3 Steps to Create Healthy Habits
Habit is autopilot for your body. It means that you do things without thinking about it. It means that unpleasant or boring tasks just get done. Habit keeps you going day in day out without a second thought.
They say it takes 30 days to form a habit. We can build healthy habits quite easily, but why is it that we often fail at sticking to them? It’s simple really, we try to change too much at once. Here is my easy to follow guide for making and keeping to your new habits.
1 – Start small. Start with something that isn’t too far out of your comfort zone. We want to change the way you think about your ability to change. We want to get a quick result that we can snowball off. Think of it like standing at the bottom of a ladder – you wouldn’t want try and jump up to the top rung. You’d start with the first step.
2 – Don’t multi-task. Focus on changing one thing at a time. Often we want to start a new gym routine, and a new nutrition plan and get up an hour earlier and mediate for 20 minutes every day. If you try and implement all these things at once, you’re going to get overwhelmed and give up after a few days. Start with the easiest. Maybe you can get up 15 minutes earlier for a week. Then another 15 minutes, and suddenly one month later you are consistently getting up 1 hour earlier. Once you’ve cracked that, maybe you add in your meditation. Start with 5 minutes, then 10, 15, 20… you can see how this works. You can build habits on top on one another once they are established rather than jumping in the deep end when you don’t know how to swim.
3 – Record and celebrate your success. Keep a record of the days you did and didn’t stick to your habit. Don’t be disheartened if you skip a day. Jump back in the next day. This is a learning progress, and you will get it wrong some days. Be prepared to fail, but make sure you celebrate when you get it right!
What new habits do you want to form? Leave me a comment below and let me know