The 7 Steps to Health & Happiness
– by Dr. Jim Carey, PhD
I recently rediscovered this series of articles I wrote for my health and fitness newsletter. They re-inspired me, I implemented them, and used them to quit smoking. I’ve now been cigarette-free for eight days, and am well over the hump. I hope they help you, too.
You want to change, you want to be healthier and happier, but homeostasis is holding you back. (Homeostasis is the body’s tendency to continue whatever it’s doing right now.)
Normally this is a survival mechanism, but it’s also the reason we have addiction challenges and the reason it takes work to generate a new habit pattern. Over the course of the next few articles we’re going to look at how you can create and manage your own wellness program. While our primary emphasis in this series is transitioning into a healthier lifestyle, this advice can be applied to anything that you want to change in your life.
Step 1 – Getting Started
First you have to understand your motivation to change. Does your motivation come from your doctor, a loved one, or from family pressures? Or does it come from an expectation of the benefits that you’ll get from eating a healthy diet and getting the proper amount and type of exercise?
Whatever your motivations and incentives, I recommend you write them down. Get a notebook or journal, and write down all of the motivations – both positive and negative – that are driving you in this direction.
Then type up a list of the positive motivations – The “I wants,” not the “I don’ts.” Print a few copies of these positive motivations and put them where you’ll see them regularly, and read them repeatedly. The bedroom mirror, the bathroom wall, the refrigerator door and your desk at work are all good places to put them.
Next we’ll discuss expanding upon the wellness journal you started today.