It seems I've struggled with this my whole life: good habits were always easy to start, but hard to keep and the bad ones seem to haunt me forever. Do you ever feel like this?
I'll start with the good ones. Living with chronic diseases like psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis make starting good habits even more attractive and imporant than ever.
Skin Care: Since my diagnosis, I have been much better at keeping up a better body care routine, moisturizing and exfoliating more often. Although always good at facial skin care, I find I am more motivated not to skip my night routine, as I was wont to do in the past.
Nutrition: Keeping up with a healthful eating plan is a coin with two sides. I love whole grains, beans and cruciferous vegetables, but I also love cheese, gelato, pudding, chocolate and salty snacks, too. I definitely go through stages where all I want are good, nutritious foods, but the other times I either mix junk food, processed food and sweets in with nutritious foods, or just resort to all junk, all the time.
Exercise: Exercise is even tougher than nutrition. Being active never came easy for me. I was a child who enjoyed being social, but would rather spend the afternoon reading or writing than playing sports. With psoriatic arthritis, movement is more important than ever, but also more difficult. Being autoimmune means stopping activity when I begin to feel even a little run down. I battle chronic sinus and bronchial infections when I don't. Living with psoriatic arthritis means I take it easy when I have soreness, popping or dislocating joints or fatigue.
Balance: As you may have figured out, I struggle with balance. Do I want perfection or improvement? Is improvement merely code for laziness? How much slack should I cut myself? I still do not have the answers.
For this City Girl, a bad habit is much harder to break than committing to a good one. I am grateful for my good habits, I work on adding to them on a regular basis. I have decided to hire a holistic health coach to further encourage me in this vein. Perhaps I will finally be okay with letting go of my bad habits. I am excited to find out!
To read what other e-health advocates have to sat about being creatures of habit, search #HARMC. Images courtesy of Wix.com, used with permission. Until tomorrow.