Monday, October 17, 2011
Start Your Own (Healthy) Revolution
"Dontcha know talkin' about a revolution sounds... like a whisper" and if you were listening to music in the late 1980's you will recognise these Tracey Chapman lyrics.
However, you may not recognise the truth of this statement in relation to your health and well being.
It's that little voice inside that very quietly tells you that YOU DO know exactly the right things to be healthier, fitter, happier.
It often pipes up when you're partaking in a particularly unhealthy practice, or in those quiet moments of reflection.
Listen to that voice.
That voice knows you better than you think.
Too often we ignore that quiet voice or it is drowned out by our 'inner teenager' who loudly shouts:
"but I DESERVE it',
"No one tells ME what to do",
"I can have it if I WANT to",
"but I'm SO (insert feeling here), I just NEED this".
Start to view living a healthier life as a revolutionary act, where YOU reclaim your responsibility for your own well-being and daily choices.
Learn the difference between what you want and what you need.
Learn that saying 'no' to your 'wants' while meeting your needs, gives you a profound sense of mastery over YOUR life.
Challenge your 'usual' habits, particularly when you are feeling tired, stressed, sad, angry; examine your responses and find out what you do instead of rest, relaxation, or dealing with difficult feelings.
Start to change those responses. Get help if you need to.
What if you lived in a world where the majority of people were healthy and happy most of the time?
Imagine that future - then start creating it in your own life, one step at a time.