Whether you're in the early stages of changing some habits to improve your health or trying to keep a new year's resolution on track, it's always a good time to ask yourself if you're setting SMART goals. Our best intentions to create new habits sometimes fall short of success simply because our plans lack thoroughness. They may be too vague or unrealistic. So what can help? SMART goals, … [Read more...] about Setting SMART Goals for Success
Resilience is defined as toughness, or "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties." And in researcher language, it's "positive adaptation despite adversity." But is it something we're born with? Can we develop more of it? And can we use it up as we go through life? When Resilience Begins Science indicates that resilience is not uniform across people, places, or situations. So … [Read more...] about Resilience: What Is It, and How Can I Get More of It?
The practice of reflecting on what I've learned requires an intentional pause and often leads me to gratitude. And here at the holidays, I welcome all pauses and attempts to slow down and be thankful. Author Emily P. Freeman several years ago on her blog began encouraging her readers "to pause to reflect on the past season before we move ahead into the future,” and I first I took up that … [Read more...] about Reflecting on What I Learned in Fall 2018
Unhealthy habits can be tough to shake, and we beat ourselves up for lacking willpower. So let's take it back to a core question: What can you envision? Or, in other words, what do you want to be different about your health and life? Some of us approach this from a place of pro-activity. But most of us don't consider this question unless we have to change something in response to illness … [Read more...] about Stuck in Unhealthy Habits? What Can You Envision?
Did you blink? Are you like me, wondering where the past few months went? Before going headlong into winter (and the holidays!), I continue to take a cue from writer Emily P. Freeman, who encourages her readers to “pause to reflect on the past season before we move ahead into the future.” I enjoyed reflecting on Summer 2017 so much that I wanted to do it again for September, October and … [Read more...] about What I Learned in Fall of 2017
Sometimes the doctor delivers a diagnosis and says we must make changes now, or else. And other times, we simply know we need to do some things differently to improve our health. But maybe it's hard to get moving in the right direction. Changing how we eat feels burdensome. And starting an exercise routine seems overwhelming. So we procrastinate. Because it all seems so big. But guess … [Read more...] about Take Small Steps to Create Habits