CRE­AT­ING HEALTHY HABITS PART 2

Great Health Guide - - CONTENTS - Me­gan McGrath

Un­der­stand the logic be­hind chang­ing habits

IN In the pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cle on Cre­at­ing Healthy Habits Part 1, habits were de­scribed as rou­tine, un­con­scious be­hav­iours that are per­formed on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. The key to cre­at­ing a new habit is to prac­tise it of­ten. How­ever, to cre­ate healthy habits to bring long term be­havioural change it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand the logic. There is ac­tu­ally a sci­ence be­hind the way we form habits and it is this sim­ple logic that will help you un­der­stand your own habits in order to change them and re­place them with pos­i­tive new ones.

ALL HABITS ARE BASED ON A SIM­PLE LOOP OF:

1. Cue. This could be a time, place, per­son or sit­u­a­tion that trig­gers the habit.

2. Rou­tine. What you ac­tu­ally do – your

ac­tion. 3. Re­ward. What you re­ceive for tak­ing ac­tion.

STEPS IN CRE­AT­ING NEW HABITS:

There are four sim­ple steps in the process of cre­at­ing healthy habits and it is a very sim­ple process. The steps are:

1. Write down your plan for the new habit. 2. Iden­tify your trig­gers. 3. Choose the new re­place­ment for the trig­ger. 4. Fo­cus on do­ing the re­place­ment habit ev­ery sin­gle time that the trig­ger oc­curs and re­peat this plan for at least 30 days. Re­mem­ber, the more rep­e­ti­tion you can do the more likely the new habit will be­come per­ma­nent. Let’s use ex­er­cise as an ex­am­ple. So, if you want to start ex­er­cis­ing each morn­ing, then ap­ply this process in the fol­low­ing ways.

• Cue – Upon go­ing to bed, lay out your ex­er­cise clothes ready for the fol­low­ing morn­ing. Re­mem­ber to set the alarm.

• Rou­tine – Alarm goes off, get out of bed, get dressed, put your shoes on and start ex­er­cis­ing.

• Re­ward – Feel en­er­gized af­ter com­plet­ing morn­ing ex­er­cise. For extra in­cen­tive and mo­ti­va­tion, you might like to set a larger re­ward of a mas­sage or a new gym out­fit at the end of your 30 days.

IN WHAT AR­EAS OF YOUR LIFE CAN YOU AP­PLY THIS SIM­PLE PROCESS?

• Choose the new habits you’d like to cre­ate. • How can you cue th­ese habits? • What will you do to cre­ate a rou­tine? • What are some ways to re­ward your­self? In cre­at­ing healthy habits, the ini­tial dis­ci­pline is the hard­est, but mo­men­tum

will build with the ac­tion you take each day. This ac­tion will keep you mov­ing for­ward so that tak­ing ac­tion will get eas­ier with time.

BE KIND TO YOUR­SELF.

Cre­at­ing new habits can of­ten be a chal­leng­ing process so treat your­self like your best friend. Be gen­tle, ac­cept­ing, kind and most im­por­tantly cel­e­brate your suc­cess. If some­times you re­vert to old habits, it’s not the end of the world. Just re­visit your orig­i­nal goals of why you wanted to cre­ate a new habit. Re­mem­ber to­mor­row is a new day. Re­mem­ber change can be hard, but it is pos­si­ble. By tak­ing con­trol of your habits you’re one step closer to cre­at­ing the life you want. Pos­i­tive rit­u­als used when cre­at­ing healthy habits can be the turn­ing point to have a truly flour­ish­ing life.

Me­gan McGrath is pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing and em­pow­er­ing women to­wards achiev­ing healthy, bal­anced and ful­fill­ing lives. She helps cre­ate sus­tain­able change for pos­i­tive last­ing re­sults and is proud to have helped count­less peo­ple thrive and flour­ish on their well­ness jour­ney. Me­gan has a Health Sci­ence de­gree, is a pro­fes­sional ac­cred­ited Well­ness Coach, a cer­ti­fied Fit­ness Trainer and Founder of Chas­ing Sun­rise – a Health and Well­ness Con­sul­tancy.

“We are what we re­peat­edly do. Aris­to­tle

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