We're all used to doing somethings to the point where it doesn't feel like a habit. It's just part of our day-to-day lives which we can't really imagine not doing. Showering, brushing our teeth or having breakfast are some good examples.
Most of us try and build habits that make us healthier and happier, but that’s easier said than done. Forming a new habit is hard, but we want to make sure it doesn’t feel impossible!
1. Start small
It’s a good idea to make a habit so easy that you just can’t say no.
Try to change one or two habits at a time, rather than a lot. It’s much harder to make lots of changes at once and can mean you feel like you're failing. This feeling can lead to a more negative mindset in general which makes even thinking about building healthier habits harder.
The best way to change your habits is by starting to make small changes that are easy to stick with. As you begin to succeed, your confidence will grow and make it easier to tackle those bigger changes.
You can make use of apps or a notebook to help you track your habits. This can be really motivating and there are apps like Habitica which can help you turn your your goals into a fun game to keep track.
2. Sleep (again!)
It seems like we might mention sleep all the time. And in fairness, we do!
Sleep is incredibly important, and this is also true for when you're trying to build healthier habits. If you're always tired, it can really get in the way of your productivity and mean you push yourself less and less.
Once you begin getting enough sleep, your body will have more energy to help you to meet your daily goals instead of making it more difficult.
3. Find a friend
Working with someone to build healthier habits can be a great source of support!
If you can find a friend that wants to build the same habits as you, you can both help each other plan, strategise, reward each other and support each other if you slip up!
Try and set up a regular coffee catch ups or regular walks to catch up! It’s easier to stay motivated when you know you’re going to be checked up on soon!
4. Make it easy for yourself
We know that we're more likely to form new habits when we don't have big obstacles in the way.
If there are things that will make starting and continuing the habits easier, then you're much more likely to succeed. This could be as simple as packing your gym bag the day before, prepping the veg you need the night before you cook dinner.
You could also choose to do things like exercise at home for example, so you don't even need to pay for a membership.
5. Know your triggers
It's important to understand what you find difficult and how this leads to you breaking your new habits.
For example, if you know that when you’re tired, you’re more likely to opt for a take away, try your best to get enough sleep.
While all these tips might help, it’s up to you to ensure the habits stick. The key to building new habits is simply repetition. Doing something over and over again is so powerful and after a while it no longer feels like an effort.