So we are heading into week 2 of 2013, can you believe it?! If you made health resolutions how are they coming along? I found a really great article on Psych Central that gives these great tips on mindfulness to make those new year’s intentions stick:
- Expect to stray – This is just a fact of life that sometimes we refuse to own up to. We’ll almost always wander with the goals we make. Maybe we commit to exercise and then we get sick or we set a path for meditation and our minds get caught up in daily busy-ness while days go by without practice. One scenario or another of your behavior wandering is going to happen, so now step #2.
- Don’t Judge – Your behavior wandering is not a good or bad thing, it’s just the natural course of someone trying to make a change. Simply notice that you’ve wandered and where you wandered to so you can burn it into your memory and notice it sooner the next time. If judgments do arise, “I can never do this or what was I thinking,” simply note them just like you noted your wandering behavior and move to step #3.
- Refocus – Gently bring yourself back to the plan you had created or see if it needs revisions.
As you can read, it’s is simply about accepting that you are human while trying to improve. Pass it along!