Happy Wednesday everyone! Can you believe we’re more than a week into September already???!!! This year seems to be flying by! I’m honestly surprised that it seems to be going by so quickly because Hubby and I aren’t nearly as busy (or active) as we were pre-pandemic.
Speaking of that, I just saw a report on the news last night that the average person has gained 12.5 pounds during quarantine. I have to admit that I’ve gained a few pounds myself, and I’m not happy about it.
Because I’m unhappy about my weight gain, it would be easy to allow the focus of my wellness efforts to be negative. On Monday, we talked about whether our wellness efforts are more wellness-focused or more illness-focused. This can be expanded to include whether we’re undertaking them with a positive approach or negative approach.
For instance, when we’re trying to lose weight, are we looking at the process in a positive, wellness-focused way or are we looking at it in a negative, perhaps illness-focused way? Are we telling ourselves, “the process of incorporating the habits that will help me lose weight will also help me improve my overall wellness” (positive focus)? Or are we telling ourselves “if I don’t lose this weight quickly, I’m a failure” (negative focus)? Do you see how our focus can make a difference?
I used the example of weight loss because that’s what I’m working on right now, but it could apply to any area of our wellness. Changing our focus from illness-centered to wellness-centered can make all the difference in how we see our efforts and how successful we’ll be.
This week, let’s ask ourselves:
As we talked about on Monday, if we’re wellness focused, there’s a good chance we believe that we have control over at least some aspects of our overall wellness. We know we can’t control the outcomes, but we can control what we put into the process.
When we focus on what we can do to build those positive behaviors that support our wellness, we’re much more likely to ‘stay the course’ even when we don’t see immediate results or experience setbacks.
Have you found that your focus makes a difference in how you feel about your wellness efforts? Has it impacted how successful you were in making changes? Please share!