Every day you make choices. These choices create your thoughts and actions. Your thoughts and actions develop your habits. And your habits define your life.
We all have good habits and bad habits that we practice daily, and most of these habits are done on auto pilot. They are picked up over time, some extend back to our childhood, from our parents, and some have been picked up from our peers, spouses or friends.
The problem is that we get very comfortable with doing things the same way each and every day. We usually stick to a daily routine without having to think about it.
A lot of the habits that we regularly do are affecting our lives in a negative way, which makes us unhealthy and unhappy, and most people find it hard to reverse.
So, how many of these bad habits are you guilty of?
- Do you regularly skip breakfast?
- Are you snacking too much?
- Do you stay up late then feel tired the next day?
- Do you drink tea and coffee to keep your energy levels up?
- Do you drive short distances rather than walking?
I’ve seen these common habits over and over again with clients, so you’re not alone, but by changing them into better healthier ones the impact this can have on your health and your body is phenomenal.
When we change our bad habits into good ones we see immediate changes, which then have a snowball effect on other factors in our lives.
Take for instance a client of mine who used to stay up very late at night to watch TV, but who would then feel very tired the following day, lacked energy, and struggled with her concentration levels at work.
She would make the wrong choices with food, which would, in turn make her feel less energetic and even more tired. This then kept her going round and round in a vicious circle.
So we worked together to improve her sleep pattern until it became a new better and healthier habit that she could stick with, and guess what?
She felt much happier, had more energy which helped her make better food choices, and her concentration levels improved dramatically.
Habit changes work better than any diet or quick-fix. I’ve seen it time and time again with not just my own clients, but from trainers and coaches that use habit based nutrition and lifestyle coaching with their own clients.
In my next blog I’m going to explain how changing your habits is the key thing when looking to achieve sustainable results and I’ll show you the steps you need to take to make it happen.