There is a global shift happening. I can feel it, and I know you can too. Wellness, healthy living, green smoothies - they're becoming 'cool'. The minority of veggie-loving yogi's is growing and we're making a mark. But you don't have to look far to see that most of the movers-n-shakers of this revolution have experienced a Catalyst for Change. A big event, a diagnosis; something that has forced a full life reassessment, followed by a massive shift.
Does this mean that without a terminal diagnosis, you can't make a change? Of course not. But in a way, I believe it makes it harder. This doesn't mean you should go and smoke a pack a day, in order to get sick, and then change your life. Take what you've been given and work with you have. And chances are if you look hard enough you might find something that urges you to shift anyway.
We are creatures of habit, and making changes to our lifestyle without being forced to, is really hard. Will power falls, and we get back into our old habits.
Here are my steps for changing without a catalyst
1. CREATE YOUR FUTURE SELF
Picture yourself in 12 months. What is your life like? Where do you live? What is your health like? Do you exercise? How often? What are your relationships like? Think about where you would like to be in your life 12 months from now and write it all on paper. Blurt it all out, it doesn't need to make sense. Creating a visual in your mind, of what you want helps to bring it to life.
Although you might not have experienced a catalyst, you need a reason why this means a lot to you. For example, I want to be a better wife, sister, daughter, friend and to do this, I need to be the best version of myself. Write this down and put it somewhere you will see if every morning.
Telling the people you love about what you're changing can help you stay on track. Just make sure you share your goals with your most open minded supportive friends and family. If you feel like you don't have anyone around you like that, share your goals below this email, on my Facebook or Instagram or email me directly if you want to keep it private.
4. BE YOUR OWN INSPIRATION
Jump online and find a bunch of quotes that you find inspiring, and write them in your diary, or pop them up as alerts on your phone or computer. Pre adding these, will allow you to keep focused when you need it most. You'll forget about them, and when you see your favourite quote pop up while you're grocery shopping, you might do things differently! You can find lots of my favourite quotes on my Pinterest account here.
Without action, nothing else matters. Reading a wellness book but changing nothing is pointless. Take baby steps, each week when you do your shopping swap things. Instead of chocolate, make your own from raw cacao. Throw out your sugar laden cereal and make your own Maple Muesli (recipe in my e-book which you can download at the top of this page). Join a walking group, or set up a regular yoga + juice date with your bestie.
6. BE KIND
You will slip up sometimes, and that's ok! Don't be too hard on yourself. One of the key's to living a happy healthy life is self love, and nasty words to yourself about missing your gym-sesh are not ok. Pick yourself up and jump back on the horse, and remember why you started in the first place. (Step 2)
7. HAVE FUN
Living a life of wellness can be hard in the beginning, but the rewards are incredible, and you will notice them sooner than you might think. Have fun with it, embrace it, and enjoy living a life filled with wellness!