When you’re trying to make positive life changes – to your habits, routines and rituals – it can be hard to know where to start. There’s so much conflicting information out there nowadays, so many diets, exercise regimes, fitness influencers and self-help programmes, that it’s not always clear what constitutes a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ habit (let alone how to make or break one.) It’s easy to get bogged down in the details of what we should and shouldn’t be doing, adopting an all-or-nothing approach which almost certainly results in self-destruction.
So… how can we avoid this?
The best simplification, to my mind, comes from Mel Robbins and it’s something that I find myself coming back to again and again and again.
According to Mel, we should pay attention to the parts of our life – the activities, people, projects and things – that make us feel naturally energised, alongside noticing what or who depletes us. Then we should do more of the former and less of the latter. We can apply this to the food we eat, the people we ‘follow’ on social media, the way that we work, the way that we relax, the way that we think, speak and move.
That’s it: do more of what energises you and less of what drains you!
Which means that you don’t have to go vegan, learn Calisthenics or listen to an audiobook to begin making positive changes.
You can start right now by listening to your own mind and body, and doing more of what they enjoy.