Yesterday we identified three things(or more) that we struggle with. Today we will talk about some of the ways that you can start overcoming the struggles that rule you.
I will use myself as an example here. Yesterday I shared that three things (and believe me there are many more) that I struggle with are PROCRASTINATION, TIME MANAGEMENT and COMFORT(STRESS) EATING.
First you need to decide how serious you are about overcoming your challenge and make a commitment to yourself that you are going to work on this for YOU.
We will use the example of comfort(stress) eating (one of my struggles). Last year I DECIDED that enough was enough. I knew food would not make anything better and as a matter of fact it had made things worse. I had gained weight and felt bad about myself on top of the other reasons I found myself comfort(stress) eating.
So I made the decision I would stop this behavior and I have for the most part. I still find myself reaching for the ice cream or wanting a bowl of pasta when things are very stressful but now I am aware of every time this happens.
I started by writing down when I felt like eating and recorded what was going on until I started to see the pattern..that EVERY TIME I felt overwhelmed I wanted something to eat.
I had to replace this habit so for a while every time I felt that urge I would do something else instead. I would write about it. I would write about how hard it was and how I wanted to give up too. I also wrote about my victories. I found that at the end of last year I was very rarely stress eating (and when I did I was aware of what I was doing which made it even harder to do it) AND I had lost 40 pounds.
This year I am working on Time Management and Procrastination (both of which relate to each other in my life). The process will be the same. I will write down every time it happens, determine what is going on, record how I feel when I overcome (which has been different than eating) sometimes when I wrote about how I wasn't eating but wanted to I felt angry or somehow cheated out of my craving..but when I write about not caving into procrastionation I feel WONDERFUL!
SO...your prompt today is to write down what you will do this year to help you overcome something you are struggling with.
Wednesday we will have a FUN prompt. See you then.
Have a terrific day!