We hear a lot about what we “should” be doing. We get it from all angles.
Instead of overwhelming yourself trying to do everything everyone else tells you to do to live a healthy lifestyle, I’ve got an idea for you.
Prioritize the changes that feel right for YOU.
Start by making a list. All of the things you feel you “should” be doing. Including the things you already do!!!! Make this list as complete as possible, and break bigger elements down into smaller ones. For example, “eating healthy” may break down into “Create a meal plan every week” and “Spend one afternoon prepping food for the week”.
Prioritize it. Now take this long list, and rearrange it. Order it from low to highest in priority for YOU. If you’re looking at something on that list and you’re not fully sold on why you need to do it, then lower it on your list. For example, maybe drinking more water is one of those things you know you “should” do, but you don’t exactly feel dehydrated or like your health is suffering from the amount of water you are or aren’t drinking today. Shift that down on your list. It’s not your priority, it’s someone else’s.
Identify the Top 5. Fantastic. Now shave the 5 at the top of your list off and focus on those. Are they five easy enough to take on things, or 5 biggies? The best way to see for yourself, is if you take all 5 of them together, do you feel an immediate sense of overwhelm at making it all happen, or do you feel lighter that your list is now so much clearer? If you’re STILL feeling overwhelmed at it, try this. Take one of those biggies and break it down even further.
Let’s go back to our “Eat healthier” example. So you have “Spend one afternoon prepping food for the week” in your top 5 and the idea of spending a whole afternoon of prepping you don’t even know what yet is looking way too intense right now (especially alongside meal planning and those other items in your top 5). Break it down. What would you be prepping? Making a frittata for your breakfasts? Pre-steaming some veggies for quick dinners? List those things out. Now re-evaluate your top 5 and adjust it. Maybe you bump some other stuff down the list, maybe you only prep one thing to start with, but keep adjusting your top 5 list until it looks like a relief.
The only way we can tackle the changes we want to see in our lives is by seeing those changes as small bite sized adjustments that are actually possible RIGHT NOW.
Remember how you included on your list things you’re already doing? Did they end up on your top 5? If not, you may be putting effort into places that just simply aren’t important for you. It may be time to adjust and let some things fall off of your plate for now.
Come back to your list in a few weeks. Do you feel that you’ve successfully incorporated your top 5 into your lifestyle? Re-evaluate your priorities, and maybe now it’s time to take on a couple more changes. But take them on only in a way that feels light and easy for you. If it’s heavy it means one of two things. It’s either not really a priority, or you haven’t broken it down into a small enough piece.
Did you expect me to contribute to the bombardment and tell you what I think you should be doing? Hells no. I’m all about you figuring this out for yourself. But I do have some ideas on how you can tackle that figuring out. I’m also willing to hold you accountable to the goals that you set for yourself.
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