Spring is here! It’s a time for rebirth and new beginnings. Have you been wanting to experience higher levels of energy, find the time and clarity to start a new project, or finally lose that weight? Becoming mindful of your daily habits can go a long way to helping you create a new beginning for yourself this spring.
Tracking is an amazing tool. Keeping tabs on how you spend your time, what you are consuming, and how much you move each day can be very helpful. Many of my clients are shocked at the lack of awareness they had for what, when, and how much they were eating before tracking their daily habits. The same goes for exercise. We often overestimate how much we move throughout the day.
Challenge yourself to track your habits for one week, you may be very surprised at what you find. I have included a tracking sheet in the resources section to make it simple.
Here are simple instructions for using the tracking sheet this week:
1) List everything you eat and drink (yes, even that bite of cake you stole from your kid’s plate at the party).
2) Record your deliberate exercise. Walking the dog, taking a hike with a friend, or a timed jog on the treadmill all count. Walking from the car to Starbucks doesn’t, unless it is part of an overall daily step count, and you are mindfully accomplishing a specific step goal each day (setting up a step count challenge with a friend is a fun way to get motivated).
3) Record the time you go to bed (to actually sleep, not check social media or read) and time you get out of bed. Sometimes lingering in bed with too many “snoozes” can end up creating a groggy start to the day.
4) Jot down a few things to be grateful for. When we are experiencing positive emotions, there are amazing effects on the physical body including slowed breathing, lower blood pressure, more stable blood sugar levels, higher immune system function, and reduction of inflammation.
Tracking is an amazing tool for deeper mindfulness if you are honest with yourself. Use it to become aware of your current habits, see them for what they are, and mold them into habits that will move in the direction of your most vibrant life!
After a week of tracking how you currently live your life, you will have new insights to help you become much more mindful of your actions. Use the information you gather to help you move away from habits that are not serving you. Perhaps you didn’t realize how many small snacks you were munching on throughout the day, or how little you actually move. Maybe you thought you were getting plenty of sleep only to discover that / while you get into bed at 10, you’re really checking email and social media until 11:30 before turning out the light and getting to the business of sleep.
Tracking is amazing tool for deeper mindfulness if you are honest with yourself. Use it to become aware of your current habits, see them for what they are, and mold them into habits that will move in the direction of your most vibrant life!
Download your tracking sheet here