Many of us have a little extra time on our hands during this coronavirus. Even if you’re still going to work, you may be finding less traffic on the roads and therefore have a few more minutes added to your day. The kidlets will be back at school (remotely) next week, so could free up your schedule somewhat.
My point? This is the perfect opportunity to begin creating new habits you’ve been wanting to implement but haven’t had the ‘time’ to start. For me, I’d like to have a consistent meditation practice in place. Daily would be fantastic, but I’m aware that life can get crazy so would be happy with 3-4 times a week – no pressure here. What’s something you’ve been keen on creating consistently in your life? It may look something like:
- Eating healthier meals
- Drinking more water
- Stretching more often
- Study or reading something of interest
- Going for walks
- Looking after injuries
- Culling the wardrobe/back room/etc
- Tending a veggie garden
The key to creating new habits is CONSISTENCY. And for a relatively small change, similar to those listed above, your brain can potentially create the new habit in 21 days. You’re starting to see where this is headed, yeah? Secondly, for changing and/or starting habits it’s important not to overload your brain – it will crash under pressure, the new way of life will fizzle and you’ll see the situation as a ‘failure’. Implement ONE new EASY thing, not four.
My new habit form is simply ‘meditate daily for 5 minutes‘. There’s no complexity, my brain can handle this! If on the other hand the intention was ‘meditate for 60 minutes in full-seated-monk-like position’ well, this is way too challenging, scary and boring for the brain and it would do everything in its power to NOT meditate at all; hence becoming a failed attempt.
If you’re wanting to create healthier meals, perhaps start with 1-2 of these meals per week. Stretching, every other day. Reading 10 minutes before bed. One section of the wardrobe to cull…. you understand the concept. Start small, be consistent, grow from there.
It can also be helpful to tell others of what you’re developing habit is for extra determination. I’d love for you to share what you’ll be working towards in the next few weeks in the comments below, so we can help each other be accountable on our road to new habits.
You’ve got this!