The first step to better, healthier living

There are any number of reasons people are not healthy or well…

Poor diet, too much stress, toxic relationships, lack of exercise, being too sedentary, living in an unhealthy environment and genetics — to name a few.

But one of the biggest obstacles is just not knowing how to get started… how to change the path you’re on to one that can give you the healthy, productive, long and fulfilling life you deserve.

Well, it’s a new year — the perfect time for new things. So, today we’re going to talk about how you can forge a path to wellness and change your life.

Creating a wellness path is actually quite easy, if you decide you are ready; though if you have been sedentary or used to others directing your wellness, it might seem overwhelming at first.

Well, every great change begins with a single step, and the first step to creating a positive wellness path is removing the barriers to creating a successful path forward.

Let’s get started…

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Barrier 1: Time

Perhaps the most obvious barrier to creating a wellness path, and achieving optimal health, is time. There is only so much of it in a day, a week, a month and a year. We can’t add time, and when we finally do find a free moment it quickly gets eaten up by unanticipated sources, like work, housework, family obligations, events, projects, appointments, you name it. Who’s got time for all that?

Actually, everyone has time to spare and everyone should schedule time for their health and wellness. Make it your priority. I use a Google calendar and put everything on it—work, appointments, family items, and personal time. And it is during that personal “me” time that I exercise, go for a walk, meditate, stretch or some other wellness practice. When it’s not scheduled, it usually gets pushed to the back and then off the edge. Scheduling time is the only way to remove “time” as a barrier to wellness success.

Barrier 2: Money

Another barrier to creating and following a wellness path is money. Many people either don’t have or think they don’t have the financial resources to care for themselves outside of what their insurance covers. But this simply is not true.

There are many things you can do along your path to wellness that are free, or extremely cheap. This includes walking, biking, hiking, exercising, meditating, drinking more water, sleeping better, and eating more vegetables and complex carbs.

For best results, you may need to spend some additional dollars. A personal trainer costs money. A weekly massage costs money. Acupuncture gets expensive. Herbs are cheap, but their costs add up. The main thing is to prioritize your wellness dollars.

How can you find the resources if they are tight? Well, if you are spending money on extra cable channels, eating meals out, then why not cut back on these and allocate the money for your health instead? Skip the designer coffees, pack your lunches and put the money toward organic produce instead. There is always money to be found for wellness, if you make it a priority. And when you do, money will no longer be a barrier toward creating and succeeding along your wellness path.

Barrier 3: Not knowing what to do

Another barrier to wellness success is not know what to do or how to do it. Well, being a reader of Easy Health Options, you already took the first step to increasing your knowledge and moving from ignorance to understanding. All you need to remove this barrier is time to read and perhaps ask someone with more experience along the path some questions.

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Gather your resources

There are also some great tools out there that provide resources for knowing how to get and stay on the path of wellness. First, you want to change your thinking about the process and ditch willpower for willingness. I wrote about how to do that in my article, Ditch willpower for willingness to get where you want to be.

Next, you want create a collaborative wellness support system around you. Read To Get Well, Get Your Collaborative Team Together.

Next, you need to use metrics to calibrate your wellness progress, from where you are now, at the beginning of your path, and points along the way. This will help keep you moving forward in objective way. You can learn more about calibrating your wellness in Stuck? Here’s how to get the life you want.

In closing, I want you to know that I understand that you may be at the end of your rope. You have already spent huge sums of money, time and effort trying to get better, to become pain free, or to lead the life you desire. But your life isn’t over and there is plenty of time left to truly live. All you have to do is redouble your courage, dig your heels in and: 1) make the time, 2) allocate the money, 3) learn what to do; and 4) gather your resources.

Good luck!

Dr. Mark Wiley

By Dr. Mark Wiley

Dr. Mark Wiley is an internationally renowned mind-body health practitioner, author, motivational speaker and teacher. He holds doctorates in both Oriental and alternative medicine, has done research in eight countries and has developed a model of health and wellness grounded in a self-directed, self-cure approach. Dr. Wiley has written 14 books and more than 500 articles. He serves on the Health Advisory Boards of several wellness centers and associations while focusing his attention on helping people achieve healthy and balanced lives through his work with Easy Health Options® and his company, Tambuli Media.