I’m starting to take my wellness much more seriously this year, and have realized, after making excuses and procrastinating with some of my goals, how much your environment can make a difference in your actions. One simple change I’ve made this year that has had major impact is spending most of my time in my living room rather than in my bedroom. Being in my room all the time was not motivating, and I think it was messing with my sleep patterns. On a whim, I decided that if moved my space heater into my living room, I’d spend more time there. It changed everything. Every day since, I have barely spent any time awake in my bed. Only to watch Netflix a couple of times. And it didn’t lead to just sitting in front of my space heater all day either. Since I’m already up, I go outside more, I cook more, I study more. Not being in my bed all day changed my mindset completely and encouraged me to shape my environment to encourage the decisions I want to make.
Once I’m up, I have been getting dressed in workout clothes, an unsaid agreement that I’ll work out later in the day. I made another subtle but helpful change yesterday. I moved my phone away from my bed at night so when the alarm goes off in the morning, I have to get up to turn it off. And I actually woke up on time today at 9am. I also decided I’m going to leave the sink empty and my house in order every night. It’s surprising that my clean kitchen motivates me to have a healthy breakfast in the morning instead of having to do the dishes before I can even cook a meal.
It can be the smallest changes that influence your intentions, your actions, and your life. Don’t facilitate the things you know deep down you don’t want to do. And give yourself a break too- don’t struggle for the sake of struggling. If you can set yourself up to make the right choices, set it up. Like my dad always said, “You can do it the hard way, or you can do it the easy way.”