You are the result of all your habits. This is already clear in the minds of psychologists and psychiatrists.
For this reason, today we are going to give you some definite tips on how to develop new habits, and what are the best ways for you to be able to nurture healthy habits.
So, let’s get started. Get comfortable and enjoy the reading.
What is a habit?
Habits are automatic patterns of behavior and thinking, which involve different types of brain functioning and which have been learned beforehand.
In this way, we can say that a habit is like a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly in our lives and, apparently, subconsciously.
This is why we often repeat habits without realizing it.
If you stop to think about it, you repeat practically the same actions and movements every day without realizing it. These are habits, and our routine is made by them.
- For example, do you shower every day?
- At what time?
- Do you remember which part of your body you wash first?
- And what comes next?
These are all habits, and sometimes you don’t even realize that you do them or even why you do them.
Internalize the reasons to develop the habits
It’s the same thing: self-evaluation is an absolutely healthy exercise, but it doesn’t come naturally.
The tip for those who are not yet used to looking inside their own wills is to try to look at yourself as if you were a friend of yours and, from there, ask questions and seek answers.
If the habit you want to create is to go for daily walks in your neighborhood, for example, identify the reasons that lead you to want this (health, freshen up your mind, improve blood circulation, sunbathe) and start thinking of the habit of walking as something that is already part of your life.
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Bring it into your daily life
Identifying the components of your loops (cue, routine, and reward) is essential to being able to change or create good habits.
Let’s say you have a habit of leaving your desk to chat with co-workers and realize that it is already part of your routine.
Now ask yourself:
- What is the cue for this to happen?
- What drives it?
- Is it boredom?
- The need to communicate?
- Or just the urge to take a break between one task and another?
- And what is the reward?
- Change of environment?
- Being distracted for a few moments?
Identifying your behavior patterns makes it easier to avoid triggers that are harmful and to shape the creation of good habits through rewards that are valued by you.
The secret trinket of new habits in the morning
Organize your sleep. Adjusting your alarm clock can go either way for more or less.
If you can, invest an extra 30 minutes in bed to wake up feeling refreshed.
Now, if you have a busy day ahead of you, how about trying to get up a little earlier? It will make all the difference!
Alarm clock away from the bed:
To avoid becoming a hostage to the “snooze” button, try moving your alarm clock. Take it off the nightstand next to your bed.
That way, when you wake up you’ll need to get up and move away from the bed to turn it off. This makes it easier to wake up, right?
Phrases to yourself:
Incorporate words of positivity for yourself into your daily life. Praise yourself, make a list every day with 3 things you like about yourself. Make an effort to do this.
Praise yourself shows you positive points about yourself and creates a habit of self-perception. Which is great catalyst for new habits.
For your passwords, you can also put positive phrases. Having to enter them every day will make a difference in your day. But don’t forget: if your chosen password is “soufeliz”, try to create it using special characters, numbers, and upper and lower case letters. Try something like S0uF1eL1z.
Stop thinking about All or Nothing!
Feeling overwhelmed when trying to change a behavior tends to encourage “all or nothing” thinking: “I’m going to focus on changing, and if I fail, that means I just can’t do it.”
“All or nothing” thinking has a great impact on our psyche.
It traps us in defeating situations.
Even when we win or overcome a situation, because change is not sustained.
Now imagine when a loss occurs.
If we really want to change habits, one of the first things we have to do is take the “all or nothing” off the table. Accept that to change you have to change little by little. There is no all or nothing.
Have easy-to-achieve goals and go little by little. This way, you can be sure that you will conquer new habits.
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