An up-and-coming topic within the wellness world, is that of mindfulness. Perhaps, not something one might think of initially when discussing health. Mindfulness allows us to intentionally live in the present moment. It allows for a pause from a busy workday, a hectic household, a spiral of negative thoughts, and from choosing the apple over the cupcake. Being mindful and aware helps us to identify what might trigger us to reach for unhealthy food during stressful situations. It brings to light, habits that may need rewiring. It allows us to be kind to ourselves, even if just for a few moments.
Try to find more ways to be mindful throughout your day. Woke up late because your alarm didn’t go off? Pause and be thankful for having a job. Had a disagreement with your spouse? Pause to think of reasons why you appreciate them. Feeling discouraged because you weren’t able to exercise in the morning, as you planned? Mindfully decide to take a short walk to feel better, instead of reaching for the ice cream.
It is small moments, like these, where you consciously decide to have a positive outlook, that begin to make a big difference over time. It is ok to be upset, frustrated, and discouraged. The important thing is, that emotion is realized and the response is positive (i.e., going for a walk, writing down things you are grateful for, choosing a healthy food, etc.), rather than negative and harmful.
Love yourself and love others. Be well!