When it comes to your journey to good health, we’ve got some news for you: it will always be full of barriers that hold you back. Unfortunately, that part is inevitable.

Imagine that you’ve picked the kids up from school on a Friday afternoon. It’s the end of a long week, you’re exhausted, unmotivated, and suddenly you get that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach: you’ve got nothing to cook for dinner. You scratch your head thinking of the leftovers in the back of the fridge and ask yourself how long they’ve been there and whether they’re still safe to eat or whether the whole family will end up with food poisoning.

So it seems you’ve got two options: pull into Woolies on the way home and pick something up, or swing by Dominos and be on the couch with a glass of wine with happy, well-fed children within the next half hour… And let’s be honest: it takes a strong woman to go for option 1.

We face barriers and situations like this every single day with different paths to take. And, just like the healthy, nutritious dinner vs. the easy, delicious pizza – you might not always take the best path for good health. But guess what – that’s okay! Good health is all about finding a balance. Just imagine a life without Pizza – we can’t!

But, the last thing you want to feel is regret. Barriers are something we face every single day. Whether it be a cup of tiredness, a teaspoon of anxiety or a pinch of self-doubt, these can be the ingredients that lead you off track and derail you for good.

overcome the barriers that hold you back

So, to help you avoid that horrible sense of guilt and regret, here are our top 4 tips for overcoming the barriers that are holding you back from good health:

Stop and reflect. 

Take a moment, step back and just observe what’s blocking you. Maybe you’re having a thought like “why bother” or “I’ll do it later.” Maybe it’s something physical that’s holding you back – like hitting the snooze button or your sudden need for sugar at 3pm.

Re-focus your attention.

The trick to blocking out these unhelpful thoughts and feelings? Re-focus on the consequences of doing, or not doing, and how you will feel afterwards.

For example: how will you feel later if you give into these barriers? If you give into your sugar cravings and eat the cake leftover in the office tearoom, how will that make you feel? Will you feel deflated? Like a failure? Angry with yourself? Will it increase your risk of giving up on your health goals completely?

On the flip side, how will you feel later if you move past these barriers and stay on track with your health today? Will you feel proud? Satisfied? As though you’ve accomplished something? And will it increase your confidence to continue to complete your goals moving forward?

Remember that thoughts are temporary.

Barriers – whether mental or physical – are always temporary. Negative thoughts and feelings have a short shelf-life, and are experienced purely in the moment. They come and go. Ask yourself what you’d rather feel at the end of the day: success or regret. The choice is then up to you.

Plan ahead.

To make your journey to good health smoother – think ahead. What potential barriers might pop up today? Think about the strategies outlined above and be ready to use them when the wheels start to wobble.

Think about your WHY.

The ultimate key to staying on track and overcoming barriers is focussing on your WHY – that deep, emotional reason of why you really want to change. In those moments when you’re wheels start to wobble, remind yourself why you are doing this and what you’ll achieve if you overcome the obstacle in front of you and stay on track.

And, if you need more support and coaching in those moments of weakness, download the LifeBuddi app for iOS. With health coaching podcasts, personalised nudges and tailored 7-day action plans, LifeBuddi can help you tackle those barriers that are preventing you from achieving your goals of good health.

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