Self-Discipline is Self-Care
Therapy has taught me a lot about self-discipline. I used to believe self-discipline focused on pushing myself beyond my limits, which was detrimental to my physical and mental health. However, I've learned that self-discipline is the act of building realistic, sustainable habits that allow you to build a healthy, well-balanced life. In short, self-discipline is a form of self-care.
And when it comes to building self-discipline with an invisible illness, it's important to focus on simple acts and lifestyle modifications that you can easily commit to and follow. So let's talk about how you can create a disciplined life.
Create A Routine
Creating a routine provides structure to your daily life. And the best part is you can be creative and create different routines for the different areas of your life. For instance, you can create morning, evening, cleaning, self-care, or after-work routines.
Here's a quick tip for creating a routine, be mindful of your specific needs and lifestyle and build routines accordingly. For example, if you're struggling with getting quality sleep, you can create a relaxing evening routine to help improve your sleep quality.
Additionally, permit yourself to be flexible with your routines. Take into account flare-ups and adjust your routine accordingly. Remember, routines aren't about trying to do it all. They're more about helping you function and support your overall health.
Set Personal Goals
Setting personal goals is terrific for your mental and emotional health. Goal setting gives you direction by allowing you to focus and work towards the desired outcome.
However, it's easy to overdo it and overwhelm yourself with goals. Instead, choose one to two goals to work towards and break them down into mini-goals you can complete over a certain time period.
Remember that goals are targets you aim for, and you may not hit the bulls-eye immediately. That's ok. Give yourself the space to adjust your goals and be flexible.
Taking the time to plan decreases anxiety and can help when you're struggling with focus and concentration. Additionally, it supports goal setting by planning the actions you need to perform to achieve those goals.
A great way to plan is to use a planner or task management tool to organize projects, goals, tasks, and appointments. Another option is to use calendar blocking by setting aside blocks of time to accomplish tasks, to-dos, and appointments and build routines.