Get into the habit!

Good habits

This weeks theme on the Blog Tag is about Mental Health and yesterday’s topic was “Habits”. I recently read a post by another blogger about forming good habits which inspired me to think about my habits and to write this post.

What is a habit?

A habit is defined as an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.

Why do people form good habits?

To make changes to your lifestyle in a more positive manner which ultimately leads to a more rewarding day.

A good habit I incorporated into my life years ago was to drink more water. I knew the many health benefits of drinking water but wasn’t a big fan of drinking it. Instead of immediately trying to drink 1,5 to 2L of water daily, I started by replacing my cups of coffee and tea with water. I then progressed to keeping a 500ml plastic bottle on my desk. This reminded me to fill up throughout the day. I now keep a glass bottle on my desk after I learnt that drinking out of the same plastic bottle continuously wasn’t a good idea. Today drinking water is an important part of my daily routine and it feels incomplete if I haven’t done so. I found that by starting with small steps and gradually progressing to the ultimate goal helped me to maintain this habit.

I also find it easier to stick to good habits when it’s easy to incorporate into your usual routine or when someone else is involved. For example going to gym in the morning is easier if it’s on the way to work or belonging to a run club motivates you as you don’t want to let the others down if you don’t turn up.

How can you incorporate more good habits into your life?

  • Define the end goal. Visualising it also makes it more real.
  • Set the intention by planning in advance. Work out what the steps are that will motivate you to start the habit. For example, I find if I don’t have a water bottle on my desk then I won’t drink as much water or I can forget to drink water if I’m too busy at work so it’s important for me to have that water bottle visible.
  • Start with small steps to make the ultimate habit more attainable.
  • Tell someone your intention. Is it something that someone can help you to achieve the end goal?
  • Understand the benefit of the habit. You’re more likely to maintain good habits if you understand the benefit of it and want the habit in your life. If you don’t see the value then you’ll be less motivated to pursue it.

In my opinion, maintaining good habits can also you make you feel better about yourself and make you feel in control when you’ve achieved something. Hopefully the points I’ve mentioned will encourage you to think about how you can practise having more good habits in your life. Also read this post on another approach to implementing good habits in your life. http://www.whatbywhen.co.uk/2016/05/how-to-form-new-habit.html?m=1

I’d love to hear how you practise maintaining good habits in your life. What were the difficulties or challenges in achieving it? Please feel free to share in the comments below.

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2 Comments

  1. 29th May 2016 / 8:57 AM

    I also keep a 500ml bottle of water at my desk during the week.I keep filling it up throughout the day.Weekends are the hardest for me.I try to incorporate exercise into my life at least 3 times a week. I don’t buy or keep junk food like chips or chocolate at home or at my desk.When I do have a craving I indulge just in that moment. Great Post 🙂

    • 29th May 2016 / 9:39 AM

      Thank you! Sounds like you’ve got good habits too 🙂

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