Now you have committed to a new habit, keep track of it. Write it down (e.g. on a calendar on the wall, on your phone.) Tell people. Take photos, journal about it, recruit an accountability partner. Create positive energy around this new habit!
Tamsin Astor, PhD, your Chief Habit Scientist shares with you “Practice What You Preach!” so you can cultivate the healthy habits to live a life of freedom!
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Tamsin Astor, PhD, your Chief Habit Scientist shares with you “Do You Love Your Own Company” so you can cultivate the healthy habits to live a life of freedom! #love #loveyourself #forceofhabit #stressmanagement #positivechange #cleanse #detox #habits
Another major part of helping a new habit to stick is to do it EVERY day. Even if it’s just 5 minutes. This is what will make the habit stick – think about learning to brush your teeth and how that required a lot of prodding from your parents until it became something that you just automatically did every morning and evening!
If you want to add a new habit, e.g. meditation to your daily routines, add your new habit between two habits that ALWAYS happen consecutively. So, if you always make coffee and then wake your kids every morning, sit and meditate for 5 mins after making coffee and before you wake your kids. This is called sandwiching – you are putting your new habit between the two things that are always happening!
It’s easier to replace a bad habit with a new one, rather than totally getting rid of it. So, perhaps – replace the glass of wine with a walk, to move out that negative energy.
To shift your habit, you need to acknowledge it. This is really key if you want to change it. A great way to do that is to track your actions and see if you can find a pattern, e.g. having a glass of wine when you walk in the door at the end of the night, every time someone is shitty to you at work. Here you are noticing what triggers the habit – the event that precedes the habit.
Changing habits requires two main components: the first is the actual change of the habit (adding a new one of tackling the removal of a negative habit), the second is changing of the mindset behind, under or around that habit. You can do them together, or consecutively. But, it won’t work if you don’t address both of these.
Today my book Force of Habit: Unleash Your Power by Developing Great Habits is released!!
This book is a culmination of committed action, reflection, hard draft and passionate action. It started in the fall of 2016, as an idea and a challenge that I committed to… 2017 I self-published and then in late 2017 I was offered a 3-book deal.
The goal of my book is to help you regain your power and reduce your stress by laying out a simple plan to master your key daily habits and your relationship with yourself and others. By combining these daily habits with a bigger frame – your big why – the reasons behind why you want to create healthy habits – you will continually refocus and refine their daily habits and become a force of nature.
“The idea that we are controlled by our genes is false. It’s an idea that turns us into victims. I’m saying that we are the creators of our situation. The genes are merely blueprints. We are the contractors, we can adjust the blueprints. And we can rewrite them.”
– Robert Lipton, PhD