The majority of good health and happiness is achieved through simple things done often. Often though we get caught up in trying to find the quick fix.
Humans are generally smart. We generally know what’s good for us too. What’s interesting is how seldom we actually do those things. Eat fresh, sleep well, exercise often. Should be easy right? So why isn’t it?
There is a phenomenon called choice paralysis. Simply put, it tells us that when we have fewer options to choose from, we are very good at making and acting on decisions. However, the more options we add into the mix, the harder it becomes to make a call. Especially if the consequence of the choice is quite important.
Think about it this way, you go to Baskin Robbins and there’s flavours all over the place. Imagine you’ve never had ice cream before. The choices would be hectic but eventually you’d say “oh well it’s just ice cream, I can’t really go wrong” and you walk out with cookies and cream. Small consequence. Quicker decision.
What makes it worse is the consequences. This is our health we are talking about. What if we stuff up the decision. Buzzfeed said this was the seven things I need most in my life right now but I can only do five! Will I die early? Will my butt get saggy?
The choices are actually exhausting. Here’s how to clear the clutter.
90% of good health comes from five things.
Eat a variety of fresh food.
Exercise (literally anything that makes you puff or sweat for more than thirty minutes).
Sleep consistently (between seven and nine hours). A little less every now and then is okay.
Engage with good friends. Connection and love are critical to health.
Find a purpose. Something you can impact. Something you can contribute to.
Going paleo, eating less gluten, taking supplements, doing HIIT seven days a week and adding chia seeds to every meal is way to focused on the final 10% of health (and those things aren’t even that effective). Why invest so much energy to get so little value? It takes less effort to achieve 90%, and then you can fine tune to what really suits you and change it when you need to.
This tool will show you how to make sure you tick off these 4 things and get rid of the stress about making a lifestyle change.
Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Did I have veggies with every meal? Did I puff or sweat? Did I get my sleep? Did I laugh with a mate? Did I contribute to something bigger than myself?
Just put a tick next to the question at the end of each day if you managed to implement the specific behaviour. Now, we know you won’t be perfect straight away, but if you do this four weeks in a row. I guarantee you will see a change in your behaviour, and not only that, but you will feel much less stress about your choices as well!