I have been talking to clients, friends and family about so many “health” changes lately and a common theme that comes up is our ‘all or nothing’ mentality. We put ourselves in categories. We are either healthy or not. Fit or not. Granola or not. It’s ridiculous. Once we decide to “get healthy” we think that it has to happen overnight!
If I talk about toxins in the skincare industry some people look almost paralyzed. The thought of changing all of the potentially harmful body washes, makeups and shampoos in their house (3-4 bathrooms in some situations!) just overwhelms them. It’s easier to say “we all die of something sometime.”
I understand this. When I feel stressed or overwhelmed, I too either find ways to invalidate the need to change; and/or ignore the situation because I simply don’t have time or money. But let’s be honest. That’s just bull.
This follows thru in fitness as well. I’ve had several clients over the last year go from a state of very little or no activity for months; to hitting the gym and running every single day the following week. It’s a LOT. The body usually can’t handle the sudden stress and failure is inevitable. Are we self-sabotaging ourselves?
What we all really need is assurance that it’s OK to take baby steps. You don’t need to change EVERYTHING all at once. Start slow. For example, if you are trying to detoxify your household, take out ALL of your plug-in air fresheners and replace them (if you must) with a quality natural air purifier; or, as your facial cleanser starts to get low replace it with a safer version. If you haven’t worked out for awhile join a group, get a personal trainer
and/or start by walking at a fast pace. You don’t have to RUN!
Be realistic and be kind to yourself. Small changes lead to huge results. With these small incremental successes you see the rewards and continue to make healthier choices.
This life is not black & white. And, nor is fitness and wellness. Be honest and true to yourself. Know your limitations and fears. And, most importantly love and respect yourself.