If you know me well, you will know that I am a creature of habit and routine. While this personality trait can be a blessing, it can also be a burden and a curse. It means I am generally very averse to spontaneity, I hate being unprepared and change can be a difficult pill to swallow. From time to time however, I find that following the rules all the time and ticking all the boxes gets not only boring and tiresome, but extremely bland and uninspiring.
To break the monotony that comes with being structured and organised, about once a month, I go completely off course and break every rule in the book. Sure, I usually feel terrible about it afterwards, but I hardly ever regret it. Breaking the rules and going off course makes it more fun to return to the world of routine and structure. It reminds me of why I stay on this path so vigorously and reinforces the positive effects it has on my life.
Here are some of the bad things I do and unhealthy behaviours I indulge in from time to time:
- Eating sugar or having mini chocolate binges
- Ordering the burger, with the bun and the fries and eating it all, followed by dessert
- Staying in bed until 11.00am on a weekend
- Skipping exercise all together and spend the day on the couch watching movies or reading books
- Not making the bed all day
- Wearing gym clothes all day, without any intention of going to the gym
- Spending a ridiculous amount of money on something I love (note, this more than often involves an expensive meal, not necessarily clothes)
- Drinking too much and dancing all night long without a care in the world.
I realise that the above list certainly doesn’t contain earth-shattering events. I am even aware that people generally indulge in this type of behaviour on a regular basis without consequence and don’t care at all. It is just that these things for me represent a vast departure from the way I usually approach life. I live and breathe health, fitness and wellbeing so for me to deviate from this path and eat chocolate until my belly bloats completely undermines my mantra. As I said above however, I never ever regret these deviations. Eating chocolate reminds me of why I avoid sugar – I get an instant headache and my heart races. Skipping a couple of days of exercise makes me feel flabby and sluggish. Not making my bed makes me appreciate a clean and organised home and the clear thoughts and actions that flow from living in such a clear space.
Do you ever go “off the rails” and drastically alter your behaviour? If practiced mindfully and not indulged in too often, these shifts can serve as a timely reminder of why it is we chose in the first place to structure our lives in a certain way. I’d love to hear what you do when you venture off track. Don’t be scared to let me know by shooting me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org