Learn How to Become Your Own Lifestyle Self Manager!
Your moment-by-moment choices up until now have shaped your present life. Your Moment-by-Moment Choices.pdf
Learn to become your own lifestyle trainer or coach. What do you need to be a healthy, happy camper? Learn to ask yourself: WHAT helps me stay on track? WHAT gets me off track? The more often you practice these skills, the more proficient you will become.
Your life imbalance will be transformed by achieving a greater BALANCE in mind, body and lifestyle. It is done by YOU. The way YOU do it is to go inside yourself.
Self nurturing is asking yourself, "How am I doing at this moment?", “How do I feel? What do I need? Do I need to ask others for help? Can I meet my needs myself? Do I need some ‘quiet time’ to think things over?” I’m worth the effort it takes!
What's the Process?
Be More Aware of Your Body and Emotions: Tune In, Take an Inner Journey
ü Let go of your external life. Release all your cares and worries. Give yourself some time and space.
ü Take a deep breath and go inside yourself into your inner life. Tune into your body and feelings.
Pause and ask yourself these questions:
2. Am I experiencing stress symptoms? Check out: On The Spot Stress Managers section for stress management techniques. Consider WHAT is creating a possible imbalance? Check out: Cultivating Balance in Your Life
3. If I'm not hungry, how can I fill empty feelings that are not hunger? What do I need right now?
4. Do I just need a between-meal snack?
5. Do I really want to splurge?
ü Look at yourself with courage, kindness, honesty and self-respect. Appreciate yourself!
ü Return to your external life and take any actions suggested by your journey within.
Every Day Remember What Your Personal Action Plan Is:
ü What ONE THING could you do that would have the biggest impact for your success? Perhaps, choose one of the following areas:
ü Remember what you feel good about? What worked well for you? What have you learned?
Try out new foods & recipes?
Arranged your food environment (grocery shop, set up kitchen, work, food bag) to support your success?
Keep a food log & discover patterns?
What ONE thing could you do that makes it more likely you will have a healthy food plan?
ü Physical Activity: Move with joy each day! Get physical with your family, use muscle power for transportation, challenge yourself. CELEBRATE every success, no matter how small! FIVE minutes of movement is 500 % better than nothing!
ü See Yourself In a More Positive Way. Say “GOSH, I’M GOOD!” No matter what. Accept yourself, imperfections and all. Ask yourself, “Are my thoughts powerful and positive?”
Enlist the support of others?
Take time for self nurturing & FUN!
© 2004, adapted with permission, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Health Education Services, Cultivating Health™ Weight Management Kit
Use The 30-Second Stop
This technique can almost instantly bring you to awareness and help you relax. It's a great tool for giving yourself a respite in the midst of a busy day.
Whatever you're doing, stop completely!
Freeze frame. The mind will also stop, and you will penetrate at rocket speed to your center.
For 30 seconds just be present with whatever is happening.
Are you breathing?
How is your body?
Where are you?
In the present?
In the past?
In the future?
Watch and observe, without judgment.
Then start moving again.....
Taken from Using Emotional Intelligence At Work by Lou Stagnitto
To learn the skill of going inside for your answers—taking time during the day—perhaps a couple of times (perhaps when you go to the rest room), just to STOP your activities and reflect on how the creation of your day is going.
It’s a gift to yourself when you choose to take time to meet your needs!
Abandon Annually. Janae Carver
For me, the key skill of diverting daily, withdrawing weekly, quitting quarterly, and abandoning annually (all of my normal responsibilities, other diversions, and problems in my life) has been the most valuable skill and daily practice that I have ever cultivated. This gift of introspection gives me wisdom and discernment about life's daily challenges and opportunities. See the Daily Check-In example below.
To learn about making lasting changes in your life, visit: Change? Who, Me? How?, Horse of Habit Story, and Patterns, Patterns, Everywhere! Not a Moment's Peace!
Daily Tune-Up Example
A METHOD or PATTERN for a DAILY TUNE-UP (to nurture structure and discipline). It might be done in the EVENING to see how the day went. Notice patterns, and nurture self-discipline and self-management to overcome limitations:
I followed this process in the 12-step programs. Working with another person and being accountable to them really helped me keep on track. I called them up every day and shared the UP's and DOWN'S of my lifestyle change journey. It took about 3 - 4 months to become really skilled at this process. I learned to INTERNALIZE the skill of self-management and rigorous honesty. This is an invaluable and priceless skill to develop!
I have found the key unhealthy pattern that prevents the USE of the above skill is a person's being over busy. If you sense that this is true for you, explore:
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