Three and a half (3 ½) years ago, I started sharing a very personal journey of how I have struggled with my weight and the effects that it had on my self-esteem, ability to feel comfortable in social situations, and the impact it had on my daily thoughts. If you have not been in this situation, it may be hard for you to understand, be compassionate or even supportive to family and friends who suffer. Don’t get me wrong, I have a loving family and wonderful friends, but not feeling even 80% comfortable in your own skin isn’t something that you want to dwell on each day or make a habit of continually sharing with others. You just want it to go away and be freed of this “cloud” hanging over your head.
At the age of 54, you would have thought that I could have figured it out, but I had not. I searched for different solutions. Some worked in small ways, but for reasons unknown to me, it was just that temporary. Did you know?
“According to the National Science Foundation, an average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are repetitive thoughts. If we repeat those negative thoughts, we think negative way more than we think positive thoughts.”
Do you wake-up and begin negative self-talk? Do you start with “shoulding” yourself – I should have done this that and the other? go #positivity - I would love to send you 30 days of Alison & Co. quote cards – just text “hope” to 770-629-9529.
Let me share 9 personal tips to help you crawl out of that dark place and see some sunshine.
- Create an environment that helps to design the life you want.
- Send three messages of gratitude each day. You cannot be negative when you are in gratitude – learned that from @tonyrobbins.
- Spend time with family and friends who support your goals and are not looking for ways to push you down. Share constructive feedback and hold each other accountable. You must ask for help when you need to overcome obstacles and sustain motivation.
- Stock your kitchen with whole foods and convenient nutrition products. Prepare healthy meals and snacks instead of routinely eating restaurant dishes high in calories, salt, and sugar.
- Exercise daily – non-negotiable. You may have to sleep in your gym clothes to get yourself moving. Walking is a great way to start!
- Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and neat/clean. It is a sacred place and you should treat it as such. No laundry baskets, no papers – you do not want to wake up to your unfinished “to dos”.
- Listen to books on tape, uplifting music, and positive short videos that you enjoy or inspire positive thoughts.
- Organize your workspace to increase productivity. Eliminate clutter. Arrange your chair and desk to encourage correct posture and efficient movements.
- Send useful reminders and program your phone to let you know when it is time to take a break.
So today, take control of your own environment. You can make it easier to develop healthy habits and stick to them. Promising you today that by taking these actions to improve your state of mind, your health, and controlling your environment, you will attract and be surrounded by positivity!
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