Think about all the women you know, and think about what stresses them out the most.
Family? Yes, of course. Work? Yes, it’s a given.
But there’s one thing that is always at the front of my girlfriends’ minds. One thing that they’re endlessly talking about, and texting me about, and panicking about.
It’s their health. Or, more specifically, how stressful it can be to live a healthy lifestyle.
As much as I think every single of my lady friends is perfect, each one has something that she’d like to change about herself. Being more toned, eating the right foods, feeling energised and in control.
Everyone always wants to be fitter – one of those exercise powerhouses that can run a half-marathon and still not be particularly tired. And everyone wants to be one of those people that wake up in the morning to a green smoothie and a bowl of organic muesli..
The only problem? Our expectations are far too high. We stress out, and we beat ourselves up far too much if we fail. And if we do fail? We’re so discouraged by it all that we fall back off the wagon, and go back to eating badly and not exercising, so that we feel even worse about ourselves. It’s a vicious, vicious cycle.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Blackmores. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
If you’re hoping to change up your diet or exercise plan, here are a few ways to try and do it without stressing yourself out completely…
1. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel completely
It’s not a great idea to wake up one Monday morning and decide to suddenly change EVERYTHING about your diet and exercise regime. You’ll be destined to fail if you switch from eating treats all the time, to instantly depriving yourself of anything and everything tasty.
While it’s fantastic to change bad habits, try to simply and gradually incorporate more of the good stuff and less of the not-so-good stuff. Drink more water. Load up your plate with more veggies. Pick a salad instead of a sandwich every so often. Get off your bus a few stops early to walk a bit more. Leave your car parked at home over the weekend and try to walk everywhere instead.