Dr Emma had an experience a few years ago where she would find herself saying “ah it’s a tough life” or “I’m going on holiday, it’s a tough life” but actually when she really thought about it, it wasn’t a tough life so now she has altered her way of talking to “I’m going on holiday isn’t that great!” and to spin that takes discipline to train and change the mind like that.
Dr Emma has found herself exercising her discipline muscle while doing her pilates ‘Fantastic 5’ exercise challenge this week. She has been really good 90% of the time but walked her wonderful pooch Kimba last night and forgot all about it. Dr Emma explains that instead of putting herself down for forgetting to do her exercises, she instead thinks, “today is a new day and those habits can start right back up”. This is a great reminder that if you have habits you are trying to develop, rather than creating negative self talk if you fall off the wagon, instead thank yourself for remembering the importance of the habit, enjoy the experience that you had (ie. for Emma it was walking Kimba, for others it may be enjoying that glass of wine or that chocolate after dinner) and then pick up the habit from day 1 tomorrow. Change takes time, it is important to love and be patient with yourself to create healthy and happy habits.