This is another guest post from Jen, my really awesome semi-regular guest poster.
Jen believes that eating well shouldn’t be stressful and loves coming up with easy recipes, making food choices that make her feel good, and learning about healthy living.
I wanted to share with you this quote I read, from Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins:
“…ten days of small actions in the directions of your goals will begin to create a chain of habits that will ensure your long-term success.”
Surely, I thought, I can commit to doing a small group of things for only 10 days.
I hadn’t truly exercised in an unfortunately long time. I skip days of taking vitamins. I also always plan to start meditating, but I never consistently do. So this was my plan:
1. walk every day
2. meditate at least 10 minutes a day
3. take all of my vitamins/supplements every day
Confession: I wanted to write a hopefully helpful post with tips on how to commit to new habits for 10 days. But guess what? I didn’t even make the full 10 days myself. How did my motivation fizzle out so fast?
If you have done something like this, too, does it mean you have totally failed?
No, I don’t think so. I did some things differently this week for the first time in quite a while, and I’m counting that as a success.
You may be thinking, Taking a walk is no big feat! 10 minutes of meditating is nothing! How can you not accomplish that?
Yet I’m sure some of you understand that you can reach a point where you know you need to make so many changes that even small things seem overwhelming!
When I look at the excuses I’ve been using, they don’t really hold up. I can’t spare 10 minutes to meditate on any day, really?
Is my mental and physical health not more important than reading a few more pages for class, or just plain sitting around?
Out of the 6 days from last Monday through Sunday, I skipped one walk, skipped one meditation, and skipped the vitamins only one day. That’s better than nothing.
When you want to make something a regular part of your life, I think starting small is the best way to go.
Here are some of my thoughts on starting to commit to positive new habits:
1. Food is always at the forefront of my mind, but diet is not the be-all, end-all
Honestly, at this point, I think diet alone is not what’s holding me back from the clearest skin possible.
Do you tend to neglect other lifestyle aspects that could use some attention, like me?
I started thinking about some non-food related changes to consider, that relate to mental health and stress relief. These are more ideas for habits I also want to incorporate!
- a goal of drinking more water.
- reading something positive every day.
- making a mental note to a think of a certain meaningful affirmation. throughout the day.
- starting the day with easy yoga.
(P.S. I bought the book Slim Calm Sexy Yoga by Tara Stiles, and I intend to utilize it more! I think it’s useful especially if you don’t have easy access to do a yoga DVD or have done yoga but are lost when it comes to doing it on your own. Good pictures of easy-to-follow series of poses, including one for “Clear Skin.”)
2. What are some activities that are flexible enough where you could fit them in at different times of the day?
I think these are the most realistic for goals.
Even if I stay up 10 minutes later to meditate before bed, even if on certain days I swallow my vitamins before bed instead of with food, at least I did it. (Just before sleep is supposed to be a good time to meditate, anyway.)
3. If you can enlist someone to join you in some of your new habits, that’s great
My boyfriend was able to come along on a walk all but one of those days.
But can you guess what happened on that one day? It was the day I skipped walking!
I realized that I shouldn’t be that dependent on him.
4. I’m not giving up on the 10 days thing
I’m starting over. Today is day one! I still want to see what can happen if I really stick to some things.
What small actions toward your health goals will you commit to making?