Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge:
Via negativa; today, pick a habit that you’d like to eliminate from your life. Bad habits are like armpits, we all have ‘em and they all stink. Whether cutting soda out of your life, or putting a stop to your porn addiction; either way, as with yesterday, think about the steps you’ll take in order to put the kibosh on that negative habit. And again, also think about how you’ll keep yourself accountable to that goal.
These challenges are getting more thought-provoking as they progress. What is one negative habit I want to eliminate? I already am my own worst critic. As I type this while my stomach growls and I realize I’m skipping lunch to blog, I acknowledge I’ve found my bad habit.
One of my worst habits is not taking care of myself as much as I should. I skip meals or let myself get so wrapped up I forget to eat and then realize I’ve become a hangry tyrant to the detriment of those around me. Or, I go to bed later than I should ignoring my body’s cries for sleep and then have to live in a caffeine-fueled buzz the next day.
My goal will be to listen more closely to my body when it asks for things it needs, like food and sleep, rather than powering through and ignoring my own needs. This will mean that on really busy days, I may have to literally set a phone alarm or three and force myself to take breaks. I have to admit that this is a major failing of mine and I think that getting rid of this habit dovetails nicely into the positive goal I set for myself on Day 3.
Taking the time for self-care and listening to my physical self again will be well worth the effort.