Are you numbing out the pain?

6 May 2016

Have you ever thought about why you do what you do?

Why do you reach for that 3pm biscuit. Why do you have the glass of wine every night? Even though go against your goals.

I believe it's because or 1 of 2 reasons. It could even be a mixture of both.

1 – Your numbing something out.

2 – It’s a habit.

Lets delve in to both of these. What is currently causing you pain? Not physically pain, but emotional pain. Examples of this could be – Your boss was disappointed with some work that you put a lot of effort in. Your not happy with how your clothes are currently fitting you, your family are misunderstanding you.

There’s so much more that I could put in to here. I identified for me it was something I have been struggling with for years. The pain was no longer at the forefront of my mind, but a deep rooted pain, that has been pushed aside. Why? Because its much easier doing that then dealing with it.

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Habit: Have you noticed any patterns to your cravings? In his book the power of habit Charles Duhigg realized that every day he was eating a cookie at 3pm. To break this he decided to do something different from 3pm – 3pm everyday to take his mind of the cookie.

1 day he went for a walk, another day he socialized with his colleagues. He realized that he wasn’t bothered by the lack of the cookie, but was in fact looking to socialize. So he stopped eating the cookie, and began to start socializing with his colleagues instead. And never looked back..

What habits have you created? Maybes it’s having a glass of wine after the kids have gone to bed? Rewarding yourself with a coffee and a muffin after training?

A great way to pick up on any habits that you may not of even realized your doing is to fill out a food diary and keep it for a week.

At the end of the week review your food diary and look for any repetition. These are your habits. Any healthy ones, keep going, but look for negative patterns.

  • What time are these happening?
  • Is there any triggers?

Now think about positive habits you can use to replace your negative habits with.

  • Walking around the block.
  • Swapping your daily wine, for a glass of sparkling water.
  • Have a protein shake after the gym instead of a coffee and muffin.

Creating wellness and health, is replacing small not to good habits, with positive replacements.

Keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will get there, I promise.

Share with a  friend, and keep each other accountable.

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