I recently hit a rough patch and I started hitting snooze. When life is great I bound out of bed or occasionally, I hit snooze and wait for it to go off. When life isn't great I hit snooze and really sleep.
So, I found myself in a rough place with some emotions and they just would not lift. I hit snooze morning after morning...I was honestly seeking to avoid the day and the disappointments that lie ahead.
When I did get up, I went right to the place I needed to stop going to...and was immediately distressed, depressed and frustrated. I repeated this daily...until I realized this is where it all fanned into flame the despair inside. (I'm slow to figure things out)
It was in that moment that I stumbled across a friend's suggestion I look into Mel Robbins and her work with the #5secondrule. She teaches you how to stop thinking and shift to making a choice. Her #1 rule is, "you are never going to feel like it", and she leads you into a 5,4,3,2,1 count down to shift yourself into action...She often refers to this as "a stupid little trick" until it really worked for her life. She was hitting the snooze button to avoid some pretty difficult circumstances. She's gone on and studied this "stupid little trick" and found amazing science to support it. Which is why it works. Her book is on amazon here
I applied it to MY snooze button the next day. I applied it to that first choice of my day. 5,4,3,2,1 Get up! I applied it to that place I needed to STOP going to, 5,4,3,2,1 stay away!
Then I realized it was a great tool to step away from cravings and food issues. A brilliant tool to shift from the food-noise inside my head to walking away from the open fridge, walking out of the break room, refusing the cookie at the break in our church class. 5,4,3,2,1 MOVE towards what you REALLY want...
Every time you do this you move from feelings to choice. You are reminded of WHAT IT IS YOU ARE WORKING TOWARDS....5,4,3,2,1 MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION...come out of those mindless places...
All credit goes to Mel Robbins and her #5secondrule. May it become a positive resource and an amazing tool in your journey!