Oh rotten orange! I found one stinking up my pantry. Little fruit flies netting the air above. Green fur staining my basket below. The fruit touching it changing colors for no reason other than proximity.
Stay healthy. Staying healthy is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and for those we “share space” with, those we love. It is a gift any way you look at it.
Exercise helps, including with emotional health. Yet, how many of us do? About 30%. Some of us use negative self talk to get ourselves out there. ”I’m fat.” ”I’m going to have a heart attack if I don’t.” ”I won’t qualify for that insurance if I don’t.” All of which may be true. However, does it work for us? Apparently 1/3 of the time.
We use the negative feedback to motivate ourselves. But just as in children, we know it doesn’t work.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to live with himself
-Dorothy Law Nolte
Positive reinforcement is helpful in any context. Who knows! Maybe that rotten orange would have tried harder to stay fresh with emotional perks?!
Each of us needs to find our own positive feedback that works. Our interests are different so it’s not universal. However, we can be our own behavioral therapist in this.
I have found for myself that I never exercised consistently until I turned exercise into something decadently enticing. I load up 3 large glasses of water and take them to my bike. My bike is in an alone place. In front of my stationary bike is our only television. There I watch whatever I want! I don’t allow myself to watch TV at any other time. It is special. Reserved for my exercise. I can’t wait to get back to my show or movie almost every morning!
When I want to hit the streets with a walk or a jog, I listen to audio books that I only listen to when I’m exercising.
I have to set aside some persuasive treats that are now linked in my mind to exercising. Now when I think of exercising, I am nothing but happy about it. It is behavioral modification at it’s best. Hopefully this is helping me and those I touch in life.
Self Care Tip #42 – Turn exercise into something decadently enticing! Be a friend to yourself.
Question: What positive reinforcement works for you?