Our days are basically made up of our habits, good and bad. We go on auto pilot through our days where things we do, have just become a HABIT. IE, brushing teeth, going to work, coffee every morning, donuts in the staff room at break, etc. I recently read the book “The Power of Habit” It was a really good read, and I challenge everyone to give it a read.
It basically says, to change your life, you must change your habits.
Habits are built off a reward system. To try to replace bad habits with good ones, you have to replace the habit that takes your urge away, with a healthier habit, but still receive the same reward.
I used to have a really productive week, or day, and come home to drink wine as my “reward”. Now, instead I will do something good and healthy to my body, like buy a new item of clothing, go to the gym, get all my to-do list checked off. And the feeling at the end is still the same reward I have been looking for. Relaxation, contentment, feeling proud, feeling happy.
Lately I’ve been trying to add new simple, small habits into my morning/evening routines to become healthier and happier, instead of taking on everything all at once.
I am a person who loves to overhaul all my bad habits in one day, start fresh and go at it with gusto! That is, until I get a craving, or tired, cranky, bored, lazy and then just as fast as my motivation started, it waned.
I’ve done this with plenty of thing, cleanses, “diets”, beauty regimes, work out schedules, monthly goals..
I realized I can’t be so black and white anymore, I have to find a happy balance, and start incorporating small do-able daily habits to my life, and over time, those bad habits will naturally fall away!
So far my daily goals are:
- protien shake everyday
- take all my vitamins everyday
- take off makeup, wash face and brush teeth every night
- drink glass of warm water with lemon first thing every morning
- drink as much water as I can
I challenge everyone to take inventory of their habits, even the ones we do on autopilot, and consider if any of these habits need shaking up!
Much love, xo