Transform your health by ending these 10 common mistakes that prevent you from being healthy! It’s not just about what you eat and how much you exercise! Learn more below!
If you’re like most of the world population, you’re hoping this post is all the best secrets to weight loss and health made easy. We get it, we’re looking for that pill you can just pop too. But here at the Nourished Planner we like to think outside the box, the scale and counting endless amounts of calories.
Here at the Nourished Planner, we believe that health isn’t confined to a set of rules or a magic potion but instead it’s a lifestyle choice. Health is not about restriction, deprivation or starvation but rather daily choices. Choices that may even seem completely unrelated to your health yet have a dramatic impact on the way you feel mentally and physically.
Just like time, health is not something we can or should chase. It’s time to put to rest chasing our health, waiting to live until you’re a certain size or measuring your worth by how much thigh gap you have, or don’t have. Instead may we use health as a means for actually living.
With that said, here are 10 common mistakes that can prevent you from being healthy.
1. Believing it’s all about numbers.
Quality matters more than quantity. Plus, counting, measuring and weighing is a time commitment that takes away from fully living. Let got of the numbers and remember that quality, ingredients, and enjoyment all trump a number.
2. Avoiding deep and meaningful connections.
Connection is what provides value and meaning to our lives. In fact, research has found on numerous occasions that those with strong social ties were found to be healthier and have an increased life span.
It’s time to get relational. To get deep, intimate and close to friends and family choosing to live life with others rather than alone. Maybe that means you light a spark in your marriage again, call up your friend and schedule weekly coffee dates or start the dinner party you’ve always wanted to. Whatever person comes to mind, invest in that relationship.
3. Living an over scheduled life.
From the time you wake up until the time you go to bed, do you ever just take a moment to breathe? As a society we’ve attached success to busyness when in fact that isn’t the case at all. Having time to be mindful, to rest, relax and enjoy life could be one of the most crucial factors in health.
It’s time to break down your schedule, get rid of the excess obligations that fill up time and start to allow space to think. Space to just be.
4. Living outside of your values.
This goes along with the previous point we’ve touched on. So often we’re living outside of what it is that we really value. We have no personal connection and no emotion to the work that we do or the life that we live. We feel stuck. Maybe even more than stuck we feel lacking, unsatisfied and yet are constantly bogged down by the weight of life that we can’t see beyond it.
Getting in touch with what it is that you really value, your core beliefs creates the emotion behind change. It is the driving force that in the end leads to action, creating results allowing you to live the life you only used to wish you could live. Achieving health has to come from the core beliefs you have about health not someone else’s. Get in touch with what it is you know and want in health.
5. Getting stuck in a routine.
Routines can be a really great asset in life. In fact, they are the foundation of habits that align your day with your beliefs without needing willpower. Being creatures of habit, routines can be highly valuable but in some cases can also hinder you from moving forward.
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you aren’t seeing the change you wish you were, maybe it’s time to break out of your routine and try something new. We’re not talking drastic ‘all-or-nothing’ change but rather just a small switch to ignite a new direction.
6. Spending time consuming rather than contributing.
Contribution has been found to be one of the most pivotal mind changes in living a healthier and happier life. Yet so often we spend our lives as consumers of the world. We overdose on low quality information, live sedentary lives and passively eat, watch and soak up information rather than gifting the world with our skills.
While there are still moments to be consumers, like eating at a nice restaurant, never forget what you can contribute in your own life, the lives of those around you and in this world. Contributing could be as little as playing a game rather than watching one, journaling rather than listening to another podcast or cooking for your friends and family.
The act of giving is a powerful one in changing the direction of your health providing meaning that drives you forward.
7. Chasing the life you wish for rather than creating it.
We’ve been led down a dark path of chasing. We try to catch up with time, to chase our health, a number on the scale and in the end wind up looking for our happiness. But the chase is a battle you’ll never win because none of these things are meant to be caught. Health, happiness and life isn’t a game that is trying to outrun you instead it’s something we live with.
So often we are living life for these things, in hopes of these things and wishing for these things we fail to realize that they are actually right here, right now. Health is here, happiness is here, living is here, fully in the present. It’s a choice, so rather than chasing the life you wish, start creating it.
8. Confining yourself to the indoors.
There’s nothing a little fresh air can’t solve. Yet how often do we find ourselves confined to the indoors? Most often our to-do list revolves around inside activities, cleaning, laundry or even working behind your computer all day. Taking time each day to get outdoors and letting the sun hit your skin is a powerful tool in healing your body, easing your mind and creating a rejuvenation to better health and more happiness.
9. Eating on the go or alone.
Science has shown that people who eat alone are more likely to have a large binge feeding rather than be mindful about what it is they are eating. But even more than that, food is intended to be a social, relational thing. Statistics have shown that children who eat around a dining table with their family have a higher IQ, are less likely to join the wrong crowds and have lower rates of addiction in life.
In the health world, we know that in order to properly digest our food we have to be in a state of ‘rest’. So rather than eating alone while working at your computer, spooning cereal in your mouth over the kitchen sink or eating in your car, make it a point to sit down, eat with friends or co-workers and enjoy good food over good conversation. It changes how we digest and process our food but also our satisfaction.
10. Believing you are unworthy of health.
You’ve probably heard it before, you are what you think you are. Your mindset and beliefs about who you are and what you are capable of define you. The good news, that’s all in your power to control. As Brene Brown states:
“There was only one variable that separated the people who have a strong sense of love and belonging and the people who struggle for it. And that was that people who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe they’re worthy of love and belonging.
That’s it. They believe they’re worthy. The one thing that keeps us out of connection is the fear that we’re not worthy of connection.”
If you want to be healthier and happier you have to give yourself permission. You have to decide that you are worthy. Decide today you are deserving of health, that you believe in yourself and ultimately show yourself some love.
Live in Health
Living in health is much more than just diet and exercise. It’s a lifestyle change, a choice, a decision to honor and respect who you are and learn really good techniques to feed your mind, body and soul. You are unique, you are different, start honoring that and the 10 tips we talked about above. Remember health is not something you chase but rather it’s how you live! Choose to live in health today!