The newborn honeymoon is over and Arlo is awake and crying much of the time these days. Neither him nor I have gotten much sleep the past 72 hours which means that most of my healthy practices are headed down the toilet. Today I have already been to Starbucks instead of hitting up the green juice stored in the fridge. Yet I refuse to give in and make excuses.
I managed to read a few pages of The Desire Map last night and thankfully I happened to read about resistance. I feel like my body is using sleep deprivation to make a case for resistance. It’s been hard to keep up with meditation, healthy eating, juicing, writing, etc. I still practice them daily but I would like to do more. I could say “It’s okay, I have a newborn.” “I also have a 16 month old and a just-turned-3-year-old.” It’s not okay. I will find a way.
“I’m changing,” we must remind ourselves. Todd Herman, a sports psychology coach, has 5 techniques to enact when we feel resistance building:
- Deep breathing – instant energy for your cells! I must add hot yoga to my ever growing list of things to do for this very reason.
- Focus on why you are doing what you’re doing. How do you want to feel?
- Remind yourself: I’m changing. Your cells need time to grow and change, so give them the time they need to reshape themselves.
- Visualization: visualize the exact outcome you desire.
- Keep drafting your outcome. You must fine-tune your desires daily and get clear on what exactly you want your life to be and how you want to feel.
These 5 steps are empowering! Visualization is the key that turns the lock to your desires, so use it daily. Especially in times of resistance. Breathe, focus, and visualize!!!
I did, however, give in and snuggle this little man to sleep. It’s the only way I can get anything done at the moment, and these moments won’t last forever.