How can you create a Sweet Life?
Last week I talked about living a Sweet Life. When you live a Sweet Live, there is no need to substitute with sugar or other destructive habits. This week, let’s look a little more closely at how you can create and support your Sweet Life.
It starts with your habits. Habits put your life on automatic pilot. They’re an automatic response, a reflex. You don’t have to remind yourself to follow through with a habit. You do it because it’s so routine and such a given, that you don’t have to think about it.
I remember when laws were first put in place around seat belts. Initially I rebelled. Who do they think they are telling me how to live my life? It felt very intrusive.
Then, I looked at my kids and thought “what if?” What if something happened to me? Who would love and care for them the way I do? Wearing a seat belt could save my life. Keeping me safe is a way to keep my kids safe. Now, even though they’re both adults and living independently, putting on my seat belt is automatic.
Beyond wearing your seat belt, there are several kinds of habits that are foundational to a Sweet Life. Here is a partial list:
- Physical health – You are the best person to take care of you. Seriously. Can you imagine hiring someone to floss your teeth for you every night? Create habits around being physically active, eating healthy foods, hygiene, sleeping well and drinking enough water. No one can do this for you!
- Connection – Connecting with others includes treating them with respect. That respect comes from treating yourself with respect. Nurture your internal connection and create habits that will help you stay in touch with your spirituality and essence. When you focus on connecting with yourself, connecting with others is a lot easier.
- Mindfulness – This is how you connect with yourself. Mindfulness can be as simple as stopping during the day to notice your breath, or your thoughts, or your bodily sensations. Create habits that keep you in the moment as you explore your inner self without judgment.
- Simplicity – Focus on the activities and people that are important to you, and let everything else go. Clear your home of objects that hold bad memories or don’t serve your needs. When your habit is to let go, you create more room in your life for what does serve you.
- Gratitude – Find ways to express thanks for the blessings that surround you. Speak it out loud, express it to your friends, and/or write it down. Make it a daily habit.
- Give back – When you create habits that support your values, it’s a natural extension to return the bounty in some way. Make it a habit to do something about what you believe so that the world will be a better place.
What would you add to this list? What habits do you have that contribute to your Sweet Life? Please leave a comment below!