4 Things You Should Stop Doing for a Better You
Guest Blog by Emma Grace Brown
How many times have you been told things you should stop doing? Sure, your parents were constantly doing that when you were a child, whether it was telling you to stop feeding your vegetables to the dog or to stop hiding your homework. Now that you’re an adult, however, who’s there to tell you to stop doing those things that are hurting your personal life? Some of the things mentioned below won’t apply to you, but chances are there will be a few “suggested stops” you can relate to and follow for a better you.
Saying You’ll Start Exercising Tomorrow
This is one most can relate to, but have you ever really considered the monumental benefits exercise can have? We’re talking heightened mood, lessened anxiety, more energy, a stronger immune system, and a reduced risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and even certain types of cancer. Carve out some time in the morning or evening — even if it’s just 45 minutes — and make it fun by including a friend or downloading an epic playlist. If you need help with exercise check out my many options including Online Training.
Kicking Nutrition to the Curb
We’ve all said it. “You only live once, eat what you want” or “I ate healthy yesterday.” Fueling your body right doesn’t have to be boring and free of indulgences, but you need to make sure you’re getting the right fuel to keep yourself in tip-top shape. Proper nutrition is right up there with regular exercise in being similar to medicine for your body. If you need some extra help finding the right meal plan, BodyDesigns can set you up with a customized plan today; it also comes with coaching and access to tons of recipes.
It’s worth mentioning that you should also get out of the mindset that vitamins and supplements aren’t necessary – they are. Your diet alone isn’t enough, and a daily multivitamin can address any gaps in addition to boosting your gut health, energy, and mood. Check out BodyDesign’s list of Some of My Favorite Things for Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs,
Avoiding the Tough Adult Stuff
Being an adult means dealing with and talking about the tough stuff. One discussion we tend to shy away from is death. Like all things in life, it takes preparation to not only ensure your wishes are met, but to make sure loved ones are taken care of. This might mean finally meeting with a lawyer to write out a will or purchasing burial insurance so that loved ones aren’t left to pay for funeral and medical bills. If you’re married and have (or are thinking about) children, life insurance is another topic to discuss. Perhaps you’re struggling with finances and debt or dealing with a setback at work. Whatever the “tough adult stuff” is, it’s important to face it head-on and trust that it will be okay so that you can get back to the place you want to be.
Saying ‘Yes’ to Everything
You want to make everyone happy, but by saying “yes” to everything, are you making yourself unhappy and overwhelmed? It’s okay to say “no.” Remember that you aren’t letting someone down or failing to meet an expectation if you’re doing what’s right for you right now. No matter what you decline, whether it’s a new work project or a night out with friends, resist the urge to explain or make an excuse. Chances are high you’ll feel better after you decline, and you’ll have more time to focus on yourself. Taking time for yourself isn’t something you should feel guilty about; it should be a part of your daily schedule, whether it’s a favorite activity, hobby, or even time with a special friend or family member.
It’s easy to pinpoint the things you need to start doing. However, it’s a little harder to admit to what you need to put a stop to. By now, you probably already have a few ideas in mind, so put a game plan in place for finally switching things up and working toward a better you.
Are you looking to transform your health? Mary works with clients all over the country developing personalized nutrition and exercise plans for weight loss and health. If you’re ready to get started on your journey to health and wellness contact her today!