Change really is hard, but could it really be worth it?
Written By: Sara Jensen
When you think about making changes to your lifestyle, what comes to mind? Are you ready and willing to try a few things to see what works best for you, or do you feel so overwhelmed by the thought that it quickly leaves your mind as fast as it came in? When thinking about your own wellness, it is important to remember that wellness is more than just eating better and increasing your exercise levels. Other areas of your life are also very important, such as sleep quality, stress management, your spirituality, relationships and time for recreation just to name a few.
Sometimes we all tend to have the all or none thought in mind when thinking about our wellness. We think that we either change it all or just stay right where we are. Let me challenge that thought a little and ask you if making one small change at a time sounds like a more appealing approach? Habits are hard to change but it IS possible and you have everything you need to make it happen. Sometimes we quit too soon because whatever we tried didn’t work. Keep in mind that we are all very different and just because something worked for your friend doesn’t mean it will work for you. Part of the process is trying a few different things until you find what works. If something happens not to work, think of it as a learning experience and move on. Do not use defeating language, just find something else to try.
In her book, “Mindset”, Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. teaches on how to foster a growth rather than a closed mindset. Below is a quote from her book that really stands out when speaking about sticking to a change even when it is challenging.
The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives (Dweck, 2016).
Dweck, C. S. (2016). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Random House.