4 Ways to Improve Your Lifestyle Karma
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t just happen over night.
It takes time to make lifestyle habits stick, and it can be difficult to develop new dietary plans, fitness regimens and an overall outlook that helps you reach your goals. So how do you keep going in the face of nay-sayers, and temptations that pull at you from all directions towards your old not-so-healthy lifestyle habits?
Here are 4 ways to help make your healthy habits last, and improve your lifestyle karma:
1. Repeat a Mantra: Your life is filled with infinite possibilities, and YOU are the creator of your own destiny. The more aware of this simple fact you become, the easier it will be for you to reach your ultimate health, fitness and healthy lifestyle goals. Since long-term goals are achieved by reaching small goals one at a time, repeating a simple mantra that reminds you that you can do it, can really help. Whenever you feel that your thoughts are puling you towards those old patters, simply repeat this mantra “I am a powerful creator.” No matter how many times a day you need to repeat it, making it part of your consciousness is key to getting healthy habits to stick for good.
2. Developing Earth Consciousness: Yes, you are a powerful creator but so is everyone else. And not only that, but the planet itself and everything involved in the global system also works to create the wonderful harmony that is life. So, as you create your diet, fitness, and healthy lifestyle habits remember your connectivity to the Earth. The breath that fills your lungs, the nutrients that nourish all body systems and the interactions you have with the global consciousness all works for your ultimate benefit – if you make the most of it. So recycle, breathe deep, love and nurture relationships. You get back what you give.
3. Mind/Body Exercises: Your relationship with yourself is a very important one and with the hectic lifestyles that many Americans lead, it can become hard (if not impossible) to keep a strong connection between your mind and body that supports your health, wellness and success. Exercises like Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and other mind/body practices not only burn calories and boost your heart rate, they also help create that sacred, and oh-so-important connection you have with yourself.
4. Emotional Intelligence: Are you able to assess you own emotions, and those of the people around you? People-pleasers tend to have lifestyles that are associated with stress, unwanted weight gain and other health problems. Why? Because people who are afraid to say “no” often find themselves eating when they don’t want to, taking on projects they can’t handle or doing things to simply avoid hurting other people’s feelings. Try taking an online emotional intelligence test at the Institute for Health and Human Potential website (www.ihhp.com) and see how you can improve your performance under pressure.
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