Some things I've heard people around me are giving up this year include:
- Soda Pop
Inevitably after hearing what someone is giving up, there is a grumble about how hard it will be, or how much of a sacrifice it is going to take. We are creatures of habit, and a change in routine or everyday living is really difficult for many of us to grasp. We fuss and get aggravated and crave whatever it is we've sworn off for the time being.
Now, I am completely guilty of the fussing and grumpiness - just ask my husband! But as I hear others complain, I wonder if we could do something to reframe the sacrifice into something good. Like the old saying, "turn that frown upside down," could we turn this perceived "negative" into a "positive?"
So instead of: "I'm giving up sugar and it's going to be awful," could we say "I'm giving up sugar as a start to a healthier lifestyle?"
In the sacrifice of something, there has to be a gain in it as well. What are you getting in return? It could be more time to take a walk, less consumption of unhealthy items, or time to explore a new hobby.
What are your thoughts on this? Is it unrealistic or is it a way to find a silver lining?