It’s that time of year again, everyone is making resolutions! I have one for you, and it’s kind of surprising, but yes, it will help you feel better. And it’s not really a resolution, it’s actually a skill to work on.
This is something that I have been working on for a few years after reading a lot of studies on the mind body connection. You see, your brain believes the things you tell it. So, I have tried really hard to watch the language I use in my self talk (and out loud talk too). Here it is: stop saying you are sick and/or tired of things.
Sound crazy? It’s not. Unless you enjoy feeling sick and tired, then by all means, keep on keeping on. But I don’t like feeling that way, and I have noticed an up swing in my energy level since I have been working on this skill.
Here’s an example from my life. I have a hard time meal planning what to eat each and every day, three meals a day, for myself and my husband. It would be simple if it was just me, but trying to plan healthy meals that we both like and can both eat is hard. I would catch myself saying “I’m so tired of meal planning” or, “I’m so sick of cooking all the time” and the like. Now I try not to use those two words and instead replace them with the actual emotion.
So, I’m so tired of meal planning becomes “I’m frustrated with meal planning”, or “I would like an easier way to meal plan”. Some situations are a little harder to figure out the true emotion, but it’s always there.
Give it a try for a few days, or longer if you find it helping you. I’d love to hear back if you do give it a try. Bonus points if you can get to the point where you replace the words without much thought!