Are your health goals al­ready drift­ing?

South Waikato News - - Your Health -

least two nights a week and then work your way up to five.

If you want to cut down your screen time, chal­lenge your­self to have a dig­i­tal detox evening one night a week and then try for an­other. If you go out for din­ner look for a res­tau­rant that of­fers more nour­ish­ing food choices if you can. And do the things you know you need to do one at a time.

Per­haps set up a sched­ule (if that’s some­thing that works for you) where ev­ery week (or two, or ev­ery month) you add an­other well­ness prac­tice to your daily rou­tine so that by the end of the year, you’ve made a num­ber of changes that will rad­i­cally change the way you look after your­self.

And also re­mem­ber, it’s what you do the ma­jor­ity of the time that af­fects your health, not some of the time so be gen­tle with your­self for those oc­ca­sional not as nour­ish­ing choices.

It’s com­mon to view health and well­ness changes as black and white, but this is of­ten what causes peo­ple to fall off the wagon – they’re all in or they’re well and truly all out! But real life hap­pens in the grey. It is daily habits and choices that will get you closer to your health and well­ness goals, not hav­ing more ‘‘willpower’’ – there is no wagon to ac­tu­ally fall off.

Start with two al­co­hol-free days a week. Next time you go to an event where free Email your questions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of questions can be an­swered.

al­co­hol is on of­fer, chal­lenge your­self to opt for sparkling water in­stead. Re­mem­ber that just be­cause some­thing is there doesn’t mean you have to con­sume it!

Some­times we have dead­lines that mean we have to work ad­di­tional hours, other times it’s our own per­cep­tion of ur­gency that drives us to work 14-hour days that im­pact on our sleep cy­cle and en­joy­ment of life. Check what this means for you.

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Start mak­ing small changes to reach your goal.

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