So often we say I don’t have time to eat healthily and exercise or I can’t afford to. I guess the question is, how much is it costing us to be unhealthy? What is it costing us in energy, confidence, self-esteem, mental health and life span?
Before we take on any major life investment it’s always wise to do a cost benefit analysis. If you’re buying a car it’s prudent to weigh up how much the car will benefit you verses how life will be without the car. Maybe the car will be more reliable than your existing car, or maybe it will open more work opportunities by making it possible for you to go somewhere that public transport makes impractical; maybe it will enable you to drop your kids off to school before returning to work or maybe it’s a dream car that you’ve saved for and can now afford so the sheer joy of owning it will make it feel like a worthwhile investment.
Similarly if buying a house we’d be wise to consider the cost of buying verses renting, the location, the potential for its value to increase, the proximity to work, shops and schools, whether it’s layout suits our lifestyle requirements. We might ask “where will we be in a few years if we don’t get onto the property ladder now? Will we be cut out of the market? or If we wait will we be forced to make bigger compromises down the line?” The smart investors put a lot of thought into the process and the desired outcome and they plan accordingly.
Whenever something really matters to us it comes down to what do we want verses what we don’t want. It makes sense then to take action to work towards what we do desire right?
So if you’ve been neglecting your health take a few minutes to consider the choices about what you desire verses the choices that you’re actually making. In the Healthy vs Unhealthy cost/benefit analysis of your life let’s not forget that how you spend your life is the most important investment you’ll ever make.
So here are some simple choices as outlined above, what you desire verses what you don’t want, pick a or b:
a. I want to continue waking up every day feeling sluggish
b. I want to wake up feeling refreshed and energized
a. I want to cringe when I catch a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror or see a photograph of myself
b. I want to feel comfortable in my own skin
a. I want my moods to be depressed, affected negatively by poor diet choices
b .I want to feel happier and more at ease
a. I want to live a low energy existence where I avoid doing activities because I’m afraid that I physically can’t
b. I want to live life to the full.
a. I want to have a preventable chronic illness by the time I reach middle age
b. I want to be healthy and free to enjoy life
a. I want to feel insecure
b. I want to feel confident
These questions are no-brainers right? They’re just a small example of the choices that we make via our lifestyle every day. Yet what actions do we take to make 'b' (our desired outcome) the outcome that we end up with?
If we want to be healthier, happier and more confident we have to be mindful about what we choose, because none of the “option b’s” happen by accident, they all happen by choice and through the development of life habits and skills.
If you answered ‘b’, but your lifestyle is defaulting you back to ‘a’, you know it’s time for change. It’s time to reassess your values and re-prioritise life. This may seem a little overwhelming, but it’s not as difficult as you might think and of course the return on your investment will be the best of your life.
Changing your mindset and the beliefs you have about yourself, the role food and exercise plays in your life and what it is that is limiting you is key to success. Understanding your underlying beliefs and changing the unhelpful ones will set you off on a new life path towards your full potential, that will be far more rewarding than any junk food or chocolate could ever hope to be.
If you’d like help in overcoming unhealthy eating addiction and lifestyle habits give me a call on 0435 923 817, I work with people every day to help them get on track to live the fulfilling life they deserve.
Georgina Mitchell is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Professional Counsellor based in Mentone, Melbourne.
Specialising in: Addiction, Weight Loss Virtual Gastric Band and Anxiety/Stress Management
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Melbourne Hypnotherapist Georgina Mitchell was born in Ireland, moving to Australia in 1989. Georgina Specialises in helping people with Anxiety Disorders and is an active member of the Melbourne Hypnotherapy Community. In Melbourne Hypnosis is being accepted as effective tool for anyone wanting to achieve a positive change in Mood, Behaviour and Habit.
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