When it comes to any kind of addiction: smoking, drinking, junk food, even cleaning… there seems to be one recurring theme: most things in moderation is fine, but when it becomes excessive is when there is a problem.
The challenge that some people face is an “all or nothing” mentality. When anything is approached with this method, it’s bound to failure. (after all, only a Sith deals in absolutes. Anyone who has watched Star Wars will get that reference…. For anyone else, I apologize!)
If you are considering approaching anything for your personal betterment, try to keep in mind the mantra that “moderation is key”. Are you looking to lose weight? There’s no need to empty out your cupboards and stock your fridge with only carrots and celery. Set reasonable and achievable goals for yourself. Look for ways to substitute some of your less healthy favourites for things that are better. And remind yourself that treats are also part of life, and don’t beat yourself up if you have a piece of birthday cake at a party. The key is to have a piece, not half of the cake!
Do you want to get more active? Set reasonable goals for yourself here too. If you’re starting from a completely sedentary lifestyle, telling yourself “I’m going to run 5K every day!” is likely a goal you will not be able to stick to, and you’ll set yourself up for failure and disappointment. A more reasonable goal would be to say, “I am going to take a walk 5 days a week after supper”. You can always build from there.
Are you hoping to increase your water intake? This is something many struggle with. In fact, one study says that as many as 75% of people are dehydrated! Going from little water to the daily recommended dose is a big leap. A good way to approach this with the “moderation is key” approach would be to commit to drinking at least 8 ounces (1 glass) of water after each other drink you have, whether it be coffee, soda, tea, or juice. Once you’re able to do this regularly, you can find ways to increase it.
How about saving more money? Start small… $20.00 per pay as an example. Set up an automated transfer and then you can save without even thinking about it!
What other ways can you think of on making changes with the “moderation is key” approach? We’d love to hear from you!