Having celebrated and welcomed in the New Year, it is the ideal
time to think carefully about whether you should use this
opportunity to change certain elements in your lifestyle. Ask
yourself these questions: Do you change things regularly? Or do you
prefer getting into a routine and sticking with it? Do you actively
seek new things? New places, new faces, new technologies, or new
ways of living? Or do you tend to gravitate towards the things that
are known and familiar.
Which is better? Is it healthier to change all of the time? Or
is routine and stability a preferable way to go?The answer lies in
According to research, our physical bodies require change.
Different stressors, such as exercise, varied diets and even small
doses of toxins, make us adapt and grow stronger. Our mental and
spiritual wellbeing also requires change to evolve and grow. New
experiences provide us with new references and perspectives.
Challenging situations allow us to develop new strategies to better
handle ourselves in the future. So, change can be good! However,
change also requires some sort of framework. Something solid,
something grounded. Familiar even.
The routine part of life helps you cope with change - provided
you put the right values, routines and structures in place. Habits
and routines take some of the mental work out of each day, allowing
us to go on autopilot and save our mental faculties for more
difficult work. But you need to set them up correctly. Habits such
as teeth cleaning are great, but poor habits such as smoking,
mindless eating, or procrastination will quickly rob you of good
Our values are also an essential reference point to help us
remain grounded when the rest of our universe is uncertain. Be
clear on your values, define what they are, and they will never
change, not matter what is going on around you (unless of course
you elect to change them - they are yours after all).
The professional house cleaners, MOLLY MAID, recommend that much
like domestic cleaning, the trick to harnessing the health benefits
of change is to practice it on a regular basis.
Small changes applied on a regular basis will strengthen your
coping strategies and get you used to trying new things.
MOLLY MAID recommends a few ways in which you can practice
- Eat seasonally: Eating fresh, seasonal
and local produce is not only better for you, but you will learn
new recipes and cooking techniques as well as, get a wider variety
of nutrients, and limit your risk of toxic build up.
- Change your exercise routine seasonally:
The body adapts and learns quickly. Failure to change your exercise
regime will result in loss of results and plateau. Aligning your
exercise changes to the seasons is a great way to introduce 12
weekly programs as well as change your training according to the
- Take a new route to work: Change is as
good as a holiday! The simple act of mixing up our route to work
can change the tone of the entire day.
- Talk to new people: There is no better
way to practice change than by getting out of your comfort zone.
Strike up a conversation at your local shop - you may be surprised
at how easy it is!
- Travel: One of the simplest ways to take
a break and gain new experiences at the same time. It is often
after a period of travel that we implement new things into our
- Volunteer: Assist those in need and gain
a greater understanding of life.
- Address bad health habits: Want to quit
smoking? Want to reduce your alcohol consumption? Want to deal with
food addiction? You will only achieve these things and true
freedom if you are open to and willing to accept change.
Change is good. Change is necessary, so why not
cease the moment and introduce some positive changes into 2015.