The Real Power of Daily Habit
As more people understand the need for a fit and healthy lifestyle, plenty of new life advice is being expressed and explored. Sometimes, they come from areas so obvious we are stunned that we may not have been living that way in the past. We often have ideas of disciplining ourselves to a polished degree, and then we can live in our best expression of ourselves from day to day. However, this is never completely a given.
One of the obvious considerations to make this happen, even when you’re struggling with difficulty, potential depression or lacking behaviours, is to understand the power of habit. Habit is one of the daily things you cannot escape from. You, reading this, have habitat both bad and good. This is not a bad or unnatural thing. It’s simply the way we’re designed, and the way our brain works. We are simply more comfortable in familiar surroundings, even if those surroundings are harmful to us. You may have heard the phrase ‘better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.’ To use an example to illustrate this, consider a smoker having a really hard time giving it up. They know it’s harming them, maybe even killing them. So why don’t they stop immediately, throwing their cigarette packs in the trash, and begin from day one right there?
Well, many smokers feel that smoking and continuing the habit is much easier than giving up and facing the harsh cravings, lower energy levels and overall feeling less fulfilled from a habitual perspective. They’d almost be right.. That process can be very difficult, especially the longer the bad habit has been continued for. It might even feel as though they can never quit, especially when they might have failed numerous times before.
The power of habit is just that, powerful. For this reason it’s important to understand it, and consciously become aware of it’s internal mechanisms. We’re here to help you understand those from a behavioural perspective. Hopefully this information helps you with added insight, potentially insight you can express to resolve your issues and to live a life you most want to live.
After all, living fit, healthy and conscience-free is the most beautiful way to live on this Earth.
Solve Your Morning Routine
Morning routines are important. We’d like you to imagine a game of pool. Breaking the balls at the beginning of the game will dictate how both players have to orient their shots in order to pocket billiards and win. Just like this, the activities you take part in at the beginning of the day largely depict how well you carry that energy into the rest of the day.
We’d like to give examples. Let’s observe the day of Mary and Mabel (both not real of course.) Mary wakes up in the morning and know’s she must head to work at 8.30am. She has woken at 7am, but stayed up late last night, so decides to hit the snooze button on her alarm and rest until 8am. She must then rush around eating breakfast, washing and dressing with a short space of time.
She might miss her bus and decide to pay for a more expensive taxi. She arrives at work still in a chaotic frame of mind, and her work suffers as a result. By lunchtime, her bad habits have snowballed, and she gets two or three pizza slices for work, even though she wanted to keep her diet. After work, she is invited to a bar with colleagues. Despite detailing to her friend how she will detox from vices, especially alcohol, her poor health choices today allows her to feel indulgent, and she drinks too much. She comes home, watches television, ignores her workout and heads to bed too late again. This might be a fun day in terms of her socializing, but she is no closer to achieving her goals she really does care about. Mary is not a bad or flawed person. She simply started her day off in the wrong way, and her habits formed because of that.
Mabel, on the other hand, has read this article. She makes sure to head to bed slightly earlier than usual, and reads to fall asleep. She has a restful sleep, and hits her alarm. This gives her time for her morning responsibilities, and gives her time to head to work. She gets there early, and spends the time organizing her tasks and notes for the day. Because she is energized from a full night’s sleep, she is able to stick to healthy food choices, and may even workout at lunchtime. She comes home and focuses on her goals, riding the energetic focus wave from her cardio earlier in the day. Mabel is not necessarily a champion of the modern world, she simply was able to use her habits to inform her day.
Summit Behavioural Health, and a range of important and notable rehab services all express the importance of a morning routine. It can be your great ally, not your master, but you need to plan it well.
The people who surround you also inform your behaviors, and by extension your habit. You are much more likely to condone a habit if someone you like partakes in it. For example, you might never have smoked a day in your life. Seeing someone you respect start vaping and enjoying it might tempt you to switch to that habit, despite potential growing concern over its health effects.
There is a common attitude that suggests you are always an amalgamation of your three most close friends. We influence each other more than we know, and in that, we can become forgetful about our habits. Heading to a junk food establishment and cheating on your diet is much easier when you’re around friends who care little for their health. For this reason, continually assessing your community and how understanding they are of your goals can help you optimize your inner circle, and become better able to express your true self around your friends.
Habits are informed by everything. As the great Lao Tzu once said: “Watch your thoughts; for they become words. Watch your words; for they become actions. Watch your actions; for they become habits. Watch your habits; for they become character. Watch your character for it will become your destiny.”
Beneficially make use of this, and you’ll have power you never thought within reach.