Stop thinking about making changes in your life, and start doing something about it.
Maybe your complaint is, “We rarely do anything as a family.” Pack up the children and head for the zoo. You can take four hours out to do something together. If one or two family members can’t go, take those who can.
If you say, “We never get together with friends,” call another family and meet them at the park with a bucket of fried chicken. It will take all of an hour to get everyone ready and pick up the chicken.
Need to move to a bigger or smaller house? Look at the real estate ads and go for a drive. Maybe stop at a few open houses. It’s a beginning.
Do you spend all your time working, cleaning, paying bills? Set a time — one o’clock, two o’clock — and at that hour no matter what, get out of the house. Go to a movie, go for a bike ride; go to a driving range.
If you’re having a family get-together and you think you do all the work, ask others to help out.
Dislike your messy garage each time you pull your car in? Take one hour today and start cleaning it. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in an hour.
Drink too much on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays? Decide how many drinks you’ll allow yourself and stick to your limit.
If you have frequently thought, “Jim and I should be out there walking,” go for it. Throw on those walking shoes and get moving. If Jim says no, go anyway. Maybe your teenager or neighbor will join you on your walk.
How many times have you said, “I’ve got to get back on track with my exercise program.?” This is the day. Dust off that treadmill or stationary bike and start your program the minute you finish reading this blog.
Sometimes the most difficult part of change is getting the courage up to start the process.
Posts by Doris Wild Helmering, LCSW., BCD
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