If there’s something iso did it’s get us out of routine. And there’s something iso restrictions now lifting is doing it’s getting us out of the routine that we finally go ourselves into. Agghhh
Admitting to yourself that you’ve dropped out of routine is firstly worth congratulating yourself for. Self awareness is the first step to change. You’re already on your way!
One of the first things we tend to think and do when we feel ourselves falling out of routine is to read absolutely everything we can on how we’re going to change our lifestyle and get extra motivated and pretty much how we can and will do everything at once: drink 8 glasses of water, sleep 8 hours, workout at 8am. All the healthy things. All at once.
Wanting to change your lifestyle is great but so is setting yourself up for success. Piling every new habit you want for yourself on at once probably won’t get you very far. In fact you’re probably most likely to half ass the whole thing instead of putting your whole effort into one new daily habit.
So let’s be realistic, with a little umph instead. Start with just one habit change for 1-2 weeks and be 100% committed to it. I know, it’s only one change, it doesn’t feel like enough, you’ve got so much you want to do and change and be and aggghh. But there’s a big difference between being motivated and overly eager. Motivate yourself in the right way and you’ll be much happier when you achieve what you set out to.
So select a habit you want to change. Right now. Let’s do this starting right now. For me this falls under 6 categories I try to check up on regularly, to balance my health: moving, nourishing, hydrating, breathing, recovering and thinking. (DM me for more info on each if you’d like some starting points to looking into self assessing then upevelling yours.)
But we’re outta routine right? And now we’re trying to add more to that chaos? But bear with the process (in fact that’s exactly where I’m heading). For me, simply telling myself I’ll remember never happens and if a calendar reminder or equivalent alarms me to do it I kind of switch it off just out of flow with it’s interrupting what I’m doing at the time it sounds and then I plain forget. So now what?
Basically I like to think of it as stacking it (the new habit I want) into what I already (have to) do. Getting out of bed. Brushing my teeth. Breakfast. Getting into the car. All the way back home to unpacking my bag and getting ready for bed. You get the drift. The boring, non-negotiables that just happen. But they’re where magic (new) habit formations begins and happens:
- getting out of bed: set one good vibe intention for the day; drink my first glass of water – and cross that off the list
- have breakfast: a positive cascade of choices can start with one small change at breakfast like swapping your cereal for an avocado.
- brush my teeth: I stand on a square of tiles like pebbles to energize the earthing points (read nerve endings) on the bottom of my feet which especially being winter are basically starved on barefoot feedback for all their movement needs)
- get in the car: sometimes I listen to podcasts, others I try to think of three new things I’m grateful for which puts me in a good mood and then try and write them in my notes app in my phone when I stop which is also a great memory game)
Remembering to review is one of the most difficult habits to implement into your new habits routine and often forgotten. We need to congratulate ourself on our new habit or at least note we tried and now we could have done better or what our new energy going forward will be. You’ll be much happier when you do achieve that one goal with your 100% and pat yourself for doing so and remembering to do that is actually now two habits, both with great-vibes strings attached!
For me habit formation is all about facilitating not forcing, much like movement! I personally feel we cannot force, only facilitate: to provide the conditions for the things we want to take place then allowing their unfolding with time. While there’s a temptation to get it done quickly and force it somehow, the more we force it the less compliant it becomes. Instead let’s focus on the framework for time to take care of the rest.
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