How many times have you committed to something only to have it go by the wayside in a week or two? I know I have been challenged by this! Sustainability is the cornerstone of lasting change. This week's Trauma Bytes delves into the vital concept of sustainability and how it's the linchpin for maintaining positive transformations and healing.
Sustainability is a bit of a buzzword, but the truth is it's the secret to lasting change. If you can master how to create sustainability, you set yourself up for truly being the creator of your own destiny for the rest of your life. Sustainability isn't just about maintaining changes in one area; it's about creating lasting transformations across your entire physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
In this edition of Trauma Bytes, we'll explore:
1. What Hinders Sustainability;
2. Holistic Well-Being; and
3. Beginning Tools for the long haul.
1. Why maintaining change is often more challenging than initiating it, and how to overcome this hurdle.
When we decide we are going to make a change to improve our lives, whether it's physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, we might find that it is a 'should' that gives us the forward momentum. For example, 'I should exercise more'. However, it usually doesn't take very long for us to fall back into our habitual patterns, and any attempt at sustaining these changes becomes a formidable task.
Healing Movement: Learn more about how you let the old pattern back in. Sit quietly and ask yourself supportive and inquiring questions (not judgmental ones) like;
- How does going back to the old habit support me?
- What would it take in this moment to take a step toward the change I want to make?
- What sensation am I noticing in my body right now?
Take note of what you find out. Awareness is key to any change process and any hindrance to making it sustainable.
2. How sustainability applies to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and why it's crucial for overall health.
Holistic well-being encompasses the interconnectedness of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, recognizing that these facets of our lives are deeply intertwined.
Sustainability is a fundamental principle that spans the realms of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, and its significance cannot be overstated for overall health. Just as a well-structured building requires a solid foundation, so too do all areas of your well-being. Whether it's maintaining a consistent exercise routine for physical health, nurturing positive thought patterns for mental well-being, or fostering emotional resilience in the face of challenges, sustainability ensures that the progress you make isn't a fleeting spark but a steady flame that illuminates your path to lasting vitality and equilibrium.
Holistic well-being is achieved when sustainability is applied to each dimension of health. Sustainability ensures that positive changes made in one area are not isolated but contribute to a comprehensive state of well-being. By addressing all four aspects, you can experience a more balanced and connected sense of health and fulfilment.
3. Practical techniques for making sustainable changes in your life, ensuring that the progress you've worked so hard to achieve endures.
Sustainability in well-being is, at its core, an acknowledgment that your healing journey is not a destination but is part of an ongoing journey. It's about embracing the understanding that lasting change doesn't happen overnight but is woven into the fabric of your daily life.
Here are a few practical techniques to get you started:
- Choose one thing to change at a time, and when that change is like
second nature move to the next;
- Make sure what you are implementing is realistic and doable;
- Take time to check in with yourself and see how the change is making you feel,
- Be on the lookout for the old pattern wanting to come back in.
"It's the little things you do every day that creates your health and wellbeing." Dr. Robert Svoboda
To achieve the most success in making a sustainable change, you need to cultivate practices that seamlessly integrate into your routine. These practices should not be burdensome or demanding but rather empowering and enriching.
As you explore the landscape of sustainability, remember that it's the bridge between where you are now and where you want to be.
Ready to make lasting changes in your well-being? Join our Transformative Alchemy Weekly Support Classes, where we delve deeper into the concept of sustainability and provide you with the tools and community support needed to maintain positive transformations in your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. It's an opportunity to create sustainable, thriving, and holistic well-being that stands the test of time.