The Christmas season is upon us and this usually means– over-indulging in holiday treats and alcohol, holiday parties, work parties, time spent shopping, extra time spent baking and cooking, taking children to their activities and parties and whatever else is added to your already full plate. We know how busy Christmas time can be and it adds extra stress to our lives, so we wanted to share our 6 steps to help you cope with the Christmas madness and stay healthier this Holiday Season.
Committing to live a healthier lifestyle is often very daunting. We are overwhelmed every day with so much information that it is often difficult to decide what changes are worth pursuing and what is just a new fad.
We have found that the best way to make changes that last to improve your health, is to take small steps consistently!
Doing a small thing on a regular basis becomes a habit. Slowly adding in a new change and doing it consistently, is an easy way to make it a part of your regular daily routine.
There is a Japanese strategy called “Kaisen” which means “Constant and Never Ending Improvement”. Rather than making sudden drastic changes, which you know will only last a few days, choose a small manageable change in each area of your health and practice it consistently.
Our health is an accumulation of our habits over time. Small changes that we do on a consistent basis are more valuable than a random week of intense exercise and “eating well”, if the next week you go back to eating junk food and do no exercise.
There are 3 areas of our health to consider when making changes:
- Physical (movement)
- Chemical (nutrition)
- Emotional (relaxation, relationships)
“How long will it take to make changes?”
If we want to create a healthy future that lasts, it does take time. It is not an event but a process. Every cell in the body has a different regeneration period and it takes about 18 months for our organs to regenerate, so to make a change at the cellular level, which is required to change your health status, could take around 18 months.
If you make one small change in each of these areas and commit to them for long enough, then your health will improve.
We will go over changes you can do in each area over the next few posts!