How to Restart Your Healthy Habits After Losing a Loved One

by | Aug 7, 2017

Losing a parent is one of the toughest things you can go through in life. Getting yourself back on track can feel impossible for a long time.

Bonnie was just getting her healthstyle together when her mom passed away. She was eating right, cut way back on sugar and was enjoying regular trips to the gym.

Although she was able to maintain her healthy eating habits, her exercise routine has been completely derailed. The idea of feeling strong and looking fit no longer motivates her, and her mental state almost a year later makes it hard for her to bring herself to even put on her sneakers.

Bonnie yearns to get back into the gym knowing that it would help her sleep better, relieve stress and make her feel like her old self again, but cannot figure out how to rekindle the habit.

Reframing some of Bonnie’s limiting beliefs and coming up with an idea for a new approach to exercise enables Bonnie to shift her perspective, inspiring her to get moving once again.

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Related links:

Self Compassion, by Kristen Neff

Too Tired to Maintain Your Healthy Habits? What to Do When You Are Not Sleeping Well

Home Court Habits

Mindset, by Carol Dweck

No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness, by Michelle Segar

Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl

Radical Acceptance, by Tara Brach

 

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2 Responses to “How to Restart Your Healthy Habits After Losing a Loved One”

  1. Paulina says:

    The timing of this post is so right for me – just lost my dad at the end of June, which inspired a whole upheaval of my habits and lifestyle, including a pending out of state move. What was once a rock solid healthy lifestyle crumbled away in the time since. It’s amazing how fragile a daily routine can be, and how tricky it is to rebuild or build a new one. This is so helpful! Thank you for this.

  2. Ian says:

    We have no appetite when we lose someone we love but they would also be sad if they know we are not moving on…so we’ll just take care of ourselves..

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