“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” – John Dryden
I bet it’s safe to say that everyone has things in their life that they wish they did more of. Whether it is eating better, exercising, reading, investing in people, or even taking baths, we all have those things that we would love to have as healthy habits in our life.
We want more of those things because we know they are good for us. We know that they will improve our life and be good for us in one way or another, yet it is so hard to adopt those habits and stick with them for the long run.
That’s what we are going to change today.
According to Jeremy Dean, in his book Making Habits, Breaking Habits, it takes 66 days to form a habit and make it an automatic response. No matter what, conscious effort and discipline are needed, however, through his research, he found that the simpler the habit one was trying to form, the less time it took.
Beginning this month, I will be choosing a healthy habit, and committing to it for the next 30 days in a series called, 30 Days of Habits. I chose to do 30 days instead of the entire 66 for 2 reasons. One, I will be choosing very simple and small habits to incorporate into my daily life. Two, I want to focus on one per month.
Now, I’m sure we have all tried and failed a time or two at making positive changes in our lives, so here are a few things to do in order to guarantee our success:
- Choose attainable habits: Pick things that work within your daily life and season of life
- Write it down somewhere where you will see it every day: bathroom mirror, fridge, dashboard in your car, etc.
- Put a reminder in your phone to go off at the same time every day: Do it at the same time every day, and train your brain into a routine
– Choose a time that you know you will be available (whether that is 6 AM or 10 PM)
- Have accountability: Do it with someone, text someone everyday when you do it, or post about it. Find something that will make you do it even when you really don’t want to
- Have a check off list: We all know that checking things off of our list feels so good, so let yourself feel that when you make it another day. Either make yourself a log that you check off each day you complete your habit, or just put a small X on your calendar.
With all of that being said, for this month’s 30 Days of Habits, I am going to start stretching for at least 10 minutes every day. I have always wished I was more flexible, and have often said that I need to start stretching more consistently. Not only does my body feel it when I don’t, especially being pregnant, but I also know that there are so many long term benefits to stretching regularly.
Benefits of Stretching:
- Improving posture and flexibility
- Decrease risk of injury
- Improving stamina and energy levels
- Promotes blood circulation
- Reduces soreness
- Reduces cholesterol
This is a really basic guide that I am following to give me a good full body stretch every day.
I want to invite everyone to join me in this journey and start making small positive changes in our lives. At the beginning of every month, I will post what new habit I will be focusing on, and at the end of the 30 days, I will give a short recap as to how I did, and what changes I saw.
I will be posting for accountability on my Instagram Stories, and would love to know if you are following along and or joining! Together we can make these positive changes and stop talk about what we want to be doing, and start doing it.