Make things easier for yourself
Every now and again I like to check in with the name of my business and make sure I’m making things easy for myself. When life is made easy for us, we can relax more, we are more efficient with our time, we have better flow in our lives, we tend to be happier AND if we make things easy for our bodies too, then the magic really happens!
Most clients I coach and train come to me fairly stressed, tired, burnt out and on a physical level often unfit or sluggish with adrenal fatigue, thyroid or metabolism issues. Perhaps not being able to shift the weight they want, gut health issues, sleep problems, fertility issues and so on. Many miserable, frustrated, confused, depressed or feeling like they’ve lost their mojo.
I’m going to argue that anyone who has these ‘symptoms’ has not made life easy for themselves in some shape or form at some point in their lives. Maybe they’ve got stuck dealing with the difficult things in life. Mentally with work, such as mindset, pressure, expectations and emotional stress for example. Or physically their bodies are having to deal with all sorts of chemical and hormonal imbalances, too many toxins, over training, not exercising, not getting enough nutrients or not being able to absorb them.
I’m going to say that all of these are self-created. For many that is a bitter pill to swallow. But the good news is that if you’ve created the difficulty, you can change it. But you have to get real with it. Regain control. Remove those difficulties in your mind and help that body of yours out. Make things easier for yourself.
Here are my 5 top tips on making your life easier and your body function better:
1. Monitor and manage your thoughts. We have about 64,000 a day. Think about how many are positive, nice, easy thoughts? How many are stressful, complaining, difficult thoughts? Work it out on a percentage and realize that only you can change your thoughts and you can override your thoughts at anytime you like. What you focus on you get. What you think about, you feel. Think difficult thoughts, it’s impossible to feel good. Think easy, pleasant thoughts and it’s impossible to feel stressed.
2. Take a good look at your life. What works and what doesn’t? What is easy and what is difficult? What makes you feel good, what makes you feel bad? Who enhances your life, who zaps your energy? What does your body respond well to? What does it struggle with? Do you love your job? If not, can your change it (after all most people spend about 50 hours a week working!)? Or, can you change your attitude to it? Do the things that make you feel good and take away the things that make you feel bad. It really is that simple, yet people get hooked focusing on the things that aren’t good for them, doing the things that aren’t good for them. But you can change this at anytime.
3. Listen to your body more. So many women I know are busting their balls in the gym, on detox diets, counting calories, taking supplements, over training, yet STILL aren’t getting the results they want . The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. The modern world where women tend to focus on work, body shape and financial success OVER real health (internal and long term), authentic happiness and a work-life balance that as a woman they need, they’re making things difficult for themselves. Many women I know won’t rest when they have an injury, they run when they are tired and won’t take proper break when they know they need it. It’s nuts! One of the things my clients comment on most when doing my Sugar HIIT and Best Body online bootcamps is how well their bodies respond to eating well and looking after themselves better. This is not a coincidence! Life is not meant to be difficult.
4. Keep a check on your hormones. When women don’t have homeostatis (their hormones balanced), their body gradually starts to shut down. Things that affect our hormones are taking synthetic hormones (contraceptive pill / some types of the coil) eating too much meat and dairy (these tend to contain lots of added chemicals and hormones), any type of processed food and sugar. Too much alcohol affects our hormone levels and the other big one is stress. Stress fires off our adrenals that raises our cortisol levels and when this happens (along with lots of other things), our thyroid is affected, we store more fat, our metabolism slows, our digestion is impaired, we can’t absorb nutrients and the snowball affect quite simply put, is a killer. Most cancers are related to estrogen dominance. I teach this on my Food Management Made Easyprogram and clients always say ‘Why didn’t I know this before?!’ Our bodies need balance, our bodies like things easy!
5. On your death bed what would you regret? I know it’s a weird thing to think about, but some of the top things people who are dying regret are ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’ and ‘I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me’ and ‘I wish that I let myself be happier’. (See full article HERE ). When I shared this feature with my BEST mindset programme, I added these as what I thought people would say in 50 years time, reflecting on modern day living:
- Stressing about things that weren’t really that stressful
- Worrying about things that never ended up happening
- Caring about the way they looked so much
- Putting money and work before health and happiness
- Wished they’d lightened up about life and had more fun
Happiness is a choice by the way. As is making your life easier for yourself!
We all get caught in the difficult side of life, but it a choice. And like I said at the start of this blog, every now and again I like to check in with myself to make sure I’m making things easy. If I’m not, I change it.
I hope this inspires you to have an easier life…