Breaking a Habit
Do you have habits that you would like to change? Maybe it is a change in diet, maybe a change in sleeping habits, maybe it is change in routine or maybe it is around exercise. Whatever the habit, have you noticed how hard it can be? One definition of a habit is “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” So what can you do to change a habit? There is two suggestions that I would like to make today.
The first is to replace the habit with another habit. Instead of trying to stop one habit, which is hard to do, work on replacing it with another…. For myself I like to snack all day, sometimes not having lunch. Instead of stopping the snacking, I have worked on replacing the chocolate and processed food, like muesli bars with fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. In this way I have been able to eat healthier with less effort than just trying to stop snacking.
The second suggestion is to reward yourself for breaking a habit. If you do not have a habit that you can replace your current habit with, try rewarding yourself for stopping the habit. For example, I have started getting out of bed early to exercise before work…. I do like my sleep, so I reward myself with some time to read most mornings as well. I do like reading books….
- What habits do you want to change?
- What habit can you replace the current habit with?
- What way can you reward yourself for breaking the habit?
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