Do you need some tips to live healthier? As highly sensitive people, we need to feel good in order to live our lives happier and productively.
Here’s some wise advice from Renee Pieroth a registered and licensed dietician.
- Take a moment to reflect on your positive attributes. Consider not only what you would like to change, but what you would like to remain the same. Goals can build on your successes to help fade your negative thoughts. Keep in mind the power of exercise and nutrition to benefit your health when creating goals.
- Set small changes for long-term impact. If your goal is to drop thirty pounds, try an achievable goal of aiming to reduce one pound per week. Focus on one goal and add to it once it’s part of your lifestyle. For example, consume at least five servings of fruit and/or vegetables per day. Once you think of all the nutrition you can add, take away the extra sweets or fried foods.
- Be specific. “I want to start exercising.” How will you increase your physical activity? Set the number of days per week and the duration of exercise. You can increase the frequency and length once you achieve your goal. For example, start off with walking for ten minutes a day during your lunch break, three days a week. Increase your exercise toward five days a week for thirty minutes.
- Be flexible. Toss the “all or nothing” mindset. Your goals can change over time. Twelve months is a long time to push your resolutions aside. Setting goals each month will allow you to track your progress or set new ambitions. Recognize circumstances can change throughout the year. Your schedule or an injury may interrupt a daily workout. You can shift your goals to balanced meal planning, which still supports your overall goal to lose weight.
- Be patient. Progress takes time. Your goals may not change instantly overnight. Goals that are worthwhile are worth the effort. If you stray from your meal plan, don’t beat yourself up. Accept and recognize the challenge and create a plan to get back on track with your next meal.
- Be supportive. Support yourself and others for making changes for the better. Surround yourself with people who will inspire your new goals and offer the same support to others in return.
- Recognize challenges. If you set the same goal each year without success, take a step back and reflect about what is stopping this goal from being achieved. Make your goals important to you. Share your optimistic intentions with your friends and family. Don’t sit around waiting for tomorrow, take time for yourself and your health today.
Do you have some tips to live healthier? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.