Which is the Hardest to do?
Do you think it’s easier to create a new habit or break an old one???
That can be a tough thing to answer, I know. But really think about it today and see what comes up for you.
The thing is, the thought of breaking a habit seems difficult and uncomfortable. We put it off and put it off, and sometimes never get around to it.
Starting a new habit can be exciting, filled with hope and newness.
See the difference? Sometimes a shift in perspective and way of thinking is all we need to tackle that hurdle that’s been holding us back.
Walk Without Your Phone
When’s the last time you disconnected from your phone for a bit?
It can feel like an impossibility — what if someone needs you? What if you get an important phone call? They’re all valid questions, but the answer is — life will go on, and you’ll find out soon enough. You likely don’t even know what it feels like to not have your phone within reach if you’re anything like me. It’s become such an integrated part of our lives that we don’t even consider going without it.
Starting to break the invisible chain between you and your phone can feel awkward, uneasy and uncomfortable at first… but the rewards are amazing.
Start small today by taking a walk outside without your phone. Notice how you feel, how you notice things differently, and what your mind is thinking about.
Come back and let me know how it went, I want to know!
Don’t Tempt Yourself
You know yourself better than anyone. You know what tempts you, what you struggle with most, what you NEED the most, and how to achieve all you hope to accomplish. It’s already inside of you, and you have this profound wisdom already.
Think about your biggest struggle when it comes to your health.
You know what tempts you to fall into this trap. How can you alleviate this temptation to avoid giving in to your struggle?
Peace and Quiet
It’s essential to take a few minutes out of our day to sit and be with ourselves and our thoughts, so we can learn the challenging art of quieting the mind. If we never slow down, we will certainly never get to that point.
Meditation doesn’t have to be for the pros; you can do it yourself with just an app on your phone and ten minutes a day. Fitting it into your morning or night routine does not take much effort, and the reward will be worth it. Download an app onto your phone such as Headspace or Calm and give it a try.
Do You Own It?
Whatever situation you’re in right now — whole and happy, or journeying through a tough time — are you looking at it with a proactive mindset about how to continue?
If you’re struggling, have you brainstormed ways to get yourself out of the quicksand? Do you know what step to take first, and the subsequent steps that come afterward? A plan of action takes an immense amount of stress off of your shoulders, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Evaluate what is and isn’t working in your life and what the next steps are. Your happiness is important and is a crucial part of your overall health.
I Dare You
In our culture, we do most of our connecting via the internet. Our phones are in our hands more often than not, and it’s become quite a habit that’s hard to break free from. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though — and all it takes is a bit of mindfulness to re-learn in-person connection.
Start by leaving your phone in another room during meal times this week — even if you are eating alone. See what comes up when you’re left alone with your thoughts, and better yet, feel how great it feels to truly connect with the person sitting in front of you, distraction-free. Are you up for the challenge?
Explore Throughout Your Day
At times, monotony can seep into our everyday lives if we let it. Our schedule is on repeat, week after week, and as we go through the motions, we see our days and weeks slip right through our fingers unknowingly. One of the main reasons for this is we mindlessly go through the motions. We go on autopilot when we’re so used to our schedule, our work, our commute home.
Give something new a try. Go about your days this week as if you are a stranger in your hometown, a visitor on vacation. See how you seek out new experiences, soak up the surroundings differently, and see how different it makes you feel. Adventures are in our everyday details if we let them be.
Your Health Bank Account
Have you ever thought of your health as a bank account?
This thought process brought so much insight to me, so I wanted to share it with you. Think of each decision you make either being a deposit or a withdrawal from your “health bank account.”
Powerful, right? Of course, don’t obsess over this, but try to incorporate this method of thinking into your life as much as possible. Our small daily decisions are what adds up to our overall health, so it makes perfect sense to look at each of these decisions we make with a positive or negative effect.
Do you make more deposits or withdrawals?
Think About It
Have you stopped to reflect on an experience that caused you frustration or pain lately, addressing these feelings with compassion?
This isn’t always our first instinct, for sure.
Go ahead and give it a try.
Think about the most recent time someone hurt you. Dig a little deeper into your thoughts and see where you can address this pain with compassion. Can you see where they were coming from, as they were acting in pain and lashing out? Can you understand how this transpired? Take this opportunity to free yourself from this hurt by understanding through compassion, and forgiving fully.
Savor the Small Stuff
This is certainly not standard practice, so it’s something that requires extreme mindfulness. We wake up in the morning already wishing for 5pm — we pass by the tiny moments in our day with great speed. Our culture doesn’t naturally gravitate toward slowness, so it’s something we have to consciously work at.
Focus today on savoring small moments that would typically pass by unnoticed. Find each moment to pause and soak in the feelings, sounds, smells. Look up at the sky instead of down at your phone. Try it just for today and see how it feels — I promise you’ll want to continue.