Summer is unlike any other season! With sunny days, breezy evenings, weekend getaways, camping trips, and family vacations, summer is arguably the best time of the year.
As the anticipation for the summer months builds, many of us begin to feel the pressure to get our bodies “summer ready.” Unfortunately, this pressure can often lead to trying the latest crash diet, unhealthy fasting habits, and excessive physical activity that can cause more harm than good.
This year, let’s change the narrative. Instead of focusing on the way your body looks, switch your focus to improving your overall health. After all, with the kids home from school and summer vacations on the horizon, there is no doubt that the summer months can get a little busy, and in the midst of the chaos, it’s all too easy to let your healthy habits slip.
So what can you do to help yourself prioritize your overall health this summer? Whether you are in the early stages of building healthy habits or are looking for ways to keep you on track this summer, we are here to help by sharing some of our favorite tips.
1. Focus on Actions, Not Results
Success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, effort, and consistency to reach your health goals, no matter what they are. However, for many of us, it’s all too easy to get so excited about the end result that we forget that it’s going to take time to get there.
Take losing weight as an example. If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, but every time you step on the scale the needle doesn’t seem to be moving much, it can be easy to get discouraged and give up. Instead of focusing on the number on the scale, focus on the actions you can take every day, like eating more whole foods and moving your body more, which will naturally lead to weight loss. By shifting your focus to making these actions a habit, you’ll be more likely to stay motivated and make progress toward your goal.
2. Set Yourself Up For Success
Building habits that will help you prioritize your own health isn’t always an easy task. The human brain is wired to create habits out of activities that we do every day. In fact, it’s estimated that 40% of your daily actions are habits. Thankfully, once your brain has created a habit, it’s not impossible to break it and create a new one; however, possible doesn’t necessarily mean easy.
More often than not, our habits are deeply ingrained in our brain, which means that it takes a lot of repetition and conscious effort to override it. You may have heard that it takes about 3 weeks to create a new habit; however, for some of us, it may take even longer. One study shows that it can actually take up to 66 days for an action to become so automatic that it is considered a habit. That means if you truly want to make something a habit, you’ll want to set yourself up for success.
No matter what kind of habit you are trying to create, find ways to gently remind yourself to perform that specific task. For example, let’s say you are trying to make a habit out of working out before work every morning. You can try setting your workout clothes on your dresser or couch the night before. Having them out and ready for you will serve as a gentle reminder that it’s time to exercise, which will help you stay consistent enough to make it a habit.
3. Remember That Small Steps Add Up
The saying “go big or go home” doesn’t necessarily apply when you are trying to prioritize your health. In a perfect world, we would all eat nothing but whole foods, drink plenty of water, exercise for 30 minutes every day, and get 8 hours of sleep each night. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and that’s okay because we are going to let you in on a little secret—progress doesn’t have to be made in leaps and bounds.
That’s right. You don’t have to spend two hours at the gym every day or drink only water in order to keep yourself healthy. In fact, thinking that you do can make reaching your goals seem daunting and impossible.
Instead of aiming for large changes, focus on the fact that even the smallest of actions add up. Things like parking further away at the store, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, adding one extra serving of veggies to your plate, and drinking one more glass of water than you did yesterday quickly add up to big results for your body.
4. Get To Know Yourself
One of the beautiful things about people is that we are all different. We look different, we act different, we enjoy different things, and we have different goals. Embracing these differences and leaning into who you are as a person is key to finding out what works to keep your body and mind healthy.
As you begin to prioritize your own health more, pay close attention to your thoughts and actions. What habit are you struggling with? Is there something specific that decreases your motivation? What gets you excited to participate in healthy activities?
Knowing the answers to these questions will help you better understand how you can structure your routine to help yourself achieve the best results. For example, if you know that time is one of your biggest constraints, you can try planning and prepping your meals on the weekend to make it easier to choose healthy options throughout the week. Or if you find that logging your progress or checking things off a list excites you, then consider tracking your progress in a notebook or a habit tracking app.
5. Let Go of the Stress
Stress is an inevitable part of our daily lives. While a certain amount of stress is good for us, too much stress will do more harm than good, and more often than not it can lead to feeling like you are taking one step forward and two steps back when it comes to your health.
In addition to that, feeling stressed about the things we have to do often makes us even less motivated to do them. So if you feel stressed about making changes to your lifestyle, then you’re going to be less likely to stick to it.
With that in mind, find ways to take the pressure off yourself and let go of some of that stress. Remind yourself that you are striving for progress, not perfection and that it’s okay to fall off track every once in a while. Set aside time each day to relax and take care of yourself with things like meditation, yoga, or even spending some time outside. It may not seem like a lot, but these actions can go a long way to relax your body and calm your mind, which is one of the best things you can do for your health.
6. Find Support
Accountability is a great tool. Finding people with similar goals who will check in with you and hold you accountable on your journey to better health can do wonders to help you stay dedicated and motivated. After all, when we only have ourselves to report to, it’s far too easy to order takeout and spend the afternoon binge-watching your favorite TV show.
Support for each of us will come in different forms. For some of us, it may be a close friend or family member who is determined to cheer you on and help you reach your goals. For others, it may be people who attend your favorite yoga or spin class. And for some, it will look like joining an online community that has been built around providing support and education to help others build healthier lifestyle habits. Whatever it looks like for you, connecting with people who will hold you accountable may be one of the best things you can do to prioritize your own health.
Let Us Support You In Achieving Your Goals
Everyone’s journey to a happier, healthier lifestyle is unique. Every step you take down the path of prioritizing your own health is a step in the right direction, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Here at New Earth, we understand that, and we want to be here to help and support you no matter where your journey takes you. That’s why we created the 30-Day Gut Reboot—a month-long challenge designed to provide you with information, guidance, and motivation while you walk your journey to a healthier life. So go ahead, join us today take the first step toward making your health a priority this summer.
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