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How Prioritizing Joy Helps With Your Journey to “Healthy”

How Prioritizing Joy Helps With Your Journey to “Healthy”

No matter where we go in society, products are being advertised to us, many of them with some kind of slogan about helping with weight loss or muscle gain. These “health” products are advertised each time we walk in a grocery store, turn on our televisions, or even drive down a highway with billboards gazing down on us. There are so many products that claim to be the key to health, but what does that even mean?

Unfortunately, as much as they might claim otherwise, none of these “Just do this!” products and programs are really going to instantly transport you to perfect health. There is no easy button, no silver bullet, no magic pill on the market. 

And that’s because “healthy” isn’t a destination. It’s a journey! 

Thankfully, we don’t need magic beans to get into good health. What we really need is a lifestyle built around healthy habits, including the real keys: consistency and persistency. Little steps will take you on your own journey to health where you decide what “healthy” looks like. 

We all know that our diets and exercise routines will make a significant impact in our health, but recharging is often left out of the formula for perfect health. Recharging is just as important as choosing healthy foods and making time for exercise. 

I prioritize recharging for myself because I know it’s an important piece of my own journey of health!

One way that I recharge is making time for travel. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, but unfortunately, the pandemic changed my routines so that I couldn’t go to new places or see new things for a long time. I recently received my first COVID shot, and I’ll be getting my next tomorrow, and that has created so much light at the end of the tunnel for me! Soon, I’ll be back to feeling comfortable enough to travel again and recharging in a way that fulfills me, and I know that will be really great for my mindset. You can reflect on the season of life that you’re currently in and see what kind of recharge you need right now, too. 

My challenge to anyone who is looking for a healthy way to recharge is to find some small, positive things that bring you joy, and make a habit of doing them over and over again until those small, positive experiences add up to a significant improvement in your own happiness! 

Making time to do the things that make us feel happy is so important to finding true joy and recharging our minds. 

It doesn’t have to be a huge trip or major event that sparks joy for you. It may just be seeing someone you’ve been meaning to visit or going to a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try. There are so many things that can make a positive difference in your life if you seek them out!

You may wonder what this has to do with your health goals, but the truth is that if you aren’t happy, you aren’t going to be able to follow through with your health plans for yourself. Life is too short to follow diets that make you miserable. Focus on what brings you joy, and let that joy fuel your progress!

What are you looking forward to doing to bring yourself some joy? Let me know in the comments! 


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