Changing habits is hard. There’s no arguing about it.
Changing your habits and improving your health requires the kind of self-love that can be hard to find. It’s challenging to remind yourself why you should eat a kale salad when a donut sounds much more satisfying.
Next time you find yourself mid-conversation with yourself, vacillating between making a healthy choice or saying “I’ll do it next time,” here’s a trick. Just imagine that you’re not talking to yourself, but to your best friend.
Chances are, you’d want your best friend to choose the salad. You’d want your best friend to take a walk every day and have a rich social life, too. Yes, all of these habits reduce the risk of cognitive decline, but they also lead to a richer, more fulfilling life.
So, the next time you’re feeling like you just can’t make the healthy or happy choice, be your own best friend and encourage yourself with love and compassion.