By Brenda Rogers ND, PCC, CCA, Nut., Yoga Teacher.
I’m stating the obvious here but it really is easier to start new habits than it is to continue them. And yet, consistency is the key to results! So how do we make it easier for ourselves to stick with it?
Firstly, keep it simple! I find people set themselves up with expectations that are too high and then give up when they can’t maintain it. My suggestion is to have another crack at it but have the long term in mind. Here are some ideas that may help.
Let’s start with the mornings
- For an easy breakfast:
- Mix up a box of oats with coconut milk powder, cinnamon, walnuts and dried goji berries (or your own favourite ingredients).Store in an airtight container. Each night, place 1/3 – ½ cup in a Pyrex dish, add water and allow it to soak in the fridge overnight. In the morning add some fresh fruit, dollop of yoghurt and a drizzle of honey. Yum!
- Fill 5 freezer bags with 2 serves of fruit each (banana and berries are good) and put in the freezer. While you’re making dinner, mix up a jar of almond milk, cinnamon, honey and yoghurt ready to go for the morning. Finally, mix up your favourite powders in one big jar eg protein powder, probiotic, maca, matcha, turmeric, etc. Then in the morning throw 1 serve of everything into the blender and in 5 seconds you have your yummy healthy smoothie.
- To cultivate a great mindset for the day:
- Exercise! 30 minutes is great, though even 5 minutes makes a difference. It’s never easy to get up and exercise in the morning, so you’ve just got to do it. Get up a little earlier, prepare more the night before, or do whatever it takes to give yourself the gift of an extra half hour in the morning. It’s an investment in yourself that you will never regret making.
- Take your earplugs with you when you walk. With our smart phones we have access to so much now – relaxing music or an inspirational podcast. Subscribe to your favourites so they’re easy to access. Save your emails for later.
- For those who sit in a bus or train on the way to work, journaling for a page or two in the morning can be amazing. This is especially good, if you’re unhappy or your life isn’t how you’d like it. Writing down the things that you are grateful for is very powerful.
- Listen to podcasts in the car. There are tons on ones on health that will totally inspire you and help you to stay on track with your goals.
Finally, a mantra I learned from my husband that I love I to share with my clients is “do what you have to do first, then do what you want to do”. If you don’t feel like exercising or listening to podcasts and you’d prefer sleeping in or listening to the radio, choose both! But do the hardest one first. Good luck and have fun with it.
Brenda Rogers specialises in vibrant health for the over 40s. As a naturopath, life coach, aromatherapist and yoga teacher she draws on a variety of disciplines to guide you to your best, healthiest self.
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