If you have not been performing at your best, or if you don’t feel like life is taking you in the direction that you’d hoped for, now is the time to make a change. Now, at the beginning of the new year, is the perfect time to make radical, healthy changes in our lives, whether it’s checking into a holistic substance abuse treatment center to overcome an addiction or changing the way you eat every day, there’s no time like the present. Of course, knowing that you’re not doing your best and making the kind of huge changes necessary to get better are two very different things. You may be frustrated by the lack of change you have experienced in the past, especially if you have tried to improve yourself previously but were met with difficulty. However, you can now learn from your past mistakes and have more success this time around.
First of all, it’s necessary that you rid yourself of all dangerous, harmful, and unhealthy habits and addictions. This is particularly true for people who have been struggling with a substance abuse disorder, whether it be from an addiction to prescription drugs, a dependence on alcohol, or an addiction to illicit substances. If you’re dealing with one of these difficult problems, your best bet at getting well is to contact a group of professionals who can help to guide you through the recovery process. For example, you should be able to find a Miami Detox Center that can help you address the underlying problems that led you into addiction as well as help you get through the physical and psychological challenges that come with detoxifying from dangerous substances. You may be tempted to quit your bad habit cold turkey, without aid from a group of professional nurses, doctors, counselors, and therapists, but this can set you up for failure and, in some cases, a dangerous medical emergency. Instead, be brave enough to ask for help in dealing with your addictions and smart enough to accept the help that is offered to you.
Next, look at your eating habits and try to judge their healthfulness without being distracted by things like taste. Talk to your doctor and get an honest assessment of your diet and lifestyle from him or her. Are there foods that you are eating too much of, causing yourself gastrointestinal difficulties, weight gain, bloat, diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease? How much of what you are eating is even intentional, and how much is due to poor meal planning, eating in a hurry, and eating to deal with emotional issues like stress, sadness, anxiety, and boredom? Talk to a nutritionist who can help to guide you in making better food choices in the future. Often, the first step is to start keeping a food diary. Sometimes, simply writing down every single thing that you eat will be enough to cause you to make major changes in your diet. After all, the first step in change is awareness.
Finally, rather than simply looking for things that you can take away from your current lifestyle, look for positive, healthy habits that you can add to your daily routine. The obvious one to start with is exercising daily, whether aerobic, weight-being, stretching, or a combination of the above. Find a way to incorporate movement into your day at various points, such as walking or riding a bike to nearby places, taking a walk in your neighborhood after dinner, planning basketball or tennis with friends, or going swimming in the morning or evening. You don’t have to train for a marathon to get in shape. In fact, you don’t even need to go to the gym. Instead, focus on making small changes that you can keep up every day. Beyond exercise, add good habits like trying to learn something new every day, meeting new people regularly, engaging more in local affairs, or enjoying the cultural offerings of your community more frequently. All of these good habits can lead to a powerful change in your attitude and outlook, and none of them require you to give up anything else.
This new year, it’s time to make the changes that you’ve been putting off for too long. Get rid of your addictions and dependences, feed yourself well, and find positive ways to make changes throughout your day. If you work to embrace the positive in 2018, your personal wellness is sure to follow.