by Jurie Rossouw, Smart Healthy Women: http://www.smarthealthywomen.com/resilience-healthy-living/
Resilience is the Key to Healthy Living
If your life is anything like mine, you probably encounter a constant
stream of situations that could put your ideal healthy lifestyle on
hold for yet another day.
Though most people face challenges every day,
some do manage to stick to eating healthy food and working out
So what’s the difference? The answer is for us to be resilient.
I’ve now been working in the field of resilience for nearly ten
years. During this time I’ve noticed how crucial it is to be resilient
when it comes to sticking to a healthy lifestyle and managing weight in
the long term. I’ve seen the difference between friends that have it,
friends that don’t, and also how my own life changed as I improved my
To be resilient means being able to positively respond to a crisis.
This is the toughest lesson I’ve had to learn - to not just get back up
after a setback, but to also improve myself in the process. The truth is
that we all respond when something happens, but few of us really take
these challenges as positive opportunities to improve ourselves and the
This is where the power of resilience can be truly fantastic - as you
learn to positively respond to situations, you develop the power to
turn negative situations into positive experiences. A stressful job can
become an exciting challenge. A breakup can be a chance to learn and
grow. It’s all a matter of perspective and how we choose to respond.
That’s right - we choose how we respond to these situations, and we can
choose to be more constructive about it.
What is important is that how we respond directly affects our eating
habits. Just think - after a stressful day, we are much more likely to
want some ice cream rather than go for a jog and eat a healthy meal! But
if we are good at managing stress, then we’re more likely to stay
healthy, resulting in a better, healthier body, that makes it even
easier to stay positive and on top of things. This is a virtuous circle
that we want to be in, and building your own resilience means you can
quickly step back into it after a challenging day.
The great news is that you can start improving your resilience at any age, and the best time is to start now!
Here are five powerful tips to get you started:
Let your goals be your guide
Choose what it is that really gives your life a sense of meaning.
Whether it is supporting your family, making a difference in the
community, building an awesome career, or anything else that makes you
get out of bed. Make sure that being healthy is an important goal for
you as well. These goals will be very powerful when making hard
decisions as you should choose the option that would best help you
towards your goals.
The importance of involving others
Don’t do it alone! Involving family, friends, colleagues and others
is extremely valuable when building and maintaining a healthy lifestyle,
with research confirming that this is a crucial step in being
successful in losing weight and keeping it off. Make sure your support
network knows what you want to achieve, and always be ready to accept
If there is one constant in life, it is change. This we’ve all heard
many times, but how many of us really take this to heart? Embracing
change means looking forward to when situations change and being excited
about how we will manage new situations that haven’t even happened yet.
Be ready for change so that you can stick to eating healthy meals and
staying fit regardless of what happens.
A grounded sense of hope
Sometimes very positive people can seem a bit delusional, to the
point of denying some harsh realities. When it comes to weight
management, research has shown that an overly optimistic mindset can
actually be detrimental. The key is to have realistic sense of hope for
the future. This means having realistic expectations of what you can
accomplish, along with the trust in yourself that you will accomplish
Looking after yourself
So important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to look after all
aspects of what your body needs. Eating good food and working out is one
thing, but you also need to get enough quality sleep (at least seven
hours a night) as well as be in a positive environment. This might mean
stepping away from friends and situations that drag you down, and
spending more time with yourself and others that bring value to your
Being centered and confident
Guess what - the mere fact that you have come as far as you already
have means that you are a fantastically capable person with every reason
to have a lot of confidence in yourself! You can further build
confidence in yourself by remembering these keys - have firm values and
stick to them, be decisive and trust your judgement, be committed and
believe in your own self-worth. All of this means you absolutely have
the ability to get healthy and stick to your healthy lifestyle in the
long term. Even if you’ve tried many times before, now is the time to
use resilience and prove what you can really do!
About the author
Jurie Rossouw is the founder of Think Lean Method,
a ground-breaking book on combining personal resilience and brain
health to stick to a healthy lifestyle in the long term. Jurie
specialises in the field of resilience which he uses as a platform to
make meaningful and lasting changes to people’s lives.
Living in sunny
Sydney, Jurie’s interest is the integration of various fields, including
nutrition, neuroscience, psychology and personal resilience, which he
distils into simple and practical plans that everyone can follow. Having
gone through a reinvention of his own life, Jurie now helps others
transform their lives to become goal-oriented and dramatically improve