A few weeks ago I wrote about rekindling my practice of meditation after taking many years off in my post “Why do we stop doing things that are good for us?“.
Despite wanting to develop a regular mindfulness meditation habit, it has NOT been easy. As a working mom I told myself there wasn’t enough time, it was not the “right time,” or that I was too tired. Other days there was no excuse and I just simply did not want to do it.
Sound familiar? All of us struggle at times to put healthy habits into place despite “wanting” to make a change. Here are some common examples we see with clients in our practice:
- Wanting to make healthy food choices but loading up the pantry with plenty of hard to manage foods that often get consumed mindlessly after a stressful day.
- Wanting to overcome an eating disorder but skipping meals because of failing to pack food and using the excuse that there were no “safe” foods to buy.
- Wanting to improve your diabetes control, cholesterol levels or blood pressure but failing to plan meals and instead grabbing a less than ideal convenience food instead.
Be real and honest with what the true challenge is. It is not about having a shortage of time. We all make time for things we choose to do. The key for creating a healthy habit is starting small and repeating. Some days I only do 5 minutes of meditation because that is all that I can manage. Some is better than none. What are you waiting for? What small thing can you do every day to improve your health?