Healthy Habits or 19 Ways I Show My Love For Myself
Some people know they want to change but don’t know where to start, so I thought it would be appropriate to follow-up on the reminders and triggers posts with some possible changes people may be interested in.
Many years ago, I put together a general list of Healthy Habits. Recently, I’ve been creating a list of the ones I have mastered and determining my current intentions for remembering to use new healthy habits.
The First Intentions I Mastered
1. Breathing Deeply Often
- Before sleep (Thinking in when I breathe in and out when I breathe out- for more information, click here.)
- Every time I step outside. (Inconsistent)
- Every time I see a flower. I stop to smell it whenever possible.
- When I have a headache coming on. (Alternate nostril breathing.)
- Smiling and inhaling deeply with gratitude every time I open food containers, and spices, while cooking and before I eat.
2. Looking for the lessons in the challenges and the messages in “coincidences.” I ask myself: What am I supposed to learn from this? Is this situation giving me an opportunity to practice a virtue, something I am currently working on or am being shown something I should be working on? (This came after adoption all my spiritual beliefs.)
3. Drinking enough water. (I heard half your body weight in ounces is recommended.) I start the day off with a full glass.
4. Adopted the new mental process of ‘not dwelling on what I can’t control or change.’
5. Laughing and Smiling: Between my cats, my choices of entertainment and my sense of humor, this is easy!
6. Being aware of the environmental impact of the packaging, and reading the labels on every product I buy and considering where it came from, how far it came from, who was responsible for getting it to me, and what is in it. (There is actially a lot more I do compulsively to show my love for the planet, as well as my love for myself.)
7. Shopping/spending with my values.
8. Thinking, feeling and expressing gratitude!
- Brushing Teeth
- Before I leave in my car.
9. Sending out mental blessings/prayers for others who cross my line of vision, and for people currently in my life and people in my past , when triggered. (For me, this has become what I consider a positive obsession.)
10. Verbally appreciating and validating people I come in contact with. (Being a light!)
11. Looking for signs of beauty and abundance leading to almost constant awareness of the beauty and abundance in my life.
12. Being gentle with myself everyday, as I continue to change, grow and learn my purpose.
13. Making time to feed my soul. (Failing to do so may, and did, cause mood disorders and/or physical dis-comfort or dis-order.)
14. Being my own advocate; standing up for myself, expressing my needs and my truths.
15. Spending time with those things and people that uplift and support my journey.
16. (Retraining, then) Maintaining a normal at-rest mouth position so I don’t clench my teeth anymore.
17. Referring to Louise Hay to interpret my body’s messages when I can’t.
Interrupting thoughts of worry and replacing them with thoughts and feelings for the outcome I desire, and/or the following mantras, depending on the type of thought:
- Everything happens in Divine right time and Divine right order
- Everything happens for a reason.
- Everything is revealed to me in Divine right time and Divine right order
- I am safe and protected at all times and in all ways.
- I always have access to everything I need.
Inconsistent – Continue to Require Reminders
There is currently only one thing I recognize the need to recommit to. (If I think of others, I’ll update you.)
This was consistent when my pain was consistent. Since the pain stopped the natural triggers stopped, so there was nothing to trigger me to remember. Pain is an obvious and natural trigger. Unfortunately, many people ignore and try to suppress pain instead of trying to interpret the body’s message, even if it is to just take some time to pay attention to its’ needs.
So, I’m recommitting to stretching:
- Before bed
- Inverting once a day
- Kitchen ballet and weight lifting -this is how I maximize preparation and waiting time.
I hope you got some ideas and are ready to commit to showing yourself love with any one or more of the habits that work for me. If I recognize any more, I’ll let you know.
Please let me know if you need any assistance or want to share your Healthy Habits.
May You Perceive and Receive All Your Blessings.