Isaac Newton (the guy who figured out gravity and how basically everything in the universe moves) said that everything will either stay still or keep moving at the same speed in the same direction unless some external force makes it change.
Rings true in more ways than one, doesn’t it?
As we wrap up our Greater Than series, we wanted to take a minute to acknowledge one thing that we hope you don’t think we’ve taken for granted, and it’s this: Change isn’t easy.
You’ll have your own unique obstacles to overcome if you plan to make changes toward better health.
So, let’s talk about those obstacles. Let’s size them up so we can start to move past them.
WHAT’S IN YOUR WAY?
As Americans, we don’t have to look very far to see that healthy habits are not a mainstream emphasis. Sure, they may be a trending topic, but fast-food giants and corporations that deal in sugar consumption still dominate the advertising space.
These companies push quick, easy, unhealthy foods, and at the same time the media pushes unrealistic standards of bodily perfection. As a result, we’re battling more than just physical disorders. We’re battling mental ones, too. In addition to obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure we have anorexia, bulimia, and depression.
So, what can you do?
- Regulate your input and don’t buy in so easily. Make decisions based on what’s best for you rather than what someone else says is best for you.
- Refocus your reason for eating. Food is nourishment. So, try basing your eating habits and choices on nutrition.
- Article: How Culture Affects Diet
- Article: The Pressure of Perfection: Five Women Tell Their Stories
While it used to be five, it’s now recommended that we eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
Nutritional guidelines aren’t helpful if there are whole populations unable to meet them.
A lot of the solution is, unfortunately, not an easy fix and has more to do with government subsidies and policies. But if you’re intent on making positive changes, it is possible.
- So, You Think You Can’t Afford to Eat Healthy?
- 7 Ways to Jumpstart Healthy Change in Your Life
- 9 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Diet
- Practical Ways to Eat Well When You Can’t Afford Organic Food
Not only can the experience of discrimination have a negative effect, but it can affect how a person actually manages and prioritizes their health.
For those who experience discrimination regularly, it may seem like a no-brainer. Others, however, might be surprised to learn just how negatively discrimination can affect someone’s health.
- For those who don’t feel the effects of discrimination, take a step back and see if your bias might be part of the problem.
- For those who do experience discrimination, there may not be much you can do to change how you are treated. But you can do a lot to manage and cope with the stress it causes.
- For either one of those two groups, don’t be afraid to admit you need help. A psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, or life coach could be instrumental in putting you on a clearer path to better physical and mental health
There are plenty more obstacles you might be facing. One person writing one blog post can’t possibly imagine all of the things that might come between where you are and where you want to be.
But even when you feel you’re fighting against the laws of the universe, you have the power to be that external force of change in your life.
Our hope for this series is that you’ve begun taking to heart at least one thing: you are GREATER THAN anything that comes against you. Whether physically, mentally, or emotionally, you can rise above.