When you’re on a particular journey moving from an old way to something new, there is always a chance of regression. And sometimes we almost allow it to happen unnessicarily because we tell oursleves that it’s just part of the process when really, it doesn’t have to be.
It’s possible to keep going without falling back into old ways.
When you’re on the new path and you haven’t seen the effects of your change, you may find yourself wondering if it’s worth it. That is often when you regress and turn to the habits of your old self that are no longer helpful.
Two things to keep in mind are why you decided to make the change to begin with and the benefits of sticking with it, even if they take some time.
Sometimes it can feel like regulations don’t give us the freedom that we desire.
Then suddenly, when there’s chaos we call out for the need to be regulated.
The truth is we only want to be regulated when it suits us and that usually corresponds with our safety.
What’s the need for rules when no one is at risk?
But what is often overlooked is the overall benefit that comes from everyone having two follow certain rules and go through certain process. As much as they can be frustrating, they often benefit us much more than we realise.
When you have any sort of habit or action in your life, it will be helpful to regularly assess whether it is worth carrying on with.
The thing you started doing 2 years or even 6 months ago may no longer be worth doing.
On the flipside, it may be more necessary than ever before.
Understanding whether it is worth it is based on various factors. This includes: whether the pro’s outweigh the cons, if the cost outweighs the inconvenience, if there is a shorter or better way and if your quality of life would be less without it.
The purpose of all this is to ensure that you don’t just keep on doing things that you don’t need to do.
One of the biggest reasons to open up is that it helps you realise that you aren’t alone.
So often we live our lives as if we are the only one who has faced a difficulty, felt lonely, been rejected, felt lost or was unhappy with the way they looked. We end up holding it in because we think we’re alone or perhaps we don’t want to burden others with our troubles.
I’ve taught myself to open up more. It was a mix of practice, knowing who to trust and letting go of fear.
And so when I encourage you to do the same, it’s not because I find it easy. It’s because I’ve done it and it worked wonders.
It’s easy to be grateful when things are going your way.
But when times are uncertain and life has thrown a spanner in the works gratitude often becomes a little more challenging.
Suddenly the most prominent things are the bad stuff and you’re not thankful for your life being turned upside down.
In these times it’s even more important to practice gratitude.
The real benefits of the practice come when you’re able to make it a part of your lifestyle, independent of your circumstances.
And so maybe it used to be I’m grateful for getting to be apart of this exciting project or some other major thing that you feel like shouting from the rooftops. But now it’s more like I’m grateful for these cosy socks, the flowers in my garden and running water.
So often we run from spontaneity because it doesn’t allow us to have as much control as we’d like.
We tell ourselves that it’s the wrong decision or that we need to give it more thought or maybe just say no instead of yes.
But the beauty of spontaneity is that it opens us up to other options that we could never even imagine. And so when you say no instead of yes out of trying to be in control you miss out and you don’t even realise it.
I recently did something spontaneous, it wasn’t grand in fact it was very small-scale. But it taught me that there are more benefits saying yes and being spontaneous then I had realised
Hemp, Linseed and Chia seeds don’t taste particularity great but they’re good for you.
How does one overcome the taste in order to gain the long-term benefits of the seeds.
You do it by accepting that this doesn’t taste great but once you get into the habit of it, it won’t be so bad. Plus think about the long-term benefits.
It takes the brain a while to get used to the new. And often there is that adjustment period of a new routine and in this case a new taste.
But giving it a go and sticking with it through the adjustment period is how you get into the habit of it.
The taste is short-term but you have so much to gain in the long run.