Hi there awesomeness! Do you suffer from not spending enough time making your body happy? If so, you are not (at all) alone! I feel you, and so many others too. As I mentioned in the previous journal entry, physical health can impact our mental health, so it's important to keep track of both! Lately I've been finding routines to be my key to resolving my lack of physical health balance, maybe it will be yours too!
Particularly with managing my fitness, routines have been essential. It's interesting how we often deal with things in life that are not visible or tangible to us, but still affect us. The same can be said for routines: a cycle of activities we do day to day, week to week, or month to month, that secretly and invisibly help transform our bodies to something new!
The secret to routines lie in how and when you do it. So many articles online have helped me think of new routines to do, but not many address the secret to making a routine work in your life long term.
Here's my tips and tricks to help you find physical health through routine:
First, every routine I started that lasted had a trigger: something that reminded me to start the routine. The best triggers were those I didn't need any technology or app for: natural triggers. For example, when my stomach gargles, its a trigger that its time to eat soon. When the sun goes down, its a trigger than I may need to go to bed soon (if I'm working a day shift). If I hear the shower running while I'm in the bathroom, I know it's time to take a shower! Routine-triggers allow us to associate other life events with our valued routine to strength its importance in our mind, and as a result make it easy to do!
Second, when approaching a routine, I like to give myself the measurable reward of visualizing progress! Sometimes I write a tally on a sheet of paper, or record dates on a spreadsheet on my computer. No matter how it's done, the reason why I reward myself this way instead of a physical reward (like ice cream on Thursdays!) is because typically the "reward" I'm looking for is "to break routine". For example, if I'm exercising, I would love for my reward to spend an entire day playing video-games in my bed barely ever standing. When I've rewarded myself in these ways, it's only resulted in a decreased motivation to keep going. Rewarding yourself with visualized progress (or stats) not only helps you keep track of how you're doing, but increases motivation and makes you feel good!
*of course this method of reward is not for everyone, but if you never tried it before, give it a shot!
Third, no routine will last forever. Routines have a life cycle:
Initiate (start the routine and experiment with how to incorporate it into your life).
Execute (do your new routine, take notes, and make changes as needed).
Monitor (continue your routine, now with tracking).
Close (once your routine is a habit, its time to loosen up the reigns and focus on new things).
Celebrate (enjoy the benefits of your new habit, such as having more energy in the day, feeling physically better, and more!).
When you finish making a new routine, I'd love to hear your tips and tricks about it! Feel free to leave a comment down below with your experiences!
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