July 31, 2013

Small Changes

What is it about the things that we know are good for us that we continually avoid?

Maybe it's just me, but there are lists and lists of things that I understand are beneficial to my health (mental, spiritual, physical) and I just don't seem to do much of it. Or rather I do try (once or twice, or every so often) but I don't seem to stick to the task. 

It's always when I collapse off the health train, and make one small change that I realize why these elements of everyday life are important.

It's about commitment. (not so good at this)

It's about taking the time to take care of yourself.

It's about combatting the lazy, potato chip eating, couch living, tired-eyed angel that rests on your shoulder. Let's call him Marshy. 

It's about building a new habit.

One small change that I've recently made is drinking warm water with lemon in the morning. This small habit has been shouted in every health interview and article as the best way to start the morning as it helps cleanse your liver. I've obviously tried it in the past, but this time I vowed to do it every day.

Instead of shoving cereal down my throat half-awake, I take a moment to boil some water, slice a fresh lemon and wait for the kettle to pop. It seems to calm my morning and provide me with the most important element of a healthy habit: mindfulness.

Do you have any morning routines? Do you find it hard to stick to a healthy goal?

While I don't expect miracles from my lemon water, I'm ready for some long-term commitment.