Majority of us know what it’s like to be inspired by someone or something. That inspiration motivates us to do something that we don’t currently do or to “level-up.” Majority of us also know what it’s like to be inspired for only a short amount of time. Whether it be a fad or a diet that only lasts 30-90 days before we give it up. Well, sustainable wellness requires more than that. It requires a dedicated lifestyle. So what does that actually mean?
It means sacrificing. It means defeating temporary desires for long-term results. What’s sustainable for one person may not be for the next, so there is some educated judgement involved. For me part of my sustainable wellness lifestyle means not drinking and getting better sleep. For those of us who suffer from hypothyroidism we know that good sleep comes in cycles. It is also known that alcohol negatively effects thyroid hormones. So for me, if I stay out late more than once in a blue moon I am disrupting an already difficult sleep cycle. Then if I drink on top of that my hormones are really out of whack. One night can set me back for weeks. What I choose to do is determined by my sustainable wellness needs. When I choose to do it is determined by my sustainable wellness needs. Who I choose to do it with is determined by my sustainable wellness needs. So, as part of my dedicated lifestyle to sustainable wellness I surround myself with like-minded individuals. I choose to participate in activities that contribute to my sustainable wellness. Are these choices always easy? Nope. Are they worth it? Absolutely! Did I lose some relationships because of my lifestyle choices? Of course I did. But I realized those relationships weren’t for me anyways. Those relationships were not contributing to my sustainable wellness. The activities were not contributing to my sustainable wellness.
For some, sustainable wellness may not mean eliminating alcohol. Regardless of what it is that you need to do to obtain sustainable wellness, dedication is required. How much dedication? Enough to go against the grain and do what you need to do for you. In today’s culture that can be really hard. There are influences EVERYWHERE. And trust me, I’ve gotten caught up too. But when you truly decide that you are dedicated to yourself and you devote your lifestyle to your wellness, that’s when things really start to shift. That’s when the change really happens. Most of us don’t know what it is even like to actually feel sustainable wellness until we make serious lifestyle changes. So do it for yourself. Allow your wellness to be your inspiration and your motivating factor. Dedicate your lifestyle to sustainable wellness.
May you be well – Dominique