When I’m not exercising, I tend to forget that I actually *like* moving.
When I am not meditating, I forget that I find it helpful.
I find the same thing about almost any activity I enjoy.
When I’m engaged in the activity, I love it, but when I’m not, all I can think about how hard it is.
So, since I want to take good care of myself, I like remind myself about the things I enjoy about the activity I plan to do.
‘It’s hard to get on my mat but I love how I feel when I get into child’s pose.’
‘It would be easier to keep sitting here but if I exercise, I’ll get to do all those kicks.’
‘I don’t know if I will be able to settle into meditation right now but it feels great to breathe so slowly and deliberately.’
You’ll notice that these reminders are about how I will feel DURING not after.
They aren’t long term results, they aren’t about finishing my workouts or meditation, they are about how I will feel while I am actually exercising or meditating.
I wonder if you might find it helpful to consider what you enjoy about your workouts or self-care?
Reminding yourself about the fun parts might be just the motivation you need to get on your mat, on your bike, or onto a meditation cushion.
Here’s your gold star for your efforts today: