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MOTIVATING YOURSELF TO START A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

If you feel that you’ve been neglecting yourself recently or feeling stressed or burn-out or you’re feeling unhealthy, this is written for you. This is your wake up call to get up, stand up and take self-care to a whole new different level.

Let’s start your journey towards a healthy lifestyle with a huge emphasis on self-care. Self-care is taking care of our mind, soul, and body every day. It’s not just a single activity. Examples of this are eating nutritious meals, exercising at least thirty minutes three times a day or making sure you find a quiet time every day among others.

If you stick to a healthy lifestyle, you will reap a lot of benefits. This includes feeling healthier and more relaxed. Starting a healthy lifestyle is easy but sustaining it is where the real challenge lies. There are always lots of excuses to skip doing healthy things. This ranges from having no time to wanting to sleep longer or the inclement weather!

If procrastination gets you every time, try these things:

Write down your goals.
Make goals that are SMARTER. This means Specific, Meaningful, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound, Evaluate and Readjust. Evaluating and readjusting is necessary so you can find out how you can overcome challenges and achieve your goals.

Make a vision board.
Practice the law of attraction and make a vision board. Pinup photos of your goal and the steps to get there. You can also add mantras, quotes or verses from the Bible to hype you up. Fill your board with meaningful cues. Whenever you feel like you are slipping back to your old habits, look at your vision board. This will motivate you to start working towards your dream.

 Focus on one new habit.
A healthy lifestyle is multi-faceted and interconnected. It is easy to want to try a lot of new things at once and end up achieving nothing. This is why it is important to choose one new habit to achieve before adding a new one on the list. If you have many goals, you get taken in many directions. So focus your willpower on one goal for a higher chance of success.

 Break it down.
Big goals can be overwhelming! However, when you break it down into small bite-size pieces, the small victories you have will push you to work harder.

Find an accountability partner.
If you feel you need a cheerleader, tell a friend of your goals and ask for their help. He can be your accountability partner as well. When times get tough he can remind you of your goals and he can even join you on your journey towards a healthy lifestyle. You can also celebrate your achievements with him. Do not be afraid to declare your mission out loud.




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