How to Push Through Roadblocks on Your Health and Wellness Journey
Have you ever had big intentions to start eating healthy, only to succumb to a package of chips after a stressful day at work? Have you vowed to workout 5 days a week, only to slide back into the “I’ll workout tomorrow” mentality? Have you read books, listened to podcasts, and engaged with social media posts, only to find yourself repeating the same old “bad” habits?
First of all, welcome to the club that nearly every, single human being is a part of. I call it the roadblock club. We each have our own specific roadblocks unique to us that keep us stuck and blocked from creating the change we crave in our life. Roadblocks could be a fixed, negative mindset, unhealthy relationships, critical self-talk, a subconscious belief that says we don’t deserve the change we envision for ourselves. Or, it could be the structure of your lifestyle that is hindering your change.
Now is the time for the good news! Roadblocks can be handled, dismantled, overcome and overrun.
1. Adjust your expectations.
Human beings are designed to resist change. The unfamiliar can be threatening. The brain likes predictable, habitual behaviors because it conserves energy. This innate resistance to habit change is normal and to be expected. Don’t let your past false starts create more roadblocks; rather be compassionate with yourself. Adjust your expectations. Creating a new healthy habit might be hard and that’s okay. You’re health is worth the hard work.
2. Start small.
Taking on too much too quickly just doesn't work for the majority of us. Implement one small change a day, like adding a serving of leafy greens to your dinner or going on a 10 minute walk every morning. Keep dialing down until the small change is doable. Once it is, either upgrade it or implement a new small change. This is how healthy habits are formed one small step at a time.
3. When you master a new habit, celebrate your success.
Make a list of ways you'll reward yourself when a new healthy habit is mastered. Get a massage or facial. Buy a new workout outfit. Go to dinner with friends. Choose something that resonates with you. It’s important to acknowledge yourself and your hard work. This builds confidence, and supports a positive, growth-oriented mindset.
4. Be mindful of your thoughts.
You become what you tell yourself. Observe your thoughts without judgement and notice if they're generally supportive or critical. If they are critical, get curious about why. This is where journaling can be very helpful. A meditation practice is also valuable in cultivating mindfulness and self-awareness.
Roadblocks are real, but they don’t have to permanent. Use these tips to navigate around your own roadblocks so you can look, feel and show up as your best each day. You deserve to feel your best!
About the Author
Ashley Logan is an integrative health and wellness coach and founder of Ashley Logan Wellness. Her mission is empowering female entrepreneurs and executives to move beyond limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging behaviors to thrive in work and life. She uses a holistic approach to bring mind, body and soul in balance for optimal health.