Every week I like to set myself a few intentions. Most old, some new. They might include things like how many times I want to exercise, some work related tasks/goals or just general life admin that I hope to achieve in the coming week.
These usually end up being things I know I should do, or would like to do, but, for some reason, don’t. More often than not, making these intentions achievable comes down to creating, forming and implementing a new habit.
Creating a new habit is simple to do, as outlined in this article [https://experiencelife.com/article/the-power-of-habit/]. There are four reasonably straight forward steps required to help you manifest, embrace and implement the changes that you want to see in your life.
- Identify the routine
- Experiment with rewards
- Isolate the cues
- Have a plan
Health practitioners are constantly offering our clients advice, exercises, or lifestyle modifications. And while most clients do successfully initiate the recommended changes, they aren’t always long lasting.
‘However, the effects are typically short-lived because motivation and attention wane. Brief advice on how to change, engaging automatic processes, may offer a valuable alternative with potential for long-term impact.’
If you’d like to delve a little deeper into habit formation, I recommend this article [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3505409/] which outlines the psychology behind forming a lasting habit, and how to try it out for yourself.
As always, if you’d like to discuss healthy habit formation or any other aspect of your health or lifestyle, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment online or contact us on:
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