It can be harder to stick with it, right?
As you continue your fast, there are some things to keep in mind so that you can finish strong.
Remember why you started.
You had a reason for beginning this fast, a desire to jump start your new year and a heart to renew your spiritual relationship with God. Keep in mind your ‘why’ on the days when continuing to abstain from whatever you’ve decided to fast seems more difficult or is making you a little (or a lot) grumpy.
Whether you’re fasting from a food group or type of favorite drink, or if you’re fasting from something unrelated to food, making sure you’re staying hydrated is important. Proper hydration helps keeps your mind clear and your spirits up, which can help you stay on the fasting path.
While you don’t want to distract yourself from noticing the cravings you may have for something you’re fasting (after all, finding out how attached you are to the thing you’re fasting is one of the important discoveries you’ll want to make in this process), you can do something positive when a craving hits. Go for a walk. Take a bike ride. Do some stretching when a temptation to bail on your fast hits.
Check in with an accountability friend.
Accountability can be a powerful tool as you continue on your fasting journey. It’s part of the power of our Altrua HealthShare team taking our 21 day fasting journey together, the ability to check in on each other and sharing when things get a little hard. Talk to a friend who can encourage you to stay the course. (link to FB post)
It’s okay if it seems hard.
When you fast from something for a spiritual purpose, it can have moments that feel really empowering…and there can be times it feels pretty tough. Do make sure you’re taking care of yourself throughout the fast but recognize that those challenging times are part of the benefit, that you are learning more about what you have a hard time giving up and how that could potentially keep you from leaning on God.
You’re doing an amazing thing, choosing to start off your year in a fresh way. Our team here at Altrua HealthShare is cheering you on!
Disclaimer: this information on fasting is for the purposes of spiritual fasting, meaning the practice of abstaining from activities or habits for a spiritual purpose. It is not advice on abstaining from food or liquid. Before undergoing any kind of fasting pertaining to nutrition, consult with your medical professional.