How to build healthy habits and stick to them!
Can’t stop snoozing your alarm or helping yourself to an indulgent snack? Sometimes we carry on these bad behaviours even when we wish we would stop simply because they have become a HABIT. It’s time to take a look and see what habits you are holding on to that are stopping you from progressing or living a happier, healthier life!
What is a habit?
“A habit is a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.”
The first step to changing your bad habits, is to become AWARE of them. What is something you regularly do that you wish you could stop? Biting your nails? Being negative about yourself? Always being late? Whatever it is, notice where you are wasting your energy on things that don’t benefit your best interests or goals. This will help you to transform that energy into something productive!
Find your WHY
Now lets break it down. Grab a pen and paper and start by writing down the habit you wish to change. Then get clear on WHY you want to change it. Having an intention behind the motivation will help remind you in moments of struggle why you wanted to make the change in the first place This could be as simple as ‘I want to stop smoking, to improve my long term health.’ Or ‘I want to get up one hour earlier everyday, to increase my productivity.’
Schedule something in that will MAKE you want to get up! Book on for an early morning yoga class or go for a run! Try an awakening yoga flow from the comfort of your own bedroom.
What’s Stopping you?
Then ask yourself what is holding you back from making the change you wish you make? Is it fear? Lack of time? Commitment or inconvenience? Notice what might cause you to give up before it happens so you can address the problem early and find a way to tackle it.
With a little discipline and a few mindful steps toward action we can re-programme our brains into healthier habits.
You don’t have to make drastic changes to begin to start seeing results. Turning your whole life around in one day would be hard to maintain going forward. Would you like to cut down the amount of unhealthy food you eat? Instead of banning yourself from everything you enjoy all in one go, is there perhaps one food you can cut out first? Start with one small step, and allow changes to happen gradually, giving your body and your mind time to adapt.
Want to eat better? Start your day the right way with a healthy breakfast option.
Is there something you could do to help yourself succeed before you start? This could be research, speaking to someone who has inspired you to break this habit, having a clear out, or being more organised with your time. Make breaking a bad habit easier to succeed at by creating space in your life to implement the change.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Make it be known that you are out to change! It doesn’t mean you have to announce it on your social media, but is there someone you trust that you can tell? It’s always good to have someone to turn to if you are struggling or to help re motivate and support you. Not up for sharing your secrets with anyone? Try leaving little post it reminders around your space or somewhere you will see frequently. Remind yourself what the habit is you are trying to break and WHY.
What bad habits do you wish you could break? Let us know in the comments!