There are wellness articles published daily suggesting this; new superfood, new yoga pose, new sex position and new way to quit your job and travel the world!
It is inspiring, but a little hard to keep up with for some just beginning a personal wellness journey.
Personally, it’s taken me a long time to incorporate wellness into my daily lifestyle and even longer to become a health coach. The truth is it takes dedication and practice; it requires you to keep moving forward even when you’ve fallen off track.
In my early twenties I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and drank whiskey into the wee hours of the night. I honor that's where I was at, but, the turning point for me was when I looked around at my messy life and acknowledged I was all over the place. I was feeding these self-sabotaging habits and I was the only one who could change them.
It started with an intent that kept me focused which was simply, that I felt better when I chose healthy habits and I became in control of my body and emotions. Now, I choose rest instead of busy, herbs instead of cigarettes, detoxification instead of intoxication and late night stars instead of late night bars.
Everyones journey is unique and what works for me won’t necessarily work for you, so go at your own pace. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed from all the self-growth media, scale back on who you're following and only follow those who truly inspire you. And, if you're still sneaking a cig with your green drink just honor where you're at and accept it. It's all good and remember each new day presents on opportunity to try again.
When starting your unique wellness journey remember these 5 things:
1. Start small and pursue achievable actions. Set yourself up for success by taking small steps which over time equal big results.
2. Celebrate the small wins. Keep your vibrations high and more big wins will be on the way.
3. Stay focused. What we focus on grows so focus on the good for a change.
4. Do not beat yourself up and forgive yourself when you think you've messed up. Drop wellness perfectionism because that sh*t is just as unattainable as beauty magazines.
5. Don't compare yourself to others. That person you admire started off with their first yoga or meditation class at some point too.
Are you just starting your wellness journey or remember what it was like in the beginning? Would love to hear to hear your stories and the turning point that sparked something deep within you!