A simple memory device I share with my whole health coaching clients is “CPR” for making health improvements and habit shifts that last. In this 3-part blog series, I’ll share insights on each of the three aspects of developing your CPR skills.
Resiliency is the ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions, to bounce back wiser, stronger, and more empowered. In matters of health and self-care habits, resiliency is critical when we get knocked off-course by stress or injury. Reverting to our “default” mode (e.g. eating fast food, avoiding exercise, and shorting ourselves on sleep) as a way to cope is a common response. Our default patterns can draw us back with an inviting feeling of familiarity and effortlessness.
When we’ve honed our skills in resiliency, we quickly regain our footing after a lapse. We learn from the experience and return to the healthier lifestyle habits we’ve been building.
Not allowing a lapse to turn into a relapse is what keeps us moving toward a healthiER version of ourselves. Changing behaviors and making positive shifts to healthier daily choices around what we eat and how we move typically takes many months of repetition to fully integrate the new patterns into a sustainable lifestyle and create new default patterns. The process typically involves lots of trial and error even amongst the most determined of us. While the path may often be crooked, it’s the ability to be forgiving of ourselves, learn and correct course that matters most.
To your good health!