Hey there, lovely souls! Welcome back to the blog – if you're a seasoned visitor, big hugs, and if you're new, oh, you're in for a treat! As we dive into the depths of winter (who's ready for the cozy vibes?), I can't help but share my struggles with the early sunset and the skin-drying effects of the season. Anyone else feeling a bit 'blah'? Well, fear not, because today's episode is all about crafting habits to boost confidence and embrace the winter glow-up. I've been on a beauty routine binge lately, exploring makeup and self-care to add a sprinkle of joy to these chilly days. In fact, I'm planning a whole podcast episode on that soon – stay tuned!
Now, let's talk habits! We're currently on day 10 of the Well 30 Challenge, a journey I crafted to empower women like me in their wellness quests. Six daily habits, including waking up early, reading, journaling, high-protein meals, water intake, and movement, have been game-changers for many of us. Inspired by this challenge, today's episode is a deep dive into building habits that last, drawing wisdom from James Clear's "Atomic Habits."
James Clear paints a vivid picture of the habit loop – cue, routine, reward, repeat. It's the backbone of our behaviors, shaping our lives whether we're aware of it or not. But how do we build habits intentionally?
Identify Your Habits:
Grab a notepad, pause, and jot down your daily routine. Morning rituals, work habits, evening unwind – everything. Rate each habit as positive, neutral, or negative. This audit lays the foundation for awareness.
Understand the Cue-Routine-Reward Loop:
The habit loop is crucial to comprehend. It's your trigger, action, and the satisfaction that keeps the loop going. For instance, coming home triggers taking off your shoes (cue), heading to the kitchen (routine), and the reward is the comfort of home. What are your loops?
Find Leverage for Change:
We change to avoid pain or seek pleasure. Dive into research, understand the pain points of current habits, and build motivation. Leverage can be a powerful ally in your quest for change.
Make It Obvious, Attractive, Easy, and Satisfying:
These are the keys to building new habits. Lay out your workout clothes, make habits attractive by tying them to things you love, start small to make it easy, and follow up with a satisfying reward. These principles, coupled with accountability, can work wonders.
Consistency Is Your BFF:
On average, it takes about 66 days to cultivate new habits or break old ones. Setbacks are inevitable – view them as plateaus, not failures. Learn, adjust, and keep moving forward.
Remember, habits are the silent architects of your future. Philippians 3:13-14 encourages us to forget the past, look forward, and embrace our long-term goals. Small, consistent changes lead to significant results over time. So, grab "Atomic Habits" by James Clear, incorporate scripture, and embark on the journey of becoming your highest self.
And hey, exciting guides are on the way – staying healthy over the holidays, an eating-out guide, and more. If you're eager for personalized wellness coaching or want to join the Well 30 Challenge, reach out! Your habits are weaving the fabric of your life – make them count.
Sending you all the positive vibes for your habit-building journey. Remember, you've got this! Love and wellness, always. 💖✨