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Do habits shape your life?

Posted by Bonnie Walke

Sep 18, 2014 2:10:00 PM

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The things we repeatedly do become our habits. What are some of your habits? Are they good or bad? Are they detrimental to your health? It doesn’t matter if you’re kicking a bad habit or starting a new one, it isn’t easy.

Good Habits

Good habits are formed daily. Truth be told, good habits require consistent commitment. Start with a small change, maybe one or two, and keep at them until they become habit. Remaining slow and steady will help you develop the habits that will eventually become routine.

Maybe you want to drink more water, exercise regularly, or balance your check book every month. An effective strategy is to tack your new habit onto a current habit that is already routine. This way you are forced into the new habit to continue with your daily routine. Another effective route is to download habit tracker apps on your smartphone to help you achieve your goals and build new habits.

Below are some good habits everyone should practice:

  • Drink more water
  • Control your spending habits (I am talking to the shopaholics out there)
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Tell yourself that you are awesome every day (my personal favorite)

Bad Habits

“The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change.”

                                                – Eng Principle

What if you want to stop doing something that you habitually do? Do you smoke, bite your nails, or spend too much time on your smartphone? The start of changing or ending a habit is simply being aware that you are doing the habit.

Start by heightening your awareness by tracking the habit, your mood, time of day, and where you were. Look for patterns and start to formulate a plan to do something positive when those urges or triggers occur. You can use this process for almost every bad habit.

Be sure to check out the WPS Health Center for tons of good habits for healthy eating, quitting smoking, and many more. Do you have an effective way to start or kick a habit? Share it in the comments section below!

Topics: Individuals & Families, health services, health & wellness, habits