Healthy habits

Natalie Deering: Inviting healthy habits and making friends with the parts that stop you – User-generated content

Summary

We all have behaviors we were once doing pretty consistently before the pandemic, behaviors that were nourishing to our mind, body, and spirit but took a pause due to the potential dangers of the current moment and the stressors we were all facing.

Maybe these behaviors looked like going to the gym on a weekly basis, getting monthly massages, or meeting up with friends to catch up. Some people may have started staying up at night, eating foods and liquids that have very…….

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We all have behaviors we were once doing pretty consistently before the pandemic, behaviors that were nourishing to our mind, body, and spirit but took a pause due to the potential dangers of the current moment and the stressors we were all facing.

Maybe these behaviors looked like going to the gym on a weekly basis, getting monthly massages, or meeting up with friends to catch up. Some people may have started staying up at night, eating foods and liquids that have very little nourishment to our bodies, or staying inside on the couch instead of moving our bodies on a consistent basis.

Whatever your current behaviors may look like now, it is possible to invite healthy behaviors back into your daily routine.

Natalie Deering

It can be helpful when thinking about inviting in a new behavior to pause and notice what part of you keeps you from doing said behavior. We all have a part of us that says things like, “Don’t go for a walk, just stay here where it’s warm and cozy,” or, “You deserve to drink that soda, don’t worry about drinking water.” It’s very easy to get blended with these parts of us that mean well, but ultimately keep us from engaging in the healthy habits we wish to invite into our life.

So instead of trying to reject these parts or get frustrated with them, we turn towards them, recognize that this is a part of you (not all of you that feels this way), welcome it, and listen to what it has to say with compassion and curiosity. Let it know the meaning of why you are choosing to invite this healthy behavior into your life. This will help the part see the importance and seriousness of your intention with this action.

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel provide recommendations for inviting in healthy behaviors in their book, The Telomere Effect.

First, think of something you would like to invite into your life, something that is a healthy behavior either for your mind, body, or spirit. On a scale of 1-10 (1 meaning not ready and 10 being extremely ready), rate your readiness to make this change and invite in this behavior.

If you rank your readiness at a 6 or lower, go to the question below to explore what truly motivates you. Then, rate your readiness again. If your readiness score does not increase, then choose a different goal. Focus on one small behavior you feel ready to focus on now.

Second, ask yourself what things are most important to you in regards to your personal values. Try to tie your goal to your deepest priorities in life. An example would be “I want to begin walking because I want to be healthy and independent in my home for as long as possible”.

The tighter your connection between your goal and …….

Source: https://www.nkytribune.com/2021/11/natalie-deering-inviting-healthy-habits-and-making-friends-with-the-parts-that-stop-you/