All of us lovely human beings are creatures of habit. We tend to do the same things, at the same times, in the same ways. It’s comfortable. We just like things the way we like them and there’s nothing wrong with that …. UNLESS those habits are making us worse.
I get up around 5:30 every morning. I’m an early bird. Always have been always will be. No point in trying to change that. I get out of bed and start my morning routine:
feed the dogs
take a bath
read part of a book
read part of a magazine
put on make-up
put the dogs in their pen
make my morning tea
feed the stray cats (who know what time to show up)
go to work
get home from work (9 1/2 hours later)
change into comfy clothes
get stuff done around the house
It’s pretty much the same every week day unless we have somewhere to go or an emergency happens.
Buuuuuuuuuuut … during my watching TV time, I used to snack and drink. Just because I wanted to.
I wasn’t hungry. I didn’t need food and sure didn’t need wine or a beer. I just did it out of habit. It was a behavior I taught myself and I started to associate eating with watching TV only to be angry at myself later for doing it (especially when I stepped on the scale).
Then I remembered what my dear friend Drew (That Anxiety Guy) taught me about being uncomfortable.
That “Uncomfortable will not kill you”.
It was a light bulb moment for sure. I started to recognized that my association habit of mindless eating in front of the TV was just that …. a habit … and mindless … andI knew if I just became okay with the uncomfortable feeling of changing that habit, feeling my cravings, but not giving in to them ... then I could overcome it.Click To Tweet
So far it’s working.
It’s not easy for sure, but it does get easier every day. When your mind is trying to convince you that you need that bag of Chex Mix in the cabinet to make you feel better or that you deserve it, because you’ve had a bad day, it’s really hard to not give in. But I know that giving in will just make me feel worse in the long run. So I recognize that my craving is just an uncomfortable feeling. It won’t kill me and it will pass.
What association habit or craving could you overcome just by learning to accept being uncomfortable?
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