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Weekly Wellbeing: Self-hacking

Weekly Wellbeing 

Self-hacking: aka, how to trick yourself into taking care of your wellbeing!


Hey everyone! It's time for another Weekly Wellbeing activity Smiley Happy


According to Google hacking is defined as

the gaining of unauthorized access to data in a system or computer

which isn't really the kind of hacking we're going for this time Smiley Tongue


computer hacking GIF


When we say self-hacking, we mean ways of managing your routine and self in order to make things easier later on or that encourage you to take care of yourself day to day!


Examples of this include setting a timer for things like medication if you're prone to forgetting them, or even taking them with yummy juice if they taste gross! Smiley LOL


We're super keen to know:
Do you have ways of encouraging yourself to take care of your wellbeing?
Is there a way you could build a self-hack into your routine?


A personal example would be how I try to manage my sleep schedule on days off. If I don't have anywhere to be, then I really have no motivation to get up and start my day at a reasonable time. (my record is 5pm -yikes!)

What I try to do is tell myself:

You don't have to get out of bed for the day.You just need to shower, have some coffee, and have something small to eat, then you can go back to sleep! 

Usually by the time I do that, i'm up and about and don't go back to bed. But if i do end up going to sleep again, at least i'm clean, hydrated, and have eaten something! Which means I'm way more functional and feel a lot better when I do get up!


What about you guys? Smiley Happy
 Have any self-hacks you can share? Heart

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@ecla34 oh my gosh I swear I live off these.

I think that most of mine just involve finding ways to motivate myself to do the stuff I know I need to do.


I have a few ways of "tricking" myself into eating. Mostly just fairy bread.. I can never resist fairy bread..

And drinking water because I'm really bad at that. I drink a lot of fruit juice with water in it. Also I try to drink all the water in my cup when I take my meds.


Hopefully I'll find some more ideas to "steal" in everyone else's replies!

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@Tiny_leaf those are really clever! I like how when you need to eat/drink but are struggling, you go for things that are a bit more interesting to you! Fairy bread really is so amazing...genuinely tempted to make some now Smiley LOL

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Re: Weekly Wellbeing: Self-hacking

Awesome idea for a well-being activity! @ecla34 


I totally related when you spoke about struggling to find motivation to get out of bed. On my off days I make a point of putting my phone on charge in a different room, so I don't get stuck scrolling endlessly on my phone in bed (such a trap for me). One of my other hacks to get going for the day is to walk up to the local cafe to get coffee. By the time I've had a little walk, got some fresh air and caffeine, I'm usually keen to start my day. 


I also trick myself into eating like you do @Tiny_leaf - my go to food is pasta! So if I'm struggling to eat that will usually get my appetite going.


Another thing I try to do is keep all my important vitamins/medications in various places (as I'm very prone to forgetting them). So I'll have a pack of everything I need in my purse, on my bedside table, on my desk at work. That way when I suddenly remember they are usually within reach. 


Keen to read through everyone's answers Smiley Happy 

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This tumblr screenshot comes to mind... Smiley Tongue 


But it's so true! We all come to assume the best way to do things are in a 'typical', structured manner... but sometimes taking shortcuts can mean taking better care of yourself!

Also, wow... I was going to say the exact same thing as @Bre-RO, haha! I do the same thing, putting my phone out of the room before I go to sleep so I don't wake up and spend ages on it before I actually get up! Sometimes I admit it doesn't work (I'd walk over to get my phone then crawl back into bed, or get my laptop and lie in bed) but it's a start, I guess! Smiley LOL

Another life-hack I have is that I like to read in the bath. Moreso I like the reading part more than the relaxing part, so when I get frustrated with myself that I haven't been reading as much as I like I tend to have more baths Smiley LOLSmiley LOL. Like I've said in the past, it's just so nice having no distractions and being relaxed! And a three in one hack, considering I'm getting clean and having some time for self-care.

Recently, I purchased the book '365 Days of Drawing' which gives a task to draw every day for a year. I haven't drawn since high school, but it's never too late to learn and it's a good way to keep me motivated and drawing things I wouldn't otherwise! 

I definitely need more self-hacks, at the moment, though, so any ideas are welcomed (especially regulating a sleep schedule, hahaha).

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Great idea for a Weekly Wellbeing! I'm loving everyone's ideas so far. Smiley Happy
@ecla34  Glad to see I'm not the only one who sometimes gets out of bed at 5pm. Smiley LOL

I record alarms for medication reminders and record when I've taken them using my phone. If they taste bad, sometimes I block my nose when I take them.
@Bre-RO  I do something similar. I leave my eye drops on my desk so that I can remember to take them during the day.

I have tried to find ways of building up my stamina and incorporating more exercise into my routine, such as walking instead of taking the bus, aiming to do a little bit more each time, taking the stairs, etc.
I've also been thinking of trying some apps to record how much water I drink or make it more fun such as Plant Nanny.

@Hozzles  I've tried doing something similar with the activity books! I have a book where you can answer one prompt a day and see how your responses change over three years. I've also tried gratitude journalling and an app which has morning (e.g., 'One thing I like about myself') and evening (e.g., 'What went well?' 'One memory to remember?') journalling prompts.

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Oooh what an interesting topic! I'm not really sure if this counts as self-hacking but since I always get distracted by my phone when a message or notification pops up, I set a water drinking reminder app every two hours to remind myself to drink water since I always forget to do that constantly. So now when a notification pops up it's sometimes to remind me to drink water which is great!

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I don't have any hacks to share currently, but I'm liking all the answers!

My current state of health, just won't allow for it right now.

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This is such a great topic - I had to jump in!

And what great responses, I might have to put some of these to use! Smiley Tongue

Something I use is the "one minute rule". I am a biiiig procrastinator, yet I also like having things done, as that makes me feel less stressed (walking contradiction over here!) so - if I have something I need to do (i.e. make the bed so it's nice for me to get back into at night) and it takes less than one minute - I do it on the spot! It's actually a bit nuts how many extra little tasks I get through in a day that take a minute (ish!) rather than let them pile up which makes me feel accomplished instead of anxious!

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Hi everyone, I love this topic! I often lack the motivation to do very small tasks like get out of bed or get off my phone and talk to someone in real life. I also often cancel appointments or extend deadlines on things because I want to avoid 'feeling bad' which is crap but also it's something I'm working on.

To be honest I try to pair something unenjoyable such as cleaning with something enjoyable such as listening to a podcast. That's a hack that I used for most of my housework and it definitely is more motivating that way.
“Your now is not your forever."
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