Happy Wednesday everyone! It’s time for us to ask ourselves another question. These questions are to help us focus on our wellness each week and do some real thinking about how we can improve it.
On Monday, we talked about building healthy habits. Good habits really are, as James Clear puts it, the “compound interest of self-improvement” (1)….or in this case, wellness improvement.
Starting small helps us develop good habits and build consistency. This moves us toward our goals and helps us see successes along the way.
So this week, let’s ask ourselves:
As you may already have experienced at one time or another, new habits are easier to build when they fit into what we’re already doing in our daily lives. Finding something we’re already doing and adding to that is the easiest way to start.
Now that we’ve decided which new habit we want to add, let’s figure out what we need to do to get started.
Anatomy of a Tiny Habit
Remember the Tiny Habits (2) template we used on Monday? The ABC’s of building those new habits? Here’s a refresher to help us get started….
First we need our Anchor. This anchor is some sort of routine (like brushing your teeth) or event (such as your alarm going off) that will act as your cue to do the new behavior (that you’re building into a habit).
Next we have our new tiny Behavior. This is the very easy-to-do, simplified version of the new habit you want to build. For example, maybe we want to build in a new habit of walking a mile a day. We certainly wouldn’t want to try to start out with a mile. Our starting point might be to walk 50 extra steps, or walk up and down the driveway each day….something that we could easily start with. Once we’re consistent with that, we can start to add more distance until we build up to our mile.
Lastly, we want to Celebrate our success immediately. We give ourselves a “well done,” high-five ourselves in the mirror, or do a little happy dance – whatever makes us feel good about what we just did. This may sound silly, but it’s to reinforce positive emotions around the behavior. Something we feel good about is much easier to continue doing.
Do you have a small habit you can start today? If you’re comfortable sharing, we’d love to hear what you’re planning to do!
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(1) Atomic Habits, 2018; James Clear; Penguin Random House UK; London
(2) Tiny Habits, 2020; BJ Fogg, PhD; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing; New York