Creating a Habit for Good
One of my favorite things is getting an email or a phone call from one of my clients saying, “You know, these tools are really working for me now!” Invariably it comes after a week or two of trying a new breathing technique or practicing a specific EFT Tapping method.
At first, the comments I get are usually not so optimistic: “This works when I’m practicing in a calm environment, but not when I’m in a stressful situation.” But then it does. It seems like magic, but it’s really the dedication and commitment to creating a habit. By practicing self-help tools daily, soon you don’t have to think about them. They kick in “automagically” when needed because you’ve created a habit for good.
After two or three weeks of daily practice, you’ll start to breathe with slow, calming breaths when you’re stressed before you even know you’re doing it. You’ll recognize when you need to tap, and you’ll start tapping to resolve the negative emotions you are feeling. You may start a daily meditation practice for even 5 minutes in the morning, or the evening, or both, and find yourself craving the quiet time that helps you smile.
If you’ve been meaning to start using self-help tools daily, today is a great day to start. Really. Did you just think of all the other things you need to do instead? That’s a normal reaction. But please try it anyway.
These tools will work if you keep at it because they become part of you. They make your life better. I’ve heard time and time again that after the initial skepticism, by just continuing to practice, the benefits appear. And you are SO worth it. Self-care is not selfish. It helps you be a better you.
The easiest place to start is with the breath because you can practice a calming breathing technique anywhere and anytime. Try it for two weeks and you’ll definitely notice a difference. It would make my day if you sent me an email to let me know how it’s working for you.
Resources to Help You Create Habits for Good
Create a “breathe to calm” habit. Learn five relaxing breathing techniques to manage stress in Take One Breath: The Art of Managing Stress Through Mindful Breathing.
Ease into a meditation habit with the second of my short eBooks called In This Moment: The Art of Managing Stress Through Meditation. Learn to reduce stress and find happiness.
For a concise, step-by-step guide to learning and using EFT, you’ll want to read Emotional Freedom Techniques: The Art of Managing Stress Through EFT Tapping. EFT is an evidence-based tool you can use yourself to reduce stress and find freedom from limiting negative emotions.
You’ve got this!
Keep Calm and Tap On!
Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.