A word on wellness:
I've noticed a thing I've been doing lately. Or rather, something I've been doing for quite a while, but I've only noticed it lately. I eat like absolute garbage during the workday IF I come to work unprepared and allow myself to get to an uncomfortable level of hunger - which is basically just the tiniest bit of hungry. It's absurd that I'm just now realizing this. Most of the time I bring leftovers for lunch or try to pick up something healthy on my way to work, but if this doesn't happen I will opt for a less than healthy lunch 100% of the time. I know this isn't a novel discovery. I'm sure many of you have this same experience. It's like my brain will be screaming "get a salad!" but some other part of me is like, "nothing sounds worse." Since I won't always be able to come to work prepared I would love to get a handle on this habit - STAT.
How am I going to do this? Mindfulness. Mindfulness is what I am going to use in an attempt to make better decisions about what I eat. I know this is quite the buzzword, but I promise it's not as involved as it sounds. Mindfulness in this instance means simply noticing the feeling of hunger and, rather than immediately going to get food, allowing myself to sit in the (MILD) discomfort long enough to get in tune with what I'm feeling physically, and emotionally in the moment. Basically, becoming aware. My hope is that by creating this space, and not just switching to autopilot - and shoving a grilled cheese sando in my face - I will have more control over how I react to the signals my body is giving me. The video below explains more about using mindfulness to break habits. Perhaps you have a habit you'd like to get control of? I invite you to give this a try with me. No judging ourselves, no being harsh critics. Just noticing and wondering what these actions are all about.
Something to watch:
This TEDTalk on Mindfulness explains more articulately what I'm trying to get at above.
Quotes to Love:
"I think I fall in love a little bit with anyone who shows me their soul. This world is so guarded and fearful. I appreciate rawness so much" - Emery Allen
Monthly wellness minute:
While standing up straight flex all of the muscles in your body: legs, stomach, arms etc. Imagine flexing everything upward, particularly your shoulders up toward your ears. Simultaneously scrunch your face. Eyes squeezed shut, nose scrunched as well and lips pursed. Then release everything at the same time, shoulders drop, face relaxes, hands rest at sides. Breathe a long, deep breath in/out and repeat. Is that a nice break from sitting tensely in your chair?
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