Developing healthy habits can be difficult task that requires a lot of self-discipline. Throughout January, I set about fulfilling one of my New Years Resolutions, which was to read on a daily basis. I managed to succeed through determination, however; there were some things I did to ensure I was developing the habit successfully. Now, I am two months into the year and have read three books already, this is significantly higher than my previous one book a year.
The Importance Of Having A Habit
A habit is something you do that you enjoy, or something that will allow you to have a happier and more positive life. Incorporating them into your everyday life has numerous benefits for your mental health, as it leaves you feeling fulfilled. Some habits make life easier for you, whereas others allow you to escape the stress of life. Either way, its incredibly important for keeping our mental health stable.
Tips For Habit Forming:
- Pick a habit you actually want to learn. I know at times I have wanted to develop a habit because I thought I needed to. If you don’t want to do it, you won’t be determined.
- Create a time of day you always do the habit you want to form. Having a set time helps significantly as it incorporates the habit into your everyday routine, showing you it’s doable to do on a daily basis.
- Track every time you do the habit. Creating a tracker can be incredibly satisfying and it allows you to see your progress, motivating you to continue.
- Don’t beat yourself up if you skip a day. We all have days where we don’t follow our normal routine and its fine.
- If you don’t enjoy it once you’ve started it, don’t force yourself to do it as you will be miserable doing it and it will become a chore.
Some Habit Ideas:
- Reading books or magazines.
- Drinking a cup of tea before bed.
- Exercising in the morning before work.
- Writing poems/stories/novel.
- Go for a walk.
There are numerous habits to develop and it’s up to you to decide which one will have a positive influence on your mental health.