TEAM TOR­TOISE

IF YOU’RE KEEN TO IM­PROVE YOUR HEALTH, IT PAYS TO HAVE A POW­ER­FUL REA­SON. SIM­PLY DE­CID­ING TO CHANGE SOME­THING ABOUT YOUR­SELF IS RARELY ENOUGH TO MAKE IT SO. NA­DIA NATUROPATH AND MED­I­CAL HERBALIST ANNALIESE JONES SAYS A TRULY MO­TI­VAT­ING ‘WHY’ MAKES ALL THE

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FIND YOUR ‘WHY’

If you’re con­fused about where to start when it comes to your health, I rec­om­mend re­verse-en­gi­neer­ing your health goals by think­ing about how you want to feel. Do you want to feel fit, strong and full of bound­less en­ergy? Do you need more fo­cus and calm in your life? Or do you want to feel con­tent and happy as op­posed to flat and anx­ious? Once you’ve dis­cov­ered what you want to ex­pe­ri­ence more of, work back­wards from there. Make a list of the steps you need to take to get to that end point. For ex­am­ple:

Goal: re­duce my anx­i­ety in order to feel calmer and more con­tent

Why: anx­i­ety is af­fect­ing my re­la­tion­ships and my work

How: re­place cof­fee with herbal tea, never skip a meal and work on my con­fi­dence.

THEN GET RE­ALLY SPE­CIFIC

What herbal tea will you drink? What will you say to your work­mate when she au­to­mat­i­cally brings a flat white to your desk? On what day will you plan your meals and do your food shop­ping? Who can you ask to rec­om­mend a coun­sel­lor, and what day can you book an ap­point­ment? Write all these specifics down and sched­ule them in your diary. Tak­ing ac­tion is the most im­por­tant part.

CHOOSE YOUR JOUR­NEY

An­other ex­er­cise I find help­ful when think­ing about health goals is to step back and dis­cover how you don’t want to feel. Maybe you saw your mother suf­fer through di­a­betes to­wards the end of her life or per­haps your father had a heart at­tack be­fore his time. Your fam­ily health his­tory is an im­por­tant fac­tor in your own health but it needn’t be the only pre­dic­tor of what’s in store for you. That power lies with you. Which path will you take?

COM­MIT TO IT

I know it’s not that easy, and life gets in the way. But you don’t have to do it per­fectly the first time, or ever. Per­fec­tion is not the point. The point is to be work­ing to­wards, not away from, your health goals. The power of small suc­cesses will per­pet­u­ate the mo­ti­va­tion you need to carry on. Re­mem­ber to revisit your ‘why’ of­ten and com­bine that in­spi­ra­tion with ac­tion, with­out rush­ing it. As they say, it’s the tor­toise, not the hare, who wins the race.

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