It’s customary at this time of year to make all kinds of promises to ourselves, or resolutions.

  • I’ll go to bed earlier
  • I’ll get up earlier
  • I’ll eat more healthily
  • I’ll exercise regularly
  • I’m going to lose a few pounds

It doesn’t seem to take long before these promises are forgotten. Is it because we didn’t set realistic goals? Probably not. The fact is that to make these kind of changes we need to form new habits.

Now that might sound easy, but obviously as we quickly move on from these promises, it’s not as easy as it sounds.

Understanding how habits are formed is crucial to successfully creating new ones, and ones that will become a daily practice within our lives.

Our brains respond in a predictable way where habits are concerned and it doesn’t differentiate between good or bad habits.

Our brains respond to a reminder, or trigger, that causes us to carry out a particular routine, or habit, knowing that when we do it (the brain) will receive a reward, normally in the release of dopamine, the pleasure chemical. To form a habit takes time. Some say 28 days and other studies say even longer. For me, a lot depends on the motivation for wanting to form the habit. If your motivation is high then it will probably take a shorter time to create.

The key is to start small. Set yourself a reward for when you have genuinely succeeded in creating your chosen habit.

In all our courses learning about habits is always the first module we study – it’s that important. And learning how to develop new habits is vital to changing our lives.

If you’re interested in learning more then you can check out our available courses. New courses coming shortly include “Long-Term Weight Management” and “Living More Simply”. If you would be interested in finding out more about either of these courses please get in touch.

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