As I write this, I am at the 2016 Nutrition and Health Conference in Denver, Colorado. The conference is great and I am learning a lot; I can’t wait to bring you the key points I’ve learned as well as strategies on how to apply them to your life.
My last post addressed the need to take a breath every day. If you missed it, you can find it here. I always get questions as to where I find the discipline to practice the daily wellness actions I take. Well, I have a small and simple trick that might come in handy for you that I was reminded of while eating here at the conference.
I see my day, week, and overall my time, as the empty plate one carries up to a buffet line. When I get to the buffet, my plate is empty. I usually walk up and down the buffet table before I get in the line and check out everything that is being offered. I make a mental note of what is healthy and what is unhealthy. I then get in line and proceed to fill up as much of my plate with the healthy offerings. I usually get my plate 90% filled and only have room for a bit of the unhealthy food. A perfect balance.
I approach my day and week in the same way. I look at everything that I have been spending my time on and I start making choices. What’s the GOOD stuff I want more of? My meditations always go in…That reduces the 24 hours and 7 days we all have available. Sleep goes in. Quality time with my family goes in (3 hour nature hikes on Saturdays, big meals on Sundays). Work goes in. Little by little, as I schedule the GOOD stuff into my agenda, my time is reduced until there’s little to no time left. This leaves me with less opportunities of being sucked into unhealthy activities. I just have too much GOOD stuff going on, I can’t even make room for the unhealthy stuff!
What can YOU do TODAY?
- Make a list of the GOOD stuff you want more of in your life
- Start scheduling it into your life. Start with tomorrow (yes, tomorrow). What GOOD stuff can you get in? Now look at your next week. Really schedule some of the GOOD stuff in. Make plans to have dinner with your family. Make plans to go on a hike in nature. Which nights can you be in bed by 10pm?
- TRUST that if you take control of your time in this way, by identifying the GOOD stuff you want more of and actually scheduling it in, you’ll be able to ignore the not so great, unhealthy activities you do mindlessly.
I hope this is of service to you! Let me know how it goes; I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below. If you enjoyed this post, share it with your friends and family!
Lots of love,