Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I read a blog today: BLUE42DOWN, wrote about avoiding the absolutes in our thinking like: "ALWAYS" and "NEVER" to assist in gaining control over binge eating.
This blog made me realise that I do tend to use these unhelpful ways of thinking sometimes as it applies to my health and fitness.
Such as: "I never get out of bed on Sunday before 10 am" Or "I never eat just one chocolate" or "I always quit the gym when I get busy with work" or "I always drink alcohol at exhibition openings"!
Then I remembered that I quit smoking like this:
Every time I encountered any situation where I habitually thought "I can never get through this without a cigarette", or "I always smoke when..." I challenged myself to wait and breath and observe myself.
The craving passed and I got to show myself that never and always are pretty much abstract concepts when applied to our human brains.
I just remembered this quote:
"Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature."
I am also aware that I could also choose to smoke again anytime, so I can't think to myself: "I never smoke". I must be a little proactive with my healthy habits.
It is the same with running, it is too easy to slip down that slippery slope to sloth and so I regularly schedule a run, and it strengthens the habit of fitness and choosing healthful action in response to stress.
Yes, you do have the power to change any habit or way of being.
Be gentle on yourself today and keep on Sparking to your goals!