“Life enhancers” are those things you need on a regular basis, things that make you feel good, things in your life that are accessible to you and give you a sense of well-being.
People who have “life enhancers” as a part of their daily lives have greater success in ending their emotional eating (eating that is not based in hunger). Why? Because the fuel for physical body hunger is food. But the fuel for emotional mind hunger is a “life enhancer.” When you eat when you are physically hungry, you burn it. When you eat when you are emotionally mind hungry, you wear it!
So the trick is in finding the “life enhancers” that will fill you and fulfill you. Here are 4 ways you can find some…today!
1. Create a positive environment for yourself. Surround yourself with happy colors, joyful music, photos of your favorite places, flowering plants, inspirational posters… you decide. And always wear clothes that are comfortable and make you feel good.
2. Write down a list of your accomplishments. And review it often! It’s easy for us to get overwhelmed when all we look at is what we have left on our To Do list and forget to give ourselves credit for how much we’ve accomplished already.
3. Do something nice for yourself. Maybe it’s a massage, a nap, or a bike ride. Go to one of your favorite places. Treat yourself with the same kindness and respect you would give to someone else that you really like. The important thing is to allow yourself to enjoy the experience. You’ll defeat the whole purpose if you feel guilty about it.
4. Do something nice for someone else. Be a volunteer somewhere. Help out a neighbor. Call someone who might be lonely. Giving without the expectation of a reward always feels great.