WORK-LIFE BALANCE / FEB. 06, 2015
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How to Decide When You Should Change Your Lifestyle

In order to successfully progress in life, you need to maintain a positive lifestyle. When you focus on your overall wellbeing, you will have more energy to achieve your goals. It is important to have fun and enjoy your life, but when does your lifestyle begin to interfere with your health, productivity, and long-term goals?

Whether you smoke or are overweight, it is important to recognize when lifestyle changes need to occur. You do not want to wait until serious issues arise. Changing your lifestyle is possible, but you need to put forth the time and effort. The first step is understanding when changes need to be made.

Deciding When You Should Change Your Lifestyle

Making lifestyle changes can not only be challenging, but it can be frightening and overwhelming, too. When you think about it, changing your lifestyle is a big deal. You’re essentially changing how you live your life. This means that routines will be broken as you strive towards a healthier, more fulfilled version of yourself.

In order to make substantial changes, you will need to recognize that changes need to be made. The following steps will help you recognize these changes then put them to action.

Step One: What Are Your Priorities?

Sit down and make a list of your priorities. For many, top priorities would be health, family, work, or whatever else is important within their personal life. Now, if health is number one to you yet you don’t exercise or eat well, you can see how your priorities are out of tune.

When you look at what is most important within your life, are your actions and behaviours mirroring those priorities? If not, you know that changes need to be made. If you don’t think you can afford to eat healthy, look at where you’re spending your money.

If you are buying a pack of cigarettes every day, then chances are your priorities are not being supported. If you quit smoking, you would already be supporting positive health. Then, you would have more money to buy fresh, whole food.

Step Two: Focus on Both Your Past and Future

If you have been overweight for years, then it is time to think about your future. Perhaps you have already had a minor heart attack, so future prevention is essential. However, not everyone has a ’wake-up call’ where they realize that serious changes need to be made.

Don’t let something happen to you, before you make vital changes to your lifestyle. It is 2015, and we know more than ever before. It was different 50 years ago as the true effects of smoking and excessive drinking were not then known. Currently, we understand how these types of habits can affect our future and health.

It is important to understand when something isn’t beneficial to your life. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic conditions are highly common. Majority of these ailments are directly related to one’s lifestyle. Do not wait until you have a heart attack or a stroke in order to change your diet and overall lifestyle. Take proactive measures, ensuring that your future is protected.

Step Three: Understand That Being Stressed Isn’t Beneficial

It’s great to be a highly-motivated and dedicated person. However, if you find that you’re in a constant state of stress, then something needs to give. Stress is related to so many diseases, while affecting everyday life. If you find that you lay awake at night or are fighting with loved ones, your stress levels may need to be controlled.

Focus on what is causing you to stress out. If you are feeling overwhelmed, focus on one goal at a time. When you have too many goals on the go at once, your time and energy are spread thin. Less tends to get accomplished, furthering your stress levels. It is important to recognize when high stress levels are hindering your health, relationships, and productivity.

Basically, you need to invest in your future through your current actions. Your lifestyle has a major impact on all other areas of your life. If you are drinking too much, your work may be affected; if you don’t eat right, your energy levels may be extremely low; and if you are overweight, your self-esteem may be affected.

Take a look at your current routine and circumstance. Are you happy? Are you healthy? Don’t wait for clear-cut signs that something in your lifestyle needs to change. Be proactive; protect your health, career, and future.

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