For clarity, let’s define a “habit” as a repetitive behaviour we undertake within a specific context or in response to a particular stimulus. Some habits are anchored to an environment—for instance, many people associate “sleep” with a bedroom. Other habits are situational and may be triggered by a conditioned behavioural bias in certain situations—for example, binge eating when you are feeling depressed or bored.
When we refer to “unhealthy” habits, these are the behaviours and actions that provide immediate gratification but have long-term negative implications for health—for example, eating donuts every day (they taste great when you eat them but if you ate them every day, you’d probably gain weight). “Healthy” habits are those that may be challenging in the short term but ultimately have a positive impact on long-term wellbeing—for example, going to the gym (it’s difficult to find the motivation and energy to exercise but if you did it every day, you would probably gain cardiovascular fitness).
Learn what goes into a successful, healthy habit:
Feel confident about what a successful habit looks like? Use the worksheet below to define and commit yourself to your daily habits of success.
Adding new habits into your life, even with the support of a community, is difficult, which is why I recommend you use mindfulness techniques in the workbook below to help calm and get your mind into the zone.
To keep yourself motivated and moving forward, I’ve compiled the following booklet of Momentum tips, which are great to glance over each day.