We are all changing. Everyday something changes about us whether we are aware of it or not! Humans are dynamic and who you were 8 years ago is very different from who you are today. We are constantly in flux, our biology, our habits, our environment. How can we make this process work for us instead of against us? There is always something that we would like to improve on, change about ourselves. As adaptable as we are as a species, it’s important to note that we are quite complex. Even as we interact with our environment, it makes things even more complicated. It honestly doesn’t have to be, but it’s important to be aware of. This article aims to inform you on aspects to be aware of when you are trying to change something about yourself.
Habits, lifestyle, and social groups all play an important role in shaping who we are. Studies show that on average your genes will only influence about 10% of what will happen to you in your life. The rest is up to you and the choices you can choose to make! These life choices can have a tremendous impact on who you are and your long term health! Certain global hotspots have been identified to have a disproportionate number of people who live to be over 100 on average. The average Canadian lifespan is thought to stand right about 82.30 years. When compared to other global averages, that’s a pretty great number. Why is it that certain areas of the globe have significantly higher average lifespans and quality of life? There are several factors at play here and little of it has to do with actual genetics!
Factors To Consider When Trying to Change Something About You
When trying to change yourself, moving towards a healthier more balanced life, there are several factors you should stop to consider. They all play an important interconnected role into moving you towards a more balanced, healthy lifestyle.
Physical Exercise - this can look like a lot of different things to different people, and it doesn’t mean you have to consistently run 10k everyday either! People who actively engage in moderate exercise daily drastically increase their well-being and quality of life well into old age. Walking up stairs, commuting to work by either walking or biking, taking nature walks daily all count and are relatively uncomplicated ways of incorporating this into your daily habit. Centenarians also keep active well into their old age, not only does this keep them fit, but gives them a sense of purpose in life. A reason to get up in the morning.
Diet - A recent study published 2 years ago confirmed a lot of what these individuals are already doing. They eat a mostly plant based diet. They also eat meat and dairy but it’s in moderation. Whole grains are a big part of it as well, but processed flowers and sugar are kept to a minimum. Balance and moderation is key. Knowing you don’t have to go to extremes, but being mindful of the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat is important. It should also make up a larger part of your diet. Canada's food guide was recently updated and reflects most of what I am saying here. You can consult it to get a better idea of what to do.
Social Surroundings / Family - Family is priority number one. They make their children and significant others a priority in their lives. They also choose who they surround themselves with wisely. Your social environment shapes a lot of who and what you are unknowingly! Be aware and choose your friends carefully.
Spirituality - They believe in something bigger than themselves. Stepping into faith has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels which will have a significant impact on the types of diseases that are associated with inflammation. Alzheimer's, Cancer, are a few that are common. Taking all 4 components into consideration and working them positively will significantly reduce your stress and anxiety levels.
I’ve included a link to the TED Talk video if you are interested in watching. So when trying to change something about yourself, it’s important to take all of these life factors into account. By working all the angles it will definitely help you increase your chances of success. Becoming a better version of yourself is something that most of us strive for. There is a lot of information out there and it can seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Being mindful of these four aspects can slowly help point you in the right direction.
How Does Hypnosis & Self-Hypnosis Fit In To This Equation?
Hypnotherapy can be a great way to help you take a few minutes to slow down! The process is very relaxing and introspective. It’s a great way to help release and reduce your stress. By taking time to slow yourself down, it gives you an opportunity to reflect on certain aspects of your life. Self-reflection is a great way to start catalyzing change. Most of what you do everyday is on “autopilot”. Taking the time to review and reflect on these habits can help you bring in different tools and resources to help reorient your current thinking. Changing your thinking will ultimately change your action.
Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy & Self-Hypnosis are very empowering and offer you invaluable tools to help you along in your daily life. If you are interested in learning more about the process please reach out and I’d be happy to help out.
If you have any questions, interested in trying out a session, or getting a personalized self-hypnosis recording made, please reach out and feel free to send me an e-mail.
Written By: Sebastian Di Cesare PhD, RCH - a research scientist & practicing Registered Hypnotherapist based in Vancouver, Canada.