Support Healthy Self Talk & Choice with Your Enough-O-Meter: A Green Mountain KISS

By Darla Breckenridge on 01/24/2011
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e-nough: adj. Sufficient to meet a need or satisfy a desire.

Oh, all those after-the-holiday sales. They kind of make you forget that you really don’t need the stuff of fantastic bargains. At some point you reach the decision point that enough is enough. How do you make that decision? Likely it will not be made strictly on whether you can afford the tantalizing whatever, but whether you already have enough.

How do you take the concept of enough into your being and stick with it? When it comes to spending, a focus on a savings goal with a purpose or payoff can often successfully compete wild shopping leanings. Thoughts of what you want to achieve with your savings can occupy your mind enough to inspire you to make a choice that supports your values and interferes with retail impetuosity.

Try creating an enough-o-meter inside of yourself. Self-monitoring enough can apply to stuff or food or negative self talk. If you’re invited to an elegant Sunday brunch with a scrumptious buffet table, you might use some serious self-talk to forgo all the gooey goodies posing as self-indulgences. Or you could check in with your enough-o-meter to help you decide what is enough for right now, at this time. You can experience the joy of eating food you really want and support yourself by saying “I will start with one because one may be enough to savor and feel truly satisfied. After I have one, I’ll stop and think whether it was truly enough.” So often we look for ways to reward ourselves or sneak around our internal self talk that supports healthy choices. The enough-o-meter can clarify or challenge you to listen to your body and keep moving toward balance. This is a mindfulness tool that you can carry with you at all times.

With awareness you can ask your enough-o-meter to tune into your self talk. When you have been relentlessly down on yourself in your head, you can say (or shout) ENOUGH! Using conviction and passion to stop the self-polluting thoughts can bring compassion into your internal conversations. Thought stopping is another tool to help you say enough.

So for this week’s Green Mountain KISS (Keep it Simple, Sweetheart), our campaign to help you make changes that work, I’m proposing that learning to say enough to yourself is better than dealing with your internal rebel who can lead you down a path you might not want to go when you say ‘no.’ Try dealing with your rebel by stepping into possibility. Let that good-sense gene kick in and notice your gain in inner strength with the loss of unhealthy choices. Enough helps you to put the taste back into food and mindfully be in the moment.

How can you use the word ENOUGH to support you in healthy self talk and choice?

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