Create New Habits

Making Time to Create New Habits


Want to develop new, healthier habits but struggling to find the time? It is thought to take around two months to turn a behavior into a habit. You need to train the brain to adopt the new habit, which means repeating it day after day.

If you follow a busy schedule, it can be difficult fitting time into it to develop new behaviors. However, with a little know-how it is possible to make time and increase your chances of following on with the habit each day.

Read on for tips on how to make more time in your day for new habits.


Decide Which Habit You Want to Focus on First


One of the biggest mistakes you can make when you’re trying to become healthier and happier is to focus on more than one thing at a time. You may want to lose weight, quit smoking and stop impulse spending, for example. However, if you try to focus on all of these bad habits at the same time, you’re setting yourself up to fail.

So, sit back and think of which habit you want to work on first. If you want to lose weight, break down the steps you’ll need to take. It could be incorporating exercise into your routine or drinking more water. Start with one small habit and then focus all of your energy on repeating it day after day until it becomes automatic.


Accept No Excuses to Avoid the Habit You’re Creating


If you really want to incorporate new habits into your routine, you’re going to need to adopt a “no excuses” approach. That is, not giving yourself a way out by telling yourself you’ll work harder the day after if you skip it today.

The minute you become more relaxed about the new habit, is the minute you set yourself up for failure. If you’re serious, you’ll accept no excuses and force yourself to carry on with the habit – even when you don’t want to or it isn’t convenient.


Know Where to Include It in Your Routine


Another tip for making sure you follow the new habit each day, is to slot it into the right place in your routine. You need to make sure you can naturally carry out the habit each day.

If your plan is to start drinking more water for example, start by having a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Once you’ve mastered that, you can add in another glass at lunchtime. By building up the habit over time, you’ll be much more likely to stick to it and maintain your motivation.

You may feel like you don’t have time to create new habits. However, the truth is that they can take just seconds to start to build up. Concentrate on habits you can easily fit into your routine and don’t forget to just focus on one thing at a time. The key to success is repetition. So, no matter how easy it is to skip the habit for one day, force yourself to maintain it.


Banishing Habits That Don’t Promote a Healthy Routine


Over time, all of us develop bad habits which could be jeopardizing our growth and wellbeing. Whether it’s biting your nails or staying up late and not getting enough sleep, these types of habits could be causing havoc for your health in the long term.

The trouble is, it’s easy to develop bad habits but extremely difficult to break them. You essentially need to retrain your mind to develop healthier habits instead. So, how exactly can you banish habits that don’t promote a healthy routine? Here, you’ll discover some great tips you can follow.


Replace the Habit with a Healthier One


Before committing to breaking a habit, think of a healthier habit you can replace it with that has a similar effect.

When you try to simply quit a bad habit without replacing it, you’ll be missing out on the benefits it delivers. However, if you replace it with a healthier one, you’ll still receive some benefits, making it easier to stick to.

A great example here is if you’re trying to quit smoking. Simply stopping is tough because smoking initially gives pleasurable feelings. So, when you try to stop without anything to replace these feelings, it will be much tougher to achieve.


Work on Reducing Stress


If you find you are frequently stressed out, the bad habits you’ve built will typically help you to manage it. So, if you try to stop them without addressing your stress levels, you’ll find yourself coming back to the bad habits pretty quickly.

Lowering the amount of stress that you feel can make a huge difference to how likely you are to banish bad habits. So, focus on self-care, getting enough sleep and having plenty of time to relax the mind and body.


Consider Taking Up a New Hobby


One of the most common reasons we develop bad habits is boredom. So, if you’re looking to banish them, you might find it useful to take up a new hobby.

This will really distract the mind and give you something to focus on. You’ll need to make sure it’s something you’re really interested in. The more passionate you are about your new hobby, the easier you’ll find it to break out of bad habits.


Avoid Triggers


Some bad habits, such as drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or smoking, can be caused by certain triggers. For example, when you drink you may find you want to smoke more. So, if you’re trying to quit smoking, avoiding drinking alcohol would be a good option.

Learn what your triggers are and then work out how they can be avoided in your daily routine. This can take time, but once you do identify and eliminate your triggers, you’ll find it so much easier to eliminate the bad habits holding you back.

While it does take time, it is possible to banish bad habits from your life completely. The above are some of the most effective ways you can start to adopt healthier patterns of behavior. Above all else, always remember why you want to eliminate the habit and the benefits it will bring to your life.


Finding Your Willpower and Self-Control


Often, the reason we struggle to break bad habits is because we lack willpower and self-control. You need to really want something in order to force yourself to get it.

Unfortunately, not everyone is born with a high level of self-control and willpower. However, the good news is that there are ways to develop it. If you are looking to strengthen yours, below you’ll discover how you can find your willpower and self-control.


Start Small


One of the best pieces of advice you can follow to find your willpower, is to start small. Whatever your goal is, it’s crucial to split it down into small tasks.

Losing weight is one of the best examples here. Say you want to lose 56 pounds. Reaching this goal is going to take a lot of time and dedication. If you’re simply working towards losing 56 pounds, you’re going to find your willpower is severely tested.

However, if you split the goal down into smaller tasks, you’ll find it much easier to stay motivated. To get to that 56-pound weight loss, you’d need to eat healthier and exercise more. So, focus on one small task at a time, such as exercising for 10 minutes right after finishing work.

As you accomplish the smaller goals, you’ll develop more willpower to continue. And as you start to see results, you’ll also find your self-control strengthens, as you won’t want to derail your progress.


Fuel the Body with Healthy Foods


You’re going to find it much easier to maintain your willpower and self-control if you fuel your body with healthy foods. Adopting a healthy diet helps to keep the mind focused and clear. You’ll also suffer fewer mood swings and feel generally healthier.

When your mind and body are clear and focused, it’s so much easier to develop self-control.


Get Your Stress Levels under Control


Another useful tip is to lower your stress levels. When you’re stressed out, it’s easy to fall back into unhealthy bad habits. You may tell yourself, “I’ve had a rubbish day so I’m going to eat this piece of chocolate cake and start again tomorrow.”

If your stress levels were reduced, however, you’d be in a much better position mentally to make better choices. So, focus on adding relaxing activities into your daily routine to reduce stress levels and benefit your willpower.


Don’t Forget to Reward Yourself


One thing that can break your willpower is if you don’t experience any benefits from the habits you’re adopting. It’s hard to continually focus on your goals and maintain good habits. So, rewarding yourself along the way for sticking to it is going to really help. If you don’t feel like you’re being deprived of something, you’ll have a lot more willpower and self-control to carry on.

Finding your willpower and self-control can be quite difficult. A lack of both is the major reason why most people give up on their goals and fall back into unhealthy patterns. By following the tips above, you’ll be able to maintain high levels of willpower and self-control, helping you to meet your goals.

To your success


P.S.  You might want to read my blog post on setting up routines.

P.P.S.  Here is a link to some blog posts on self care

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