Help yourself stay focused.
Notice when it’s easier to make wise choices.
That’s the time to make a plan, or do the tasks that might seem challenging when your defenses are down (for instance, going grocery shopping).
Slowing down will almost always help you make wiser choices. Even a 5-second pause might be enough.
Remind yourself. Plan ahead.
Most of our tough situations are predictable. (Think evening snacking, travel, etc.)
So, remind yourself of your goals and your habits.
Sticky notes, phone alerts, calendar reminders set to ping with a message saying Eat slowly as you’re walking into a restaurant or a birthday party… whatever works for you.
Practice calming yourself.
Stress, anxiety, panic, freaking out, self-criticism… all of this will make the situation worse.
Instead, take a moment. Breathe. Be kind to yourself in this moment.
This is a great way to use the “5-minute action” concept.
Kids, partners, family, friends, co-workers, workout buddies, your dog…look around and see who might be willing to help you stay on track. Bring a team member into the room with the marshmallow!
Ask yourself what your best friend would do for you. Then do that thing.