, brush your teeth. EVERY SINGLE DAY. Now, imagine that you could do this when it comes to your own general wellness. Make a series of habits that you continue to do that make your life better. It’s actually pretty simple…in theory.
If like me, you’re a regular here, you’ll know that it’s been about seven months since I switched over to a plant-based diet. It’s been an incredible journey, I’ve gotten to know my body, I’ve gotten to know my soul and for the first time, I feel like I’m really connecting with food, where it comes from and what it’s doing inside my body.
I would be lying if I said I’d managed to make the transformation to full Vegan because on the odd occasion I’ve craved an old comfort, or at least what used to be a comfort, it’s more the memory of certain foods than the taste. I can officially say however I haven’t touched meat or fish for a whole seven months…and no I don’t miss it. Why? Well, there are numerous reasons but one of the main reasons is that it is now a habit for me not to even consider those products as a source of food. Now, what’s really great is that this mindset can apply to anything, gym, saving money, what products you buy, whatever you want!
Finding out what works for your body on a physical and spiritual level is a journey, its not a clouds opening, rainbow shining epiphany where in an instant you decide you’ll never have another Oreo and never talk to that ex-boyfriend again because you’ll be too busy eating kale, meditating and working out five times a day. So how do you start the journey? Well, you choose to (yes I know I said stop making choices but you know what I mean dammit! ).
I’ve put together a quick list of habits I’ve formed over the past few months that have really helped me along my journey to a healthier and happier life. You don’t have to do them all at once, I sure didn’t. However, I do believe that if you start forming at least one you’ll start on the track to a healthier life.
Put Exercise Into Your Schedule Or Calendar
I started exercising regularly because I booked it into my diary, it has become a meeting slot that doesn’t move unless I’m sick or something pretty serious is going down. It’s never a discussion anymore it’s just a thing I do at certain times every week. I wrote a post a few months back on how I got motivated to get fit and maintained it, you can read it here.
Remove Food That Doesn’t Work For You From Your Frame Of Reference
I’ve known that I’ve been allergic to dairy for probably around eight years, I only properly cut it out seven months ago. Now if that’s not the definition of stupidity I don’t know what is! If you don’t want to eat meat don’t go to the butcher aisle or hang out at Spur. If you’re struggling with snacks that don’t nourish your body while you’re at home just don’t buy them…and if you do end up getting out of your PJs at 12 AM to get yourself a tinkle from the petrol station maybe you really really needed it. Once something moves from your frame of reference it stops being a point of contention.
The more research I do into meditation and the more I meditate I’m just not sure how I ever coped without it. Meditating for just ten minutes in the morning every day has allowed me to start my day off on a calmer and more focused plain. Before I’d wake up and start freaking out over emails and the million things I had to do. I know meditation can be seen as a religious our perhaps spiritual practice but there are so many secular meditations out there, the point of meditating is just to take a breath and stop freaking out for a few minutes!
Finally, Stop Listening To What Everyone Says
…yes even me. I think it’s great to listen to what others have to say, it’s important to gain knowledge but it’s also important to do what works for you. You’re a grownup, you know if eating 10 Kit Kats for lunch or obsessing over your next yoga class feels good. Do your research, use your common sense and simply start living a well-rounded life. *drops mic*
My lovely pals at Wellness Warehouse have agreed to help me, help you to make a small change and form a habit so that you can start living a happier and healthier life. It’s a pretty open-ended giveaway because we want it to be as personalised as possible, just don’t expect us to ship you off to France for a week because it will help you live a happier life.
Share your story, comment or even a picture with me either below in the comments section or on my Facebook Page or Instagram, tell me what small thing you want to change and Wellness Warehouse and I will help you get the tools to do it. If you’re looking for more tips on how to make small changes to be a little healthier check out the Wellness Facebook Page.