The acronym CPR is one I share with my whole health coaching clients for making health improvements and habit shifts that last. In this three-part blog series, I’ll share insights on each of the three aspects of developing your CPR skills.
The ‘P’ in CPR is for prioritization-- a daily challenge for most people with myriad demands to juggle and roles to play. The key point for prioritizing health-supporting behaviors (e.g. healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate rest and stress management) is this:
We Make Time for Things That
Are Important to Us
This underscores why it’s critical to find your personal reasons for making your self-care routines a priority. This involves connecting to the things you value most and digging deep to identify and embrace your WhyPower.
It’s easy to let our well-being quietly slip down on our daily priority list. Waiting for a catastrophic health event (e.g. a pre-diabetes diagnosis, heart attack, stroke, etc) to shift our priorities isn’t a positive approach. Taking an intentional, proactive stance for our well-being is more rational, rewarding and helps ensure our life quality well into our later decades.
Two final points to consider:
· Changing habits isn’t easy. The first step is building awareness and then connecting to reasons for change. Remember that WhyPower triumphs every time over willpower for making changes that last.
· A preventative wellness approach is critical for health through the years, especially with approximately 80 percent of chronic diseases being lifestyle driven. We have so much control over our health! Just 20 percent of chronic illnesses are genetic and outside of our control.
To your good health!