We are skilled at turning healthy choices, good habits and a more active lifestyle that leads to better wellbeing into gruelling discipline.
The language we often use around making better choices for our health and wellbeing. It might be eating wholesome foods, getting regular exercise, and a decent dose of regular creativity, we turn the best choices into the hardest ones.
Our world and our priorities are set up by the language we use. We cloak living better under the blanket of ‘should’ and engage in self-abuse as if it’s the natural order. But what if it isn’t? What if we’ve just been conditioned to believe that the lazy choice is the natural way?
Wellbeing and ‘Naughtiness’
The decision to ‘be naughty’ and not exercise today. Giving into ‘temptation’ and gobbling that extra slice of cake. To throw another sugar in your tea even though you can’t really taste it. To sit in front of the TV because it takes too much effort to do anything else. To be a slave to ‘diets’ and fads that do nothing but attempt to cover a symptom rather than getting to the root of the problem.
What if those habits became the difficult choices?
In this episode of the podcast I explore this further and ask where this comes from and what steps we can take to make health the natural norm rather than a battle against what SEEMS natural (poor choices).
- It starts by shaking this mindset that somehow living in sync with our bodies and developing healthy habits and patterns are punishing and painful.
- It starts by recognising that our bodies WANT to be healthy. They WANT to move, they WANT to eat highly nutritious foods.
And when we give them what they want they are going to thank us in unimaginable ways: more energy, clearer thinking, weight loss, more time to do what matters most etc. There are so many reasons to buck the trend, to stem the language and attitude of health = self abuse.
We’ve trained ourselves into seeing exercise as some military style discipline where if there’s no pain there’s no gain, that we need to push ourselves beyond our limits etc. We’ve scared ourselves away from what is natural (movement), and numbed ourselves into what is unnatural (processed and sugary food), and this is where the true self-abuse is found.
We can uncover a deep and satisfying enjoyment when we shake this mindset. It’s time to reconsider the way we think of the right choices. Not as habits we simply should adopt, but as lifestyles that will help us to truly thrive and succeed as individuals and a collective.
Over to You
What is your relationship like with notions of health and wellbeing? Do you equate eating well and exercising with punishment? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave your response in the comments below.
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