How Living Consciously Can Affect Your Health (and Your Waistline!)
By: Liberty Kontranowski
It’s so easy to wake up and say, “Today, I’m going to start being healthy.” We’ve all done it. All of us. Your intentions are good, yes, but when you say this, do you really mean it? Do you have a plan in place? Do you have a goal of what “healthy” means to you? Do you have support systems at-the-ready in case you fail or have a setback? If not, it’s time to start living consciously. Without this process, keeping your vision clear and your path plotted will be harder than it needs to be – and the journey will seem more chaotic than joyful.
So what does it mean to “live consciously”? Living consciously simply means doing things with careful thought to how they may affect other areas of your existence – and, in this instance, achieving better health, weight loss or whatever your goal is.
Proactive thinking is a major component of living consciously. This means taking the time to envision where you want you to be (ideal weight, physical endurance, stopping all medications, etc), then doing things, whether big or small, to set yourself on the path to getting there. If you don’t know what your specific goal is, start there. Think about where (location-wise) you want to be while working toward this goal, what you will do to reach it, who you want to be doing it with and how you will feel while doing it. Think about these things in the short-term (the next few weeks) all the way through the long term (when you’ve reached your goal and beyond). Don’t forget to take a little extra time to envision how you’ll feel after you’ve met your goal – what a great feeling that will be!
Conscious living can also mean filtering the people you choose to let in your life. If you are attempting to become a more positive, optimistic person in your quest for a healthy lifestyle, then perhaps it’s time to move on from the nay-sayer friends you’ve kept in touch with out of obligation. Or the people who simply tell you the things you want to hear because they don’t really believe you’ll achieve your personal success. Surrounding yourself with other positive, successful people is a sure way to fire up your own sense of cheerfulness; in this way you are reinforcing good behaviors and subsequently letting go of negative ones.
Finding groups of like-minded people are a great way to gain support, hold each other accountable for small and large goals, and celebrate victories of all sizes. Online friendships can be just as powerful as face-to-face friendships, and can even be more encouraging. Imagine how much fun it will be to celebrate a 20-point drop in your blood pressure with 300 of your closest online friends. Good stuff, right?
While there are many different facets to living consciously, taking the time to envision what you want out of your health, from the smallest nuance to the biggest wish, will help clarify your thoughts. From there, you can choose behaviors and thought processes to guide yourself through your transition from work-in-progress to extraordinary. With a commitment to conscious living and purposeful decision-making, you can have the life you were destined to live.
Liberty Kontranowski is a valued writer and blogger on the eDrugstore.MD writing team, with hundreds of health articles published online and in print. eDrugstore.MD, a US located online medications facilitator prescribes lifestyle medications.