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 a week or two 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 that daily meditation practice for even 5 minutes in the morning, or the evening, or both, and find yourself craving that 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 do 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.
The easiest place to start is with the breath because you can practice a calming breathing technique anywhere and anytime. Try it for 2 weeks and you’ll notice a difference. Then make my day…send me an email to let me know how it’s working for you.
Ready to learn five breathing techniques to manage stress? I’ve written a short eBook just for you called Take One Breath: The Art of Managing Stress Through Mindful Breathing. You’ve got this!
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.