Happy Groundhog Day!
Did you wake up this morning, with the month of January behind us, feeling as if your goals for 2018 have not gained any traction? Did you wake up as Bill Murray did, in the iconic movie Groundhog Day? Do you have the feeling as if you have had lived these moments before? Have you learned your lessons? I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions, but I do believe in a ‘fresh start’ in January. What if you made this Groundhog Day the day your ‘broke the cycle’ and implement positive changes in this still young year? Instead of resolutions to eat better, exercise, lose weight, meditate etc., could you begin by implementing positive behaviors that support good health and wellness?
When we focus on positive behaviors versus negative ones, we have positive and lasting influence on our nervous system. Our nervous system is ‘wired’ to respond to negative stimuli as an evolutionary protective response. But we no longer face the dangers of our ancestors and now consciously need to override the negative tendencies of our brain with positive actions and thoughts. This positivity helps to ‘rewire’ our nervous system. The more frequent our positive actions are, more re-wiring toward the positive takes place. The trick is consistency with these behaviors to reinforce the health and wellness we all want to embrace.So what can you do?
Some simple positive behaviors:
-eat a good breakfast each day, maybe a protein smoothie with some fruits and/or vegetables.
-drink at least half your weight in ounces of water each day.
-move 30-60 minutes each day. This can be broken up throughout the day into 10-15 minute blocks.
-get 7-9 hours of good sleep each night, reducing screen time for at least one hour before you want to go to sleep.
-try to move each hour, even if it’s to get some water, go to bathroom, talk to a colleague vs emailing them, etc.
-pick a time in the evening to stop eating, allowing at least 12 hours between your dinner and breakfast.
What would happen if you picked at least 2 of these positive behaviors to implement over February and maybe by St Patrick’s Day you will begin to see some successes? Good Luck!