Your health is important. That’s no surprise at all. And we all know that exercise, diet and lifestyle are a big deal.
But all of those things can also be a huge drag! Like an avoid-at-all-cost kind of drag. (I’m looking at you unused gym membership!)
Could we be going about things the wrong way?
What if generally accepted views on diet and lifestyle are what’s holding you back? Maybe things could all be a heck of a lot more fun with a few simple changes…
Is it possible to change your approach so that you can joyfully create healthy lifestyle habits that make you feel awesome? Without having to do anything you absolutely abhor?
Of course it is! Let’s talk about it:
Turn Exercise Into Joyful Movement
I’m not really pushing the envelope when I say that exercise plays in important role in your well-being. We all get that! But how many of us are guilty of putting it off because it feels like a total chore? (I’m raising my hand, that’s for sure!)
Enter joyful movement!
Focusing on joyful movement really changes the exercise game! It makes it more about finding some form of exercise you love, regardless of what fitness moves are currently trending.
Seriously – sometimes my exercise game is yoga. Sometimes it’s a walk around town. And sometimes it’s dancing around in my underwear whilst lip synching to an imaginary audience. There are no rules – it’s just about what I’m feeling in the moment.
Something I absolutely adore about joyful movement is that it encourages you to love and accept your body as it is right this second. There’s no pressure to change your shape or size and no focus on what the darn scale has to say. Because that’s not what actually matters!
The truth is that exercise isn’t one size fits all.
There really isn’t one right way to move that gorgeous booty of yours. The most important thing is that you actually enjoy whatever form of exercise you choose to indulge in. Because you’re more likely to make time for fitness if you enjoy it.
Sounds impossible? Look at it this way:
Remember when you were a kid and every form of movement was fun?
Playing tag. Giggling on the swings. Trying and failing to make it to the end of the monkey bars?
You loved exercise when you were a child because no one told you that it was exercise. And no one forced you to participate in forms of movement you hated (except maybe in gym class… but let’s not count that!)
Exercise wasn’t a chore. You were being spontaneous and having fun. And you never associated it with six packs, skinny jeans or “revenge bodies.”
We all need more of that in our adulthood. And that’s what joyful movement is all about. A renaissance of moving for fun and reaping the rewards, both mentally and physically.
Embrace A Balanced, Healthy Diet
We can’t talk about exercise without also talking about diet. Those two terms almost always show up together whenever anyone talks about health. And there’s good reason for it – not only is it important to move your gorgeous body, fueling it with goodness is a big deal too.
But that doesn’t mean that you need to live off of salads and wraps. Because that’s not only super boring, it’s incredibly restrictive and not good for you!
Creating a healthy diet should never be about dieting.
“Diets,” as in the temporary, restrictive programs that are usually aimed at weight loss, typically never come from a place of self-love. And they’re often not fulfilling or sustainable at all.
If anything, diet programs usually feed our insecurities more than they can ever feed us.
You deserve better than that!
A true healthy diet is very different. It’s a lifestyle. Something that’s flexible, corresponds with your own beautiful, unique wants and needs and grows and changes with you.
Healthy diets don’t make you feel bad if you want to enjoy a cookie. They don’t hold your self-love for ransom until you hit a specific number on the scale. And they don’t force you to worry about calories or stress about your meals.
Instead, a healthy diet should support your mental and physical well-being and feed you with flexibility and kindness.
Essentially, eating healthy is never about eating perfectly. And it’s so important that you know that.
There is absolutely no such thing as a perfect diet. And there really shouldn’t be! Eating should be simple, fun and fulfilling and never stress you out.
In fact, becoming fixated with eating “perfectly” really isn’t good for you anyway. Which kind of takes the healthy right out of healthy eating, defeating the whole purpose!
So let’s let go of the pressures of perfection and create a healthy balance that works for us. Yes, fruits and veggies and all that is super important. But there’s room for dessert in there too, I promise!
Kick “Good Vibes Only” To The Curb
Embracing positive thinking is awesome! But it really doesn’t mean that you’re going to feel positive all the time. And that’s ok.
All of your feelings serve a purpose, including the negative ones. And negative feels are definitely going to pop up sometimes.
Ignoring your feelings or denying yourself the right to work through your feelings simply because they’re negative doesn’t do you any good. It it can even negatively affect your health, potentially increasing your risk of illnesses like heart disease and even cancer. Yea, no thanks! (source)
So, instead of trying to make things positive all the time, it’s better to create a more balanced approach.
If you want to make positive thinking a healthy lifestyle habit, get ready to accept and work through those negative emotions as they come too. Variety is the spice of life sugar, even emotional variety.
Instead of trying to be positive all the time, work on connecting with yourself, creating a self-care routine that allows your to de-stress and unwind and finding coping strategies that work for you when the negative feels come.
Negative feelings don’t make you a negative person. They just make you human. And when they come it’s important that you know that you’re allowed to feel and work through them. The positive vibes will come back again. I promise. <3
Prioritize Your Mental Health Too
When it comes to conversations about health, we often focus on physical well-being. But your mental wellness matters just as much as your physical health. In fact, those two beautiful things are incredibly interconnected! When one falters the other often suffers with it. They absolutely deserve to held at equal importance.
Know that there’s no shame in experiencing a mental health concern.
Not convinced? Let’s look at it this way:
You’ve experienced indigestion at some point in your life, right? It’s 100% normal to have an off day.
And some of us experience more extreme digestive health issues. Sometimes they come and go, sometimes they last a lifetime and sometimes they require dietary restrictions, frequent medical intervention and even medication to help manage things.
And all of that is ok, right? No one would judge someone for having digestive issues of any kind, even if they needed some medical assistant to help manage things. Because you deserve to feel well and shouldn’t be held back by preventable tummy troubles.
Well, your brain, my sweet friend, is an organ too. And it deserves the same respect, care and love as your digestive system and the rest of that gorgeous body of yours. Whether you experience an off day, a mental health concern that comes and goes or something that sticks around and needs extra support.
Embrace whatever healthy lifestyle habits that help to support your mental well-being. Be it self-care activities like a weekly ‘you day’, regular meditation, walks in the woods… or doctor’s visits, therapy and/or medication. It’s all self-care. And it’s all valid.
Your mental health deserves just as much time, love and care as your physical health. And is always an important thing to consider when it comes to building a lifestyle that makes you feel awesome.
Don’t Be Afraid To Do Your Thing
What works for me isn’t going to work for you. Be it diet, exercise, self-care, self-connection activities, whatever… everyone is so different. And a copy and paste approach to creating healthy lifestyle habits simply doesn’t work.
Try whatever recipes, fitness techniques, self-care ideas and more that interest you. But if it doesn’t feel right, toss that to the side sweet friend! And know that just because something is good in general doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good for you.
No one is more connected to your beautiful self than you are! You have the complete inside scoop on all things you. And you know when something feels right and when it doesn’t. Trust yourself and listen to your gut.
This is your life and you have the divine right to make it your own. Whatever you create should feel good! Don’t settle for anything less.
(Pssst. Hi! It’s me! With what I think is the most adorable mug ever! <3)
At the end of the day, what matters is that you take care of yourself. But it should typically come from a place of love and respect for yourself and make you feel good!
If your routine has you feeling bummed out or you’re completely over it when it comes to health trends, switch things up!
Sometimes approaching things from a different angle makes all the difference. Especially if that new angle is more flexible and built on a lovely foundation of self-love. It’s what you deserve!
You should feel safe and empowered to do whatever you need to do to feel well. And, whatever that may be, it absolutely shouldn’t be a drag! You deserve to regularly indulge in healthy lifestyle habits you constantly look forward to. Wouldn’t you agree?
Your turn – have you ever felt frustrated by current health trends? How do you make sure that your healthy lifestyle habits live up to your own needs and don’t bum you out? Let me know in the comments below!
Health and love,
Thought of the day: You deserve a lifestyle that makes you feel awesome. Period.
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